University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Summer School on Physics and Simulation Techniques for Nanoscale Electronic Devices (NanoDev2009)

About The School

As a UGC-NRC, the Centre is to conduct 10 Summer/Winter Schools in 5 years, and to give training to UG, PG students, researchers, postdoctoral workers and faculties of Universities and college to conduct research, develop learning resources, allowing the participants to share the infrastructure, equipment, library, internet and all other facilities.

INRAPHEL is continuing the program under UGC-NRC by holding two schools each having 3- week duration – one summer school SemiNano during June 2-20, 2008 and one winter school MisCom during February 9-27, 2009. The third one of the series was focused on Nano Electronics to give an intensive training especially on Physics of nanostructures and modeling and simulation of electronic devices particularly in the areas of nanoelectronics. The targeted participants were University/College teachers, researchers and M. Tech students.

The aim and scope of the second Summer School was detailed in a poster displayed in the Institute’s website (www.irpel.org), in which the registration form was included for intending participants for online registration. The printed poster and its soft copies were sent by post and e-mail to more than 100 institutions at different parts in India. The intending participants were asked to write a paragraph in the registration form regarding his/ her interest, field of teaching and research, if any, and also their motivation to undertake the course.

Inaugural Function

The inauguration of the Summer School was held at 10 AM on June 1, 2009 at the B. R. Nag auditorium of the Institute with Professor P. K. Basu, the Director of UGC-NRC, as the President, Professor S. Sen, Dean, Faculty of Technology, as the Chairman, Dr. B. M. Arora, IIT-Bombay, as the Guest of Honour and Prof. S. K. Lahiri, former Deputy Director, IIT- Kharagpur, as the Chief Guest and Prof. G. Ghosh, as the Head of the Department. Prof. P. K. Basu introduced the participants to the glorious history of research and teaching in the Department followed by an introductory lecture emphasizing on various innovative landmarks in Semiconductor Physics and Electron Devices. Prof. Arora and Prof. Lahiri mentioned various emerging areas of research and development in the field of electronic, optoelectronic and power devices in India and abroad. Prof. G. Ghosh presented in a nutshell different areas of activities going on and opportunities available in our Department. Prof. Sen narrated the importance of the school in connection with teaching and research and also a brief outline of the activities going on in the Technology faculty of the University of Calcutta. Dr. A. Biswas, the Course Director of NanoDev-09, delivered a talk on the Summer School NanoDEV-09 and offered a vote of thanks.

Visits

Visit I:

All the participants, 8 students from IRPEL, one faculty member and Head of the Department made a one-day visit to The IIT, Kharagpur which is about 120 km away from Kolkata by a reserved AC Bus. Prof. S. K. Ray, Dept of Physics and researchers showed the MBE operation, material and device characterization Laboratory. Apart from this RF sputter unit, XPS characterization techniques are also demonstrated to the visitors.

Visit II:

Another visit was arranged to the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata in which Dean, Faculty of Technology, Course Director and Dr. A. Bhattacharyya, IRPEL accompanied the participants. Prof. P. Chakraborty, SINP and other Research Scholars and Scientists demonstrated various instruments and techniques including SIMS, AFM, TEM, MBE, Ion Implantation Techniques, etc. in the Surface Science Division of SINP.

Feedback from Participants

Various questionnaire form was distributed amongst all the registered participants inviting comments about course content, choice of speakers, method of presentation, whether the course material would be helpful for their research and/or development of curriculum in UG/PG levels, visits at different premier institutions, overall performance of the school and whether they would encourage their colleagues and students to visit the UGC-NRC in INRAPHEL. Questions were also asked about the hall management, food, accommodations, etc. Also in the valedictory session all the participants are asked to give suggestions regarding the school.

The participants were fully satisfied with the summer school as evidenced by their feedback response. Some participants wanted to learn more regarding TCAD simulation programming. Some participants suggested organizing a similar school focused on characterization and simulation of nano-devices in the valedictory session.

Selection of Candidates

The submitted registration forms were examined and a list of selected candidates was published on the website to enable them to book for train/air tickets. Due consideration was given to select participants from all over India and to give preference to candidates from North Eastern regions. The following Table may provide an idea how the objective was fulfilled.