Imparting Erudition

Imparting Erudition

Aug 11, 2015 | Subhadarshini Mullick

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Department of Physics and Astronomy witnessed a seminar on 3rd of August 2015 on the subject “Lepton Number Violation and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay”, the guest speaker being Dr. Manimala Mitra from Indian Institute of Science and Research, Mohali. Under the supervision of Dr.Sasmita Mishra, the PIC-Seminar of the department, the seminar proved to be a source of new concepts and a pool of knowledge.

Dr. Manimala Mitra is a DST (Department of Science and Technology) Inspire Faculty at IISER, Mohali. She has achieved her PhD degree from Harishchandra Research Institute Allahbad. After she completed her PhD, she opted for Post Doc courses in INFN (Italian Institute of Physics, Italy and IPPP (Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology), Durham, UK in the years 2012-15.  Her area of research being Theoretical Particle Physics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy grabbed the chance of having a session of discussion with this erudite lady on the subject aforementioned.

The seminar focussed on the origin of neutrino masses in beyond standard model theories and testability of these theories in experimental searches, in particular neutrinoless double beta decay and collider search, keeping the main focus on sterile neutrino and left right symmetric model. On the basis of some outstanding experimental observations and some well-known theories like the Seesaw mechanism which explains the smallness of neutrino mass and the theories that explain the electron volt neutrino masses, the seminar led the listeners to a window giving physics beyond the standard model of particle physics.

As rightly said by one of the elite scientists of the bygone era, Madam Marie Curie,

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas”

The ideas shouldn’t be restricted just to a single mind rather they should migrate to all the minds existing on earth till it reaches from where it originated. The ideas are meant to be executed and passed on to rest of the world. This seminar was a channel for the heavy inflow of ideas all the way from Mohali to Rourkela. It is worth appreciation that Dr. Sasmita Mishra facilitates such seminars which are beneficial for all the people taking part in it. More and more such seminars should be conducted which would trigger the learning process because

“Learning is one of the noblest works one can do throughout his life.”

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