Raman Research Institute

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The Raman Research Institute (RRI to German Raman Research Institute ) is a research facility in Bangalore, India. It was founded by Nobel laureate CV Raman. It is funded mainly by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India.


In December 1934, the Government of Mysore gave the Indian Academy of Sciences, which was founded by CV Raman, a plot of land in Bangalore. Raman collected in the following donations in order to build on the property, an independent research organization. 1943 enough funds for the construction came together in 1948 and the first building of the Institute was completed. Until his death in 1970 Raman worked on the development and expansion of the research institute.


The main research areas are

Astronomical research institutes

The focus of astronomical research lies with the RRI on radio astronomy. So runs the RRI for example, its own broadband receiver at the Green Bank Observatory. It also is a partner with various radio telescopes such as the

  • Mauritius Radio Telescope,
  • Gauribidanur Low Frequency Array and the
  • Murchison Widefield Array

The involvement of the Raman Research Institute at the Murchison Widefield Array aims inter alia at research of radio galaxies and quasars.

Research in theoretical physics

One focus of the research of the RRI is on soft matter. The working group explored primarily liquid crystals, among others, with the aim to reduce the energy requirement of displays. In this context, access various publications in Physical Review E.

Study programs

The RRI offers the following programs:

  • PhD course
  • Various postdoctoral fellowship programs
  • An exchange program for visiting students