Regents Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Director and Creighton Distinguished Professor, Institute for Shock Physics
Scientific Interests and Work
Studying condensed matter response to shock wave and high pressure loading, with emphasis on real time examination and understanding of microscopic processes.
Dr. Gupta’s research activities have emphasized experimental and theoretical studies in the field of shock wave and pressure research related to the following phenomena: structural changes in crystalline solids; inelastic deformation of a wide variety of materials; chemical reactions in condensed energetic materials; and nonlinear wave propagation studies. Development of novel experimental approaches to permit real-time examination of mechanisms at various length scales (atomic to continuum) is an important element of his work.
Professor Yogendra Gupta completed his Ph.D. at Washington State University (WSU) in 1972. Prior to his appointment at WSU, he spent nearly seven years at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) as a Physicist, Senior Physicist and Assistant Director in the Poulter Laboratory preceded by two years of postdoctoral research. In September of 1981, Dr. Gupta joined the Department of Physics at WSU as an Associate Professor, and has been a Professor of Physics since 1984. Dr. Gupta is also the Director of the Institute for Shock Physics.
Since 1970, Dr. Gupta has been engaged in experimental and theoretical research related to shock wave and high pressure compression of condensed matter. His work has emphasized real-time examination and understanding of microscopic processes using a variety of time-resolved measurements and related analyses (optical spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and several continuum methods). Dr. Gupta and his collaborators have worked on a broad range of condensed matter phenomena: structural transformations, chemical reactions, and deformation and fracture. These studies have resulted in over 290 publications. Currently, Professor Gupta is leading a major experimental effort to establish the Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne), a DOE/NNSA supported user facility.
Since joining WSU, Dr. Gupta has supervised the work of more than 125 graduate students and research associates. Professor Gupta is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society (1991) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002). In 2001, he received the American Physical Society’s Shock Compression Science Award, the premier award in the field. In 2005, he was the recipient of Washington State University’s highest faculty recognition, the Eminent Faculty Award.
Ph.D. (Physics) 1972, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
M.Sc. (Physics) 1968, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
B.Sc. (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry) 1966, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
Honors and Recognition
- National Merit Scholar, 1966
- Institute Merit Scholarship, 1966-1968
- Phi Kappa Phi, 1973
- Chairman, Fourth APS Topical Conference on Shock Waves in Condensed Matter, Spokane, Washington, 1985
- Editor, Shock Waves in Condensed Matter (Plenum), 1986
- Fellow, American Physical Society, 1991
- President’s Faculty Excellence Award for Research and Creativity, 1994
- Chairman, American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, 1995
- Westinghouse Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, 1996-97
- Chairman, American Physical Society/Northwest Section, 1998-99
- American Physical Society Shock Compression Science Award, 2001
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2002
- Chairman, Thirteenth APS Topical Conference on Shock Waves in Condensed Matter, Portland, Oregon, 2003
- First Recipient of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, 2013
- Creighton Distinguished Professor, Institute for Shock Physics, 2013 – present
- P. Grivickas, M. D. McCluskey and Y. M. Gupta. “Use of Dynamic Compression to Probe Semiconductor Response at Large Strains.” Physica Status Solidi (b). 250(4): 683-687. (2013).
- D. Lacina and Y. M. Gupta. “Temperature Measurements and an Improved Equation of State for Shocked Liquid Benzene.” The Journal of Chemical Physics 138(17): 174506. (2013).
- J. M. Winey and Y. M. Gupta. “Shock-compressed graphite to diamond transformation on nanosecond time scales.” Physical Review B 87(17): 174104. (2013).
- Z. A. Dreger and Y. M. Gupta. “High Pressure–High Temperature Polymorphism and Decomposition of Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN).” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 117(25): 5306-5313. (2013).
- M. Lucas, J. M. Winey and Y. M. Gupta. “Shock Compression of Pyrolytic Graphite to 18 GPa: Role of Orientational Order.” Journal of Applied Physics 114(9): 093515. (2013).
- Z. A. Dreger, Y. Tao and Y. M. Gupta. “Polymorphs of 1,1-Diamino-2,2-Dinitroethene (Fox-7): Isothermal Compression Versus Isobaric Heating.” Chemical Physics Letters 584: 83-87. (2013).
- D. Choudhuri and Y. M. Gupta. “Shock Compression of Aluminum Single Crystals to 70 GPa: Role of Crystalline Anisotropy.” Journal of Applied Physics 114(15): 153504 – 153504-7. (2013).
- Y. Tao., Z. A. Dreger and Y. M. Gupta. “High Pressure Effects on Benzoic Acid Dimers: Vibrational spectroscopy.” Vibrational Spectroscopy 73: 138-143. (2014).
- Z. A. Dreger., Y. Tao and Y. M. Gupta. “High-Pressure Vibrational and Polymorphic Response of 1,1-Diamino-2,2-dinitroethene Single Crystals: Raman Spectroscopy.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 118(27): 5002-5012. (2014).
- D. Lacina and Y. M. Gupta. “Molecular Response of Liquid Nitrogen Multiply Socked to 40 GPa.” The Journal of Chemical Physics 141(8): 084503. (2014).
- Y. Tao, Z. A. Dreger and Y. M. Gupta. “High Pressure Effects on Benzoic Acid Dimers: Vibrational Spectroscopy.” Vibrational Spectroscopy 73: 138-143. (2014).
- J. M Winey and Y. M. Gupta. “Shock Wave Compression of Hexagonal-Close-Packed Metal Single crystals: Time-Dependent, Anisotropic Elastic-Plastic Response of Beryllium.” Journal of Applied Physics 116(3): 033505. (2014).
- Y. Toyoda and Y. M. Gupta. “Shockless and Shock Wave Compression of Ballistic Gel to 1.3 GPa.” Journal of Applied Physics 116(15): 153512. (2014).
- E. L. Crowell, Z. A. Dreger and Y. M. Gupta. “High-Pressure Polymorphism of Acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin): Raman Spectroscopy.” Journal of Molecular Structure 1082(0): 29-37. (2015).
- Y. Tao, Z. A. Dreger and Y. M. Gupta. “High-Pressure Stability of 1,1-Diamino-2,2-Dinitroethene (FOX-7): H/D Isotope Effect.” Chemical Physics Letters 624(0): 59-63. (2015).
- J. M Winey, P. Renganathan and Y. M. Gupta. “Shock Wave Compression and Release of Hexagonal-Close-Packed Metal Single Crystals: Inelastic Deformation of C-Axis Magnesium.” Journal of Applied Physics 117(10): 105903. (2015).
- Z. A. Dreger, Y. Tao, B. B. Averkiev, Y. M. Gupta and T. M. Klapötke. “High-Pressure Stability of Energetic Crystal of Dihydroxylammonium 5,5′-Bistetrazole-1,1′-diolate: Raman Spectroscopy and DFT Calculations.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119(22): 6836-6847. (2015).