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Department of Physics

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About us

16 faculty members. 3 Professors, 6 Associate professors, 7 Assistant professors, with expertise spread across theoretical and experimental condensed matter Physics, Optics and Spectroscopy, Astrophysics, General Relativity, and High Energy Physics.  Average student intake is 60 per year in integrated M.Sc. Physics.  Fifteen Ph.D students are working in different research areas.  The department offers all core courses of Physics and many electives both in Physics and in inter-disciplinary areas.
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Experimental condensed matter physics :
  • DNA electronics
  • Nano-plasmonics
  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Microfluidics
  • Magnetic thin films
  • Ferroelectric materials
  • Solid-state NMR 
Theoretical physics :
  • General relativity
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum field theory
  • Gravitation
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Image processing
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Programs Offered

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Our faculty have extensive experience in industry, research as well as teaching. Our strength is a reflection of their skills, innovation and drive. Click here for faculty pages.


"Big Bang, Black Holes and Gravitational waves Illustrations of Paradigm Shifts in Fundamental Science, a talk by Prof. Abhay Ashtekar" Click here for PDF 
Physics Laboratory (PHY F110) videos
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Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation(IAGRG)

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Physics Forum at BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus

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NS Workshop 2018

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Physics Laboratory (PHY F110) videos

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Faculty Achievements

Dr. B.Harihara Venkataraman, Assistant Professor awarded "Bharat Jyothi Award and Glory of India Gold Medal" in the year 2012.
Dr. Souri Banerjee, Professor awarded "Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow" in the year 2012.
Dr. Sarmistha Banik, Assistant Professor awarded Alexander von Humboldt  Fellowship in the years 2007-2008 and 2010.
Dr R Nigam & Dr S Banik have been awarded Associateship by IUCAA, Pune. 

Sponsored Research Funding: Rs. 75.21 Lakhs

Presently Sponsored Research Funding for the Department of Physics is Rs: 75.21 Lakhs. 
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Books Published and Patents

1. C. Karthik, M. Niyaz Ahamad,  B.HariharaVenkataraman,N. Syam Prasad, G. Senthil  Murugan and K.B. R. Varma, “Multifarious Transparent Glass Nanocrystal Composites”,  Photonic  Glasses and Glass-Ceramics, 147 - 193, 2010. (Chapter in a book)
2. Benchtop Nanoscale patterning Experiments, Y. Babayan, V. Meenakshi and T. Odom, Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education, Chapter 13, pp 177–188, 2009, ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1010.(Chapter in a book)
3. A. K. Kapur, Complex Variables: Principles and Problem Sessions, World Scientific, 2011.
US Patent No: US 8,084,374 B2.
Date of patent: December 27, 2011.
Title:  Tuning of photo-absorption materials through use of magnetic fields.
Inventors: Sophia E Hayes (US), Stacy Mui (US) and Kannan Ramaswamy (India ).

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