Department of Applied Physics:
The postgraduate course in applied physics is one of its kind which is offered in very few universities across the country. The department comprises of various research groups working in the fields of condensed matter physics, applied optics and photonics, luminescence, theoretical physics, nano-crystalline alloys, laser diodes, fluorescent and display materials etc. They have made contributions in their respective fields through publications in internationally acclaimed Journals.
The department has received major research funding from various Govt. of India funding agencies like UGC, DST, AICTE, DAE etc. Through these research projects, many new state of the art equipment have been procured.
All the faculty members possess excellent academic qualifications with Ph.D. from reputed Indian Universities/institutes and well-known Universities abroad. Many of them have got postdoctoral experience at well known research national and international institutes.
- M.Sc. (Applied Physics) (4 semesters course)
- M.Sc. Materials Science (Nanotechnology) (4 semesters course)
- PG Diploma in Solid State Electronics (2 semesters course)
- Ph.D. in Applied Physics
The medium of instruction of all the courses is English. The admissions to all the courses are based on an entrance test (multiple choice questions) of BSc level.
MSc (Applied Physics) is a four semester course with five papers in each semester along with a project work in the final semester. The syllabus consists of papers in pure as well as applied physics. Subjects in the first and second semester like mathematical physics, quantum and statistical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, crystal and semiconductor physics etc. cover topics prescribed in the syllabus of competitive examinations like NET, SLET, GATE, JEST etc. The topics of electronics, instrumentation, nuclear physics, optics etc. contained in other papers of these exams are also covered in the third and fourth semester.
There are several papers covering the applied aspect of physics. These include computational techniques, modern optics, nonlinear optics, nuclear reactor & polymer physics, plasma physics, optical, dielectric & magnetic properties of materials, lasers and applications, instrumentation, thin and thick film technology, physical techniques in industry, non-destructive testing of materials, luminescence & applications, fiber optics & applications, liquid crystals, electron optics and electronics. Some of these subjects are compulsory while others are optional.
MSc Materials Science (Nanotechnololgy) is an interdisciplinary course which requires a range of skills. So this course is taught by the faculties from the departments of Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science and Pharmacy. Students completing this course will have a firm grasp of the current practices and directions in this exciting area and will have the knowledge and skills which will enable them to design and fabricate Micro and Nanoscale devices.
The first 3 semesters cover fundamentals of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Materials Science, with core nanotechnology subjects like Synthesis of Nanomaterials, Characterization of Nanomaterials, Pharmaceutical Applications of Nano-biotechnology, Mathematical Modeling and Simulation, Nanofabrication, Nanocomposites, Nanofluidics with experiments covering various methods of synthesis of Nanomaterials and their characterization.
This is followed by project work in the 4th Semester which ensures that post graduates emerge trained in a wide range of technical skills and have a critical appreciation of the relevance of the subject to industrial needs. The students are given an opportunity to work under prominent scientists at the best research institutes of the country like BARC Mumbai, TIFR Mumbai, S.N. BOSE Centre for Basic Sciences at Kolkata, University of Pune, NCL Pune etc.
Students desiring to go abroad for higher studies prefer the PG Diploma in Solid State Electronics to fulfill the requirement of four years study after higher secondary (10+2+4). This course is for the students who prefer to have an advanced level theoretical and experimental awareness on electronics and related areas. The subjects covered include analog and digital electronics, semiconductor devices, electronic instrumentation, microprocessors and its applications etc.
The thrust areas for pursuing PhD in Applied Physics are condensed matter physics, nanomaterials & nanotechnology, applied & Non-linear optics and optical imaging, thin film electronic devices and sensors, luminescence, theoretical nuclear and high energy physics and quantum chaos.
The department has very well equipped postgraduate laboratory. The experiments range from fundamental to applied side of the subjects. The experiments are constantly improved and evolved in view of the research and industrial requirements. We are the first in the country to introduce advanced experiments on digital holography and lateral shearing interferometry which are basis of many industrial nondestructive applications. Some of the experiments have got their simulation part being done on pc which enhances the understanding and application of the relevant subjects.