Narasimhaiengar Mukunda is a prominent Indian theoretical physicist. He works as a senior professor at Centre for High Energy Physics, IISc, Bangalore. He is also an honorary professor at IISER Mohali and IISER Thiruvananthapuram. His major contributions are in the fields of Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Optics and Mathematical Physics.

He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for work in Nonlinear and Quantum Optics in 1980[1]

His doctoral advisor was the prominent Indian-American physicist E. C. G. Sudarshan.

Mukunda and collaborators initiated the "Quantum theory of charged-particle beam optics", by working out the focusing action of a magnetic quadrupole using the Dirac Equation. [2]

"Twisted Gaussian Schell-model beams. I & II. Symmetry structure and normal-mode spectrum" [3]


  1. ^ Handbook of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize Winners (1958 - 1998) (PDF). Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi. 1999. 
  2. ^ Jagannathan, R.; Simon, R.; Sudarshan, E. C. G.; Mukunda, N. (1989). "Quantum theory of magnetic electron lenses based on the Dirac equation". Physics Letters A. 134 (8–9): 457. Bibcode:1989PhLA..134..457J. doi:10.1016/0375-9601(89)90685-3. 
  3. ^ http://repository.ias.ac.in/25267/