Engineering (like music) has to be learnt by practice. QuazarTech provides
a unique environment for doing just that. To convince the audience of
this, I will start by taking it through a fascinating journey which saw us
developing Scanning Probe Microscopes and Physical Properties Measurement
Systems all the way out to internationally competitive standards. I will
then describe how we have gone about enhancing the base so developed for
research in material science, condensed matter physics and
nano-technology, with packages for scientific computation, many designed
and developed (like our instruments) essentially from scratch. By the end
of the talk, I hope to convince the audience that the complete & seamless,
indigenous integration of theory, computation, experiment and
instrumentation, which we are beginning to achieve at QuazarTech holds out
the promise of tackling some really interesting physics problems, a few of
which I will describe.
Note: QuazarTech is in a position to accept a limited number of students
for summer internships. Students with a deep interest in physics &
chemistry and/or a verifiable record of tinkering are strongly encouraged
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Sahdev trained, as a particle theorist, in leading groups at Cornell
University, Univ. of Pennsylvania, and the International Center for
Theoretical Physics (Italy) among others. While at these centers, he
worked and interacted with several Nobel laureates including Prof. Salam,
Ken Wilson, Steven Weinberg and Richard Feynman.
He then joined IIT Kanpur, where over two decades of innovative teaching,
he turned out some of the best physicists of the country. Many of his
students have, by now, received the Bhatnagar, Infosys and other prizes.
Prof. Sahdev has contributed to several branches of physics: He was a
co-discoverer of radiation zeroes and of their use in determining the
anomalous magnetic moment of the W-boson. He is one of the original
pioneers of the field of higher-dimensional cosmologies. He has worked on
the non-linear dynamics of Josephson-Junction arrays and has developed
several algorithms for simulating them.
More recently, he has made considerable progress in achieving the
integration of theory, computation, experiment and instrumentation at
QuazarTech --- a Research Lab, Educational Center and Company, all merged
into a single entity --- which he set up. In particular, he and his group
have developed several Scanning Probe Microscopes, Physical Properties
Measurement and Data-acquisition Systems, and used them not only for their
own research and teaching, but also to facilitate teaching and research
across the entire country.