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Dr. B.N. Jagtap has been named a "game changer" in India


Dr. B. N. JagtapDr. B.N. Jagtap, head of the atomic and molecular physics division at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in India, has been cited as a game-changer in a recent feature article in Livemint & The Wall Street Journal.  Although he has been based at BARC for the past 35 years, Japtap still has a connection with Western.

After receiving his BSc from Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai, Jagtap completed a one-year orientation course in nuclear sciences at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre where he worked in the laser programme. This opportunity shaped the rest of his career as he became interested in the physics of molecular and atomic interactions with light. When it came time to pursue postdoctoral research, he chose Western. When he returned to India and BARC, his association with Western continued to the present day.

He has returned as a Centre for Chemical Physics visitor and has collaborated in a number of papers over the years with William Meath in the Department of Chemistry, the most recent being published in 2011.  When Dr. Mahi Singh organized an International conference on Nanomaterials in India in 2009 Jagtap played an important role in bringing the event to life.

Jagtap's current work covers a lot of ground, from investigating molecules that may play a role in astrophysics,  to photonics, to laser cooling atoms close to absolute zero. These utracold atoms have applications in quantum computing.

In addition to this, he teaches at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and the Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, and edits a quarterly magazine, Indian Nuclear Society News.