Department of Physics

Physics@BITS Goa

Department of Physics

BITS Pilani, declared as an "Institute of Eminence" by MHRD, Govt. of India, is one of leading Institutes in the area of Science & Technology  in India. It is the place where education enriches, transform and inspires young mind. The physics department of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus, established in 2004, is committed to fulfill this vision of the Institute. Currently, the department has 18 faculty members whose research interests  span over theoretical and experimental aspects of high energy physics, condensed matter physics, Nuclear astrophysics,optics and spectroscopy, quantum computation, non-linear dynamics,nuclear physics and statistical mechanics.To know more about research activities click here.
The department currently offers 4 year Integrated M.Sc. program in Physics. It  has an active Ph.D. program and  currently there are 20 Ph.D. students in the department. The department has recently started a minor program  in Physics, which  can be taken by students from other disciplines to get a first exposure to the  exciting world of physics. Apart from the core courses geared towards physics undergraduates and advanced courses for PhD students, the department offers a variety of cross-disciplinary  electives also. More details regarding the department and its activities can be explored using the links.

 Ph.D. Admission notification
  • Admission to the Ph.D. program in BITS Pilani for Semester 1, 2021-22 is now open.  Click here for more details ( NEW )
To have a glimpse of our departmental research, visit the departmental research group page (click here).
JRF/SRF/RA positions in  sponsored project
  • 1. Applications are invited from eligible candidates for a position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in a project sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the scheme “Quantum Enabled Science and Technology” (QuEST) at the Department of Physics, BITS-Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus, NH17B Zuarinagar, Goa (click here for more details). 
Faculty Achievements
     Project grant award
  • Dr. Radhika Vathsan, Dr. Kinjal Banerjee, Dr. Rudranil Basu, Dr. Toby Joseph, Dr. E S Kannan, Dr. Swastibrata Bhattacharta, have been awarded the DST & SERB core grants in 2020. 
     Fellowship award /Journal Reviewer
  • Dr. Rudranil Basu   was awarded with the Full Bright Fellowship  for his research work. 
  • Dr. Prasanta Kumar Das have been selected as a Referee of the following  two journals (i) Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory & Experiment, SISSA and IOP Publishing and (ii) Indian Journal of Physics,Springer in 2020.
    Achievement of our Ph.D. students:
    • Congratulation to Dr. Chithira P R for getting a Postdoctoral position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
    • Congratulation to Dr. Atanu Guha for getting a Postdoctoral position in the Physics department of IISER, Pune.
    • Congratulation to Dr. Dhavala Suri for getting a Postdoctoral position in the Physics department of MIT, USA.
    • Congratulation to Dr. Selvaganapathy J for getting  a Postodoctoral position in the Theoretical High Enegy & Astrophysics group of Physical Research Laboratory(PRL), Ahmedabad, India.
    • Congratulation to Dr. Arunkarthick S  for getting the position of a Scientist in National Centre for Cell Sciences,  NCCS Complex, University of Pune campus, Maharashtra.
    • Congratulation to Dr. A Venkatesan  for getting a Postdoctoral position in the School of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.

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Department News

Recent publications: 
    • 1. Efficiency estimation for an equilibrium version of the Maxwell refrigerator, Toby Joseph and Kiran V , Phys. Rev. E. 102, 022131 (2021)
      2. Bead on a uniformly rotating rod: why does the bead move out if there is no radial force? Toby Joseph , Physics Education 56, 035025 (2021)
      3. An alternative proof of Euler's rotation theorem Toby Joseph , Mathematical Intelligencer 42, 44-49 (2020)
    4. Brownian dynamics study of driven partially pinned solid in square array of pinning centers: Enhanced pinning close to the melting transition Toby Joseph , Physica A 556, 124747 (2020)
    • 5. Model-independent Astrophysical Constraints on Leptophilic Dark Matter in the Framework of Tsallis Statistics Atanu Guha     P S Bhupal Dev     and   Prasanta Kr. Das,BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus and Washington University,USA, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 02 (2019) 032
    • 6. Uniqueness of Galilean Conformal Electrodynamics and its Dynamical Structure Kinjal Banerjee    Rudranil Basu and   Akhila Mohan, BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus, Journal of High Energy Physics 1911 (2019) 041
    • 7. Constraints on Light Dark Matter fermions from relic density consideration and Tsallis statistics, Atanu Guha  and   Prasanta Kr. Das, BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus, Journal of High Energy Physics 06 (2018) 139
    • 8. An Extensive Study of Bose-Einstein Condensation in Liquid Helium using q-deformed Statistics,Atanu Guha  and   Prasanta Kr. Das, BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus, Physica A 497 (2018) 272-284
    • 9. q-deformed Einstein model to describe specific heat of solid, Atanu Guha  and   Prasanta Kr. Das, BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus, Physica A 495 (2018) 18-29.
    • 10. Deconfinement of non-strange hadronic matter with nucleons & Δ-baryons to quark matter in neutron stars, by Debashree Sen and T. K. Jha. Accepted in Int. J. of Modern Physics D, (October 17, 2018).
    • 7. GW170817: 11. Constraining the nuclear matter equation of state from the neutron star tidal deformability, by Tuhin Malik, N. Alam, M. Fortin, C. Providência, B.K. Agrawal, T.K. Jha, Bharat Kumar, S.K. Patra, Phys.Rev. C 98, (2018) 035804.
    • 10. Towards a dS/MERA correspondence, Raj S Kunkolienkar and Kinjal Banerjee, International Journal of Modern Physics D 26 (2017) 1750143.  
    • 11. The PANDA Collaboration, Feasibility study for the measurement of pi N TDAs at PANDA in antiproton+proton -->  J/psi pi^0, Physical Review D, 95 (2017) 032003.
      12. The influence of vacuum and annealing on the visible luminescence in ZnO nanoparticles, Chithira P R, Teny Theresa John, Journal of Luminescence 185 (2017) 212-218
      13.Highly ordered copper oxide nanopillar arrays using template assisted electrodeposition technique and temperature dependent electrical characteristics, A. Venkatesan and E. S. Kannan, Current Applied Physics 17, 806 (2017).
      14. Molybdenum disulfide nanoparticles decorated reduced graphene oxide: highly sensitive and selective hydrogen sensor , A. Venkatesan, Servin Rathi, In-Yeal Lee, Jinwoo Park, Dongsuk Lim, Moonshik Kang, Han-Ik Joh, Gil-Ho Kim and E. S. KannanNanotechnology 28, 365501 (2017).
      15. A study of electron and thermal transport in layered Titanium Disulphide single crystals, Dhavala Suri, S. Vantari, S. Joshi, K. Senapati, P. K. Sahoo, S. Varma and R. S. Patel, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter  29, 485708 (2017).
      16. Electron and thermal transport transport via variable range hopping in MoSe2 single crystals
      Dhavala Suri and R. S. Patel, Applied Physics Letters 110, 233108 (2017).

Conference/Workshop/meeting organized:
  • 1. The department hosted 9th SERB Expert Committee meeting on Physical and Mathematical Sciences on 4-5 August, 2017.
Project position available:  
  • 1. There is a CSIR funded project RA position available under " Dark matter, dark energy and cosmic acceleration in modified gravity theory " for details. Last date for submission of application is 30th November 2018.. Please visit Dr. Prasanta Kumar Das's  webpage
Congratulations to our Ph.D. students!
  • 1. Congratulation to  Mrs. Debashree Sen, Mr. M M. Bijesh, Mr. Selvaganapathy J, Ms. Davala Suri, Mr. Venkatesh, Mr. Arunkarthick for successfully defending their Ph.D. thesis.
  • 2. Congratulations to Ms. Shakhi P & Ms. Chithira for getting awarded with the CSIR SRF fellowship and Ms. Malavika & Ms. Payel Sarkar for getting awarded with the DST-Inspire fellowship.
Achievement of our Ph.D. students!
  • 1. Congratulation to Dr. Davala Suri for getting a Postdoctoral position in the Physics department of MIT,   USA.
  • 2. Congratulation to Dr. Selvaganapathy J for getting  a Postodoctoral position in the Theoretical High Enegy & Astrophysics group of Physical Research Laboratory(PRL), Ahmedabad, India.
Congratulations to our M.Sc students! 
  • 1. Department congratulates Achint Kumar, our M. Sc. student, for getting admit to Ph D program at Duke University, USA.
  • 2. Department congratulates Shubham Maheshwari, our MSc student for getting admit to PhD program at University  of Groiningen, Netherlands.
  • 3. Department congratulates Prajwal Padhmanabhan, our M. Sc. student, for getting admit to Ph D program at Max Planck Institue for Radio Astronomy at Bonn, Germany.

Seminar corner

Departmental Webinars

Title: Living Glass: Active Matter at High Densities
Speaker: Prof. Chandan Dasgupta, IISc & ICTS Bangalore 
Date:  24th February 2021
Time:  11.00 AM 
Venue: Online (google meet)

Title: Lorentzian Geometry of Quantum Entanglement
Speaker: Prof. Joseph Samuel, RRI, Bangalore 
Date:  11th November 2020 (Monday),
Time:  11.00 AM 
Venue: Online (google meet) 
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Title: Particle Physics in Computing Frontier
Speaker: Prof. Kyoungchul Kong, University of Kansas, Lawrence,KS, USA 
Date:  28th  September  2020 (Monday),
Time:  5.30 PM 
Venue: Online (google meet) 
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Title: The Elusive Neutrinos 
Speaker: Prof. P S Bhupal Dev, Washington University, St.Louis, USA 
Date:  7th   September  2020 (Monday),
Time:  5.30 PM 
Venue: Online (google meet) 
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Title:The Final Frontier of Observational Cosmology: The First Stars in the
Speaker: Prof. Tirthankar Roy Choudhury, NCRA,TIFR, Bangalore
Date:  28th  August  2020 (Friday),
Time:  11 AM 
Venue: Online (google meet) 
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Title: Gravitational lensing of gravitational waves: A new frontier
Speaker: Prof. Parameswaran Ajith, ICTS, TIFR, Bangalore
Date:  26th  August  2020 (Wednesday),
Time:  11 AM 
Venue: Online (google meet)  
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Title: Unbelievable pursuit of the unimaginable
Speaker: Prof. Kajari Mazumdar, TIFR, Mumbai
Date: 13th August  2020 (Thursday),
Time:  3 PM
Venue: Online (google meet) 
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Title: The first atoms, stars, and galaxies in the Universe
Speaker: Prof. Ravi Subrahmanyan, Director, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
Date: 13th January 2020 (Monday),
Time:  5 PM to 6 PM
Venue: DLT8 (New Academic Building)
Title: Cosmic Dawn
Speaker: Prof. Ravi Subrahmanyan, Director, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
Date : 14th January 2020 (Tuesday),
Time: 12 Noon to 1 PM
Venue: L202 (Library seminar room)
Title: Allowed region and uncertainty relations for angular momentum observable
Speaker: Dr. Arun Sehrawat, Postdoctoral Fellow, HRI, Allahabad. 
Date:  26th November, 2019.
Time: 5.15 PM 
Venue: L202 
Departmental Seminar:
Title: Understanding Waves called Solitons
Speaker: Prof. Prasad Naik  
Date:  7th February 2020 
Time: 10 AM
Venue: L202 
PhD proposal/thesis submission Seminar:
Title: The study of spin Seebeck effect in novel heterostructures
Speaker: Ms. Sharvari Pradeep Kulkarni (ID 2018PHXP0030G)
Date:  31st January  2020 
Time: 10 AM
Venue: D103 

Contact us

Head, Department of Physics 
Office: CC-111  
BITS-Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus
NH-17B, Zuarinagar, Goa-403726, INDIA
Tel:  + 91 (832) 2580 411
Last modified: 23rd December 2020  
Webpage co-ordinator: Dr.Prasanta Kr Das

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