KIIT School of Applied Sciences Organizes Colloquium on “Topological Insulator”

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School of Applied Sciences, KIIT-DU organized a colloquium talk on “Topological Insulator” by Prof. S. D. Mahanti, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Michigan State University, USA on 14th March 2022. Prof. Mahanti is an acclaimed researcher in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics. In his long and illustrious career, he has held various academic positions in the USA, Europe and India. Prof. Mahanti was welcomed by Prof. Prasanta Rath, Dean School of Applied Sciences, Prof. Alok Patnaik, Dean CRF and Prof. Dibyaranjan Rout, Coordinator Department of Physics.

In his talk, Prof. Mahanti explained the basis of insulators, particularly about topological insulators (TI), an exotic quantum material in condensed matter physics. The difference between a normal and a 2-D TI was explained in a simplified way. Besides, the concept of protected surface and its role in TI was discussed. The theoretical basis of TI was nicely complemented with experimental data. Prof. Mahanti also discussed the various opportunities available at MSU for the students of KIIT. The colloquium was the first physical event organized by the School of Applied Sciences post the COVID-19 pandemic and received overwhelming response both from the student fraternity and faculty members. Prof. Mahanti was thrilled to see the dynamism and enthusiastic response from the audience which was reflected from the long and engaging Q&A session.

The lecture concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. Gopal K. Pradhan (Physics). The event was coordinated by Dr. Jagnyaseni Tripathy (Physics) and Dr. Gopal. K. Pradhan. The co-coordinators express their gratitude to Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU and Prof. Prasanta Rath, Dean SAS for their support and encouragement.

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