Prasoon K. Shandilya

I am an experienced photonics and optomechanics experimentalist. I like to use my skill, hands-on experience, and passion for nanophotonics and quantum systems to solve and address the challenges that our society faces today.


Graduate Assistant - Research

University of Calgary

Developed innovative experimental techniques for the demonstration of optomechanical driving of spins.

Presented my research results at numerous international conferences.

Trained team members in photonics and cavity optomechanics measurement techniques.

2018 - Present

Graduate Assistant - Teaching

University of Calgary

PHYS435 (2019): Graded assignments and exams for 45 third-year undergraduate students taking the course on Fourier analysis, Laplace Transforms, and complex analysis.

PHYS323 (2018): Supervised laboratory experiments, and graded lab-reports for 20 second-year undergraduate students on optics & electromagnetism course.

2018 - 2019

Summer Research Intern

IISER Kolkata

Reviewed quantum secure direct communication protocols using GHZ states and entanglement swapping that enables data sharing among any arbitrary number of users without a direct quantum channel.


Summer Research Intern

IIT Bombay

Established linear optical properties of Azulene using a numerical approach based on the Pariser–Parr–Pople model hamiltonian. It required us to develop code for determining the structure of the compounds.



University of Calgary

Doctor of Philosophy
Proposed thesis title: Controlling Spins Using an Optomechanical Resonator
January 2018- Present

IISER Kolkata

BSc-MSc Dual in Physics
Thesis title: Entanglement Criteria for Non-Gaussian States
August 2012 - May 2017

Leadership roles

Professional engagement
  • 2020-Present: Vice President Operations, UCalgary nanoGroup
  • 2020: Co-organizer - Quanta Industry Series webinars 2020, Quanta CREATE
  • 2020: Co-organizer - UCalgary GSA’s Road To Success In Grad School
  • 2018-2020: Organizer - Barclay Lab Journal Club
  • 2014-2015: Vice President Finance - IISER Kolkata Inquivesta.
  • 2020-Present: UCalgary GSA Academic Support committee member.
  • 2019-Present: Let’s Talk Science at the University of Calgary


  • Optical and mechanical characterisation of nanophotonic devices.
  • Characterisation and control of solid-state qubit systems.
  • Measurement and data acquisition automation using MATLAB.
  • FDTD modelling and simulation using COMSOL.
  • Data analysis, and numerical estimations using MATLAB.
  • Collaborative drafting of research papers using Overleaf.
Programming Languages & Tools


Apart from being an experimatal researcher, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors, playing basketball, and grooving photography.

When forced indoors, I delight myself by engaging myself in mobile app development and drawing comics. I also spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest technology advancements in the photonics and quantum world.