Virtual Tour to CRF, IIT Delhi (Sonipat Campus) : Organised by Physics Association, PG Deptt of Physics

Virtual Tour to CRF, IIT Delhi (Sonipat Campus) 

The Physics Association of PG Department of Physics, D.A.V. College Jalandhar organized a Virtual lab tour to Central Research Facility (CRF) at IIT Delhi (Sonipat Extension) in collaboration with DBT-Star College Scheme on 11th June, 2021. The resource persons for this Online Event were Dr. Dinesh Dixit (Senior Project Scientist, CRF, IIT Delhi, Sonipat Campus) and Dr. Kapil Sood (Assistant Professor, Physics Dept., Govt. Degree College, Mandi). Dr. Preety (Prof. Incharge, Physics Association) commenced the session with formal introduction and welcomed the resource person Dr. Dinesh Dixit. Thereafter the session was handed over to him.

                    Dr. Dinesh Dixit started the session with Power Point Presentation in which he initially explained the basic concepts like X-rays and its production, Diffraction and Scattering. After that, he introduced X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) to participants and further explained the specifications, capabilities and vast applications of XRD. He explained the various components of XRD in details responsible for low and high temperature measurements. Then, he displayed the XRD set-up installed at IIT Delhi, Sonipat Campus and explained the working and technical details of the instrument. Dr. Dixit also showed some XRD data plots to the participants.

                         After XRD, Dr. Dixit introduced Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) technique to the participants and explained the basics of SAXS. He elaborated the applications and uses of SAXS also. He explained the difference between XRD and SAXS techniques and discussed the importance of SAXS for nanomaterials characterization. Further, Dr. Dixit displayed the SAXS apparatus installed at CRF and explained its components in detail to the participants. After SAXS, Dr. Dixit discussed about Physical Property measurement system (PPMS), which is also his main responsibility at CRF. He showed the PPMS set-up installed at CRF. Dr. Dixit discussed about the various aspects of PPMS like working principle, various components and their role, measurement procedure, applications etc. to participants. After discussing about the three facilities XRD, SAXS and PPMS, Dr. Dixit introduced Dr. Kapil Sood and handed over the session to him.

                                      Dr. Kapil explained another technique which is surface sensitive spectroscopic technique called X-Ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This technique is based on photoelectric effect and useful in determining the elemental composition of the material and their chemical states. Then, Dr. Dixit displayed the XPS set-up at CRF to the participants. Overall, this Virtual tour to CRF, IIT Delhi, Sonipat Campus was a wonderful experience for all the participating faculty and students. It has given an excellent opportunity to participants to understand the instruments installed at CRF which otherwise might not be possible during this pandemic time. The session was very informative and knowledgeable. Finally, HOD, Physics Department, Prof. Kunwer Rajeev Sir proposed formal vote of thanks to the speakers for sparing their valuable time for this virtual tour and interact with the students and faculty. He also thanked the organizing team comprising Dr. Sharanjit (DBT Co-ordinator), Dr. Preety, Prof. Sunil and Dr. Shivani for organizing this Virtual tour. The Department of Physics, D.A.V. College Jalandhar acknowledges DBT-Star College Scheme.