Raman Research Institute
Bio: Raman Research Institute (RRI) is an autonomous research institute pursuing research in basic sciences. Indian Physicist and Nobel Laureate Sir C.V. Raman founded the Institute in 1948 to continue his studies and basic research after he retired from the Indian Institute of Science. Its rich and unique history have ensured that RRI as a research institute has always stood apart from other research institutes in India. Located in the northern part of Bangalore city and in close proximity to a slew of other research institutes, RRI holds its own by dint of its extremely dynamic research staff, scientific staff and students from diverse backgrounds, and its academic mission of creating knowledge and adding to the understanding and scientific comprehension of natural phenomena right from the sub-atomic to mesoscopic to cosmological scales through experiments, theoretical modeling and an active combination of both. Following Sir C.V. Raman’s demise in 1970, RRI was restructured in 1972 to become an aided autonomous research institute receiving funds from the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. Historically, the two major groups that constituted the thrust areas of research at RRI were Astronomy and Astrophysics and Liquid Crystals. Both these groups have earned considerable international repute through the quality and ingenuity of their research. Fast-forward three decades; the main areas of research at the Institute are now Astronomy and Astrophysics, Light and Matter physics, Soft Condensed Matter including Biological Physics and Chemistry and Theoretical Physics (including foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity). Interdisciplinary work and collaborations within the four major groups is one of RRI’s many strengths and the close-knit academic community at RRI has come together on more than one occasion to make path-breaking progress in answering key questions in fields as varied as general relativity and relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, non-equilibrium statistical physics, soft condensed matter systems including biological physics, and application of theoretical quantum mechanical concepts to light and matter physics. This blog will be used primarily to post articles featuring ongoing research at RRI.