FDP 2019

19 to 30 August

A two-week faculty development program (FDP) on Quantum Science and Technology (QST) was organized by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Rajasthan Council of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IITJ). The aim of this program is to develop awareness, in the field of quantum science, among the academia. This course is being coordinated by Prof. Subhashish Banerjee under the guidance of Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur. The DST team comprises of Dr. Manu Sikarwar, Project Director, DST-Govt. of Rajasthan and the PI of this program is Ms. Rekha Meena, CAO, DST-Govt. of Rajasthan. The program is being attended by around forty faculty members from various educational institutions in Rajasthan.

The course instructors were:

1. Professors Kiran Hiremath, IIT Jodhpur
2. Atul Kumar, IIT Jodhpur
3. V. Narayanan , IIT Jodhpur
4. Subhashish Banerjee , IIT Jodhpur
5. Anirban Pathak, Jaypee Institute of Information and Technology, Noida
6. Prasanta Panigraghi, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research -Kolkata
7. Sibasish Ghosh, Indian Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
8. R. Srikant, Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR), Bangalore.

The event was inaugurated on August 19, 2019 in the presence of Sri. Rajeev Jain, Project Director & Deputy Secretary, DST-Govt. of Rajasthan, Ms. Rachana Purohit, Project Officer, DST-Govt. of Rajasthan, and Professors S. R. Vadera, Bhagwati P. Kashyap, Subhashish Banerjee from IIT Jodhpur.

GIAN 2018

10 to 15 December

This was a 12-hour course on topological solitons. Solitons are localized solutions to the equations of certain nonlinear classical field theories. Such theories appear in a wide variety of areas of physics (optics, condensed matter physics and particle physics, to name but a few), making a basic familiarity with solitons particularly useful. The subject is vast, with solitons divided into two broad categories: non-topological and topological. The objectives of the lectures were as follows:

1. To impart a basic understanding of various aspects of classical field theory.

2. Familiarize the students with the theory behind topological solitons, using the kink (in φ4 theory with symmetry breaking) and vortex (in the Abelian Higgs model) as principal examples.

3. Give examples of solitons from condensed matter physics and particle physics/cosmology.

Faculty involved:

1. Prof. Richard MacKenzie is in the faculty of Physique des particules, Université de Montréal, Canada. His research interests include theoretical particle physics, quantum field theory and its applications in particle physics, cosmology and condensed matter physics. He also works on semi-classical methods, topology in field theory, solitons, instantons and quantum information.

2. Prof. Subhashish Banerjee is a faculty member of Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur. His research interests are quantum statistical mechanics, quantum field theory and quantum information.