Prof R Kumaravadivel

Prof R Kumaravadivel

       

Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics 
 and Member of the University Grant Commission

Department of Physics
University of Jaffna
Jaffna JA 40 000
Sri Lanka

Phone : +942225924
Fax      : +942222685
Email   :  rkumar@jfn.ac.lk, 
                rkumaravadivel2010@gmail.com

BSc(Hons)(Ceylon), PhD(Bristol)    

 

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 University Education

PhD in Theoretical Solid State Physics University of Bristol, 1975
BSc (General Degree), University of Ceylon. 1968
BSc (Special Degree) in Physics, University of Ceylon, 1970

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  • Member, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka: from February 2015
  • Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna: June 2006 to December 2007
  • Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna: November 1999 to July 2010
  • Head of the Computer Unit of the University of Jaffna: August 1989 to October 1990
  • Head of the Department of Physics, University of Jaffna: February 1985 to February 1988, April 1994 to October 1995, January 1997 to November 1999
  • Lecturer-in-charge of the Department of Physics, University of Peradeniya: January 1978 to January 1979

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Title of Thesis: Thermodynamic properties of liquid metals and liquid metal surfaces
Main Area: Theory of the structure and thermodynamic properties of liquid metals and liquid metal surfaces

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  • R.Kumaravadivel, R. Evans and D.A.Greenwood, The Born-Green equation for Liquid Metals, J.Phys. F (Metal Physiacs), 1974, Vol 4 pp 1839-48
  • R.Kumaravadivel and R.Evans, Calculation of the surface energy of simple liquid metals, J.Phys. C (Solid State Physics), 1975, Vol 13 pp 793-808.
  • R.Evans and R.Kumaravadivel, A thermodynamic perturbation theory for the surface tension and ion density profile of a liquid metal, J.Phys.C (Solid State Physics), 1976, Vol 9, pp 1891-1906.
  • R.Kumaravadivel and R.Evans, The entropies and structure factors of liquid simple metals , J.Phys.C (Solid State Physics), 1976, Vol 9 pp 3877-3903.
  • R.Kumaravadivel, Thermodynamic properties of liquid metals, J.Phys.F (Metal Physics) , 1983, Vol.13, pp 1607-26.
  • R.Kumaravadivel and M.P.Tosi, Pair potentials and structure factors of liquid alkali metals, IL Nuovo Cimento, 1984, Vol 1, pp 39
  • R.Kumaravadivel, Effective interionic pair potentials in liquid alkali metals, Publication of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. 1984 Publication No. IC-84-89.

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  • Awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship by the Commonwealth Commission to spend one year at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, England as Visiting Professor (1991).
  • Appointed by the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) , Trieste, Italy as an Associate Member of the Centre for the period 1982-87. This appointment was renewed for another six years in 1989.
  • Awarded a Visiting Scientist Fellowship by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics for the academic year 1983-84.
  • Appointed by the Institute of Physics (London) as a referee of research papers submitted to the Journal of Physics F (Metal Physics), UK.
  • Dr.C.A.Hewavitharana Memorial Prize for Physics, 1970, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya (Awarded for achieving the highest competence at the Special Science Degree Examination held in 1970).
  • Coomarasamy Prize for Science, 1968, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. (Awarded for achieving the highest competence at the General Science Degree Examination held in 1968).

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  • Participated in the Summer School on Physics of Surfaces, University of Warwick, U.K., August 1974 (Organised by the Institute of Physics, London).
  • Participated in the ‘Liquid Metals Forum’ , University of Birmingham, March 1974 and gave a seminar on Born-Green Equation in Liquid Metals
  • Participated in the International Conference on Interatomic forces in Condensed Matter, University of Reading, U.K., April 1975
  • Participated in the Condensed Matter Physics Workshop of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from July to September 1977.
  • Participated in the International Symposium on one dimensional conductors, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy in August 1977.
  • Participated in the Condensed Matter Physics Workshop of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from July to September 1982.
  • Gave seminars on ‘Pair potentials in liquid alkali metals from experimental structure factor data’ at the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia, U.K. (August 1984).
  • Participated in a Working Party on Physics of Condensed Matter at Planetary Pressures at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (August-September 1984).
  • Participated in the Spring College on Semiconductor devices at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from April to June 1984.
  • Participated in the Condensed Matter Physics Workshop of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy from July to September 1984.
  • Visited several Computer Laboratories in UK in 1990 on a British Council sponsored programme and negotiated a link programme with the University of Cardiff, UK.
  • Participated in many Workshops, seminars and conferences at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy during a three months visit as a Visiting Scientist from October to December 1992.

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