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As you know, this year Nobel prize in Physics has been awarded to Jim Peebles, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz ``for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the cosmos".

We are happy to announce a seminar on this year Physics Nobel Prize by Prof. Raghavan Rangarajan from Ahmedabad University.

The details are:

Date: 14th November 2019

Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Venue: Block 1/201

Title and abstract are:

Title: Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 -- Physical Cosmology and Exoplanets

Abstract: The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2019 was awarded to Prof. James Peebles of Princeton University, and Prof. Michel Mayor of the University of Geneva and Prof. Didier Queloz of the University of Geneva and the University of Cambridge.  Prof. Peebles has contributed greatly to our current understanding of the history of the Universe, in particular about the existence and non-uniformity of the cosmic microwave background radiation (the background electromagnetic radiation that pervades the Universe), the synthesis of light nuclei in the early Universe, the presence of the invisible dark matter in galaxies, and the formation of large scale structure of the Universe.  Profs. Mayor and Queloz discovered the first planet outside our solar system orbiting a solar-type star which has subsequently led to the discovery of 4000 other such exoplanets.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Raghavan Rangarajan is a renowned expert on high energy physics and cosmology. Currently, he is a Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Undergraduate College and Dean of Students at Ahmedabad University.

He was on the faculty of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad for over twenty years before joining Ahmedabad University. His areas of research are cosmology and particle physics, and he works primarily on processes that occurred soon after the Big Bang in the very early Universe. 

Professor Rangarajan has also been interested in working with college students and has been actively involved in programmes that bring together college students and academic researchers. He is an editor of the journal ‘Physics Education’ of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers. He is also closely associated with various activities at IIT Gandhinagar.


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