User:Pranav Rathi

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About Me

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I love designing and building things. It does not matter if I am building a complicated scientific instrument or a simple gadget, I enjoys equally. I have many years of experience with product development. I designed and built optical tweezers, laser scanning confocal microscopes, Confocal Raman microscopes, customized confocal microscopes and spectroscopy instruments for AFMs. I have extensive experience in designing optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electrical instrumentation. I am proficient with Lab VIEW, Zemax, Solid Works, Spice and Mat Lab.


My interests are: Designing and building optical and mechanical systems and devices for research and fun, developing software for control and automation using Lab View, Mat Lab, Arduino microcontrollers, Raspberry pi, Banana pi, Beagleboard and many more. I blog my work on websites like:



  • 2013, PhD, Optical Science&Engineering, University Of New Mexico, Albuquerque-NM
  • 2010, MS, Optical Science&Engineering, University Of New Mexico, Albuquerque-NM
  • 2005, MS, Applied-Physics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff-AZ
  • 2003, MA, Mathematical Sciences, MJP-Rohalkhand University, Uttar Pradesh-UP, India


  • Optics
  • Photonics
  • Instrumentation and Automation
  • Microscope Design
  • Customized spectroscopy instruments for AFM

Skills & Expertise

  • Optics, Optical Engineering
  • Physics, Maths
  • Labview, Matlab, Solidworks, LinuX, Zemax, LaTex
  • AFM, Raman Spectroscopy, Laser scanning confocal microscopy, Optical Imaging, Optical Devices
  • Opto-Mechanical Design, Automation, Instrumentation and Control
  • Product Design
  • Electronics, Microcontroller based Automation and Control

Research interests

Optical Trap
  1. Optics: nano, nonlinear, photonics, Bio-optics and optoelectronics.
  2. Design and construction of optical, opto-mechanical, opto-electrical and other devices.
  3. Material research through AFM, confocal, near and farfield microscopy and FTIR-spectroscopy.
  4. Design and construction of devices for bio-engineering research.

Research & Work

  • [Optical Tweezers[1]]
  • [Design & Construction of devices for Optical Tweezers[2]]
  • [Other research projects [3]]
  • [Project page [4]]


Contact Info

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