NIHIL ULTRA: Nothing Beyond

Department of Physics (B.Sc.)

Dr. Indranath Chaudhuri (IC), M.Sc (CU), Ph.D (CU).
Head of the Department

 

The Department of Physics, being one of the oldest departments of our Institution has a strong lineage related to science education in the state of West Bengal. It also has a robust foundation developed under the pioneering guidance of renowned Jesuits like Fr. Lafont in the middle of nineteenth century along with the contributions over the years from Fr. Verstraeten, Fr. Bonhome and others. Over the years, the department has grown into the present structure with UG, PG sections as well as research activities.

From July 2018, the Department has been in step with the CBCS curriculum in Physics at the undergraduate level. The current faculty members are dedicated towards bringing quality physics education to the students often supplemented with innovative methods of teaching and guided laboratory classes. The department is also one of the few to have supplemented the courses with computation at various levels of study early on.
At the Post Graduate Level, The Physics department offers M.Sc. course in physics. The department also has Ph.D. intakes. In the M.Sc. course two specializations are offered: (1) Astroparticle Physics and (2) Solid State Electronics. The students are exposed to computing tools and numerical programming using Python and Matlab. They also learn the technique of designing experiments through computer interfacing.

The department also manages the Father Eugene Lafont Observatory (FELO) which has been resurrected in 2014 by the initiative of departmental faculty members leveraging on the FIST grant and commensurate help from the college management. It now offers a twin setup, consisting of a stellar observatory with a motorized dome and a separate sliding roof observatory meant for solar observations. Apart from their serving as a standard lab facility for astrophysics students, they are routinely used for night sky observing programs for the College and University teachers as well as students from rural schools, often as a part of the PRAYAS initiative of the college. Some instances are the International "Observe the moon" event held for UG and PG students on 28th October 2018, the Total Lunar Eclipse was observed on 31st January 2018 and the National Science day program held on the 28th of February every year. Very recently an interdisciplinary astronomical society has been formed to kindle the spirit of inquisition and research among all students and systematize outreach activities.

The Solid State Electronics Laboratory has many electronics based experimental units related to both analog and digital communications, fiber optics and microcontrollers. Hall effect measurements and magneto-resistance setups are also included.

The Science Academies' Lecture Workshop, jointly organized by The National Academy of Sciences, The Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Academy of Sciences are held in the department of physics on a regular basis. The Fr. Verstraeten Memorial lecture is also an annual lecture organised by the department with eminent scientists as invited speakers. The Physics department have also held a one of its kind refresher course in experimental physics jointly with the Indian Academy of Science with faculty members as resource persons. In association with FELO, several serial workshops like JESCOL and RAWA were held in previous years.
 

Activities:

Dr. Soma Ghosh attended a two-day workshop "Fractal Workshop" organized by Condensed Matter Physics Research Centre, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, during 13-14th December, 2018.

Dr. Tapati Dutta gave a lecture "Dimensions and Fractal" at Condensed Matter Physics Research Centre, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, on 13th December, 2018.

Prof. Gayatri Banerjee delivered a talk at Advanced Nano and Energy Materials 2018, on "Structural And Optical Properties Of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Grown By SILAR Method", University Of Western Australia, Perth on 12th - 14th December, 2018.

Mr. Somnath Sarkar of Algonic Systems Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, gave talk on "Industry Expectations for Plugging Into Academics" on 30th November, 2018.

Dr. Sarbari Guha visited the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU), School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 29-31 October, 2018 and had research-oriented academic interactions with the faculty members, students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Sarbari Guha officiated as the External examiner for the Honours students' presentations of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, on 31st October 2018.

Dr. Sarbari Guha delivered an invited lecture on "Thermodynamic analysis and the generalized second law in some Chaplygin gas models", at the School of Mathematics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, on October 30, 2018.

Dr. Sarbari Guha attended the second BRICS Symposium on Gravity, Astrophysics and Cosmology, & the 2018 South Africa Gravity Society Meeting and presented a paper entitled "Non-adiabatic spherical collapse inf(R,T) theory of gravity", at the BRICS Symposium, Durban, South Africa, 22-26th October, 2018.

Dr. Tapati Dutta delivered a talk "Introductory Concept on Cloud Physics" at Condensed Matter Physics Research Centre, Physics Department, Jadavpur University on 5th October, 2018.

Dr. Rudresh Ghosh, Academic Liaison & Application Engineer at Novacentrix, Austin gave a talk on "Flexible electronics - The answer to a more connected world" on 4th October, 2018.

The 6th Fr. Verstraeten Memorial Lecture was delivered by an eminent physicist Prof. Vikram Kumar, Professor IIT Delhi, on 14th September, 2018. The title of his talk was "Gallium Nitride - the new wonder material".
The Department of Physics, organized lectures on 10th September, 2018, highlighting the works and achievements of late Professor Stephen William Hawking. The speakers were Dr. Amit Ghosh, Theory Division, Centre for Advanced Research and Education, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata and Dr. Parthasarathi Majumdar, Senior Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute.

Prof. Gayatri Banerjee presented a poster on "Optical properties of nanorod rich copper zinc tin sulphide grown by chemical bath" at CMDAYS2018, Burdwan University, 29 th. - 31 st. August, 2018.

Prof. Gayatri Banerjee delivered a talk on "Optical Properties Of Nanorod Rich Copper Zinc Tin Sulphide Grown By Chemical Bath" at National Conference On Frontiers In Modern Physics, Adamas University, Barasat , 16 - 17th August, 2018.

Prof. D. N. Bose delivered an talk on 'Reminiscences and reflections on 'Semiconductors' at S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, on 13th July, 2018.

The 125th birth anniversary of Professor Satyendra Nath Bose was celebrated by organizing a National Summer School on Statistical Physics "Introducing Research Topics of Statistical Physics to Young Physicists" during 4 - 15 June, 2018, at S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. The organizing institutes were S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Jadavpur University and St. Xavier's College (Autonomous). A total of five final year B.Sc Physics Honours students and one M.Sc. Physics student participated in the school.

Dr. Tapati Dutta served as Co-convenor of the National Summer School on Statistical Physics, titled "Introducing Research Topics of Statistical Physics to Young Physicists", 4-15th June, 2018, at S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata.

Dr. Soma Ghosh served as a Member of the Organizing Committee for National Summer School on Statistical Physics, titled "Introducing Research Topics of Statistical Physics to Young Physicists", 4-15th June, 2018, at S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata.

Dr. Aditi Ghosh participated in a workshop on Light and Photonic Materials, held on 25th May, 2018 at CSIR Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute Kolkata. This was attended, among others, by eight students of Physics Department of St. Xavier's College

Dr. Suparna Roy Chowdhury attended a one day National Seminar on Contemporary Developments in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, Kolkata, May, 2018.

Dr. Tanaya Bhattacharyya attended a one day National Seminar on Contemporary Developments in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, Kolkata, May, 2018.

The Department of Physics held its annual program SPECTRUM on 24th March, 2018. The invited speakers were Prof. Shibaji Raha, Former Director, Bose Institute, Kolkata and Prof. Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, Director, School of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Jadavpur University.

Prof. D. N. Bose delivered an talk on 'Semiconductors - from Science to Technology' at IIT, Kharagpur, 22nd March, 2018.

Dr. Suparna Roy Chowdhury participated in UGC sponsored Winter School at University of Calcutta, February 26 - March 20, 2018.

Dr. Tanaya Bhattacharyya participated in UGC sponsored Winter School at University of Calcutta, February 26 - March 20, 2018.

Prof. D. N. Bose delivered an invited talk on 'Solar Energy - Past, Present & Future' at Asiatic Society, Kolkata on 5th March 2018.

Dr. Tapati Dutta delivered a lecture "IM transition in simulation of patterns in a drying droplet" at a seminar organized by Sir J. C. Bose Trust and Cambridge University Press at Acharya Bhavan, Kolkata on 23rd February, 2018.

Prof. D. N. Bose delivered the Material Society of India Medal Lecture as Material Scientist of the Year on 'Semiconductors - from Science to Technology' at Trichy on 15th. February 2018.

A book by J. N. Roy & D. N. Bose titled 'Photovoltaic Science & Technology' was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2018.

Prof. Betti Hartmann, IFSC, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, delivered a talk "Cosmic Strings" on 30th January, 2018.
 

Student Achievements

  1. Tamoghna Ray and Ayshi Mukherjee of 1st year Physics Honours received the Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search Senior Scholarship, by the Government of West Bengal.
  2. Tamoghna Ray and Debapriya Sil of 1st Year Physics Honours secured high ranks in the National Graduate Physics Examination, 2018 and got a chance to attend an academic workshop at IIT Guwahati on Basic Physics in June, 2018.
  3. Shaashwat Saraff, Ayaskanta Ghosh and Biju Saha of 1st Year Physics Honours, attended the National Initiative on Undergraduate Science Physics Camp, on various topics like Astronomy and Astrophysics, Theoretical and Experimental Physics. It was organized by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai from 7th to 16th June, 2018.
  4. Students of B.Sc. 1st and 2nd year participated in the college model category in the Acharya Satyendranath Bose Memorial Science and Technology Fair, organized by Paschimbanga Bigyan Mancha in January 2018 and secured the first position.
  5. Akash K. Saha of 2nd year Physics Honours, was awarded the Best Paper Award at the International Students' Conference on "Emerging Trends in Science and Technology" Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata, in February, 2018.
  6. Shayantani Ghosh of B.Sc. 2nd year gave a talk at International Students' Conference on "Emerging Trends in Science and Technology" Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata, in February, 2018.
  7. Shayantani Ghosh of 2nd year Physics Honours, carried out a summer project at S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in June - July, 2018.
  8. Saloni Deepak and Anuradha Gupta of 3rd year Physics Honours pursued a project under NIUS Camp 13 at HBCSE (TIFR) in 2018.
  9. Abhijeet Baidya of M.Sc. Physics 1st year participated in a Summer School Program organized by Institute for Plasma Research, May 28 - July 6, 2018
  10. Souradeep Pal of M.Sc. Physics 1st year completed a project under Dr. Saikat Biswas at Bose Institute, May-July 2018.
  11. Sreetama Das Choudhury of M.Sc. Physics 1st year completed a project under Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharyya at NCRA, TIFR, Pune in 2018.
  12. Souradeep Pal of M.Sc. Physics, ranked 140 in All-India JEST, 2018.

 

Rounak Chatterjee of the Physics Hons. 2016-2019 batch joined the integrated Ph.D. Programme of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Akash Kumar Saha and Debapriyo Chowdhury joined the integrated Ph.D. Programme of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Koyena Bose joined the M.Sc. Programme of Indian Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. Many of the students of this batch joined the M.Sc. Programme/Integrated Ph.D. Programme of different IITs. Pritam K Bangal and Abhik Bhattacharjee joined IIT Madras, Ankita Ghosh and Sourav Singha joined IIT Kharagpur, Subharthi Dasgupta and Pratyusha Chowdhury joined IIT Guwahati, Sugata Paul and Alapan Bera joined IIT Kanpur, Ingita Banerjee joined IIT Dhanbad and Archana Maji joined IIT Bombay. Aditya Kumar Dutta and Arittri Mallick joined the M.Sc. Programme of Indian Association of Cultivation of Science, Kolkata and Soham Sen joined the integrated PhD programme of S.N. Bose Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. Devyani Das joined the M.Sc. Programme in BHU. Salmoli Ghosh joined NIT Rourkela for M.Sc. Anubi Mallick, Moumita Paul, Sulagna Dutta, Ayon Tarafdar and Nilayan Paul joined the M.Sc. programme of Calcutta University. Prateek Giri, Biyanka Ray and Shayantani Ghosh are continuing in the M.Sc. Programme of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.