• 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.

    • Tue
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. K. L. Sebastian.
      Title. Surmounting barriers cooperatively

      Abstract. Many a times, long chain biological molecules have to pass through nano-sized pores.  Entering a pore is a constraint, which results in a decrease of entropy or in other words, increase in free energy.  Thus, the molecule has to cross a free energy barrier in space.  Because of these biological examples, passage of long chain molecules have been studied in vitro too.  Motivated by this  we consider the process of passage of a long chain molecule over a free energy barrier.   Interestingly, the simplest model for the process would be a chain of drunken walkers, climbing over a hill.   One can find analytical solutions for simplest possible model for such systems, known as the Rouse model.  Within this model, we find that calculating the activation energy for the process is (mathematically) equivalent to calculting the exponent in a quantum mechanical tunneling problem.  Using this, it is easy to see that for a long enough molecule,  the activation energy has to be independent of the length of the molecule.  Further, a long enough molecule will cross the barrier with a steady velocity which is determined by the “steadily moving kink” like solutions of the associated non-linear equation.  As a result, the time that it takes for the molecule to cross over the barrier is proportional to its length.  The relevance of the results to biology will be quickly outlined.

      If time permits, and if there is sufficient interest, my experiences in publishing the results too will be outlined, and it will be stressed how useful I found the to be.


    • Tue
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. Job Kurian
      Title: Laser Based Diagnostics of Thermo-Fluid Dynamic Phenomena

    • Thu
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. B. V. R. Tata.
      Title. Like likes Like: Experiments & Simulations on Charged Colloids

      Abstract. Coulomb’s law tells that like charges repel and unlike charges attract.  I will convince you by showing my own experimental and simulation results on charged colloids that like-charges attract under certain conditions viz., in the presence of   large number of counterions.  Direct measurements of pair-potential between like charged colloids have shown existence of long-range attraction in addition to the usual screened Coulomb repulsion. Though counterions are known to mediate the attraction, the exact mechanism of attraction still needs to be modelled and understood.

      The prime aim of this talk is to share with you all the excitement in establishing the “Like likes Like” through experiments using home built set-up and own simulation codes.

    • Wed
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. Pramod S. Mehta
      Title: To Breathe or Drive

      Abstract. The talk will trace the history of engines from inception to the present and bring out various challenges faced in the course of its development. The role of science and technology in sustaining mobility without further suffocation will be highlighted and future prospects discussed.

    • Wed
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Dr. Padmesh A.
      Title: Designs For Purpose: Nature is a Brilliant Designer!

      Abstract. The talk will introduce you through different molecular assemblies ( specifically the macromolecules) in living systems, their organisation and functions, giving emphasize on PROTEINS (polypeptides). To conclude, a small polypeptide is investigated to understand its structural preference.

    • Mon
      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.


    • Wed
      5:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Deepu P
      Title. Pee-dynamics
      Abstract. Dr. David Hu and his team recently showed that nearly all mammals take 21 s to empty their bladder irrespective of their body size. This discussion will reveal a conspiracy between isometry of the urinary system and hydrodynamics of urination to achieve this invariance.
      Ref:  Yang, P. J., Pham, J., Choo, J., & Hu, D. L. (2014). Duration of urination does not change with body size. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(33), 11932-11937.
    • Tue
      3:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Anand T. N. C., IIT Madras
      Title. Studies on droplets and sprays
      Abstract. Droplets and sprays are ubiquitous in daily life and play very important roles in diverse fields of engineering. The first part of the talk, will give a brief introduction to the kind of work we are pursuing in this field.
      The main portion of the talk will deal with droplet evaporation. Droplet evaporation is at the heart of all combustion systems, and also important in varied applications such as spray drying to form powders, spray painting, ink-jet printing, 3-D printing for additive manufacturing, etc. While several studies have been performed on single evaporating droplets in literature, the phenomenon has still not been completely explained. A fundamental study was performed to explore the reasons for deviations in the experimental and calculated (diffusion driven) evaporation rates of a pendant droplet in a 'quiescent' ambient. The results of the experiments, which show interesting insights into the common assumption of a quiescent environment in the presence of evaporation, will be presented.
      The last few minutes of the talk will very briefly introduce some thoughts on the dehumidification and water extraction process which we plan to work on. Studies on this area could especially benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach from interested members of the audience.

  • Event Information:

    • 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.