The renowned astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar worked on a variety of pathbreaking problems in his lifetime. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1983 for formulating theories for the creation of the ‘white dwarf’ as the hydrogen fuel of stars of a certain size runs out. The Infosys-ICTS Chandrasekhar Lecture Series are delivered by eminent physicists. The first lecture in any series is aimed at a general audience, while the remaining are targeted at specialists.
Upcoming Lectures
Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study, School of Natural Sciences, Princeton, New Jersey, USA)
08 January 2018, 16:00 to 17:30
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Lecture 1 : 8 January 2018, 16:00 to 17:30 Title : Symmetries, Duality, and the Unity of Physics Abstract : Global symmetries and gauge symmetries have played a crucial role in physics. The idea of duality demonstrates that gauge symmetries can be emergent and might not be fundamental. During the...more
Katepalli Raju Sreenivasan (Dean of NYU Tandon School of Engineering; The Eugene Kleiner Professor for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Physics (Faculty of Arts and Science); Mathematics (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences))
22 January 2018, 16:00 to 17:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Lecture 1 : 22 January 2018, 16:00 to 17:00 Title : S. Chandrasekhar's fluid dynamics Abstract : This talk will describe Chandrasekhar's work in fluid dynamics and include remarks on his interactions during this phase with leaders in the field. A brief remark on Chandra's philosophy will follow...more
David B. Kaplan (University of Washington, USA)
31 January 2018, 17:30 to 18:30
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Lecture 1 : 31 January 2018, 17:30 to 18:30 Title : Computing Reality. Abstract : Physicists have beautiful theories for the microphysical interactions between particles, but face a number of problems when trying to compute predictions for the properties of matter. Many of these obstacles cannot be...more
Past Lectures
Bernard Derrida (Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
24 August 2017, 16:00 to 17:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Lecture 1 : August 22, Tuesday, 4:00 PM Title : The importance of large deviations in non equilibrium systems Large deviations functions appear almost everywhere in Statistical Physics, in particular when one tries to quantify the frequency of rare events. Already the notion of free energy can be...more
Ajay Sood (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
09 August 2017, 16:00 to 17:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Lecture 1 : 7 August 2017, 16:00 to 17:00 Title : Microscopic Stochastic Heat Engines Using Nonequilibrium Bacterial Reservoirs. Abstract : The conventional macroscopic heat engine, a device to convert thermal energy to mechanical energy, is a triumph of the understanding of classical...more
John Ellis ( King's College, London, UK)
07 June 2017, 09:15 to 10:30
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore
Lecture 1 : June 5, Monday, 17:00 - 18:15 pm Title : The Dark Side of the Universe Astrophysicists and cosmologists tell us that most of the Universe is invisible - the stars in galaxies are held together by dark matter and dark energy spread throughout space is accelerating the expansion of the...more
Herbert Spohn (Technical University, Munich)
27 October 2015, 16:00 to 17:00
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS campus
In a very influential work, Kardar, Parisi, and Zhang studied the dynamics of growing interfaces, in particular their self-similar structure. For two- dimensional bulk, one-dimensional interface, there is a surprising link to Random Matrix Theory. With this insight, beyond exponents, scaling...more
Itamar Procaccia (The Weizmann Institute of Science)
06 April 2015, 16:00 to 17:00
ICTS Lecture Hall, IISc Campus, Bangalore
The Nonlinear Physics of Disordered Systems: From Amorphous Solids to Complex Flows In these three lectures I will present ideas and methods to advance the physics of strong disorder. As usual in nonlinear physics one rarely can employ standard methods - nonlinear systems require specialized...more
T Senthil (Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
13 January 2015, 17:00 to 18:00
Physics Auditorium, IISc campus, Bangalore
A powerful organizing principle to describe and distinguish phases of macroscopic matter is provided by the concepts of broken symmetry and long range order. Modern work in quantum condensed matter physics has however revealed the inadequacy of these concepts in capturing the essence of many...more
Robert Myers (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada)
10 December 2014, 16:00 to 17:00
Physics Auditorium, IISc campus, Bangalore
In science, we often see new advances and insights emerging from the intersection of different ideas coming from what appeared to be disconnected research areas. The theme of my colloquium will be an ongoing collision between the three ideas listed in my title which has been generating interesting...more
Antoine Georges (Professor of Collège de France and at Ecole Polytechnique)
10 January 2014, 11:15 to 12:15
Faculty Hall, IISc, Bangalore
Lecture-1 : Quantum Matter from Hot Superconductors to Cold Atoms. Date : January 10, 2014 Time : 11:15 - 12:30 HRS (IST) Venue: Faculty Hall, IISc, Bangalore Lecture-2 : Understanding and Controlling Materials with Strong Electronic Correlations: Recent Advances from Dynamical Mean-Field Theory...more
Sankar Das Sarma (Univeristy of Maryland, USA)
19 December 2012, 16:30 to 17:30
Auditorium, New Physical Sciences Building, IISc
These lectures will cover three modern topics in physics: graphene, quantum computation, and Majorana fermions. Graphene is a two-dimensional Dirac material existing in nature where the energy dispersion follows the chiral massless Dirac-Weyl equation. It has very intriguing properties which will...more
Nima Arkani-Hamed (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA)
25 September 2012, 16:00 to 17:00
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
Lecture 1 - 25 Sep 2012, 04:00 PM Seminar Hall, ICTS, IISc campus, Bangalore Lecture 2 - 26 Sep 2012, 04:00 PM Seminar Hall, ICTS, IISc campus, Bangalore Lecture 3 - 27 Sep 2012, 04:00 PM Seminar Hall, ICTS, IISc campus, Bangalore Discussion Meetingmore