Dr. Indranath Chaudhuri (IC), M.Sc (CU), Ph.D (CU).
Head of the Department
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.
a. Shibaji Banerjee, Dept. of Physics, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata delivered a talk on “Dark Matter May be Strange” on 19th July, 2019.
b. Tapas K. Das, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad delivered a talk on “Portrait of a dark face” on 9th August, 2019.
c. On 27th September, 2019 Dr. Suchetana Chatterjee, Dept. of Physics, Presidency University delivered a talk on ‘Supermassive Black Holes and their Host Dark Matter Halos’.
d. Rituparno Goswami, Associate Professor, School of Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville Campus), Durban 4000, delivered a talk on “Tweedledum and Tweedledee” on 17th January 2020.
e. Dr. Puragra Guha Thakurta, Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California Santa Cruz, delivered a talk on “The Andromeda Galaxy: A Testbed for Studies of Dark Matter and Galaxy Interactions” on 22nd February 2020.
f. Oindrila Deb, Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics Department, University of Basel, Switzerland, delivered a talk on “The Birth of Topological Insulators” on 28th February, 2020.
g. On 14th August 2020, Dr. Sayan Basu of University of Pretoria and SARAO, South Africa, delivered an online talk on the topic entitled “A Slice of Heavens – Rising Above the Pandemic”. It was followed by a students’ presentation organized by Xaverian Astronomical Society.
h. On 30th September 2020, Srubabati Goswami, FNA, Senior Professor at Theoretical Physics Division, Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), India, delivered an online talk in the National Webinar organized by the department on the topic entitled “Neutrinos: From Impossible Dreams to Unreachable Stars”.
i. Dr. Betti Hartmann, Dept. of Physics and Earth Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany delivered a talk on “Black Holes with Hair” on 26th February, 2021.
(Physics Hons. 2017-2020 batch)
Ayshi Mukherjee has obtained All India Rank 11 in Joint Admission Test (JAM) Physics paper. She also obtained All India Rank 12 in Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) Physics paper.
In the month of January 2020, the NGPE exam organized by IAPT was held in our college and she was one of the Top 25 students and hence, she qualified for the next level of the examination which was an experimental round. She was declared as a NGPE Gold Medalist and eligible for a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/-.
C B S Socrates, Anindita Sarkar and Ayantika Saha are also among the NGPE – 2020 National toppers.
Ayshi Mukherjee joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai). Aryaa Dattamunsi and Rahul Saxena joined IIT(ISM) Dhanbad. Anindita Sarkar joined IIT Madras. Supritha Bhowmick joined IISER Pune. Ayantika Saha and Avishuman Ray joined IIT Kanpur. Aritra Paul joined IIT Bhubaneswar, Sounak Sengupta and Sharmistha Baidya joined IIT Guwahati, Tamoghna Roy joined ICTS, Bangalore, Debapriya Sil and Debangan Maji joined University of Calcutta, Biju Saha joined Jawaharlal Nehru University, Sounak Samanta joined IIEST, Shibpur, Ayaskanta Ghosh joined NIT, Warangal, Sarbajit Dutta joined JNCASR, Bangalore, Animesh Maji joined Benaras Hindu University, Writabrata Sengupta joined Presidency University, Kolkata (as JRF under Project Funded By Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences), Ilika Banerjee, Siddhartha Sen, Ankit Kumar Gupta, CBS Socrates, Apratim Ghosal and Hrishav Das are continuing there studies at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata.
Shaashwat Saraf joined dept. of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Selwyn College to pursue M.Phil in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise in the year 2021.
(Physics Hons. 2018-2021 batch)
3.M.S.Dinesh – AIR 79 in JAM 2021
Mousumi Mitra joined IIT Gandhinagar. Sulagna Dutta joined Tata institute of fundamental research, Mumbai for Integrated Phd in Condensed matter physics , Shramana Bera, Rivu Kayal, Anwesha Ganguly, Debalina Kar, Indranil Kuthe, Kobid Deb Roy, Manisha Dutta, Varsha Biswas, Arup Ghosh, Sayantani Banerje, and Wrik Banerjee joined St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Debraj Dutta joined Satyendranath Bose National Center For Basic Sciences for Integrated PhD programme, Subham Das and Md Sariful Islam joined IIT KANPUR, Sagnik Ray joined IISER Thiruvananthapuram for Integrated PhD, Nilabja Ghosh joined M.Sc. in Big data analytics Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Mehraj Chhetri and M.S.Dinesh joined IIT Madras.
1.Dr. Tapati Dutta, delivered a lecture in the International conference ‘Droplets 2019’,16-18 September 2019: Durham, UK
Outreach Activities (Popular Lectures):
No 305795″Audio game Set for the Visually Challenged” in collaboration with RKMVERI, Belur Math
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