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Malathy Devi

Adjunct Professor of Physics

Email: [[mdvenk]]
Phone Number: 757-864-5521
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Research Interests

Dr. V. MALATHY DEVI is a Research Professor at the College of William and Mary with over 30 years of experience in the field of laboratory molecular spectroscopy. She is skilled in hands on laboratory measurements and testing as well as the analysis and interpretation of the infrared spectra of several molecules. After earning her B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Physics from India, she did her postdoctoral research from 1977 to 1980 at the Ohio State University under the guidance of the late Professor K. Narahari Rao. She became involved in conducting laboratory high-resolution spectroscopic studies of several molecular species (e.g. CO2, NO2, HCN, NH3, ND3, PH3, GeH4, CH3I, CH2DI, O3 and C2H2) using grating spectrometers and tunable diode laser spectrometers. During the period 1980 to 1983 she served as a Research Physicist at NOAA/NESDIS Satellite Experimental Laboratory, Suitland, Maryland on an Inter-Governmental Personnel Assignment between OSU and NOAA. While working as a Research Physicist at NOAA/NESDIS she studied the infrared spectra of several molecules of atmospheric interest (such as CH4, CO2, NO2, NH3) using a tunable diode laser spectrometer system. In the present position with the College of William and Mary since 1983, she continues her spectroscopic studies using the tunable diode lasers and Fourier transform spectrometers with extensive measurements of spectra of molecules including CH4, CH3D, CO, CO2, H2O, HDO, D2O, COF2, CS2, H2O2, O3 (including several of its isotopic species) HCN, CH3CN and C2H6. She has also occasionally assisted in teaching courses and supervising undergraduate student research in the Physics Department at the College. Her research work has been documented in over 175 journal articles.


PhD 1968, Cochin