Kalum Palandage
Senior Lecturer in Physics
Phone: (860) 297-4197 Office Location: McCook 224A
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Trinity College faculty member since 2010
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Ph.D., Univ. of Connecticut
M.S., Univ. of Connecticut
B.S., Univ. of Colombo

Kalum Palandage has been a member of Trinity College since 2010. He earned his B.S. in Physics (Honors) with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and continued his education, obtaining  MSc and Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Connecticut.

Palandage' s primary research focus is Computational Condensed Matter Physics, a field that involves utilizing powerful computers to simulate and comprehend the behavior of electrons, atoms, and molecules. He maintains close collaborations with Brookhaven National Laboratory and makes use of their advanced computational resources for his research. His work revolves around exploring these simulations to gain insights into complex quantum systems. A notable area of his research involves the study of magnetic semiconductors, for which he employs a specialized technique known as Density Functional Theory (DFT) to investigate these materials on a fundamental level.

Beyond his contributions to condensed matter physics, Palandage engages in research related to radiation and biology as well. He shows interest in utilizing tools like Geant4 and techniques such as Monte Carlo simulations to study the behavior of radiation in different scenarios, thus illuminating its interactions in various contexts.