THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE
(TPU-18)

(26th, 27th, 28th February and 1st March 2018) Nagpur, India

International Conference
jointly organized by
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University

&
Central India Research Institute, Nagpur, India


Venue :- Hotel Radisson Blue, Nagpur, India

Photo Credits: NASA/STScI/VLA - Cygnus A –A composite of X-ray + Optical + radio data showing spectacular physical processes below 100 kpc

THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE


The philosophy underlying this conference titled The Physical Universe is that of bringing theory and observations together.

• We focus on observations related to; but not limited to; X-ray, 21 cm, CMB, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, etc. CMB observations have shaped our theories of the Universe or cosmology. Cross correlations of the 21 cm intensity maps with other cosmological probes are then important to understand and constrain cosmological theories, further. Results of simulations related to X-ray Galaxy Clusters and Dark Energy have, in recent times, indicated that such a component of the universe may not even exist. If the Dark Energy were non-existent, then the present theoretical understanding of cosmology will undergo drastic changes. This, then, has deep implications for fundamental theories of Physics.

(Credits: ESA Planck) Planck CMB temperature map


Polarization properties of the CMB are of special interest, and the LiteBird Mission aims to make its measurements. A talk at TPU-18 will report about its Science.

• We also focus on the overall theoretical understanding related to observations, pitfalls of theories of these observations. A critical review of the CMB observations is one of the topics to be covered. Theories of structure formation will be covered in another talk. Extragalactic radio structures will be discussed in the context of cosmology, also.

(Credit: ESA Planck) CMB Temperature Power Spectrum


• We discuss fundamental theories of Physics, particularly their framework. A talk will cover Loop Quantum Gravity program and its implications for CMB. Another talk will cover the relation of category theory and universal relativity. Yet another talk covers Doppler relativity and stellar aberrations in Brandt’s groupoid category.

(Credits: S M Wagh) Measuring the speed of light


• Plenary talks also focus on how super-massive structures may form from Dark Matter, how to model the universe from observations, features of EGB gravity, and a special topic of Deep Learning in Astronomy and Beyond.
• An independent Session on Indian Contributions will cover the Global importance on UVIT on AstroSat and Indian Optical Observational Facilities, Mars Mission-II, Instrumentation for Space Programs, etc.

Deadlines

  • Registration fees
  •         Indian Participants:------------Rs 8,000=00
            Foreign Participants:----------USD 150=00

  • For accompanying persons:
  •         Indian:------------Rs 5,000=00
            Foreign:------------USD 100=00

  • Early bird registration concession:
  •         Registration fee reduced to Rs 5,000=00
            Registration fee reduced to USD 100=00

  • Last date for early bird registration                   15th November 2017

  • Last date for abstract submission                      31st December 2017

  • Last date for registration                                    31st December 2017

  • Last date of request for Financial Assistance:  31st December 2017

  • When registering, indicate in the email the extent of financial support needed by you.

    (Limited funds are available. Only partial assistance will be provided, and the applicants are advised to use the maximum of their resources. Financial assistance will not be provided to accompanying persons.)

VISA

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Scientific Organizing Committee

1. Azam, M (Ex-BARC, Mumbai, India)
2. Baboolal, D (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
3. Bisht, Ratan (Space Applications Center, Indian Space Research Organization, Ahmadabad, India)
4. Bucher, Martin (University of Paris, Paris, France)
5. Dasgupta, Patrick (Physics Department, Delhi University, New Delhi, India)
6. Deshpande, D A (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
7. Govender, Megan (Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa)
8. Hey, John D (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
9. Jog Chanda (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
10. Kar, Sayan (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India)
11. Khandekar, Dinkar (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
12. Kulkarni, Adinath (Ex-BARC, CIRI, Nagpur, India)
13. Mathur, Samir (Ohio State University, Ohio, USA)
14. Moodley, Kavilan (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
15. Oziewicz, Zbigniew (UNAM, Campus Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico)
16. Roychoudhuri, C (University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA)
17. Sagar, Ram (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India)
18. Sahastrabudhye, Girish (VNIT, Nagpur, India)
19. Sami, M (Center for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India)
20. Saraykar, Ravindra (RTMNU/CIRI, Nagpur, India)
21. Sievers, Jonathan (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
22. Singh, Parampreet (Louisiana State University, Louisiana, USA)
23. Srianand, R (Inter University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune, India
24. Sridhar, S (Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India)
25. Sriramkumar, L (Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India)
26. Unnikrishnan, C S (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India)


(Sanjay M Wagh)
(Sunil D Maharaj)
(Gayoung Chon)
Central India Research Institute,
Central India Research Institute,
Max Planck Institut fuer
34, Farmland, Ramdaspeth,
University of KwaZulu-Natal,
extraterrestrische Physik,
Nagpur 440010, India
Durban, South Africa
Garching, Germany
Organizing Secretary
Joint Organizing Secretary
Joint Organizing Secretary
Email: waghsm.ngp@gmail.com


Local Organizing Committee

1. Acharya, Smita (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
2. Admane, Rajesh B (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
3. Bagdi, Rajesh S (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
4. Bhandarkar, Subhash D (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
5. Bhoga, Shyam S (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
6. Chimankar, Omprakash (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
7. Deshmukh, Abhay (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
8. Deshpande, Dilip A. (Co-Chairman) (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
9. Deshpande, Subodh S (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
10. Dhoble, Sanjay J (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
11. Gade, Prashant M (Chairman) (Head, Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
12. Ghormare, K B (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
13. Kaple, Vinod B (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
14. Kondawar, Subhash B (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
15. Muktibodh, Pradeep S (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
16. Palikundwar, Umesh (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
17. Pande, Hemant M (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
18. Saraykar, Ravindra (CIRI, Nagpur, India)
19. Shedmake, Prakash (Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India)
20. Thakre, Kishor N (CIRI, Nagpur, India)


(Dilip A Deshpande)
(Prashant Gade)
Central India Research Institute,
Physics Department,
34, Farmland, Ramdaspeth,
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University,
Nagpur 440010, India
Nagpur, India
Co-Chairman, LOC
Chairman, LOC
Email: dadeshpande2002@yahoo.co.in


25th February 2018

Public Lecture by:          07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Professor Jayant Narlikar

Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune, India


26th February 2018

REGISTRATION:                 07:30 am to 09:00 am

Inauguration                 08:00 am to 09:00 am

Observations of the Physical Universe

Gayoung Chon,                                                              09:00 am to 10:00 am
Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany
Exploring the structure of our universe with X-ray galaxy clusters



Hans Boehringer,                                                          10:00 am to 11:00 am
Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany
Testing cosmological models with observations of galactic clusters



Tea                                                                                 11:00 am to 11:30 am



*Kavilan Moodley,                                                        11:30 am to 12:30 pm
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
21cm intensity mapping and cross-correlations with other cosmological probes



Lunch                                                                          12:30 pm to 02:00 pm



Yuto Minami,                                                                 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies, KEK, Japan
LiteBIRD – Mission and its Science



Tea                                                                                 03:00 pm to 03:30 pm



Paper presentation: In Two Parallel sessions               03:30 pm to 05:30 pm

Public Lecture by:                                                                         07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Will be announced later                                                        
.........
........

Cultural event and Dinner                                                  08:30 pm to 09:30 pm
                                                                                                                (* to be confirmed)


27th February 2018

Fundamental theories of Physics

*Jayant Narlikar,                                                        09:00 am to 10:00 am
Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune, India
Title to be received



Sanjay Wagh,                                                              10:00 am to 11:00 am
Central India Research Institute, Nagpur, India
The canvas of Universal Relativity



Tea                                                                                 11:00 am to 11:30 am



Zbigniew Oziewicz,                                                  11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Campus Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico
Doppler relativity and stellar aberration within Brandt's groupoid category



Lunch                                                                          12:30 pm to 02:00 pm



Brajesh Gupt,                                                              02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA
Loop Quantum Gravity, Early Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background



Tea                                                                                 03:00 pm to 03:30 pm



C S Unnikrishnan,                                                              03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India
Experimental evidence for a new basis for relativity and dynamics






Paper presentation: In Two Parallel sessions               04:30 pm to 06:00 pm

Public Lecture by:                                                                         07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Professor Ludwig Streit,                                                        
University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Complexity, Acceleration, Globalization: A challenge to democratic governance

Cultural event and Dinner                                                  08:30 pm to 09:30 pm                                                                                                                                                                              (# Title to be received)



28th February 2018

Theories of the Physical Universe

Martin Bucher,                                                              09:00 am to 10:00 am
University of Paris, Paris, France
Cosmic Microwave Background – A Critical Review



Chanda Jog,                                                                   10:00 am to 11:00 am
Indian Institute of Science, Bengluru, India
Dynamical effects of dark matter halos of galaxies



Tea                                                                                 11:00 am to 11:30 am



*Smita Mathur,                                                              11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Ohio State University, Ohio, USA
Missing baryons in galaxies



Lunch                                                                          12:30 pm to 02:00 pm



Martin Krause,                                                                   02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Extragalactic radio sources as a piece of the cosmological jigsaw



Tea                                                                                 03:00 pm to 03:30 pm



Paper presentation: In Two Parallel sessions               03:30 pm to 05:30 pm

Science Day Public Lecture by:                                               07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
*Professor Somya Sarkar,                                                        
SAC, ISRO, Ahmadabad, India
India’s Mars Mission II

Cultural event and Dinner                                                  08:30 pm to 09:30 pm
                                                                                                                              (* to be confirmed)



1st March 2018

About the Physical Universe

Patrick Dasgupta,                                                                   09:00 am to 10:00 am
Physics Department, Delhi University, New Delhi, India
Formation of super-massive black holes from ultra fuzzy dark matter



Sunil Maharaj,                                                                         10:00 am to 11:00 am
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Some solutions and features of EGB Gravity



Tea                                                                                 11:00 am to 11:30 am



Narayan Banerjee,                                                                    11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, India
Modelling the universe from observations



Lunch                                                                          12:30 pm to 02:00 pm



Ajit Kembhavi,                                                                         02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune, India
Deep Learning in Astronomy and Beyond



Tea                                                                          03:00 pm to 03:30 pm



SPECIAL SESSION:           INDIA’S CONTRIBUTIONS

Ram Sagar,                                                                         03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengluru, India
Global importance of UVIT on ASTROSAT and Indian optical observational facilities


*Ratan Singh Bisht                                                                         04:30 pm to 05:30 pm
SAC, Indian Space Research Organization, Ahmadabad, India
Terrestrial Upper Atmosphere – Airglow/Aurora Observations using Satellite borne Hyper Spectral Imager


CONFERENCE CLOSING                                                                                 05:30 pm to 06:00 pm



Dinner                                                                                                                    08:30 pm to 09:30 pm
                                                                                                                                     (*To be confirmed)



POST CONFERENCE TOUR(S) /
Accompanying person’s tour(s)

1) Visit to Ramtek, Nagardhan Fort (800 AD) ----------One Full Day
2) Visit to Gandhi Ashram, Sewagram----------One Full Day
3) Nagpur City Tour ----------One Full Day
4) Bor Wildlife Sanctuary ----------One Full Day
5) Visit to HVPM, Muktagiri, Amravati ----------One Full Day
6) Visit to Historic places, Chandrapur ----------One Full Day
7) Visit to Deolapar ----------One Full Day
8) Visit to Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary ----------Two Full Days
9) Visit to Bhedaghat, Marble Rocks----------Two Full Days
10) Visit to Chikhaldara Fort (1600 AD) ----------Two Full Days
11) Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary, Tiger Safari ----------Two Full Days
12) Navegaon Wildlife Sanctuary ----------Two Full Days

NOTE :- Please carry a torch, pair of suitable shoes, appropriate clothing while going to any forest. Please do not disturb the animals in any manner whatsoever, or damage forest environment. Carry a plastic bag for your refuse and bring it back to city with you.


FAQ

1. Registration:


All, including the speakers, are requested to register.

Accompanying persons also register, separately. Please indicate in the Remarks box who your accompaniment(s) is (are).

2. INFORMATION ABOUT THE BANK ACCOUNT


NAME OF THE BANK:
STATE BANK OF INDIA
ADDRESS OF THE BANK:
KINGS’ WAY,
NEAR NAGPUR RAILWAY STATION,
S V PATEL ROAD,
NAGPUR 440001
BRANCH CODE:
0432
IFS CODE:
SBIN0000432
SORT/SWIFT:
SBININBB239
ACCOUNT NAME:
TPU-2018-CIRI
ACCOUNT TYPE:
CURRENT A/c
IBAN Number:
37170219274

3. Accommodation:


We will make arrangements at the MLA Hostel, Nagpur for the stay of some participants. Those who would like to stay at the MLA Hostel, please indicate this choice in the Remarks box of the registration form.

For your stay at the MLA Hostel, please pay charges (@ INR 500=00 per day per person) along with your registration fee.

For an accompanying person, if any, with whom you would like to share the accommodation, please pay charges (@ INR 500=00 per day per person) along with the registration fee.

Free Transport to the Conference Venue will be provided by us from the MLA Hostel.

4. Those who would like to stay at Hotel Radisson Blu, whose website is
Radisson Blu Hotel Nagpur

You directly arrange your accommodation by contacting Mr. Ashish Merkhed at
Email: ashish.merkhed@gmail.com
Please mention in the email that you are participant of conference The Physical Universe 2018. Send a copy of that mail also to ciri.nagpur.india@gmail.com

5. The following are links to websites of hotels near the Conference Venue of Hotel Radisson Blu. These are at walking distance from the venue. If you wish to avail their services, book your accommodation directly with them:

a. Hotel Shivani International
b. Hotel Airport Centre Point
c. The Pride Hotel Nagpur
d. Hotel Flora Inn - Airport
e. The Majestic Manor

6. To avoid inconvenience to you, we suggest that you book your accommodation sufficiently early.

7. Weather in Nagpur is mild and pleasant in February. You may not need warm clothing. It does not rain in February, usually.

8. There will be reception desks at the Airport and Railway Station. Please inform us your date and time of arrival, when your journey gets finalized. On arrival, please contact the desk personnel.

9. For the Two parallel sessions of paper presentation, talk will be of 10 minutes duration +5 minutes for Q/A.

10. Arrangements for Poster presentation will be available,also.

11. How do I pay registration fee and accommodation charges?

You can use money transfer facility suitable to you to pay the amount due so that an appropriate amount of Indian Rupees (equal to sum of the registration fee and accommodation charges for stay at the MLA Hostel) gets deposited in the listed conference bank account.

12. How do I get a receipt for the payment made?

On your registration, we receive an email about it. A copy of this email gets sent to your email address, also. A receipt will then be sent to your email address after the bank informs us about the deposit you made. Please be patient as it may require a couple of days to send the receipt.

13. Invitation letter

If you require an invitation letter to get leave, Visa, etc., please indicate so in the Remarks box of the registration form. It will be sent to you electronically.
All non-Indian participants requiring this letter, please provide us the following information in the Remarks box of the registration form:

a. Passport Number
b. Passport issuing authority
c. Date of Issue of the passport
d. Date of Expiry of the passport
e. Date of Birth

Please send a PDF copy of the first and the last page of your passport as an attachment to email at ciri.nagpur.india@gmail.com


Sponsors


WILL BE UPDATED SOON . . .


(Sanjay M Wagh)
(Sunil D Maharaj)
(Gayoung Chon)
Central India Research Institute,
Astrophysics & Cosmology Research Unit,
Max Planck Institut fuer,
34, Farmland, Ramdaspeth,
University of KwaZulu-Natal,
extraterrestrische Physik,
Nagpur 440010, India
Durban, South Africa
Garching, Germany
Organizing Secretary
Joint Organizing Secretary
Joint Organizing Secretary