Raman Research Institute

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The Raman Research Institute, Bangalore was set up in 1948 by Dr. C V Raman. Initially, the Institute was involved in conducting research in various areas of physics that was of interest to Dr. Raman. In 1934, the Government of Mysore gifted a plot of land to the Indian Academy of Sciences. This act of the Government of Mysore led to the foundation of the Raman Research Institute. In 1956 Dr. C V Raman gifted the Indian Academy of Sciences certain movable and immovable properties for the use and benefit of the functioning of the Raman Research Institute. In 1971, after Dr. C V Raman expired, the Indian Academy of Sciences created a charitable trust named Raman Research Institute (RRI Trust) and transferred to it all the properties that it had so far held for the functioning of RRI. The functions of the Trust were to maintain the organization and facilitate research within the RRI. The Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India took over the RRI in 1972 and has till date been funding the institution. The administration of RRI is being looked after by Governing Council and Prof. Ravi Subrahmanyan is the present director.

Research areas of Raman Research Institute:
Research is conducted at RRI on the following areas of Physics -

Astronomy and Astrophysics:

The area this department concentrates on are -

  • Neutron Stars, Radio and X-ray Pulsars
  • Supernovae and Gamma Ray Bursts
  • Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Diffuse matter in space
  • Radio Sky Surveys
  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Topological phases
  • X-ray Astronomy

Soft Condensed Matter :

The area this department concentrates on are -

Liquid Crystals:

  • Experiments
  • Theory
  • Displays
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Surface Science
  • Surfactant Systems
  • Physics of Biological Systems

Theoretical Physics

The area this department concentrates on are -

  • general relativity
  • gravitational waves
  • quanum gravity
  • soft condensed matter
  • non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • biological physics
  • optics
  • quantum mechanics
  • geometric phase.

Signal Processing and Imaging

This department is in charge of creating various electronic instruments that facilitates the research works of other departments. The laboratories under this department are -

  • Radio Astronomy Laboratory
  • Liquid Crystal Display Laboratory
  • Instrumentation Cell

Light and Matter Physics:
The area this department concentrates on are -

  • Atoms in external E and B fields ]
  • Ultra-Cold Molecules
  • Intense Field Interactions
  • Non-Linear Optics
  • Bose-Einstein Condensation
  • Quantum Optics
  • Laser Cooling Lab
  • Light Scattering

Academic Programs offered by RRI:

PhD Program: A rigorous PhD program is followed by the RRI, which is affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Eligibility: Applicants must have a first class M.Sc degree in Physics, Chemistry or a first class in Engineering. For seeking admission to the course one needs to pass the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) administered by the Institute of Physics ( IOP), Bhubaneswar.
Visiting Students Program:
A visiting Students program is conducted by RRI during the summer vacations. Students pursuing undergraduate or master degree program in science or Engineering are eligible to apply. The duration of such programs vary from 6 weeks to 3 months.

Facilities provided by RRI:

RRI provides the following facilities to its students -

  • Computers
  • Laboratories
  • Library
  • Workshop
  • Canteen & Guesthouse

Contact Address of RRI:
Raman Research Institute, C. V. Raman Avenue, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore - 560 080 INDIA.
Telephones: 2361 0122 to 2361 0129, Fax: +91-80-2361 0492

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