First Mega Physics Festival in India

Jan 26, 2020 0 comments
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After making brief stoppages in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata in 2019, the first official large-scale physics festival (mainly on CERN and LIGO) has finally arrived in the capital city, New Delhi. The exhibition is here to stay for two months from Jan 21, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020. All the interested students and teachers are therefore recommended to make a visit to the National Science Museum in Pragati Maidan.

The idea to organize "vigyan samagam" was first conceived in 2018 to showcase Indian contributions to CERN and LIGO. Later on, members of other global physics projects like FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), Indian Neutrino Observatory and ITER (thermonuclear experimental reactor) also joined in. The target audience is mainly students in physics and astronomy so that they know what's in store for them in the future.

All the top scientists and engineers who are directly involved in the projects are participating in the festival. A typical day starts off with the delivery of two vital lectures on the topics from esteemed scientists and researchers. Science writer, creator of wonders of physics, Vedang Sati, visited the facility and reported that he was overwhelmed by the whole experience, "this is like a reunion between science and the general public," he said.

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Lecture by Natasha Sharma, Panjab University

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Lecture by Raghunath Sahoo, IIT Indore

You may further interact with professors one on one after they finish explaining their works. Then head on to explore the main sections of the exhibition where bright, young students from the Delhi University demonstrate the functioning of the LIGO detector, FAIR facility in Germany, ITER in France and so on.

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Student volunteers, Sejal and Natasha

Overall the experience is well and truly enriching for a future physicist. The major goals of the vigyan samagam is to demystify the cutting-edge technology in physics and to increase awareness and enthusiasm in this regard for a large spectrum of audience, including schools, colleges and university students, allowing them to take a deeper peek into the research that is redefining the boundaries of human knowledge. Do share this article with someone interested.


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