Department of Nuclear and Atomic Physics

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai, 400005, India

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Nuclear Physics

The Nuclear Physics research includes both experimental and theory activities.

The Experimental Groups work on the emergent properties of nuclei at extremes of angular momentum, temperature and neutron/proton asymmetry. Gamma ray spectroscopy, charged particle spectroscopy, stable and radioactive ion beams are used for these experiments. We also carry out studies in condensed matter physics using nuclear techniques. The activity also covers accelerator development, detector physics and advanced signal processing scheme.

Theory activities include three body calculations to study halo nuclei, use of mean field calculations for studying nuclear shapes, the equations of state and multi-fragmentation of neutron-rich nuclear systems in intermediate energy heavy ion collisions and properties of quark-gluon plasma at ultra-relativistic energy heavy ion collisions.

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

In the Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) physics section, the research activities include studies of ion-atom, ion-molecule collisions using highly charged ion beams, accelerator based atomic and molecular physics. The study of structure and dynamics of negative ions and its control using electron collisions is carried out, assisted by special techniques for preparation of gas phase molecular targets in the excited states. Besides, studies of interaction of UV photons, low energy electrons and ions with bio-molecules like DNA and proteins are carried out from radiation damage point of view.

Light-matter interactions are studied at extreme pressure and temperature conditions using ultrashort, superintense laser fields and the nonlinear behaviour of light-matter interaction - like supercontinuum generation, filamentation - is also studied. Carrier envelope phase effect on the dynamics of molecular and cluster ionization and fragmentation in the ultrafast (sub-10 fs), strong-field regime are investigated. Dynamics of diverse materials like live cells, bubbles and carbon nanotubes are studied using optical traps. Mesoscopic optical phenomena are studied in nanostructured materials, with the application of near-field microscopy for their characterization.

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