Saikat Biswas

Saikat Biswas
Associate Professor

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Previous appointments:

Post Doctoral Fellow, Detector Laboratory GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Germany [Nov 2010 - Nov 2012]

DST-SERB Ramanujan Fellow, VECC, Kolkata [Nov 2012 - June 2013]

DST-SERB Ramanujan Fellow and Scientific Officer (D), NISER, Bhubaneswar [June 2013 - Nov 2015]

Assistant Professor, Bose Institute, Kolkata [Nov 2015 - Feb 2020]


Research interests:

  • Instrumentation for experimental high energy physics

  • Detection of cosmic ray

  • Medical imaging


Contact:

Address: Department of Physics
Unified Academic Campus
Bose Institute
EN-80, Sector V
Bidhan Nagar
Kolkata - 700 091, India
E-Mail: saikat[at]jcbose.ac.in
Phone: +91-33-25693113

Research:

We are working on the Physics of the particle detectors, specifically on the research of gaseous detectors and the scintillation detector.

Bose Institute is contributing to the research program of up-gradation of the ALICE Time Projection Chamber (TPC) with Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) at CERN, Geneva and on the Muon Chamber (CBM-MUCH) of CBM experiment at FAIR, Germany. The goal of the ALICE experiment is to study the physics of Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) at low baryonic density and high temperature, whereas that of CBM is to study the QGP physics at low temperature and moderate to high baryon densities. As both these detection systems will use GEM based chambers, we are working on the R&D of these detectors in the High Energy Physics detector laboratory.

An array of seven plastic scintillator detectors is operational at an altitude of about 2200 m above the sea level in the Himalayas at the Centre for Astroparticle Physics & Space Sciences, Darjeeling campus of Bose Institute, for detection of cosmic ray air showers since the end of January 2018. Our group is also involved on the research of such scintillation detectors.

Our R&D program includes research on Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC), Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM), Straw tube detector, Multi Wire Proportional Chamber (MWPC) and Scintillation detector (for cosmic ray study).

Publications:

1. Biswas S, Bhattacharya S, Bose S, Chattopadhyay S, Saha S, Sharan M K, Viyogi Y P. Performances of linseed oil-free bakelite RPC prototypes with cosmic ray muons. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 602,749 - 753 (2009). [arXiv:0907.2976]

2. Bose S, Biswas S, Saha S, Sharan M K, Bhattacharya S. Control system for a four-component gas mixing unit. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 602, 839 - 841 (2009).

3. Behere Anita, Bhatia M S, Chandratre V B, Datar V M, Mukhopadhyay P K, Jena Satyajit, Viyogi Y P, Bhattacharya Sudeb,  Saha Satyajit, Bhide Sarika, Kalmani S D, Mondal N K, Nagraj P, Nagesh B K, Rao Shobha K, Reddy L V, Saraf M, Satyanarayana B, Shinde R R, Upadhya S S, Verma P, Biswas Saikat, Chattopadhyay Subhasish, Sarma P R. INO prototype detector and data acquisition system. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 602, 784 - 787 (2009).

4. Biswas S, Bhattacharya S, Bose S, Chattopadhyay S, Saha S, Viyogi Y P. Development of linseed oil-free Bakelite Resistive Plate Chambers. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 604, 310 - 313 (2009). [arXiv:0907.2978]

5. Biswas S, Bhattacharya S, Bose S, Chattopadhyay S, Saha S, Viyogi Y P. Study of timing properties of single gap high-resistive bakelite RPC. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 617, 138 - 140 (2010). [arXiv:0907.2982]

6. Biswas S, Bhattacharya Purba, Bhattacharya S, Bose S, Chattopadhyay S, Majumdar N, Mukhopadhyay S, Saha S, Viyogi Y P. Performances of silicone coated high resistive bakelite RPC. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 661, S94 - S97 (2012). [arXiv:1206.5627]

7. Abuhoza Alhussain, Biswas S, Frankenfeld U, Hehner J, Schmidt C J, Schmidt H R. Study of the influence of construction materials on the ageing properties of high rate gas detectors. Physics Procedia, 37, 442 - 447 (2012).

8. Meghna K K, Banerjee A, Biswas S, Bhattacharya S, Bose S, Chattopadhyay S, Das G, Marick C, Saha S, Viyogi Y P. Surface resistivity measurements and related performance studies of the Bakelite RPC detectors. Proceedings of Science, PoS(RPC2012)031.

9. Majumdar N, Mukhopadhyay S, Bhattacharya P, Biswas S, Bhattacharya S, Saha S, Chattopadhyay S. Study on Surface Asperities in Bakelite-RPC. Proceedings of Science , PoS(RPC2012)026.

10. Biswas S, Abuhoza A, Frankenfeld U, Hehner J, Schmidt C J, Schmidt H R, Traeger M, Colafranceschi S, Marinov A, Sharma A. Study of the characteristics of GEM detectors for the future FAIR experiment CBM. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 718, 403 - 405 (2013). [arXiv:1408.0075]

11. Abuhoza A, Schmidt H R, Biswas S, Frankenfeld U, Hehner J, Schmidt C J. Setup optimization toward accurate ageing studies of gas filled detectors. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 718, 400 - 402 (2013).

12. Banerjee A, Roy A, Biswas S, Chattopadhyay S, Das G, Pal S. Development of Multi-gap Resistive Plate Chamber (MRPC) for medical imaging. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 718, 138 - 139 (2013). [arXiv:1408.0280]

13. Meghna K K, Banerjee A, Biswas S, Bhattacharya S, Bose S, Chattopadhyay S, Das G, Marick C, Saha S, Viyogi Y P. Measurement of electrical properties of electrode materials for the bakelite Resistive Plate Chambers. JINST, 7, P10003 (2012). doi:10.1088/1748-0221/7/10/P10003. [arXiv:1206.5894]

14. Majumdar N, Mukhopadhyay S, Bhattacharya P, Biswas S, Bhattacharya S, Saha S, Chattopadhyay S. A numerical study on surface asperities in bakelite-RPC. JINST, 7, P11027 (2012) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/7/11/T11027.

15. Biswas S, Schmidt D J, Abuhoza A, Frankenfeld U, Garabatos C, Hehner J, Kleipa V, Morhardt T, Schmidt C J, Schmidt H R, Wiechula J. Development of a GEM based detector for the CBM Muon Chamber (MUCH). JINST, 8, C12002 (2013) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/8/12/C12002. [arXiv:1310.0642]

16. Dubey A K, Chattopadhyay S, Saini J, Singaraju R, Murthy G S N, Viyogi Y P, Abuhoza A, Biswas S, Frankenfeld U, Hehner J, Kleipa V, Morhardt T, Schmidt C J, Schmidt D J, Lymanets A, Schmidt H R. Testing of triple-GEM chambers for CBM experiment at FAIR using self-triggered readout electronics. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 755,  62- 68 (2014).

17. Yang C, Huang X J, Du C M, Huang B C, Ahammed Z, Banerjee A, Bhattarari P, Biswas S, Bowen B, Butterworth J, Calder ́on de la Barca Sa ́nchez M, Carson H, Chattopadhyay S, Cebra D, Chen H F, Cheng J P, Codrington M, Eppley G, Flores C, Geurts F, Hoffmann G W, Jentsch A, Kesich A, Li C, Li Y J, Llope W J, Mioduszewski S, Mohamed Y, Nussbaum T, Roy A, Ruan L, Schambach J J, Sun Y J, Wang Y, Xin K, Xu Z, Yang S, Zhu X L. Calibration and performance of the STAR Muon Telescope Detector using cosmic rays. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 762, 1-6 (2014).

18. Roy A, Banerjee A, Biswas S, Chattopadhyay S, Das G, Saha S. Performance simulation of a MRPC-based PET imaging system. JINST, 9, C10030 (2014) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/9/10/C10030.

19. Biswas S, Abuhoza A, Frankenfeld U, Garabatos C, Hehner J, Kleipa V, Morhardt T, Schmidt C J, Schmidt H R, Wiechula J. Measurement of the spark probability of a GEM detector for the CBM muon chamber (MuCh). Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 800, 93 - 97 (2015).

20. Nandan Akhilesh P, Rudra Sharmili, Neog Himangshu, Biswas S, Mahapatra S, Mohanty B, Samal P K. A simple technique for gamma ray and cosmic ray spectroscopy using plastic scintillator. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 824, 606 - 608 (2016). [arXiv:1407.7181]

21. Abuhoza A, Schmidt H R, Biswas S, Frankenfeld U, Hehner J, Schmidt C J. Building and commissioning of a setup to study ageing phenomena in gaseous detectors. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 824, 487 - 489 (2016).

22. Patra Rajendra Nath, Nanda Amit, Rudra Sharmili, Bhattacharya P, Sahoo Sumanya Sekhar, Biswas S, Mohanty B, Nayak T K, Sahu P K, Sahu S. Characterisations of GEM detector prototype. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 824, 501 - 503 (2016). [ arXiv:1505.07768]

23. Biswas S, Schmidt D J, Abuhoza A, Frankenfeld U, Garabatos C, Hehner J, Kleipa V, Morhardt T, Schmidt C J, Schmidt H R, Wiechula J. Systematic measurements of the gain and the energy resolution of single and double mask GEM detectors. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 824, 504 - 506 (2016). [ arXiv:1505.07767]

24. Meghna K K, Biswas S, Jash A, Chattopadhyay S, Saha S. Effects of variation of environmental parameters on the performance of Resistive Plate Chamber detectors. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 816, 1 - 8 (2016).

25. Adak R P, Biswas S, Das S, Ghosal D, Ghosh S K, Mondal A, Nag D, Nayak T K, Patra R N, Prasad S K, Raha S, Sahu P K, Sahu S, Swain S. Long-term stability test of a triple GEM detector. JINST, 11, T10001 (2016) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/11/10/T10001. [arXiv:1608.00562]

26. Patra Rajendra Nath, Singaraju Rama N, Biswas Saikat, Ahammed Zubayer, Nayak Tapan K, Viyogi Yogendra P. Measurement of basic characteristics and gain uniformity of a triple GEM detector. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 862, 25 - 30 (2017). [ arXiv:1705.03849]

27. Sahu S, Nag D, Rudra S, Swain S, Biswas S, Das S, Sahu P K. Design and fabrication of data logger to measure the ambient parameters in gas detector R&D. JINST, 12, C05006 (2017) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/12/05/C05006.

28. Biswas S, Das S, Ghosh S K, Nag D, Raha S. Development of scintillator detector for detection of cosmic ray shower. JINST, 12, C06026 (2017) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/12/06/C06026.

29. Swain S, Adak R P, Biswas S, Hehner J, Patra R N, Rudra S, Sahu P K, Sahu S. A quad-GEM detector prototype operated at very low gas gain. JINST, 12, T07002 (2017) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/12/07/T07002.

30. Biswas Saikat. ALICE TPC upgrade for High-Rate operations. Proceedings of Science , PoS (ICPAQGP2015) 094.

31. Patra Rajendra Nath, Singaraju R. N., Biswas S., Ahammed Z., Nayak T. K., Viyogi Y. P. Gain Uniformity and Characteristics Study of a Triple GEM Detector. IEEE Xplore: 19 October 2017, DOI: 10.1109/NSSMIC.2016.8069752.

32. Aggarwal M.M. et al. Particle identification studies with a full-size 4-GEM prototype for the ALICE TPC upgrade. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 903 (2018) 215 - 223.

33. Biswas Saikat, Das Supriya, Ghosh Sanjay Kumar (Editors). Advanced Detectors for Nuclear, High Energy and Astroparticle Physics, Proceedings of ADNHEAP 2017, Springer Proceedings in Physics 201, ISBN 978-981-10-7664-0.

34. Patra Rajendra Nath, Singaraju Rama N., Biswas Saikat, Viyogi Yogendra P., Nayak Tapan K. Characteristic study of a quadruple GEM detector and its comparison with a triple GEM detector. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 906 (2018) 37 - 42.

35. Roy S., Nandi N., Adak R.P., Biswas S., Das S., Ghosh S.K., Prasad S.K., Raha S. Study of performances of a straw tube detector with high rate. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 936 (2019) 488 - 490.

36. Chakraborty S., Chatterjee S., Roy S., Roy A., Biswas S., Das S., Ghosh S.K., Prasad S.K., Raha S. A new type of RPC with very low resistive material. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 936 (2019) 424- 426.

37. Chatterjee S., Chakraborty S., Roy S., Biswas S., Das S., Ghosh S.K., S.K. Prasad, S. Raha. Study of uniformity of characteristics over the surface for triple GEM detector. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 936 (2019) 491 - 492.

38. Roy S., Chakraborty S., Chatterjee S., Biswas S., Das S., Ghosh S.K., Maulik A., Raha S. Plastic scintillator detector array for detection of cosmic ray air shower. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 936 (2019) 249 - 251.

39. Roy S., Rudra S., Shaw S., Chatterjee S., Chakraborty S., Adak R.P., Biswas S., Das S., Ghosh S.K., Prasad S.K., Raha S. Stability study of gain and energy resolution for GEM detector. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 936 (2019) 485 - 487.

40. Patra Rajendra Nath, Rama Narayan, Dalal Somnath, Biswas Saikat, Viyogi Yogendra P., Nayak Tapan K. Characteristic study of a quadruple GEM detector in different electric field configurations. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 936 (2019) 433 - 435.

41. S. Chatterjee, S. Roy, A. Sen, S. Chakraborty, S. Biswas, S. Das, S.K. Ghosh, S.K. Prasad, S. Raha. Long term stability study of triple GEM detector using different Argon based gas mixtures: an update. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1498 (2020) 012037 doi:10.1088/1742- 6596/1498/1/012037.

42. A. Sen, S. Chatterjee, S. Roy, S. Biswas and S. Das. Characterisation of an RPC prototype with moderate resistivity plates using tetrafluoroethane (C2H2F4). 2020 JINST 15 C06055 doi:10.1088/1748-0221/15/06/C06055.

43. S. Chatterjee, U. Frankenfeld, C. Garabatos, J. Hehner, T. Morhardt, C. J. Schmidt, H. R. Schmidt, A. Lymanets, and S. Biswas. Spark probability measurement of a single mask triple GEM detector. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 977 (2020) 164334.

44. S. Chatterjee, A. Sen, S. Roy, K. Nivedita G, A. Paul, S. Das and S. Biswas. Study of charging up effect in a triple GEM detector. 2020 JINST 15 T09011 doi:10.1088/1748-0221/15/09/T09011.

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Recognition:

  • DST International travel grant to attend the 11th Pisa Meeting on Advanced Detectors, Pisa, Italy, 2009
  • European Union grants to participate the 4th MC-PAD Training Event, Micro-pattern gas and Photo-detectors, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 2011
  • Ramanujan Fellowship, 2012-2017
  • Jury member for selecting the best presentations/posters in Young Scientists’ Conference (YSC), IISF, 2019

Teaching:

2015-16: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM II - Computer Interfacing

2016-17: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM I - Electrodynamics I

2016-17: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM II - Communication Experiments

2017-18: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM III - Nuclear Physics Practical

2017-18: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM I - Electrodynamics I

2017-18: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM II - Communication Experiments

2018-19: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM III - Nuclear Physics Practical

2018-19: PhD Course work - Selected topics on Nuclear Physics

2019-20: Int. M.Sc.-PhD SEM I - Electrodynamics I

Students:

Image Name Designation Department Campus Contact number Email
profile image Sayak Chatterjee Junior Research Fellow Physics Unified 25693112 sayakchatterjee

Former:

1. Dr. Subikash Choudhury 

Visiting Fellow, 2016-17. (Now Post Doc. Fellow at Fudan University, Shanghai)

2. Mr. Aritra Mondal

Project Student, 2016-17. (Now at RRCAT, Indore)

3. Mr. Debdeep Ghosal

Project Student, 2016-17 (Now at Department of Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland)

4. Ms. Nilanjana Nandi

Summer Project student from Raja Peary Mohan College, Uttarpara, Hooghly, 2017. (Now at University of Calcutta, Kolkata)

5. Mr. Shibnath Shaw

Project Student from Vidyasagar University, Medinipur, 2017.

6. Mr. Souradeep Pal

Summer Project student from St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata, 2018.

7. Mr. Shubham Jaiswal

M.Sc. 4th Sem Project, Bose Institute, Kolkata, 2019.

8. Mr. Abhisek Roy

Summer Project, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, 2019.

9. Ms. Debonita Saha
Summer Project St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, 2019.

10. Ms. Krishna Nivedita G

Summer Internship, IISER TVM, 2019.

11. Ms. Aayushi Paul

Summer Internship, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, 2019.

12. Ms. Rituparna Banerjee

Summer Internship , IIT-ISM Dhanbad, 2019.

Group News:

  • Ms. Shreya Roy, from our group received the best talk prize in HUGS 19, Jefferson Laboratory, USA.

The title of her talk was "Overview of detectors for the Muon Chamber of CBM experiments at FAIR"





  • My student Mr. Sayak Chatterjee received the Best Poster Award in Workshop on Dynamics of QCD matter, NISER, 15-17 August 2019.
The title of his poster was "Characterisation of GEM detector for CBM Muon Chamber "