Top 5 Institutes For Quantum Mechanics In India

Quantum mechanics is a field with wide-ranging implications. It has predicted the existence of antimatter, explained radioactivity and has chronicled the structure of atoms and nucleus. Without it, most of the scientific discoveries today would not have been possible.

The implications of the quantum theory are wide-ranging. Without knowing the structure of the atom, most of the physics and chemistry that we know today wouldn’t have been possible. Many applications resulting from quantum theory are in use today, and its applications in the future are potentially infinite.

Everyone knows institutes which are prominent in India, are also recognised worldwide in the field. There are many delegates in India that have a foreign recognition and are in the country to contribute to the research. Here is a list of top institutes in the country that are working in this field of quantum physics.

1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

TIFR is the best institute in the country for theoretical research. The public research institute situated in Mumbai is an extremely deemed one, and offers a PhD, an integrated MS and PhD and also a post PhD program in fields of Quantum Mechanics.

Entrance Exam: TIFR-GS. They also have a basic quantum mechanics course for beginners to introduce basic quantum phenomena and understand its ramifications.

Faculty: Some of the excellent faculty that the institute boasts in this sector are Rajiv Gavai and Gautam Mandal and Amol Dighe.  Gautam Mandal also works on String Theory and Black holes apart from QFT. Amol Dighe, apart from his work in particle and astroparticle physics, is also involved in the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO), a mega-science project that will study neutrinos produced in the Earth’s atmosphere. Rajiv Gavai is involved with Particle Physics at the LHC.

2. International Center Theoretical Sciences (ICTS)

ICTS, a baby institute of TIFR has excellent research in the area of String Theory and Quantum Gravity. It has an MS plus PhD integrated program as well as post PhD programs available.

Entrance Exam: TIFR-GS and Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST).

Faculty: Avinash Dhar, Dean Emeritus and Visiting Professor at ICTS was recently awarded the 2018 TIFR Alumni Association (TAA) Excellence Award, for his work in non-perturbative QCD and Hawking radiation. Rajesh Gopakumar works at the intersection of QFT and String Theory. Spenta Wadia is the Infosys Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Founding Director and Professor Emeritus at ICTS and his work is in elementary particle physics, string theory and quantum gravity.

3. IISER Pune

Another baby institute of TIFR covers a fair amount of gravitation, QFT, String Theory, Quantum Emulation and Quantum Information. They also have national and international collaborations for their faculty and one of the greatest one is the CMS Experiment, Large Hadron Collider (LHC), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Exam: JEE Advanced for integrated BS and MS degree. JEST for integrated MS and PhD, JEST or TIFR-GS for PhD.

Faculty: Santhanam M. S., who is an associate professor and officiating chair works Nonlinear dynamics, chaos and quantum chaos, Rapol Umakant D, works in quantum optics and quantum information processing; and Mukhi Sunil has expertise in String Theory, QFT and particle physics.

4. IISc

IISc has a Centre for High Energy Physics, which is involved with research in the field of elementary particle physics and QFT. It has a highly accomplished world-class faculty trained in these subjects. Working on mathematical aspects of QFT in settings such as string theory as well as non-commutative physics, applications of methods developed in quantum theory in diverse settings such as condensed matter physics as well as quantum computing, and most recently, analysis of ongoing experimental results at the CMS experiment at CERN, is what the department is involved in. It has an integrated PhD program and also a visiting for students all over the country.

Entrance Exam: JEE Advanced for Bachelors, Joined Test for MSc (JAM) for Masters and GATE for PhD.

Faculty: Justin David, professor in IISc works in quantum quenches and quantum chaos, among others. Professor Apoorva Patel works on quantum mechanics and quantum computation. Here is his video lecture course, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, as part of an NPTEL programme.

5. IIT Kanpur

This is the IIT where professor H.C. Verma worked. It is one of the best Physics research institutes in the country. It has many professors working in Quantum Mechanics research.

Entrance Exam: Joined Test for MSc (JAM)

Faculty: Amit Dutta, a professor in the department works with quantum phase transitions, Gautam Sengupta and Tapobrata Sarkar, both work in String Theory and Quantum Gravity

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