V. K. Jindal

Panjab University, India

V. K. Jindal completed his M.S. degree in physics in 1971 from Panjab University. After University education in physics, his research work started with the Ph.D. thesis on electron correlation and anharmonic effects in solids in 1977. He was able to publish important results, both in electron correlation effects and anharmonic effects. While studying electron correlation effects, he used memory-function approach to study excitation spectra of an electron liquid, whereas in anharmonic effects, formation of two-phonon bound states in rare-gas crystals was predicted. Thereafter, his work pertained to calculation and measurements at ILL, Grenoble, of harmonic and anharmonic phonons in various molecular crystals (1980–1982 and 1988-1989). As a Humboldt Fellow and BMFT (Ministry of Research and Technology of Germany) Research Fellow, several computer programmes were established out of which the ones used in calculating phonon life times and line shifts for molecular crystals became known because of their usefulness in correlating theory and experiments. These codes had been used by his coworkers there for calculation of anharmonic phonons in several molecular crystals. Subsequently, small angle neutron scattering experiments were also done at ILL, Grenoble, to explore the alignment behavior of micelles in aqueous solutions under application of shear gradient. His work in the area of molecular crystals was recognised by the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in ICTP when they awarded him grant to work in Florence in Italy. As a Fulbright Foundation Fellow and on support of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, he collaborated on applied problem to understand how materials break under shock pressure and how to control and prevent them from breaking. Presently, he is working on fullerene and carbon nanotube materials. He gave a good working model based on atom-atom interactions to form intermolecular potential and calculations.

Biography Updated on 3 July 2007

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