Indian Institute of Technology
Department of Physics
Prof. Jagadishwar Mahanty Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics
The Inaugural Lecture in the series will be delivered
Professor G. Baskaran,
Institute of Mathematical Science, Chennai
Excitements in Condensed Matter Physics
Date: 07.04.2005 (Thursday)
Time: (Tea will be served at )
Physics deals with issues from quarks to the cosmos. Its ability to describe material world in a wide range in space and time is truly staggering. Condensed matter physics deals with materials issues in a limited range of scale, nanometers to meters and nanoseconds to hours. The `quantum mechanics controlled' organization of atoms and molecules in natural and laboratory synthesized materials has led to a variety of fascinating phases of matter, physical properties, complex processes and phenomena, including `life'. What was believed to be a dirty, messy and less interesting corner of physics has turned out to be an intellectually challenging field of research and has touched every corner of science, from biology to pure mathematics. It has become a fertile ground for scientific revolutions, many of them silent, in the last century. In this talk I will describe some of the excitements in this field, including a superfluid behavior of solid Helium and fascinating electrical properties of carbon nanotubes.
About the speaker
Prof. G. Baskaran is a highly acclaimed condensed matter physicist and is internationally known for his contributions to the theory of high temperature superconductivity, strongly correlated electron systems, quantum Hall effect, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. Recently he has been working on the transport of chargeless particles with spin known as ‘spinons’ and has coined a term ‘Spinonics’ to describe the manipulation of these particles. He is also interested in theoretical biology in problems such as gene organization in bacteria, exciton transport in photosynthetic system and electrons transport in DNA.
Prof. Baskaran received his Ph. D.
form Indian Institute of Science,
Baskaran has received many prestigious awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar
award (1990) and ICTP Prize (1983). He is a fellow of
Prof. Jagadishwar Mahanty Lecture Series in Physics.
Prof. Jagadishwar Mahanty Lecture Series in Physics has been instituted by Dr. Siddharth Mahanty in memory of his father, Prof. Jagadishwar Mahanty, who was a faculty member of the Physics Department at IIT Kanpur from 1961-1972. He made important contributions to Condensed Matter Physics, particularly, to the study of many body physics, lattice dynamics, van-der-Waals interactions and electronic structure of solids.
Mahanty was born on
Prof. Mahanty was an excellent physicist with a very modest and kind personality. His helpful nature to both students and colleagues was a great asset of his character. He was a warm and caring person who is greatly missed by his family and friends.