A two-day workshop on Basic Plasma Physics was organized by the Department of Physics on 12-13 February, 2020. The workshop was organized for undergraduate students of North East India to motivate them to take up plasma physics as their specialization in their higher studies.

In the inaugural session, Rev. Fr. Stephen Mavely, the Vice Chancellor of ADBU welcomed the participants to the workshop and the university. He also expressed the interest of the university in the use of plasma technology for water purification.

The technical session began with an Introduction to Plasma by Dr. N. Aomoa, Asst Professor, Dept of Physics which was followed by a talk by Dr. Sumita Sharma, DST Woman Scientist, IASST, about research in experimental plasma physics. After these two talks, the participants had hands-on sessions with the glow discharge plasma device in plasma laboratory and conducted experiments to study the Paschen law and I-V characteristics of the glow discharge device.

On the second day, Dr. Pratikshya Bezbaruah, ADBU, opened the technical session with a talk on research in theoretical plasma physics. After the talk, some videos on applications of plasma were shown. After that, the participants visited Centre of Plasma Physics –Institute for Plasma Research (CPP-IPR), Nazirakhat, Sonapur, where they were shown different laboratories and interacted with the scientist and students of the institute. In the afternoon technical session, Dr. Partha Saikia, CPP-IPR, gave a talk on the topic of plasma diagnostics.

Before the workshop concluded with a Valedictory Session, a feedback session was conducted by Dr. Samrat Dey, Head, Department of Physics where the participants gave oral feedback about their experience. At the Valedictory function, a certificate of participation was distributed by Dr. Monmoyuri Baruah, Director of the School of Fundamental and Applied Sciences.

The workshop was attended by 28 external participants coming from seven colleges and institutes of Assam and Meghalaya and students of the Department of Physics.