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Niladri Modak received the Best Thesis Award at NPC 2024

Our former DPS PhD student Niladri Modak’s Ph.D. thesis titled "Weak Measurements in Spin-Orbit Optical Systems: Fundamental Consequences and Application Prospects" and supervised by Prof. Nirmalya Ghosh has been selected for the Best Thesis Award at the National Physicists' Conclave 2024 (NPC 2024). NPC 2024 is a prestigious gathering of physicists, physics enthusiasts, researchers, and experts from across India.

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Posted on: February 10th, 2024

Best Paper Award for Jeeban Kumar Nayak

The DPS PhD student Jeeban Kumar Nayak’s paper titled, “Spin-Direction-Spin Coupling of Quasiguided Modes in Plasmonic Crystals” (Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 193803 (2023) has been selected as the Best Publication of the Year 2023 at the National Physicists' Conclave 2024. NPC 2024 is a prestigious gathering of physicists, physics enthusiasts, researchers, and experts from across India. The award-winning work is the outcome of collaborative research of bioNap & Light-Matter Lab, DPS. Jeeban Kumar Nayak, a PhD student of DPS and a former BS-MS student is the primary author of this paper. The other students who were involved in this research are, Shyamal Guchhait (PhD), Harley Suchiang (former BS-MS student), and Subir Kumar Ray (former PhD student). This work was published in Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 193803 (2023) and featured on the cover page.

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Posted on: February 10th, 2024

Research Meet: 2024

The DPS will be hosting its Annual Research Meet this year on 19-20 January 2024. The program will showcase the research activities of the faculty members and postdocs carried out during the last year. Please find the detailed program in the attached document.

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Posted on: February 5th, 2024

Prof. Ayan Banerjee is the new DoSA!

Prof. Ayan Banerjee, DPS has been appointed w.e.f 01.02.2024 as the Dean of Students' Affairs (DoSA) for three years. Congratulations Ayan!

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Posted on: February 5th, 2024

Prof. Rangeet Bhattacharyya is the new DoAA!

Prof. Rangeet Bhattacharyya, DPS has been appointed w.e.f 01.02.2024 as the Dean of Academic Affairs (DoAA) for three years. Congratulations Rangeet!

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Posted on: February 5th, 2024

Prof. Dibyendu Nandi received the Peraiah Foundation Lectureship Award

Prof. Dibyendu Nandi received the Peraiah Foundation Lectureship Award for the year 2023. The lectureship is given every two years for outstanding work in theoretical astrophysics.

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Posted on: January 8th, 2024

Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi leads the building of a Center of Quantum computing.

Our former colleague Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi joined Siksha 'O' Anusandh University, Bhubaneswar with the task of building a Center of Quantum computing. We wish Prasanta great success in his new endeavor.

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2024

Prof. Soumitra Banerjee: Director of IISER Kolkata.

Prof. Soumitra Banerjee of DPS has been assigned the charge of the Director of IISER Kolkata. Congratulations SB!

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Posted on: December 20th, 2023

Sakshi Gupta joined Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist!

DPS Ph.D. student Sakshi Gupta was offered a Scientist position at the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of the Ministry of Defense, Government of India. She joined her position at DRDO in November 2023. Sakshi's research, supervised by Dibyendu Nandi, focuses on understanding the influence of stellar magnetized plasma winds on planetary and exoplanetary atmospheres. Many many congratulations!

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Posted on: December 12th, 2023

Yoshita Baruah was awarded a SCOSTEP Visiting Scholarship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

DPS Integrated Ph.D. student Yoshita Baruah was awarded a SCOSTEP Visiting Scholarship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and has completed her 3-month research visit from August to October 2023. Yoshita was also selected for the NASA Heliophysics Summer School at Boulder USA and attended the school in July 2023. Yoshita's research performed at CESSI and supervised by Dibyendu Nandi focuses on space weather and its impact on satellites.

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Posted on: December 12th, 2023

Faculty Positions Available! Application Deadline: 10 December, 2023

The Department of Physical Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata seeks applications from eligible candidates for appointment as faculty at all levels, although preference would be given to recruitment at the Assistant Professor level. Note that this is a fresh call for applications in priority areas, and it is preferred that any past applicants who fit into these areas (given below), apply to this specific call by the deadline.

The Department’s research portfolio encompasses almost all major areas of physics, exploring ideas and phenomena that encompass several orders of magnitude not only in terms of length but also in energy and time. The topics currently covered include condensed matter physics and material science, biophysics, soft matter physics, complex systems, light-matter interaction, astrophysics, space science, gravitation and cosmology, high energy physics, atomic and molecular physics, non-linear dynamics, quantum information processing, quantum computation, and mathematical physics. The experimental endeavours are well supported by several high-end instruments and facilities such as Micro-Raman Spectroscopy, SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device), custom-designed velocity map Imaging Spectrometry, ultra-fast spectroscopy (including a Femtosecond laser oscillator and amplifier), Atomic Force Microscopy, and many others. Some of our experimentalists have also developed state-of-the-art apparatus which include optical tweezers and photonic force spectroscopy, dark field fluorescence Mueller Matrix polarization spectroscopy, and low-temperature electron spin resonance (ESR) towards quantum computation. Additionally, DPS faculty have also contributed to the creation of two Centres of Excellence supported by generous extramural funding from various Ministries of the Government of India: the Centre of Excellence in Space Sciences, India (CESSI), and the National Centre for High-Pressure Studies (NCHPS). DPS has recently also inducted a high-performance computational facility for its members.

Through this specific recruitment drive we are seeking to appoint a few faculty members in the following priority areas to enhance and complement our activities. Applicants must add one of the following areas in the 'Research Area' field in the application form.

1. Experimental Condensed Matter Physics 2. Experimental High Energy Physics 3. Experimental Soft Matter Physics 4. Observational Astronomy 5. Experimental Optics and Spectroscopy

Prospective faculty applicants from other areas can apply through the rolling advertisement.

Application Deadline: 10 December, 2023

https://apply.iiserkol.ac.in/faculty/

We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. For eligibility criteria and other requirements, standard MoE norms will be followed. The Government of India's policy regarding reservations will be adhered to during recruitment at all levels.



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Posted on: November 18th, 2023

Physical Reviwew Letter publication by Mr. Adway Kumar Das and Dr. Anandamohan Ghosh. Congratulations!

Adway Kumar Das, Anandamohan Ghosh, Ivan M. Khaymovich published in Physical Review Letters (Vol. 131, No. 16). Many congratulations! https://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.131.166401 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.131.166401

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Posted on: November 16th, 2023

Joint research of bioNap & Light Matter Lab is in the cover page of Physical Review Letters!

“Spin-Direction-Spin Coupling of Quasiguided Modes in Plasmonic Crystals” has been published in Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 193803 (2023) and featured on the cover page. Jeeban Kumar Nayak, a Ph.D. student of DPS and a former BS-MS student, is the primary author of this paper. The other students who were involved in this research are, Shyamal Guchhait (PhD), Harley Suchiang (former BS-MS student), and Subir Kumar Ray (former PhD student).

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Posted on: November 13th, 2023

IISER Kolkata wins GOLD in iGEM 2023!

The IISER Kolkata iGEM team has bagged Gold in the iGEM 2023 competition. The team included three students from the Department of Physical Sciences - Soumyajit Datta, Swarnendu Saha, and Pratyay Pal. Prof. Rumi De from the DPS was one of the PIs whose guidance was invaluable!

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Posted on: November 7th, 2023

𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗨𝗡!

Prof. Dibyendu Nandi and a team of students and staff from CESSI and Physics were invited to witness the launch of the ISRO Aditya,-L1 mission from Sriharikota. CESSI, IISER Kolkata personnel have contributed to the development of the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope onboard the Aditya-L1 satellite. Prof. Nandi is a Co-I on the mission and a member of the Aditya Science Working Group. As Chairperson, he also led the Aditya-L1 Space Weather Monitoring and Predictions Plan Committee for ISRO envisioning how mission data can be used to extract space weather relevant information.

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Posted on: September 9th, 2023

Welcome to the new Ph.D. batch

Welcome to our new batch of Ph.D. students! We wish you a fruitful research experience in the coming years! Also, enjoy your stay @IISER, Kolkata.

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Posted on: August 18th, 2023

'UNIVERSE' written by our postdoctoral fellow Dr. P. C. Lalremruati!

This book, "UNIVERSE" written in the Mizo language, is part of an astronomy outreach for the local Mizo people. The book is prepared precisely in most laymen's terms without losing the philosophy of science. This is the first-ever book recorded in Mizo literature that is mainly devoted entirely to the understanding of the universe. The book starts with an introduction to particle physics and ends with the ultimate fate of the universe. It also includes chapters separately on a timeline of astronomy, the importance of astronomy in daily life, an introduction to the general theory of relativity, the large-scale structure of the universe, exploring the solar system, the life of stars, the galactic centre, exoplanets and astronomical techniques.

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Posted on: August 10th, 2023

𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 for Niladri Modak

Niladri Modak, IPhD student of the Department of Physical Sciences (DPS) and working in the bio-optics & Nanophotonics (bioNap) laboratory, has received the best thesis award in the 15th PHOTONICS conference organized at IISc, Bengaluru during 5-8 July 2023.

The biennial international conference PHOTONICS is a premier conference in the emerging areas of Photonic science and technologies and Optical Physics. Niladri’s PhD thesis entitled, “Weak Measurements in Spin-Orbit Optical Systems: Fundamental Consequences and Application Prospects” has been selected for the best thesis award in the Doctoral Symposium of PHOTONICS 2023. Congratulations Niladri!



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Posted on: July 14th, 2023

Director’s Gold Medal and Chairman’s Gold Medal for Suprabha Mukhopadhyay.

Congratulations Suprabha Mukhopadhyay (18MS095) for receiving both Director’s Gold Medal (highest CGPA in the DPS) and the Chairman’s Gold Medal (Best academic performance of a student securing overall highest CGPA across all departments). The award has given on the occasion of the 10th convocation of IISER Kolkata on the 27th of July, 2023.

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Posted on: June 29th, 2023

Fazal Kareem, a DPS undergraduate student, is a part of the collaboration of the gravitational wave discovery.

Indian Pulsar Timing Array reports early signs of a Gravitational Wave background in our combined dataset with the European Pulsar Timing Array. These results corroborate with those from NANOGrav and Parkes Pulsar Timing Array. This background likely has its origins in merging supermassive black holes all across the universe, though the signal may have signs of other phenomena such as phase transitions in the earth universe. These experiments use radio telescopes to observe pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars which can be used like celestial clocks. As GWs are perturbations in space-time, these experiments detect a change in the way these clocks keep time, hence detecting gravitational waves. Fazal Kareem, an undergrad student at IISER Kolkata is a part of the InPTA team which

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Posted on: June 29th, 2023

10th Convocation of IISER Kolkata

We congratulate all DPS students (BS-MS - 54, BS - 1, I-PhD - 7, Ph.D. - 7) who graduated this year. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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Posted on: June 27th, 2023

DPS student involved in 12 exoplanets hunt using statistical tools

Surendra Bhattarai (19MS136) and his team worked on exoplanets detection using Statistical tools like TRICERATOPS, VESPA, and other methods (lightcurve, and radial velocity) since last year, and the paper got published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS): "VaTEST I: Validation of Sub-Saturn Exoplanet TOI-181b in Narrow Orbit from its Host Star". Many many congratulations.

MNRAS DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stad543 arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/2211.07957 After their first successful attempt, they expanded the study and validated 11 more new exoplanets. And this can be also be found on our 2nd paper: "VaTEST II: Statistical Validation of 11 TESS-Detected Exoplanets Orbiting K-type Stars" https://arxiv.org/abs/2301.09865 , which is published a few days ago in the Astronomical Journal (AJ).

And this work got highlighted in Times Of India press release:



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Posted on: June 8th, 2023

Adway Kumar Das received Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship.

We are happy to share the news that Adway Kumar Das, Ph.D. student of Prof. Anandamohan Ghosh of DPS, has won the 2023-24 Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship. Many congratulations to him and Prof. Ghosh.

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Posted on: May 23rd, 2023

ADG receives INSA Teachers Award!

On an occasion on 9th May 2023, our very own ADG (Dr. Ananda Dasgupta) received the INSA Teachers Award. Many congratulations!

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Posted on: May 9th, 2023

Dr. Arnab Chakrabarti becomes an Assistant Professor!

Good news from the Spin Lab! Our former member Dr. Arnab Chakrabarti joined as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Rajiv Gandhi University. Congratulations Arnab! Wish you all the best, Arnab!

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Posted on: May 5th, 2023

Soumya Mukherjee wins the best poster prize!

Congratulations to Soumya Mukherjee from Ultrafast THz Spectroscopy Group and IISER Kolkata Department of Physical Sciences for the best poster prize in ifcfpm.com/user/home.

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Posted on: April 20th, 2023

Dr. Debdatta Ray is awarded the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship

Dr. Debdatta Ray, a National Post-Doctoral Fellow, working in bioNAP lab, Department of Physical Sciences, IISER Kolkata has recently been awarded the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship. Her award-winning proposal is “Spin-orbit photonics in the palm of your hand: A first-of-its-kind miniaturized weak measurement meta-device with SOI metasurfaces”. Before joining IISER Kolkata, Dr. Ray was working as a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Muenster, Germany with the Women in Science (WIRE) Fellowship. She was also awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship to complete her Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland).

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Posted on: April 13th, 2023

Nilanjana Chanda wins the Best Paper Presentation award

Nilanjana Chanda, a DPS IPhD student working under the supervision of Prof. Rangeet Bhattacharyya, won the Best Paper Presentation award for the paper titled \"Optimal fidelity in implementing Grover\'s search algorithm on the open quantum system\", at the International Conference on Quantum Computing and Communications (QCC-2023). The conference was hosted at Baba Farid College (affiliated with Punjab University), Bathinda, Punjab, India. February 9-11, 2023.

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Posted on: February 16th, 2023

DPS hosted Yuval Gefen as an Institute Colloquium Speaker

Prof. Yuval Gefen, The Isabelle and Samuel Friedman Professor of Theoretical Physics , The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel gave an Institute Colloquium titled Weak Measurements: A peephole to the quantum world

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Posted on: January 17th, 2023

IISER Kolkata is the winner of IICM 2022

It is an honour for the Department of Physical Sciences to have talented students who made us proud by making IISER Kolkata the winner of IICM 2022. Hearty congratulations to the following DPS students who were a part of the IISERK contingent: Gold : Arkadeep Mitra (Debate) Anurit Dey , Sanchari Ray (Short film) Silver : Anchit Bhair , Ritwik Piduri, Sanchari Ray, Angshuman Bhandari, Arkoprava Ganguly (Drama) Angshuman Bhandari, Arikta Saha , Anchit Bhair (Short Film) Bronze : Namrata Banerjee (Wall Painting) Rajit Sen , Rajrupa Mondal (Battle of Bands) We will also like to congratulate all the other DPS students who were part of the IICM 2022 contingent from IISER K which includes : Saisrinivas Dhavala (Quiz), Sounak Sinha Biswas (Quiz), Barnali Das(Face painting), Navonil Saha (Photography), Meghna Dutta (Dance), Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (Dance)

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Posted on: January 2nd, 2023

Raj takes charge of Dean, Research and Development

Prof. Satyabrata Raj has recently been appointed as the Dean of Research and Development. Congratulations to him!

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Posted on: December 18th, 2022

Qauntum Hamilton-Jacobi Formalism

Congratulations Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi on his new book! The book is published by Springer

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Posted on: November 3rd, 2022

PMRF @ DPS

Congratulations to Sampurna Karmakar and Saikat Dutta from DPS for receiving the prestigious PMRF fellowship.

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Posted on: October 26th, 2022

Dr. Sayan Choudhury from DPS joins Harish-Chandra Research Institute

Our Alumni Dr. Sayan Choudhury from DPS has joined Harish-Chandra Research Institute as a faculty. He is working on the Many-body Physics of Quantum and Ultracold Matter. Congratulations Sayan! https://twitter.com/Sayan_Quantum/status/1575077117330526208

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Posted on: October 14th, 2022

Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi assumes the charge of Director, IISER Kolkata

Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi, Professor DPS has been assigned the charge of Director, IISER Kolkata w.e.f 12.10.2022. Congratulations Prasant.

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Posted on: October 13th, 2022

ICTP Associate

Dr. Koushik Dutta has become an Associate of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.Congratulations Prof. Koushik Dutta

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Posted on: September 7th, 2022

CONVERGENCE

On the occasion of Teachers' Day, on the first floor of the TRC building, the DPS started the 'CONVERGENCE Corner'! We will have coffee, sofas, and boards. Let the CONVERGENCE Corner emerge as the place for arguments, discussions, and above all fighting over the boards! The director, Prof. Sourav Pal graced the occasion!

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Posted on: September 5th, 2022

Rumi as a Women in STEM: Vanguards of lndia@75

We are extremely happy and delighted to share that Dr. Rumi De is a part of the group of 125 women chosen across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - "Women in STEM: Vanguards of India@75" : http://anyflip.com/sruan/adwe/ As India celebrates 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' at lndia@75, to highlight the women achievers leading the way across STEM in order to encourage more women to come forward in the sector, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) developed a comprehensive edition of a Compendium on "Women in STEM: Vanguards of lndia@75". The Compendium features the success stories and achievements of women luminaries, academicians, researchers, administrators, policymakers, business strategists, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and others who have made a significant mark in the arena of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Prof. Ajay Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, released the Compendium at the Inaugural Session of the Women in STEM Summit on 22 July 2022.

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Posted on: July 25th, 2022

Congratulation

The DPS @9th Convocation

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Posted on: July 14th, 2022

DPS Video

As promised, here is much awaited DPS movie! Do circulate it among your friends and in your social networks! We thank all the people who helped us immensely in making it! Enjoy ..

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Posted on: July 14th, 2022