Prof Prabhat Ranjan's Blog

Prof. Prabhat Ranjan is Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune
How I got into Nuclear Fusion Research

How I got into Nuclear Fusion Research

This story goes back to 1981, when I had completed my Masters in Physics from Delhi University and was proceeding to USA to do PhD. I did specialization in Astrophysics and General Theory of Relativity during my MSc. During summer of 1981, I had worked with Prof J V Narlikar on Black Holes at TIFR as part of NCERT National Science Talent Search Summer Camp. While applying for PhD to US Universities, I had mentioned in my Statement of Purpose (SOP) that I would want to continue my research work in Astrophysics Area. I got admission on the basis of

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How I became Accidental Experimentalist !

How I became Accidental Experimentalist !

This long blog describes my successful foray into experiments to prove my model and my insistence on using only components available in local market. It led to a unique development, improvement of machine to international standards and publication in top rated journal in spite of efforts made by colleagues to put barriers! While working at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics(SINP) in Kolkata(1986-95), I was engaged in nuclear fusion research. The device that we worked with was called Tokamak. It is an experimental nuclear fusion reactor whose concept was first given in Russia and is still the main contender for a

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Rural technology helps fusion reactor!

During 1995-96, while trying to run ADITYA Tokamak (Nuclear Fusion Reactor), we used to find that nearly 80% of the discharges fail to go through. This was due to the fact that power supply control system used to stop the discharge due to some malfunctions. ADITYA power supply system was controlled by a PDP-11 computer. It was popularly believed that software in the computer has some problems due to which the control system was malfunctioning. This was frustrating as lot of effort went into running the machine but there was very little output. Once one of the power supply engineers

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