• Wed
      3:00 pmAuditorium

      Title. Touch the Sky With Glory:
      The Nation’s Air Power – The Weapon Systems of the IAF, its contemporary technology and our capability to secure the Nation
      Speaker.: Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman PVSM AVSM VM VSM (Rted)

    • Wed
      3:00 pmAuditorium

      Title. The work of three World War Two cartoonists
      Speaker. Mr. E.P. Unny, Chief Political Cartoonist, The Indian Express.

    • Wed
      3:30 pmAuditorium

      Speaker. Mr Nakul Bhalla

      About the speaker. Mr Nakul Bhalla is a graduate in mechanical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology. He worked as a central planning engineer at Larsen and Toubro limited and then as a research assistant at IISc Bangalore. Starting a new chapter of his life, he joined the Dramanon Theatre Company as a creative partner and then later went on to start his own theatre company, The SparkPlug Theatre Company which is more than three and a half years old now.

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    • Mon

      Crosstalk 6. Electronic Warfare during World War II

      5:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Swaroop Sahoo
      Title. Electronic Warfare during World War II
      Abstract. During World War II various countries attained varied level of technological expertise. The technological expertise or readiness covered various fields of science and technology. Some of the fields with lot of research activities, inventions, design and experiments were electronic warfare and navigational technology.
      This talk will give an introduction to various electronic warfare techniques, related hardware inventions and uses. It will also provide an insight into the war doctrines of countries and resultant uses of electronic warfare of 1935-45. This talk will also introduce the basic details of the navigational technology used by guided bombers (for bombing and landing) and first missiles (V1 and V2) of World War 2 years.


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    • Mon

      Title: "Concrete Ways of Improving the Teaching of Experimental Physics"

      4:00 pmConferrence Room

      Talk by Dr. Mani from Quazar Technologies

      Speaker: Prof Deshdeep Sahdev, Research Division, Quazar Technologies, New Delhi
      Title: "Concrete Ways of Improving the Teaching of Experimental Physics"
      Abstract: It is widely observed that the best students in India gravitate
      towards theoretical physics. Is it possible to make Experimental Physics
      every bit as (and possibly, even more) exciting than theoretical pursuits?
      I will try to convince the audience that this is indeed feasible, using
      several experiments which we have been designing. These experiments not
      only clarify fundamental concepts but link up beautifully to research and
      Dr. Sahdev trained, as a particle theorist, in leading groups at Cornell
      University, Univ. of Pennsylvania, and the International Center for
      Theoretical Physics (Italy) among others. While at these centers, he
      worked and interacted with several nobel laureates including Prof.Salam,
      Ken Wilson, Steven Weinberg and Richard Feynman.
      He then joined IIT Kanpur, where over two decades of innovative teaching,
      he turned out some of the best physicists of the country. Many of his
      students have, by now, received the Bhatnagar, Infosys and other prizes.
      Prof. Sahdev has contributed to several branches of physics: He was a
      co-discoverer of radiation zeroes and of their use in determining the
      anomalous magnetic moment of the W-boson. He is one of the original
      pioneers of the field of higher-dimensional cosmologies. He has worked on
      the non-linear dynamics of Josephson-Junction arrays and has developed
      several algorithms for simulating them.
      More recently, he has made considerable progress in achieving the
      integration of theory, computation, experiment and instrumentation at
      QuazarTech --- a Research Lab, Educational Center and Company, all merged
      into a single entity --- which he set up. In particular, he and his group
      have developed several Scanning Probe Microscopes, Physical Properties
      Measurement and Data-acquisition Systems, and used them not only for their
      own research and teaching, but also to facilitate teaching and research
      across the entire country.
      Speaker: Dr Mani Chandra, Research Division, Quazar Technologies, New Delhi
      Title: The Electron Fluid in Solid State Devices
      Abstract: Charge transport in solid state devices has thus far been
      predominantly Ohmic, due to collisions of
      electrons with defects and phonons. However, in devices with sufficiently
      low defect densities and in which electron-phonon interactions are
      suppressed, it is the momentum conserving electron-electron interactions
      that dominate charge transport. This results in a viscous flow, like a
      fluid, and leads to interesting signatures in experimental transport
      measurements. I will show full device simulations of the transition from
      an Ohmic flow to a viscous flow & showcase the experimental
      instrumentation that my group is building in order to investigate this
      Dr Mani Chandra completed his 5Year(Int) MSc from IIT Kanpur at the top
      of his class and proceeded for his doctorate in Theoretical & Computational
      Relativistic Astrophysics to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
      His PhD thesis earned him the Chu Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.
      As part of this work, he co-authored GRIM, a package for studying thermal
      transport in accretion discs around super-massive black holes. He turned
      down prestigious post-doctoral prospects to return to India and start the
      Research Division at Quazar Technologies, where he has just completed a year.
      Over this period, he has co-authored with a student of his at Quazar, a
      world-class package called BOLT, for solving Boltzmann and Boltzmann-like
      equations in fields as varied as astrophysics and condensed matter physics.
      He is now trying to design experiments verifying some of the predictions of

      the package, which his group can carry out at Quazar Research.