Dr. Satyajit Jena
Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences

Email sjena(AT)iisermohali.ac.in
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Research Area
Experimental High Energy Particle and Nuclear Physics

Research Focus

I am an experimental physicist in high energy nuclear and particle physics. High-energy physics is the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces that act upon them. This information is one of the basic pillars for our understanding of nature, the origin of the universe and the principles of physics. It is a research area where theoretical development and experimental exploration go hand-in-hand advancing the knowledge of the basic laws of nature.

 My research focuses particularly on Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) and the fundamental interactions of elementary particles by studying high-energy collisions in large accelerators. Among several type of collisions in collider, the heavy-ion collisions are considered since a long time as a mean to create and study QGP, which is a deconfined state of matter where quarks and gluons are not bound into nucleons. The measurements of the signatures of QGP provide precision tests of the predictions of Quantum Chromodynamic (QCD) & Lattice QCD and are sensitive to the presence of new physics. It entails almost all experimental aspects of heavy ion physics and aims to connect them in the best possible way to the fundamental interaction, which is described by the theory of QCD. This leads me to participate in several impressive activities on already harvested data in ALICE at LHC.

 As an experimentalist, I am actively participating various detector R&D programs at the technological frontier for current and future particle physics experiments via national/international mega-science programs. I strongly believe that the hardware activities in large experiments will have a fundamental impact on physics and technology for future. My hardware & software activities are spanned over a wide range of disciplines in physical sciences: from particle, nuclear, accelerator driven research to medical imaging, radiation physics and industry interface. This is how; I am presently a member of ALICE collaboration, one of the gigantic experiments taking place at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. I love my profession and fortunate to pursue a work, which is also a passion.

Selected Publications

  • Inclusive photon production at forward rapidities in proton-proton collisions, at 0.9, 2.76 and 7 TeV, Eur. Phys. J. C, 75, 4, 146 (2015).
  • Precision measurement of the mass difference between light nuclei and anti-nuclei, Nature Phys. 11 (2015) no.10, 811-814.
  • Net-charge fluctuations in Pb-Pb collisions at center of mass energy 2.76 TeV (Thesis Work), Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 152301 (2013).
  • Test and characterization of prototype silicon–tungsten electromagnetic calorimeter, Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A764 (2014) 24-29. INO prototype detector and data acquisition system, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A, 602 (2009) 784787.
  • Development of glass resistive plate chambers for INO experiment,Nucl. Instr.and Meth. A, 602 (2009) 744748.
  • I authored 126 peer reviewed papers and 5 internal notes in ALICE at CERN.