Rabiul Haque Biswas (PhD, PRL Ahmedabad, India, 2012)
Assistant Professor

Room 202, Block B, Old SAC Building
+91 512 259 2194 (O)
E-mail: rabiul[AT]iitk.ac.in
Personal webpage

Research Specialization

  • Application of Geo- and thermo- chronology to learn about the Quaternary history of various geological processes
  • Quantification of exhumation, exposure and erosion of rock
  • TL, OSL and ESR dating
  • Palaeothermometry


Research Interests

My research is focused on quantitative understanding of various geological processes in the Quaternary period, using different experimental techniques, mainly luminescence, and numerical (inverse) modeling. Presently, I am interested in low temperature thermochronology to understand the exhumation/erosion of rock in orogenic belt, rock surface exposure and erosion to understand glacier dynamics and climatic implication, surface palaeothermometry to understand past climate, dating of sediments to understand the dates and rates of palaeoflood deposits, tectonically developed river terraces, and evolution of paleochannels.


Professional Experience

2021-Present: Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.

2017-2020: Premier Research Assistant at University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2015-2017: FNS Senior Researcher at University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2013-2015: JSPS Post-doctoral Fellow at Okayama University of Science, Okayama, Japan.

2011-2013: Post-doctoral Fellow at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India.


Awards and Fellowships

Awarded Ramanujan Fellowship by DST-SERB in 2020

Awarded JSPS Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2015


List of Publications


Yang, Y., Herman, F., Liu, T., Biswas, R.H., Fellin, M.G., Tian, Y. , Gong, J., Jiao, R., Maden, C., Chen, H. [2021]. Enhanced Quaternary exhumation in the Namche Barwa syntaxis, eastern Himalaya, Geology. https://doi.org/10.1130/G48595.1


Biswas, R.H., Herman, F., King, G.E., Lehmann, B., Singhvi, A.K. [2020]. Surface paleothermometry using low-temperature thermoluminescence of feldspar, Climate of the Past.https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-2075-2020.


King, G.E., Tsukamoto, S., Herman, F., Biswas, R.H., Sueoka, S., Tagami, T. [2020]. Electron spin resonance (ESR) thermochronometry of the Hida range of the Japanese Alps: validation and future potential, Geochronology. https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-2-1-2020


Lehmann, B., Herman, F., Valla, P.G., King, G.E., Biswas, R.H., Ivy-Ochs, S., Steinemann, O., Christl, M. [2020]. Postglacial erosion of bedrock surfaces and deglaciation timing: New insights from the Mont Blanc massif (western Alps), Geology. https://doi.org/10.1130/G46585.1


Ott, R.F., Gallen, S.F., Wegmann, K.W., Biswas, R.H., Herman, F., Willett, S.D. [2019]. Pleistocene terrace formation, Quaternary rock uplift rates and geodynamics of the Hellenic Subduction Zone revealed from dating of paleoshorelines on Crete, Greece, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115757


Lehmann, B., Herman, F., Valla, P.G., King, G.E., Biswas, R.H. [2019]. Evaluating post-glacial bedrock erosion and surface exposure duration by coupling in situ optically stimulated luminescence and 10Be dating, Earth Surf. Dynam. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-633-2019


Morthekai, P., Biswas, R.H., Singhvi, A.K. [2019]. Charge transport in band-tail states of irradiated alkali feldspar I: Super-Arrhenius kinetics, Physica B: Condensed Matter. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physb.2019.03.002


Normand, R., Simpson, G., Herman, F., Biswas, R.H., Bahroudi, A. [2019]. Holocene sedimentary record and coastal evolution in the Makran subduction zone (Iran), Quaternary. https://doi.org/10.3390/quat2020021


Normand, R., Simpson, G., Herman, F., Biswas, R.H., Bahroudi, A., Schneider, B. [2019]. Dating and morpho-stratigraphy of uplifted marine terraces in the Makran subduction zone (Iran), Earth Surf. Dynam. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-321-2019


Biswas, R.H., Herman, F., King, G.E., Braun, J. [2018]. Thermoluminescence of feldspar as a multi-thermochronometer to constrain the temporal variation of rock exhumation in the recent past, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.04.030


Yukihara, E.G., Coleman, A.C., Biswas, R.H., Lambert, R., Herman, F., King, G.E. [2018]. Thermoluminescence analysis for particle temperature sensing and thermochronometry: Principles and fundamental challenges, Radiation Measurements. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2018.05.007


Bhattacharjee, D., Jain, V., Chattopadhyay, A., Biswas, R.H., Singhvi, A.K. [2016]. Geomorphic evidences and chronology of multiple neotectonic events in a cratonic area: Results from the Gavilgarh Fault Zone, central India, Tectonophysics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2016.04.022


Biswas, R.H., Toyoda, S., Takada, M., Shitaoka, Y. [2015]. Multiple approaches to date Japanese marker tephras using optical and ESR methods, Quaternary Geochronology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2015.01.004


Mundupuzhakal, J.K., Biswas, R.H., Chauhan, S., Varma, V., Acharya, Y.B., Chakrabarty, B.S. [2015]. Effect of thermal annealing on the thermoluminescent properties of nano-calcium fluoride and its dose–response characteristics, Radiation Protection Dosimetry. https://doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncu333


Biswas, R.H., Bhatt, B.C., Singhvi, A.K. [2013]. Effect of optical bleaching on the dosimetric TL peak in Al2O3:C for blue and UV emissions, Radiation Measurements. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2013.10.003


Varma, V., Biswas, R.H., Singhvi, A.K. [2013]. Aspects of Infrared Radioluminescence dosimetry in K-feldspar, Geochronometria. https://doi.org/10.2478/s13386-013-0125-6


Biswas, R.H., Singhvi, A.K. [2013]. Anomalous fading and crystalline structure: Studies on individual chondrules from the same parent body, Geochronometria. https://doi.org/10.2478/s13386-013-0114-9


Nawaz Ali, S., Biswas, R.H., Shukla, A.D., Juyal, N. [2013]. Chronology and climatic implications of Late Quaternary glaciations in the Goriganga valley, central Himalaya, India, Quaternary Science Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.05.016


Biswas, R.H., Williams, M.A.J., Raj, R., Juyal, N., Singhvi, A.K. [2013]. Methodological studies on luminescence dating of volcanic ashes, Quaternary Geochronology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2013.03.004


Biswas, R.H., Morthekai, P., Gartia, R.K., Chawla, S., Singhvi, A.K. [2011]. Thermoluminescence of the meteorite interior: A possible tool for the estimation of cosmic ray exposure ages, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2011.01.012


Kundu, H., Thakkar, M., Biswas, R.H., Singhvi, A. [2010]. Optical Dating of Sediments in Khari River Basin and Slip Rate Along Katrol Hill Fault (KHF), Kachchh, India, Geochronometria. https://doi.org/10.2478/v10003-010-0018-0


Singhvi, A., Chauhan, N., Biswas, R.H. [2010]. A survey of some new approaches in maximum age limit and accuracy of luminescence application to archaeological chronometry, Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry,10(4), 9-15.


Biswas, R.H., Murari, M.K., Singhvi, A.K. [2009]. Dose-dependent change in the optically stimulated luminescence decay of Al2O3:C, Radiation Measurements. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2009.04.010


Book Chapter


Biswas, R.H. [2014]. Development and Application of Luminescence to Earth and Planetary Sciences: Some Landmarks, in Luminescence: Basic Concepts, Applications and Instrumentation, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Trans Tech Publication,https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/DDF.357.217