Given that the IITs need a lot of sophisticated equipment to carry out their work, can we as engineers and scientists of these institutions address this crying need of ours through our own skills? QuazarTech emerged out of a practical attempt to answer this question. I will describe the journey of this innovative hi-tech company and of the people (many from the IITs) who were inspired by the vision. I will try to share the excitement which they experienced as they successfully built atomic and sub-atomic resolution microscopes and took a shot at high-precision measurements in nano-science and materials research. I will also share the challenges faced by a company seeking to make globally competitive inter-disciplinary products out of India.
Dr. Sahdev joined the Physics Department of IITK after several years of teaching and research in leading groups at Cornell University, Univ. of Pennsylvania, and the International Center for Theoretical Physics (Italy) among others. While at these centers, he worked and interacted with several nobel laureates including Prof.Salam, Ken Wilson, Steven Weinberg and Richard Feynman. Prof. Sahdev has contributed to several branches of physics: He was a co-discoverer of radiation zeroes and of their use in determining the anomalous magnetic moment of the W-boson. He is one of the original pioneers of the field of higher-dimensional cosmologies. He has worked on the non-linear dynamics of Josephson-Junction arrays and has developed several algorithms for simulating them. More recently, he has made important contributions to the area of indigenous instrumentation. In particular, he and his group have developed several Scanning Probe Microscopes, Physical Properties Measurement and Data-acquisition Systems, all of which have reached internationally competitive standards. Prof Sahdev is now a full-time mentor of Quazar Technologies, an innovative hi-tech Delhi-based Company.