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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

HDFC Bank Scholarships 2017


HDFC Bank Scholarships 2017

'ECSS'- Educational Crisis Scholarship Support

HDFC Bank believes that the benefits of economic growth need to flow to all sections of society. Although not a panacea, education would be one of the main interventions that would lead to the overall economic and social development of the society. With the aim of empowering individuals who are economically and socially disadvantaged, the bank has initiated various projects in the field of education and livelihood training. 'Educational Crisis Scholarship Support' (ECSS) programme is envisaged to provide interim support for children facing a personal/economic exigency.

Economic hardship or a crisis in the family sometimes has a direct impact on the education of children, often resulting in the child dropping out of school/college/university. ECSS has been conceptualized to provide assistance to these students, to tide over a difficult situation/Personal/Family Crisis without adverse impact on their education.

ECSS aims to cover students from recognized Private or Government aided schools between standards 6 and 12 and students studying in undergraduate and post-graduate courses (full-time/part-time degree/diploma/ courses) who due to personal/family crises are unable to continue bearing the cost of education and are at risk of dropping out of school/college/university. This situation would be defined as bereavement/death/ terminal illness/permanent disability and loss of job of the breadwinner due to accident or any such extreme circumstances that have put a strain on the family resources. The Scholarship will cover the total annual School Fee upto a maximum of Rs.10,000/- and College/University Fee upto a maximum of Rs.25,000/- of the selected candidates.

Last Date: 15th August , 2017
For more details and apply on-line please visit : https://www.hdfcbank.com/htdocs/common/ECSS_scholarship.htm

Friday, March 3, 2017

Easy Way to find Validity Date for State Bank Maestro Cards & ways to activate BHIM App

Recently BHIM App is very popular for transfer money between various bank accounts using a unique Uniform Payment Interface (UPI) ID. In order to use that, first, download and install BHIM App in Android OS or Apple Phone.

Procedure to install BHIM can be found @ http://www.npci.org.in/BHIM_Product_Overview.aspx

FAQ on BHIM  can be found @ https://upi.npci.org.in/static/faq/en_US/

In order to activate we need to enter our debit card last six digits and Validity (Expiry) date of the card. In SBI and SBI group bank Maestro cards validity dates are not available.

To find the validity date First login to your internet banking account using https://www.onlinesbi.com/.

Then go to the e-services and chose ATM Card Services 

In that, you can find  ATM Card Limit/Channel/Usage Change.

Click and go to the ATM Card Limit/Channel/Usage Change.

In that, you can see the Card status and Expiry date.

Enter the expiry date and debit card last six digit number and activate your account. 

Enjoy! Happy Banking!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Students and Scholars of Bharathidasan University gathered to support of JALLIKATTU

Students and Scholars of Bharathidasan University gathered to support of JALLIKATTU

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

National Conference on Advanced Materials: Processing and Characterization

TEQIP - II Sponsored
National Conference on

Advanced Materials: Processing and


February 27-28, 2017

organized by

 Department of Physics,
National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli-620015, 

Tamil Nadu, India. 

 The National conference on Advanced Materials: Processing and Characterization - 2017 will provide a vibrant platform for productive discussions and sharing of experiences on various scientific and technological advancements in novel materials, their processing, characterization and applications. The AMPC – 2017 will provide opportunities for interacting with renowned researchers who are active and inspiring speakers and also to exchange expertise through plenary lectures, invited talks, Oral and Poster presentations and exhibitions by academicians, scientists, researchers, engineers and technologists.

Topics for the Conference

Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Advances in Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology
  • Ceramics and Composite Materials
  • Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Advanced biomaterials and devices
  • Carbon Based Nanomaterials
  • Coatings and Surface Engineering
  • Polymers Science and Engineering
  • Magnetic and spintronic Materials
  • Functional Materials for Energy application & Energy storage
  • Materials for Environmental Sustainability
  • Materials Processing and characterization
  • Metals, Metallurgy and Materials
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation of materials and structures
  • Advanced Optical and photonic Materials
  • Electronic and Semiconductor materials
  • Fabrication of smart devices
  • Micro-Nano fluids and applications
  • Sensors and instrumentation technology

Important Dates

Abstract Submission   :   20-01-2017
Intimation of acceptance   :   27-01-2017
Registration Fee   :   03-02-2017
Conference dates   :   27-02-2017 & 28-02-2017

For further details and registration please visit: