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Scientists from 12 countries share views on pure, applied physics

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GUWAHATI, Feb 29: Scientists from 12 countries shared their views at the International Conference on Frontiers in Pure and Applied Physics (ICFPAP-2024) that began at the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) campus in Khanapara here on Thursday.

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Over 250 international and national delegates from various corners of the globe have arrived in the university to participate in the three-day international conference. The distinguished guests in the inaugural session on Thursday were Katsunori Wakabayashi from the Kwansei Gakuin University of Japan and Kazi Hanium Maria from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Organized by the department of physics of USTM in collaboration with the Physics Academy of North-East (PANE) from Thursday to March 2, the conference is being attended by scientists from 12 countries along with students of physics from USTM. The delegates also released the ‘Book of Abstract’ during the inaugural session.

Addressing the audience, Katsunori Wakabayashi said, “It brings me great joy to have the opportunity to share insights with researchers, professionals, and students gathered here to explore cutting-edge topics of pure and applied physics”.

In his presentation, he focused on the electronic and optical properties of materials, a rapidly growing field in condensed matter physics and materials science.

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Delivering the welcome address, GD Sharma, vice-chancellor of USTM said that the conference aims to engage in deep discussions about the latest advancements in the field of pure and applied physics, the challenges and prospects of research.

The inaugural session was also addressed by Anurup Gohain Borua, professor of the department of physics of Gauhati University and executive president of PANE and Kushal Kalita, professor of the department of physics of Gauhati University and general secretary of PANE. Kalyanee Baruah, former professor of the department of physics of Gauhati University and former president of PANE was felicitated on the occasion The inaugural session ended with a vote of thanks delivered by Nitu Borgohain, head of the department of physics and chairperson of ICFPAP-2024.

The keynote speakers of the conference include Prof. Katsunori Wakabayashi, Kazi Hanium Maria Kushal Kalita, Anurup Gohain Boruah, A F Santos from Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Brasil, Ali Ovgun from the Eastern Mediterranean University, Turkey, Santanu K Maiti, from Indian statistical Institute Kolkata, Pankaj A Joshi from Ahmedabad University, Gujarat and Debashis Banerjee, senior scientist from VECC Kolkata.

In this context, the chairperson of the local organising committee of the conference Nitu Borgohain said, “This conference is meant to provide a common platform for experienced and budding researchers and practicing scientists to exchange ideas and help in the development of new ideas for the future.”

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The convenors of the conference are Mayuri Devee and Faizuddin Ahmed, all faculties of physics at USTM.

Mayuri Devi stated that the tracks encompassed within the scope of this conference ranges from basic physics applications to advanced concepts. It also aims to close the gap between science and engineering and promote the aim of outcome-based research of the central government, culminating in indigenous technologies and new scientific breakthroughs.

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