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Past Colloquia

Title              :

Saha Ionization Equation -- A Century of Hindsight

Speaker         : Prof. Sushanta Duttagupta, Bose Institute, Kolkata
Date                : May 09, 2018
Time               : 3:00 PM
Venue            : Lecture Hall-1
Abstract        :

We revisit the Saha ionization equation almost one hundred years after it was written down. The equation, which is considered as the harbinger of modern Astrophysics, is loaded with remarkable insights -- some stated, some implied. We would like to unravel the overt and covert aspects of the equation that straddle a remarkable canvas of interdisciplinary concepts. These include early application of the emerging ideas of the Bohr model of the atom, spectroscopy, yet-to-be formulated theory of chemical reactions, and indeed of deep aspects of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.



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