History of science often tells us that accidental observations leads to great discoveries, for example, x-ray, radioactivity, cosmic microwave back ground, etc. Generally, experimentalists encounter with accidental observations, if one gives attention to an unusual fact seen in the data he ends up at least with a mini discovery. Subsequently, detailed research on such a phenomenon leads to more surprises. Quite a few such type of facts are observed in our accelerator based atomic physics experiments, which has led to limitless struggle in the beginning, excitement in the middle, and great satisfaction in the end through cross disciplinary physics research. Some of the important results will be shared here with a special emphasis on a particular topic, nuclear influence on atomic phenomena.
Speaker : Dr. Tapan Nandi
Scientist-G, Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi