Workshop On Heavy Flavor Production At LHC Energies Using The ALICE Muon Spectrometer Begins In AMU
The International Workshop on ‘Heavy Flavor Production at LHC Energies using the ALICE Muon Spectrometer’ organised by the Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today began at the J N Medical College, Auditorium. The programme will conclude in March 2, 2018.
Attending the inaugural function as the chief-guest, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the university’s Department of Physics has produced great stalwarts.
“The department has foreign collaborations and faculty members regularly visit European and Pan-American countries for work and intensive research,” said the Vice Chancellor adding the department also invites resource persons from the best universities and institutes from all over the world.
Discussing the importance of research in basic sciences like physics, Prof Mansoor said that medical investigation technologies such as X-Ray, MRI, colour doppler ultrasound echocardiography, etc have been developed because of research in basic sciences.
He further said that AMU stresses on high quality research and the department of physics is one the departments taking lead in the university. “I am sure the deliberations in the workshop will be very helpful for the participants,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Alberto Baldisseri (CEA, Saclay, France) said that the history of collaboration between ‘Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire’ (CERN) and India is a long one. “The in-kind contributions that India committed to CERN involved hardware, software as well as skilled manpower support,” said Prof Baldisseri adding that AMU is one of the eight prestigious Indian institutions participating in the ALICE Experiment.
Prof Sukalyan Chattopadhyay (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata) said that AMU is an important laboratory for the muon-collaboration which was formed to study the interactions of high energy muons at CERN. He added that the muon-collaboration experiments were motivated by the interest in determining the quark structure of the nucleon. “AMU has a big responsibility related with the developments in muon-spectrometers,” said Prof Chattopadhyay.
Prof Mohd Shakir (Dean, Faculty of Science) pointed out that nothing can be achieved in isolation and the works associated with the Large-Hadron-Collider are the perfect examples where thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians from all over the world have worked together. “AMU stands proud of that fact that its department of physics is a part of the ALICE experiment,” said Prof Shakir.
Prof Tauheed Ahmad (Chairperson, Department of Physics) said that since its establishment in 1912, the Department of Physics in AMU has maintained a rich tradition of teaching and research. “Eminent scientists such as Prof Wali Mohammad, Prof R Samual, Prof P S Gill, Prof R K Asundi, Prof P Venkateshwarlu, Prof A N Mitra, Prof H S Hans, Prof Rais Ahmad, Prof M Z R Khan, Prof M L Sehgal, Prof M S Z Chaghtai, Prof Israr Ahmed, Prof S K Singh, Prof Tariq Aziz, Prof Siraj Hassan, Prof M Sami and others have been faculty members and students of the department.
Prof Shakeel Ahmad (Convener of the workshop) conducted the programme, while Dr M Mohsin Khan proposed the vote of thanks.