Invited Guests

Prof. Dhruba Jyoti Saikia
Indian School Certificate Examination 1971 (First class), University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.
Ph.D., 1985, Jets and compact features in extragalactic radio sources, University of Bombay.
Research work done at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India.
D.J. Saikia spent his early years in the picturesque town of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, often referred to as the Scotland of the east. He did his schooling at St. Edmund's School, Shillong, B.Sc. (Physics Honours) from Hindu College in 1975, M.Sc. (Physics) from Gwyer Hall in 1977, both institutions being part of the University of Delhi. He joined the radio astronomy group of TIFR in 1977 and obtained his PhD in 1985, from what was then the University of Bombay, working largely with Vijay Kapahi and Govind Swarup on radio jets and compact features in radio galaxies and quasars, including the development of of an early version of the unified scheme for lobe- and core-dominated quasars with Vijay Kapahi
Dr. Dmitri Fedorov
Research Institute for Computational Sciences (RICS)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Central 2, Umezono 1-1-1
Tsukuba 305-8568
Dmitri graduated in September 1999, as you can clearly see below, after working very hard on the spin-orbit coupling code in GAMESS (General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System). His code permits use of the full Breit-Pauli operator, or approximations thereto, for general active spaces and exploits various symmetries to avoid zero matrix element computation. His postdoctoral work with Prof. Kimihiko Hirao and Prof. Takhito Nakajima at the University of Tokyo led to the implementation of the 3rd order Douglas-Kroll transformation for inclusion of scalar relativistic effects, and extending the spin-orbit coupling code into the MCQDPT multi-reference perturbation theory. Since 2001, Dmitri is employed at AIST in Tsukuba, where he has included the Fragment Molecular Orbital approach for very large molecules into the GAMESS program.