Saikat Chakraborty Thakur is a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, San Diego’s Center for Energy Research.
Saikat Chakraborty Thakur is a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, San Diego’s Center for Energy Research.


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Plasma is Star Stuff: A journey from the cosmos to your computer chip
with Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, Ph.D.
Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall


This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Plasmas are all around us. They make smartphones possible and can be found in stars! Plasma is sometimes called the fourth state of matter and it is the most abundant form of known matter in our universe. Join Dr. Saikat Chakraborty Thakur to discover how plasmas similar those found in the cosmos are used in our everyday lives. Plasmas naturally occur right here on Earth, but there are extra-terrestrial examples to explore as well. Plasmas have many industrial applications that make them so much closer than you can imagine. Take a tour of plasma physics research facilities, learn about fusion plasma research and find out how you can enter the world of plasmas from a physicist who’s been there. Come learn just how close you are to the cosmos!

About Dr. Saikat Chakraborty Thakur
Saikat Chakraborty Thakur was gifted his long name on a cold dark “Friday the 13th” night, way back in February 1981, in Durgapur, a small but heavily industrialized town in the state of West Bengal in India. His dad was a soccer player and coach and his mother was kept busy taking care of him. He finished his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics in India and then moved to West Virginia University (WVU) at Morgantown, for graduate school. He is the first person in his family to pursue higher studies beyond a bachelor’s degree. He received his Ph. D. degree from WVU in 2010 and then moved to the University of California at San Diego to continue research on plasma turbulence and self organization. He loves working with students, encouraging and motivating them to be in touch with the wonderful field of scientific research. He also loves to play soccer and racket ball, to go hiking in nature, mountain biking and going on long drives with his wife through historic highways and national parks. 
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Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

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