by Raghunath Sahoo. Published: 17 February 2012

The Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (IITI) is one of 15 such teaching cum research Institutes under the prestigious IIT system in India. While the first such Institute in the country began in the late fifties, IIT Indore was established in 2009, by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The IITs are noted for the high quality of their teaching and research programmes that cater to the brightest students at undergraduate and post-graduate level. While the thrust is on focalised research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering, there are active research groups in the Humanities and Social Sciences too, specifically in areas such as Philosophy of Science, Critical Theory, and the Socio-economic impact of emergent technologies.

Raghunath Sahoo

Raghunath Sahoo from the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (IITI)

Indore is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in the heart of central India. IITI has recently joined the ALICE collaboration at LHC under the stewardship of Dr. Raghunath Sahoo who, along with Dr. Ankhi Roy and graduate students, constitutes the LHC physics team at IIT Indore. Dr. Sahoo did his Ph.D. with the STAR collaboration at RHIC from the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India. After completing his Ph.D., he joined Subatech, Nantes, France for his first postdoctoral research position in the STAR experiment at RHIC, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA from 2007 - 2009.

His association with the ALICE experiment goes back to 2003, when as a graduate student he participated in the test beam experiment at CERN PS, on the pre-production prototype of the Indian made Photon Multiplicity Detector (PMD). That was his first exposure to CERN and participation in large-scale experiments. Later on he participated in the ALICE experiment as a member of PMD-India collaboration through his active role in the R&D of the PMD, which is presently taking data in ALICE. Dr. Sahoo was also associated with the operation of the Inner Tracker System (ITS) from INFN, Italy, during his subsequent postdoctoral at Padova, during 2009 - 2010. He has also co-authored many papers in QGP phenomenology and written a book chapter for Springer with Prof. Reinhard Stock on the “Global Properties of Quark Gluon Plasma”.

“It has been an exciting experience,” states Dr. Sahoo, participating in heavy ion experiments from RHIC to LHC, starting from detector fabrication, testing, data measurement, and analysis. “I am sure we will make a significant contribution to LHC physics through our participation in the ALICE experiment.”

With a young team of three members, we aim to be involved in the ALICE data analysis for the studies of global properties of matter formed under extreme conditions of temperature and energy density. We plan to be involved in the heavy flavour measurement in p+p and heavy ion collisions in the near future. In the ALICE upgrade programme, we would like to be involved in the FoCal (Forward Calorimeter) R&D and fabrication work. With time, we will expand the group with more graduate students.


Black holes and Relativity

Submitted by Uday Hiwarale (not verified) on

I am happy to say that collaboration of IIT Indore with LHC also creates opportunities for student who are interested in theoretical physics like black holes and relativity. So it is not limited for the people from particle physics but also for Sci-Fi writers and researchers.