Developing better nanoelectronics by understanding nonadiabatic effects

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “Basically,” Michele Lazzeri tells PhysOrg.com, “the Born-Oppenheimer adiabatic approximation tells us how atoms are vibrating.” This adiabatic effect is used to describe phonons, which are modes of vibration that have been quantized. “It’s basic textbook stuff in solid state physics,” Lazzeri continues, “but sometimes the Born-Oppenheimer adiabatic approximation fails.” Citation: Developing better nano-electronics by understanding nonadiabatic effects (2008, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-nano-electronics-nonadiabatic-effects.htmlcenter_img This failure is known as nonadiabatic effects. However, even though the existence of such has been speculated about since the 1960s, measuring – and understanding – how nonadiabatic effects affect solids has been difficult, especially in terms of distinguishing them in new materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. (It is important to note that graphene and nanotubes hold a great deal of interest in nanotechnologies, they are considered as potential components for future nano-electronic-devices.) Lazzeri, along with A. Marco Saitta, Matteo Calandra and Francesco Mauri, all at IMPMC at the University of Paris 6, have created a theoretical framework for explaining nonadiabatic effects, and their differences from adiabatic effects. Their work has been published in Physical Review Letters: “Giant Nonadiabatic Effects in Layer Metals: Raman Spectra of Intercalated Graphite Explained.”“Our work is really a scientific curiosity,” Lazzeri explains. “Efforts have been made to use Raman spectroscopy to detect and measure these nonadiabatic effects in metals.” Nonadiabatic effects can be used to explain certain properties seen due to Raman scattering, including linewidths and shifts. “It’s really about understanding basic principles in quantum mechanics.”What prompted the present work was actually work that the University of Paris team had done earlier, looking for nonadiabatic effects in graphene. “It turns out that graphene dependence to phonon frequency on doping, or adding electrons, is due to nonadiabatic effects.” However, the difference between the adiabatic and the nonadiabatic was not very pronounced in graphene, making it difficult to measure. So the Lazzeri and his peers wondered what would happen if they used layered metals that were truly three dimensional, rather than closer to two dimensional, as graphene is.“We realized that when you have layered material, like the intercalated graphite and the MgB2 [magnesium diboride] used in the experiments we studied, you can do Raman scattering to excite the phonons to where the Born-Oppenheimer approximation fails,” Lazzeri says. This is done, he explains, by probing with a laser direction that is perpendicular to the layers. “We found that the difference between the adiabatic and the nonadiabatic effects were huge in these cases,” he continues. “The difference is much more spectacular in the graphite than in the graphene we studied before.”Lazzeri hopes that the information and first principles that the team articulates can be applied going forward to other new materials to be used in future nano-electronic devices. “It does have a technology application,” he insists. “The study of vibrations is not only interesting from a purely scientific point of view,” he continues. “As a matter of fact, vibrations provide us with one of the most direct access to the properties of matter at the microscopic level.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

LHC lawsuit case dismissed by US court

first_img More information: via: Symmetry Magazine and Cosmic Log– A Lawyer’s View of the Risk of Black Hole Catastrophe at the LHC, PhysOrg.com, January 22, 2010. So far, the LHC has reached an energy of about 3.5 trillion electron volts, or half of its full energy. Image credit: CERN. Walter Wagner, a retired nuclear safety officer, along with Spanish journalist Luis Sancho, filed the lawsuit in March 2008 before the LHC was turned on. The LHC, located on the border between France and Switzerland, was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). As a collaboration among thousands of scientists from more than 100 countries, the LHC is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world. After an electrical fault initially shut down the collider when it was first turned on in September 2008, it has been operating successfully since November 2009.The LHC was designed to investigate many exotic areas of science, such as supersymmetry, extra dimensions, and dark matter. Wagner filed the lawsuit due to his concern that the LHC would produce black holes or a strange form of matter that could destroy the Earth. While he attempted to stop the LHC before it began operating, the US court originally dismissed the suit in 2008 on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction over the LHC operations. But Wagner appealed the case, and now, for the second time, the court has dismissed the lawsuit for similar reasons. The judge noted that the LHC is owned, managed, and controlled by CERN, not the US. “The US government enjoys only observer status on the CERN council, and has no control over CERN or its operations,” the judge wrote in the final decision. “Accordingly, the alleged injury, destruction of the Earth, is in no way attributable to the US government’s failure to draft an environmental impact statement.”Even if the US court could have an impact on LHC operations, the judge also concluded that Wagner did not demonstrate sufficient standing in the court for the case to proceed. “At most, Wagner has alleged that experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (the ‘Collider’) have ‘potential adverse consequences.’ Speculative fear of future harm does not constitute an injury in fact sufficient to confer standing.”Wagner told Cosmic Log, a science blog at MSNBC, that he plans to seek a review of the court’s ruling, since the law allows review requests to be filed up to 45 days after the August 24 ruling.CERN plans to continue operating the LHC through 2011 at half-power, or 3.5 trillion electron volts. Then, after one year of scheduled maintenance, the power will be increased to the maximum 7 trillion electron volts in December 2012. The full (five-paragraph) court ruling is available here. Meanwhile, a monitoring system that provides real-time updates on the LHC’s potential for destruction is available at www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com. Citation: LHC lawsuit case dismissed by US court (2010, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-lhc-lawsuit-case-dismissed-court.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com LHC Ready for Duty Again (PhysOrg.com) — A Hawaiian man’s lawsuit to try to prevent operations of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been dismissed due to a failure to show a “credible threat of harm,” according to the judge. And, as ruled in 2008, the judge again concluded that the US government is not the correct party to bring the suit against since the US doesn’t control LHC operations. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New geotracking technology could make you easier to find

first_img The system in place now enables someone to ping a data pack to your IP address and convert the time it takes to return into distance and this can narrow it down to around 200 kilometers. Wang’s new system utilizes this method as a first stage.For the next stage, Wang and his team realized that many universities and major corporations have their own in house servers and their IP addresses can be directly tied to a physical location. They created a catalog of some 76,000 of these landmarks on Google Maps. Once the first stage has been completed and they have narrowed down a radius of around 200 kilometers, they then locate the landmarks within that radius area and ping them. Recording the time it takes to bounce back from these landmarks can allow a comparison to the first stage and further narrow down the location.Once it has been narrowed down, they repeat that step to further narrow down the location. In large cities with many landmarks, the tracking can be extremely accurate.All of this information can be gathered without an individual’s permission. The only way to avoid being tracked is to go through a proxy server. The system is unable to go around this, however, it is able to detect a proxy server and will flag the test as unable to locate. (PhysOrg.com) — Currently, advertisers are only able to access and track your current location online to a radius of 35 kilometers without your permission. However, as presented at the Usenix Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation in Boston last week, Yong Wang, a computer scientist at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, has developed a three-stage system that would allow advertisers and others the ability to track your location to within a few hundred meters. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Citation: New geotracking technology could make you easier to find (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-geotracking-technology-easier.html More information: via Newscientist and PCauthority In Brief: Sprint with kid-tracking system via mobilelast_img read more

Study explores computing bursts for smartphones

first_img Citation: Study explores computing bursts for smartphones (2012, February 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-explores-smartphones.html (PhysOrg.com) — A study team from the computer science and engineering departments at University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan are tackling smartphone performance with an idea about chips that are designed for what they say is computational sprinting. “Our approach called computational sprinting is aimed at mobile environments like smartphones, where many interactive applications are characterized by short bursts of computational demand punctuated by long idle periods waiting for user input,” they said. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Transient behavior of initiation and termination of sprinting. Image credit: Computational Sprinting, Proceedings of the 18th Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA 2012). What they have in mind are computer chips with over 12 processing cores rather than multicore chips with two or four. The phone would use a single core to carry out normal operations but it would utilize all cores for heavy-duty computation to ensure the tasks are done with speed.In their paper, “Computational Sprinting,” the authors point to the present-day performance constraints in smartphones. In mobile settings, said the researchers, “Many current and emerging interactive applications are characterized by short bursts of intense computation punctuated by long idle periods.”What led to their research is their recognition that processors today, with their heat sinks and energy delivery systems, are made for sustained performance, which is ideal for batch-mode high-performance computing but not ideal for interactive workloads requiring responsiveness in seconds once the user has initiated a command.They posed the question, what would a system look like if designed to provide responsiveness during bursts rather than focusing on sustained performance? They report results where, after simulating a sprinting chip, they saw a significant performance boost. As the concept is still in lab stage and a physical version is yet to be built, they acknowledge “parallel computational sprinting” still poses engineering challenges in cost, thermal materials, packaging and power supply.Nonetheless, they said, “Our study indicates that it is feasible to capture the responsiveness of a 16W chip within the engineering constraints of a 1W mobile device via parallel computational sprinting.”In reaction to their research, Michael Taylor, computer science professor at the University of California, San Diego, said in Newscientist that the challenge will be for manufacturers to find phase-change materials (PCMs) that are compact enough for a mobile device but still absorb heat without the phone becoming too hot.The study team, Arun Raghavan, Yixin Luo, Anuj Chandawalla, Marios Papaefthymiou, Kevin P. Pipe, Thomas F. Wenisch and Milo M. K. Martin are to present “Computational Sprinting” in the Proceedings of the 18th Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA 2012), which takes place from February 25 to 29 in New Orleans. Darpa seeks new power dynamic for continuation of Moore’s Law More information: www.cis.upenn.edu/acg/sprinting/ © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

Scientists use electron ink to write on graphene paper

first_img(Phys.org) —Nanoscale writing offers a reliable way to record information at extremely high densities, making it a promising tool for patterning nanostructures for a variety of electronic applications. In a recent study, scientists have demonstrated a simple yet effective way to write and draw on the nanoscale by using an electron beam to selectively break the carbon atoms in single-layer graphene. When an electron beam (green) writes on graphene paper, some of the carbon atoms in the graphene are kicked off, and external carbon atoms are deposited onto the dangling bonds to form an irregular structure that appears as “ink.” Credit: Wei Zhang, et al. ©2013 IOP Publishing Ltd. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Wei Zhang, et al. “Direct writing on graphene ‘paper’ by manipulating electrons as ‘invisible ink.'” Nanotechnology 24 (2013) 275301 (6pp). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/27/275301 Explore further “Our work demonstrates the feasibility of directly writing patterns on the thinnest material, graphene, in a position- and size-controllable style through manipulating electrons,” Wei Zhang said.This technique offers both good controllability and high resolution. The researchers demonstrated a font size (defined by the width of the lines) as low as 2-3 nm. In addition, the graphene preserved its morphology after the writing process. With these advantages, the researchers hope that the new nanoscale writing technique will prove useful for future nanoscale writing and nanoelectronic applications, such as emerging microscale graphene circuits.In the future, if further funding is available, the researchers hope to improve the resolution and efficiency of this nanoscale writing technique. “More complex writing can be achieved by combining pre-defined shape design in the software,” Qiang Zhang said. “An ultimate goal is to achieve atomic scale writing easily and accurately for the design of electronic circuits.” Images taken by a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) of electron ink on graphene paper, showing the letter “N” and the symbol “Ʌ.” Credit: Wei Zhang, et al. ©2013 IOP Publishing Ltd. As the researchers explain, the carbon atoms in graphene are sensitive to a variety of irradiation effects. Here, a 300 keV electron beam was used to break local carbon-carbon bonds in single-layer graphene. When the bonds break, carbon atoms are kicked off, resulting in dangling bonds that are free to attract new carbon species from the vacuum and on the graphene surface. These new amorphous carbon species become absorbed onto the dangling bonds to stabilize the edge, forming only along the scanning direction of the electron beam. The researchers, Wei Zhang and Luise Theil Kuhn at the Technical University of Denmark in Roskilde, Denmark; and Qiang Zhang and Meng-Qiang Zhao at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, have published their study on using electron ink to write on graphene paper in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.”The ability to record information has been directly correlated with the process of human civilization since ancient times,” Wei Zhang told Phys.org. “Paper and ink are the two essential factors to record history. Currently, information communication has proceeded onto an unprecedented scale.”Nanoscale writing, which is essentially the manipulation of matter on the nanoscale, has already been widely explored. The current methods can be classified into two groups: lithography (top down), which imprints a pre-made pattern on a substrate, but has restricted resolution; and self-assembly (bottom up), which manipulates atoms or molecules individually, but faces challenges with controllability. Herein, the researchers proposed a combination method based on both types of methods to overcome the difficulties of each, which they demonstrated on “the thinnest paper in the world”: graphene.”The rise of graphene calls for broad attention,” Qiang Zhang said. “One distinct characteristic is its flatness, which provides the perfect opportunity to be regarded as the thinnest paper. In order to directly write on this ultimate thin paper, the suitable ink must be found. At the small scale, typically nanoscale, the ink candidate must meet the qualification as both high-resolution writing and visualization function. Therefore, high-energy electrons in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) are the best choice. The electron beam can be manipulated as ink for direct writing, but is by itself invisible.” Journal information: Nanotechnology Citation: Scientists use electron ‘ink’ to write on graphene ‘paper’ (2013, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-scientists-electron-ink-graphene-paper.html © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Writing graphene circuitry with ion ‘pens’last_img read more

Computational study finds maximum packing density of 55000 different shapes

first_img Packing it all in for the holidays: Scientists see how many polyhedrons can fit into a box More information: Phys. Rev. X 4, 011024 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011024 . http://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011024ABSTRACTPackings of hard polyhedra have been studied for centuries due to their mathematical aesthetic and more recently for their applications in fields such as nanoscience, granular and colloidal matter, and biology. In all these fields, particle shape is important for structure and properties, especially upon crowding. Here, we explore packing as a function of shape. By combining simulations and analytic calculations, we study three two-parameter families of hard polyhedra and report an extensive and systematic analysis of the densest known packings of more than 55 000 convex shapes. The three families have the symmetries of triangle groups (icosahedral, octahedral, tetrahedral) and interpolate between various symmetric solids (Platonic, Archimedean, Catalan). We find optimal (maximum) packing-density surfaces that reveal unexpected richness and complexity, containing as many as 132 different structures within a single family. Our results demonstrate the importance of thinking about shape not as a static property of an object, in the context of packings, but rather as but one point in a higher-dimensional shape space whose neighbors in that space may have identical or markedly different packings. Finally, we present and interpret our packing results in a consistent and generally applicable way by proposing a method to distinguish regions of packings and classify types of transitions between them. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Credit: E. R. Chen et al., Phys. Rev. X (2014) Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Computational study finds maximum packing density of 55,000 different shapes (2014, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-maximum-density.html A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has used computational and analytical analysis to find the maximum packing density of 55,000 uniquely shaped particles. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they used two parameters: edge and corner truncation, to find the most efficient way to pack various structures. , Physical Review X In everyday life, packing things most efficiently is desired at the grocery store or when moving personal effects to a new home. In science, chemists or nano-scientists would like to be able to calculate the most efficient way to pack nanostructures. Unfortunately, while there obviously are known formulas for calculating the volume of a structure such as a sphere or pyramid, there is no such math that can reveal how to fit the most number of spheres or other objects into a not-so-simple structure. Currently, most who look to do so find themselves trying a large number of configurations and then choosing the one that is the most efficient—by calculating the amount of volume of empty space, or more simply via measurement such as filling a box with spheres and then measuring how much water can be poured in.In this new effort, the researchers have not devised a formula, or even a proof, instead they have calculated the optimal packing density of a very large number of structures—the results of which can be used by researchers working with such structure shapes, such as those formed by crystals.To find the most efficient way to pack objects into a given shape, the researchers turned to computation and analytics—they created a computer model that holds the properties of a shape, such as a dodecahedron and the objects which are to fit inside—generally identically sized spheres. Once they had models for ordinary shapes, they added two more parameters to allow for truncating the edges or corners of those shapes, thus adding nearly an infinite variety of new structures to their group of possible study shapes. That allowed them to find the most efficient way to pack objects into 55,000 different shapes.In adjusting the parameters, the team found that their simulation also allowed them to discover patterns in the ways that changing a structure can impact packing density. They found, for example, that sometimes making small changes to corners or edges had little impact on packing density, while in other instances it had a major impact. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Delhi teri keh ke lunga

When Anurag Kashyap made Gangs Of Wasseypur, the [in]famous dialogue of the film became an instant jargon for youth. Teri Keh Ke Lunga was the next rage lingo thing.The Capital last weekend was under the spell of the words as it was performed on stage by Desires Unlimited. They brought together the double dhamaal package Teri keh Ke Lunga by combining a stand-up act ‘Humorously Yours’ and a comedy play Do Mastane.‘Do Mastane takes a comical dig into the lives of two poets namely Raj Shekhar [Madmast] and Devki Nandan [Majnu], who were once best friends but have now turned into biggest enemies. The fact that their competitive talent clashed, it instigated enmity between both which eventually sorts out,’ said Tarun Singhal who played Raj Shekhar aka Madmast. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Raj is a immature young guy who impresses all through his couplets, shayari and poems in Hindi. According to me this was the major highlight of the play which clicked instantenously,’ said Tarun.‘Do Mastane is our improvised effort originaly penned by Hindi writer Amarkant. It was an attempt to bring forth the poems, couplets etc in a comical way to appeal to the theatre audience,’ he added.The next attraction, Humorously Yours, a stand-up comedy act put up by Vipul Goyal, tickled the funny bone of the audience on a variety of topics like drinking and dry days, airlines, Bollywood, marriages, cricket, advertisement, Facebook and other shrewd observations from day to day life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis pick of the day like, the traffic in Mumbai is so bad that even the terrorists come there by sea, all Facebook users have a past, a dark past, which they are not proud of, It’s called Orkut and Rahul Dravid is one such player who bats slow even in the highlights left everyone in splits.‘The attention span of the audience is usually very less. If you can pull out a decent laugh riot, that’s actually a feat in comedy. My act consisted of various permutations and combinations,’ said Vipul.‘My material is observation based which includes universal punches through tried and tested techniques. I have over the period of two years realised that if your content is good, it clicks irrespective of the diverse audience. Delhi has a funny bone, so I enjoyed it thoroughly, Vipul signed off. read more

NSD marks its presence at National Film Awards

first_imgThe 60th National Film Awards last week brought to light that the National School of Drama (NSD) is still the most proactive trainer in the industry, giving graduates an edge before and behind the camera in tinsel town and on stage.Five graduates the country’s premier drama school made the grade on the honour roll of the 60th National Film Awards. While filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia got the award for the best movie Paan Singh Tomar, Irrfan Khan won the best actor prize. Annu Kapoor and Dolly Ahluwalia got the the best supporting actors and actress award, respectively, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Industry watchers say the roster casts the spotlight on NSD, known for its intensive production-oriented training and focus on traditional theatre with international and regional exchanges. Set up in 1975 under the Ministry of Culture, NSD offers a three-year course that covers body language, martial arts, Sanskritic and western traditions of acting. It has two outreach wings – the theatre in school programme and the repertory company that takes theatre to children and to the regions. Senior NSD repertory artist Sukumar Tudu said: ‘A holistic training in acting and stage production can sustain an actor in the long run. Tigmanshu (Dhulia), Irrfan (Khan), Dolly (Ahluwalia), Nawaz (Nawazuddin)… they were all trained in traditional and western theatre methods at the school…the NSD training gives them substance and ease to fit into any character on the stage.’last_img read more

Joining hands with the rival

first_imgOn 1 July, leading publishing houses Penguin and Random House announced a merger in select markets. Penguin Random House will combine the adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in various markets, including India. The other countries where this merger will be in effect are US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Penguin Random House will employ more than 10,000 people across five continents. It will comprise nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that will collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle said of the merger, ‘Penguin Random House is the first truly global trade book publishing company. As separate companies, Penguin and Random House have performed outstandingly by every benchmark; as colleagues, Penguin Random House will share and apply the same passion for publishing the best books with enormous experience, creativity, and entrepreneurial drive. Together, Penguin Random House will give authors unprecedented resources to help them reach global audiences—and we will provide readers with unparalleled diversity and choice for future reading. ’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixExplaining how the merger will affect publishing in India, a spokesperson for the company added, ‘Penguin Random House will have an unrivalled list of authors across the globe and within India. We are proud to publish every single one of our authors and within Penguin Random House we represent some of the subcontinent’s biggest names from literary fiction greats such as Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Khushwant Singh, Mohammed Hanif, Nadeem Aslam and Kiran Desai to popular novelists such as Shobha De, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta and Sudeep Nagarkar. The combined list will also include respected non-fiction authorities such as Gucharan Das, Amartya Sen, Mark Tully and Ramachandra Guha. In addition to this we will now distribute some of the world’s biggest international authors and are also looking forward to discovering brand new talents and voices and bringing them into print.’ But the impact of the the merger on the publishing industry in the country extends beyond Penguin and Random House or Penguin Random House. The merger is likely to shrink the market for independent publishers in the country. Explains Renu Kaul Verma, managing director, Vitasta Publishing, ‘The coming together of Random House and Penguin will dent the market definitely. There will be infusion of big money and emergence of a predatory existence whereby smaller players will find it difficult to survive. Together they will tread into the areas that they had not so far gone into. Pengin has already gone into regional publishing in a big way. It has also formally opened a division where all the services will be paid. Now, with Random House, it will also go into high reference academic books.’Renu adds, ‘Based on a 2009 report, the criterion sketched out by UGC about teacher’s contribution to R&D activities gives 20 points to the teachers who get their work published by the international publishers and 10 points by a national or local publisher. Naturally, with greater resources the duo will poach authors from the smaller independent publishers. And authors too will be more than willing to go for the bigger international brands.‘As far as distribution of books is concerned, there too they will have an edge. Indians suffer from a colonial hangover even today. Because readers want to read the foreign authors, retailers play it safe and store foreign authors or books published by foreign brands. Flipkart that had over 800 vendors, both independent small publishers and the bigger ones like Penguin, Harper and Random House, now plans to reduce it to 60. It goes without saying that these 60 vendors will have very few small independent publishers.’The answer may lie in finding one’s USP. Like Srishti, which in the past few years have emerged as a platform for debutante authors with a story to tell (often light, commercial fiction or romance). Says a spokesperson for Srishti, ‘We at Srishti have been so deeply involved in giving debut authors chances to tell their stories, working passionately with them on each aspect of their book, and making them available to the masses at affordable prices, that we do not take the “control” factor (by  big publishers) into account. Independent publishers work with motives very different from those of so-called “publishing giants”.’   But beware. There might be competition for the right over young and irreverent romances and commerical novels, with both Penguin and Random House having already indenpendently set sight over works such as Ravinder Singh’s Like it happened yesterday and Chetan Chhatwal’s 55: A Novel.last_img read more

Keeping the memories alive

first_imgAn artist of diverse talents, the spectrum of D P Sibal’s creativity encompasses many hues and dimensions. We spoke to him during his recent exhibition. Read on… When and how did you start?I had a strong urge at a very early age, infact what I saw around me was unlimited greenery horses peacocks and other natural landscapes at close proximity these early years of mine become such a strong memory which led me to start painting and keep those memories alive. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tell us about your art work themes you choose, mediums, colours etcMy art theme mostly revolves around nature & environment, I mostly use oil or acrylic colours. What does art means to you personally. How will you define your art?Art is a medium of self expression to my mind which is a language through which I express. I attempt to always push my self to go beyond and surprise myself with my paintings.Tell us about the high’s and low’s of your art career? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHighs and lows are quite enjoyable as long as they don’t bog you down and you have the zeal to keep working.Any special journey or art work that you would like to share with us?It has been a satisfying journey so far. Yet miles ahead to go. It’s difficult to share milestones through your journey but notably my exhibition at the Slovak Embassy here in Delhi, an exhibition at Abu Dhabi, Osaka Triennale California are some mentionable efforts which were admired by many. To me my single most pleasurable thing is that my art being admired and liked by others.last_img read more