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Department of Physics Profile

     Established in the year 1932 starting with a three year B.Sc (Hons.) degree course in Physics with an intake of six students, the Department of Physics has grown into one of the biggest departments in India offering Physics courses not only in the University campus but also in about 10 affiliated colleges. The Department of Physics has 7 faculty members with over 160 students besides a large number of research scholars and supporting staff. The Physics Department, from its inception, has been recognized as a reputed centre for research leading toM. Phil. and Ph.D degrees. It has also been recognized as a UGC Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) Phase- II in Solid State Physics, Ultrasonics, Theoretical Physics and Atmospheric and Space Physics.

The Department of Physics, located in the heritage building of the University named as JVD College of Science and Technology, is presently offering two different two-year M.Sc courses in Physics and Space Physics. In addition to the research laboratories in Solid State Physics, Material Science and Ultrasonics, the department has two more Ionosphere Research Laboratories, one, situated in the main campus and the other, at Nagarampalem field station about 15 Km from the main campus. All the 7 faculty members of the department, besides teaching, are actively engaged in research in several front line areas and are also guiding students working for their M.Phil and Ph.D research degrees. A brief profile of the department is given below.

Establishment 1932
Present faculty strength

7 (Professors -6, Assistant Professor -1)

Courses offered & students intake every year

M.Sc. Physics -68 & M.Sc. Space Physics – 10

Total student strength (two years) 156
No. of Non- teaching staff 20
No. of Research Scholars (Full Time & Part Time& EMR) 50
Major areas of research Solid State Physics, Materials Science, Ultrasonics, Atmospheric and Space Physics and Theoretical Physics

The Physics Department has well-furnished class rooms with adequate projection facilities and well equipped class laboratories for conducting various courses and experiments. The laboratories are being upgraded from time to time with the funds received from DST and UGC. The Physics library is one of the largest departmental libraries on the campus with a good collection of books exceeding ten thousand. A computer lab with a quite good number of computing systems with internet facility is provided for the benefit of the students, research scholars and teachers.

Major Research Facilities

Atmospheric and Space Research

  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance and Micro Tops sun photometer for atmospheric aerosol studies.
  • Aethalometer for atmospheric black carbon measurements for characterizing the absorbing aerosols, and 3 colourNephelometer for measurement of aerosol scatter coefficients and Net Radiometer for solar radiation measurements.
  • GPS Station 6 System for the measurement of ionospheric TEC and Scintillations at
    L-band frequencies.
  • Doppler SODAR system for studies on atmospheric boundary layer.
  • Besides, a group is working on theoretical studies of atmospheric minor constituents and their variability employing numerical modeling techniques.The theoretical studies include evaluation of VLF characteristics in Earth-Ionosphere wave-guide.

Solid State Physics, Materials Science and Ultrasonics& Theoretical Physics

  • Facility for processing high quality ferrites ferroelectrics and to study electrical, magnetic and elastic properties of materials.
  • LCR meter.
  • Ultrasonic interferometer to study physical properties of liquids and solids.
  • High Temperature Furnace upto 12000c.
  • Optical Microscope.
  • There is a group working on nuclear models and elementary particle physics.

Academic Aspects:

The Department offers two non - core papers in Physics for the students of other departments who are interested in learning Physics and Atmospheric Physics and Space Physics (Departments of Systems design, Meteorology, Nuclear Physics and Chemistry) and Advanced Analytical Techniques for introducing the Physics concepts in measurement techniques in addition to the regular curriculum. In the Physics Curriculum advanced topics in Electronics and Materials sciences are included. The curriculum revision is being undertaken periodically taking into consideration the current thrust areas of research and the needs of the employers.

The Department offers Semester end examinations with continual assessment. Many faculty members deliver lectures in Physics in other departments on specific topics of interest to the concerned departments. The faculty adopt following teaching methods for different programmes.

                                i) Usage of audio visual methods for class room teaching
                                ii) Demonstration and laboratory experiments for better communication of concepts

The faculty delivers lectures in UG Colleges and schools to introduce the thrust area and areas of contemporary research interest as a part of the outreach programmes. The department invites distinguished academic personalities from National Labs, IITs and other premier institutions to give guest lecture and for generating collaborative research programmes.

The department is the nodal centre for the Diploma and M.Tech Courses in Atmospheric and Space Physics being offered by the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in the Asia and Pacific (CSSTE-AP), a United Nation Organisation unit. This course is an international programme sponsored by UN.

The student feedback is used in periodic curriculum modification and assessment methodology. The consolidated feedback is circulated to the concerned staff member with suggestions of improvement if any. The feedback from Alumni and employers on the programmes offeredis also used to upgrade the syllabus. A student operated reading room for 24 hour access to text books, magazines and newsletters.

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