Science melas in connection with national science campaign

High Energy Astrophysics and the Origin of Cosmic Rays

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
21 May, 2010
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The origin of Galactic cosmic-ray ions has remained an enigma for almost a century. Although it has generally been thought that they are accelerated in the shock waves associated with powerful supernova explosions—for which there have been recent claims of evidence—the mystery is far from resolved. Cosmic rays, which are mostly protons, but also other ions and electrons, permeate our Galaxy and rain down on earth continuously, night and day. Although cosmic rays were discovered almost a century ago, back in the balloon age, their origins remain unclear even now. Almost no effort has been spared in pursuing this long-standing mystery: satellites, rockets and balloons have been launched, and enormous detector arrays have been installed on the ground and even under mountains and seas. I will give a historical overview of the search for the mysterious origin of cosmic rays and a report on the current status.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Yousaf Butt
Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, United States

Laser Turns 50

First National Symposium on Lasers
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Jointly organized by the Centre for Solid State Physics, Punjab University, Lahore.

Registration Procedure:

To register for, this symposium: please visit this link. Registration is free, but please do register, to ave yourself from any inconvenience. These individuals have already registered for the event through the web interface,

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
13 May, 2010
Time: 
9 am
Venue: 
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

Lasers from Islamabad, Lahore and Cern: What Binds them Together (Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan)

The laser is just 50 years old but it is shaping our lives in diverse manners. One key area is precision of measurement. A small Pakistani innovation to the design of the system which makes up the massive detectors in the Large Hadron Collidor at CERN in Geneva is discussed. This is placed in the context of mankind’s greater quest over the centuries for precision, whether these relate to his position on earth or in space, or timekeeping.  The principal features of the laser programme in Pakistan is presented briefly.

Laser-generated Pulsed X-ray Sources (Dr. Fida Khattak)

I would be presenting the basic principles of x-ray generation via different schemes using high power laser pulses for the non-specialized. I would be also presenting some experimental results for the audience having research interest in the field.

Fundamentals of Fiber-optic Communications (Dr. Mumtaz Sheikh)

Ever since the advent of the internet, fiber optic communication systems play an important role in our everyday lives. This talk would  focus on how do these systems work, what is so special about them compared to traditional electrical communication systems, what kind of
lasers are suitable for such systems, what are some of the issues and tradeoffs that a designer has to consider while designing such systems and where is the technology headed in the future.

Light: Its Applications in Interferometery, Polarimetry and Photodynamic Therapy (Dr. Masroor Ikram)

Light is one of the oldest subject but its true nature has yet to be fully discovered. For more than hundred years its dual nature is well accepted. Optics and Laser Group in PIEAS has worked on some of its applications. Michelson interferometer was reported in the late nineteenth century but its use for precise measurement of angle and axis of rotation is reported very recently. Polarization imaging can produce very high contrast and the technique is useful for material characterization. Photodynamic therapy is an emerging technique to cure the cancers with high selectivity. In the technique, two individually non-toxic components brought together to cause harmful effects on cells and tissues in the presence of oxygen.

Resource People: 
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan
Executive Director SORPEST
Speaker
Dr. Fida Khattak
Professor, Kohat University
Speaker
Dr. Masroor Ikram
Proessor and Chairman of Physics, PIEAS, Islamabad
Speaker
Dr. Mumtaz Sheikh
Assistant Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, LUMS, School of Science and Engineering

Eighth Falakyati Mela in GIKI, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
19 February, 2010
Time: 
5 pm to 11 pm
Venue: 
Ghulam Ishaque Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)
Date: 
20 February, 2010
Time: 
5 pm to 11 pm
Venue: 
Ghulam Ishaque Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore

Live Viewing of the 2010 Solar Eclipse

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
15 January, 2010
Time: 
11:30 am
Venue: 
Jogging Track behind the Centre for High Energy Physics, Quaid-e-Azam (New) Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The event is subject to clear weather conditions. The viewing will be through the telescope eyepiece.

The directions to the location can be found at: http://www.khwarzimic.org/iya/pu_map_track.jpg .

Resource People: 
Umair Asim
Lead Astronomer
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School

Sixth Falakyati Mela at the World Space Week in Lahore

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
  • Lahore Astronomical Society (LAST)
  • SUPARCO (Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission)
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
5 October, 2009
Time: 
7 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Lahore
Date: 
6 October, 2009
Time: 
7 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Lahore
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore

Fifth Falakyati Mela and Quiz in Shahdara (District Lahore)

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
28 September, 2009
Time: 
5 pm to 9 pm
Venue: 
Government Higher Secondary School for Girls, Maqbara Jahangir Road, Shahdara (District Lahore)
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore
Moderator
Abdul Haleem Yasir
Khwarizmi Science Society and the Punjab School, Lahore
Moderator
Irfan Arif
Private teacher

Fourth Falakyati Mela in Rohtas (Jhelum)

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
30 May 2009, Saturday
Time: 
5 pm
Venue: 
Rohtas Fort, District Jhelum
Resource People: 
Lecturer and lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society

Second Falakyati Mela in Phoolnagar (Kasur)

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
9 March 2009, Monday
Time: 
5 pm
Venue: 
Government High School No. 1, Phoolnagar (District Kasur)
Resource People: 
Lecturer and lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society
Astronomer
Omer Bin Abdul Aziz
Lahore Astronomical Society

Stellar Pots

Nature's Recycling Factory
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
27 February 2009, Friday
Time: 
11 am
Venue: 
Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The iron running in our blood, calcium in our teeth, the sand we walk on, were all made inside stars. All elements heavier than boron are formed by nuclear reactions inside stars. We owe our existence to these stellar pots. Stars live for millions to billions of years and then it is a fierce battle for their survival. Ultimately they loose the battle and the resulting supernovae disperse the synthesized elements in the universe. Nature does not know of waste products and from stellar dust many more stars are created. In this talk we would discuss the birth and demise of stars. It is for the audience to decide if it is more of stellar science or abstract art.

Resource People: 
Lecturer
Dr. Jameel-un-Nabi
Ghulam Ishaque Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, NWFP