Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Visiting Students' Research Programme (VSRP-2018) @ TIFR

The Visiting Students' Research Programme (VSRP-2018) will be held at TIFR, Mumbai during the period May 7 to July 4, 2018.
VSRP for Mathematics will be held from June 4 - July 4, 2018.  For details, please also see School of Mathematics website.

Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics/ Computer & Systems Sciences :
1) Two years of undergraduate course work in an academic institution.
2) Should not have particpated in VSRP before.
Please note that the VSRP programme is for students currently enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's programme and not for PhD students or faculty members.

Selection is purely based on the academic performance of the student, submitted write-up and referee reports.  There is no selection test/interview.

Selected students are paid a monthly stipend @ Rs 7000/- per month and to and fro travel re-imbursement from the place of their residence.  Also, free shared accomodation on- or off- campus is provided.

How to apply

Students are encouraged to apply online.

1. Registration includes two steps : First complete basic registration step by clicking the "Apply Online" button given below.

2. During the basic registration, "Prefered Subject" indicates TIFR subject area you are applying for (Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Mathematics / Computer & Systems Sciences).

3. After completing basic registration, an email will be sent to you with a link for advanced registration.  Before proceeding to advanced registration, please keep the following ready :

a) Scanned photo (.jpg file of size not exceeding 100kb ) of your passport size photograph.

b) Students can select upto 2 departments, and for each department, they can fill in two areas of interest from the options available in the menu. Please read the
Information Brochure before you fill this section.

c) A write-up of up to 400 words, describing your interest in the most preferred field of study has to be provided in the appropriate box. The write up should not contain special characters. In particular, use of equations in write-ups is strongly discouraged.

d) Names, Affiliation, Designation, Contact address (both e-mail and physical address) and contact phone number of  two referees who would be filling referee reports for you. They should be teachers or persons with whom you have interacted academically.

The link for filling up the Referee Report Form online will be sent by email to both Referees after complete registration.
Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet can send a request for application form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope of Rs 20/- to :

Superscribed (VSRP-2018)

The Assistant Registrar (Academic)
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba
Mumbai 400005.
Last date for application : 
For Maths - February 28, 2018
For all other subjects - January 31, 2018
To Apply Online Click Here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 with one half to
Rainer Weiss

LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration
and the other half jointly to
Barry C. Barish

LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration
Kip S. Thorne

LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration
"for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves"


Gravitational waves finally captured

On 14 September 2015, the universe’s gravitational waves were observed for the very first time. The waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago, came from a collision between two black holes. It took 1.3 billion years for the waves to arrive at the LIGO detector in the USA.
The signal was extremely weak when it reached Earth, but is already promising a revolution in astrophysics. Gravitational waves are an entirely new way of observing the most violent events in space and testing the limits of our knowledge.
LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries. Together, they have realised a vision that is almost fifty years old. The 2017 Nobel Laureates have, with their enthusiasm and determination, each been invaluable to the success of LIGO. Pioneers Rainer Weiss and Kip S. Thorne, together with Barry C. Barish, the scientist and leader who brought the project to completion, ensured that four decades of effort led to gravitational waves finally being observed.
In the mid-1970s, Rainer Weiss had already analysed possible sources of background noise that would disturb measurements, and had also designed a detector, a laser-based interferometer, which would overcome this noise. Early on, both Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss were firmly convinced that gravitational waves could be detected and bring about a revolution in our knowledge of the universe.
Gravitational waves spread at the speed of light, filling the universe, as Albert Einstein described in his general theory of relativity. They are always created when a mass accelerates, like when an ice-skater pirouettes or a pair of black holes rotate around each other. Einstein was convinced it would never be possible to measure them. The LIGO project’s achievement was using a pair of gigantic laser interferometers to measure a change thousands of times smaller than an atomic nucleus, as the gravitational wave passed the Earth.
So far all sorts of electromagnetic radiation and particles, such as cosmic rays or neutrinos, have been used to explore the universe. However, gravitational waves are direct testimony to disruptions in spacetime itself. This is something completely new and different, opening up unseen worlds. A wealth of discoveries awaits those who succeed in capturing the waves and interpreting their message.

Read more about this year's prize

Popular Science Background

Scientific Background

Rainer Weiss, born 1932 in Berlin, Germany. Ph.D. 1962 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA. Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA. http://web.mit.edu/physics/people/faculty/weiss_rainer.html B

Barry C. Barish, born 1936 in Omaha, NE, USA. Ph.D. 1962 from University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Linde Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA https://labcit.ligo.caltech.edu/~BCBAct/ K

Kip S. Thorne, born 1940 in Logan, UT, USA. Ph.D. 1965 from Princeton University, NJ, USA. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA https://www.its.caltech.edu/~kip/index.html/

Source: https://www.nobelprize.org

Tuesday, August 1, 2017



NOV 15-16, 2017

Organised by    

Department of Physics




1. Nanostructured materials
2. Metallic and inter-metallic materials
3. Ferroelectric and dielectric materials
4. Magnetic & Spintronic materials
5. Multiferroic materials
6. Semiconducting materials
7. Electronic and optoelectronic materials
8. Laser and Nonlinear optical materials
9. Crystal Growth and characterization
10. Thin films and coating
11. Surface & Composites materials
12. Ceramics and Polymeric materials
13. Energy storage materials
14. Sensor & smart materials
15. Bio & Multifunctional materials
16. Superconducting materials
17. Corrosion resistant materials
18. Modeling and simulation
19. Solar Cell materials
20. Other areas relevant to the focus of the conference

All participants whose papers are accepted should register and pay the registration fee deadline 20.10.2017The manuscripts of the registered participants alone will be printed in the proceedings with ISBN. The participants without papers may also register on or before 10.10.2017. The details of registration fee are
1. Academicians:  Rs. 1000
2. Industry:  Rs. 1500
3. Students/Research Scholars: Rs. 750

Accommodation will be provided only to the outstation participants on request in the hostels within the university campus at nominal rate. For accommodation contact Dr.S.Sathik Basha, Asso. Prof. Ph. 9444226819.
Research paper submission opens : 01.08.2017
Last date for paper submission : 01.10.2017
Intimation of acceptance (by email) : 10.10.2017
Last date for registration : 20.10.2017
Convener's mail and ph: 
Email: shameembanu@bsauniv.ac.i n
Ph: 9444642535