Anil Shaji


I was born and brought up in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. After finishing B.Sc. (Physics) from University College Thiruvananthapuram, l obtained my M.Sc. in Physics from IIT-Madras. I did my Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin with prof. E. C. G. Sudarshan on open quantum systems and quantum information. I was a postdoc at the University of New Mexico, working in the information physics group with Prof. Carlton M. Caves. I took up an assistant professor position at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research - Thirvananthapuram (IISER TVM) in June 2009.



School of Physics


CET Campus

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala,

India 695010



Ph.D - University of Texas, Austin

  1. M.Sc. - IIT Madras

B. Sc. - University of Kerala

Research interests

Quantum information theory

Open quantum dynamics

Quantum limited measurements

Statistical Physics

Molecular energy transfer

Patterns in plants

Foundations of Quantum mechanics


PHY 211: Quantum mechanics (2009)

PHY 112: Electromagnetism (2010, 2013)

PHY 312: Classical mechanics (2010, 2012)

PHY 322: STR & EM Theory (2011)

PHY 612: Mathematical Methods (2011)

PHY 313: Quantum Mechanics 2 (2011)

PHY 311: Mathematical Methods (2011)

PHY 422: Atomic & Molecular Physics (2012)

PHY 4105: Quantum Information Theory

My links

Curriculum Vitae

IISER Trivandrum

QI research groups

University of New Mexico

California Institute of Technology

University of Southern California

The Perimeter Institute

University of Waterloo


University of Queensland

Griffiths University

University of Oxford

Imperial College

Other useful links


Physical Review Letters

Physical Review A

Personal Information

The common theme that ties together my research is the exploration of the different perspective on natural phenomena furnished by quantum information theory with the aim of gaining new insight into them. I choose to take the perspective provided by information theory in studying physical phenomena because I believe that information, quantified in a suitable form, has an important role – perhaps as important as that of energy and momentum – in

understanding the natural world. In my view ideas from information theory, fundamentals of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics and other fields have to all come together to construct a comprehensive understanding of quantum information dynamics.

As part of this larger program, my current research focus includes investigating the fundamental and practical limits on the measurement precision in quantum metrology. I am also working on some aspects of open quantum dynamics. The quantification and understanding of non-classical correlations in quantum states including but not limited to entanglement is another one of my research projects. The spin-statistics connection, the quantum Zeno effect and quantum entanglement in continuous variable systems are some of the topics I have previously worked on and am interested in pursuing further.

You can find a detailed description of my research interests in PDF format here.

Research Interests