Mahendra K. Verma

PhD (University of Maryland)

Professor, Department of Physics




  • B. Tech. (IIT Madras)
  • PhD (University of Maryland, USA)



  • M. K. Verma, Introduction to Mechanics, Second Edition, Universities Press, Hyderabad (2016).

  • M. K. Verma, Anisotropy in Quasi-Static Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence, Rep. Prog. Phys., 80, 087001 (2017)

  • M. K. Verma, A. Kumar, and A. Pandey, Phenomenology of buoyancy-driven turbulence: recent results, New J. Phys., 19, 025012 (2017).

  • M. K. Verma, Statistical theory of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, Phys. Rep., 401, 229-380 (2004).

  • O. Debliquy, M. K. Verma, and D. Carati, Energy fluxes and shell-to-shell transfers in three-dimensional decaying magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, Phys. Plasmas, 12, 42309 (2005).

  • M. Chandra and M. K. Verma, Flow reversals in turbulent convection via vortex reconnections, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 114503 (2013).

  • A. Kumar, A. G. Chatterjee, and M. K. Verma, Energy spectrum of buoyancy-driven turbulence, Phys. Rev. E, 90, 023016 (2014).

  • M. K. Verma, S. Manna, J. Banerjee, and S. Ghosh, Universal scaling laws for large events in driven nonequilibrium systems, Europhys. Lett., 76, 1050 (2006).

  • A. Pandey and M. K. Verma, Scaling of large-scale quantities in Rayleigh-Bénard convection, Phys. Fluids, 28, 095105 (2016)


  • We have developed a general-purpose flow solver named Tarang (synonym for waves in Sanskrit) over past one decade. It is a parallel and modular C++ code with around 1 lacs lines of code length, and it can solve incompressible flows involving pure fluid, Rayleigh–Bénard convection, passive and active scalars, magnetohydrodynamics, liquid metals, etc. Tarang at present scales up to 16,000 processors, and we plan to push it up to 64,000 processors in near future. It is an open-source code and it can be downloaded from At present, Tarang is being used by several research groups (8 in India, and 3 abroad). This work was supported in part by Swarnajayanti fellowship and Institute support.

  • Swarnajayanti fellowship, 2006

  • Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Teachers Award, 2016.

  • Associate of International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy (2004-2009).

  • Member of Program Advisory Committee of Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), India

  • Member of the Astrophysics and Physics Application Group under the National Supercomputing Mission


  • Ph. D. students: Anando Chatterjee, Shaswat Bhattacharya, Satyajit Barman

  • Postdocs: Abhishek Kumar

  • Project students: Roshan Samuel, Mohammad Anas

  • Lab staff: Manmohan Dewbanshi


Department of Physics
IIT Kanpur,
Kanpur 208016

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