GUWAHATI, March 18 - A workshop titled �Emerging Areas of Science and Technology� was organised by the Department of Physics, Assam Engineering College in association with Physics Academy of North East (PANE) here on March 14 as part of Albert Einstein�s birthday celebration, said a press release issued today.
Prof Bosanta Ranjan Boruah of IIT Guwahati delivered a talk on the topic �Light as information Carrier� wherein he discussed the basic principles of the optical fibre communication system. He extended the discussion to free space optical communications (FSO), which have a number of potential advantages relative to cable-based communication systems.
Prof Arun Chattopadhyay, Department of Chemistry and Centre for Nanotechnology, IIT Guwahati delivered a talk on the topic �Nano and its Future�.
Prof Chattopadhyay provided the basic ideas of physics at nano-scale with a historical background and then discussed its futuristic applications. He talked about the scientific and technological anticipation and the latest progress in the field of nano-scale science and delved into the application potential of nano-materials in order to solve problems of human health, the environment, energy, in addition to potential use of the materials in modern devices.
Dr Biman J Medhi of the Department of Physics of Gauhati University delivered a talk on �Extremely Large Modern Telescope for Next Generation�. He provided a basic idea on adaptive and active optics and illustrated the proposed large scale telescope TMT (thirty metre telescope), astronomy�s next-generation observatory, scheduled to start operation in 2027.
�TMT will allow us to see deeper into space and observe cosmic objects with unprecedented high resolution. Observations from this kind of telescope in the wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared, will allow the astronomers to understand star and planet formation, nature of extra-solar planet and galaxy, search for life elsewhere in the universe, relationship between black hole and galaxy, etc. TMT will provide high-scale resolution images more than 12 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope,� he said.
The workshop sessions were chaired by Dr Sovan Chakraborty, Dr Subhaditya Bhattacharya of IIT Guwahati and Dr PK Dhar of Arya Vidyapeeth College.
Earlier, Dr Atul Bora, Principal of Assam Engineering College inaugurated the programme. Reeta Goswami, HoD of Physics of AEC and Dr Pradip Baishya, the coordinator of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-III) of AEC welcomed the audience. Dr Subhaditya Bhattacharya of the Department of Physics of IITG briefly described the various activities carried out by PANE and inaugurated the March 2020 issue of the PANE newsletter.