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“Choosing research as a career is rewarding”
Posted by Tilak Ghosh on 21st June, 2012

17 pages and two articles of the current issue of Physical Review C represent the results of his thesis work. He is a co-author of another two papers that have been published in June issue of Physical Review C. Haridas Pai, a PhD student at our centre working in the area of experimental nuclear physics, is all set to submit his thesis today.

On 16th June, the foundation day of our centre, all the members of VECC family gave a big hand when Dr D.K. Srivastava, the Head of the Physics Group, broke the news that June volume of Physical Review C may have 7 articles (3 theory and 4 experimental papers) published by researchers from VECC. Two of the four experimental papers that have been published in this month, are the results of the thesis work of Haridas Pai (fondly known to his friend as “h-pi”), a PhD student working at the Physics Group. The other two experimental papers form the part of the thesis work of Kaushik Banerjee and Samir Kundu, staff scientists at the Charged Particle Detector Array (CPDA) lab, who are working on the final version of the write up of their thesis.

Haridas Pai with Peter Schuck, the eminent scientist and author of the famous book "The Nuclear Many-Body Problem"

“It’s an exciting day for me”, said Hari,  in a small gathering at the Charged Particle Detector Array (CPDA) laboratory where he invited his collaborators and well wishers today for a party to celebrate the day. “I have always enjoyed my research at VECC. When I compare our lab, with the other major laboratories in the country for nuclear physics research, surely VECC is one of the best. We have an in-house cyclotron and our laboratories are well equipped with the state of the detectors”, says Hari. His thesis work consists of the results of three experiments carried out at VECC, TIFR (Mumbai) and IUAC (New Delhi), the three major accelerator facilities in the country.  Recently, he was invited to deliver seminars at the six major laboratories in Europe. “I visited GSI, University of Cologne in Germany, GANIL and IPN-Orsay in France, University of Leuven in Belgium and University of Valencia in Spain in 25 days long tour, thanks to the students travel support fund provided by VECC. The travelling to different parts of the world is really one of the more exciting rewards for those who take research as a career. I am fortunate that, unlike many of my friends, after finishing M.Sc. I didn’t take a job and opted to join in research at VECC,” says Hari.

“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” was his facebook status update when he arrived in Spain (where the movie was filmed) in May. Now, we understand why!