Thursday, 23 March 2017
Official website of Calicut University

Search

Print E-mail

 
 Department of Physics
 University of Calicut, Calicut University P. O
  Kerala 673635, India
   Ph: 0494 2407415, 7416
 


Head of the Department : Prof.(Dr.) P P Pradyumnan, Professor

Department of Physics is a premier pure and applied science department established in 1971 with Prof. J.C. Palathingal as the Head of the Department. Ever since its establishment, the Department has played a key role in strengthening  postgraduate teaching and research in physics through active contact and collaboration with several research institutes and universities in India and abroad as well as various colleges in the contry. The department is a leading centre in the following fields of research : Nuclear Physics, Condenced Matter Physics, Material Sceince, Astrophysics, Radiation Physics, Theoretical Physics, Pasma Physics, Non-convensional Energy Source and Nanoscience. The department focusses on imparting training in cutting edge research in the above fileds and inculcates scientifc temperament and spirt of social progress through scientific development. Madhava Observatory, in memory of ancient great mathematician and astronomer, has been established for the development of observational Astronomy. Centralised Liquid Nitrogen Plant supports various experimental facilites in the department and other science departments in the University. Besides well equipped laboratories, the department has an in-house internet facility with 50 Pcs and a library with a collection of 5216 books. Alumni of the department occupies several prestigious positions in national and international instituions. Also a large fraction of the alumni are faculty in various colleges and universities. Department is associated with Nuclear Data Physics Centre of India in data generation, validation and compilation of Nuclear Data for Nuclear Data Section of IAEA and associates with India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) programme.

The department could fetch large funds through departmental projects and faculty projects, under various schems of UGC, DAE, DST, KSCSTE etc. Presently the department is supported by Fund for Insfrastructure in Science and Technology (FIST) of Department of Science and Technology with an amount of Rs. 1.04 crores. Special Assistance Program (SAP) of UGC with an amount of Rs. 75 lakhs and 5 cumulative JRF/SRF fellowships per year unde BSR scheme promotes research in a significant manner. The SARD scheme of KSCSTE with an amount of Rs. 35.50 lakhs is another impetus for the department.

During the last five years, department has published over 110 articles in international/national peer reviewed and indexed journals and 26 scholars have been awarded Ph.D degree and 30 students M.Phil degree, under the guidance of the faculty in the Department. Many research scholars have been awarded with best paper/poster awards in national and international conferences. Besides this the department organises symposia/workshops/conferences regularly on various subjects, in association with different national organisations. Prominent scientists from various national and international organisations visited the department, interacted with students and faculty of the department and delivered lectures on advanced topics.

Apart from the routine teaching and research activities, the depatment is activey involved in spreading the spirit and outcome of developments in science and technology achieved through physics to the public through extenstion, training, workshops and other outreach programmes.

Academic Programmes and Admission Procedures


Name DurationIntake
 Admission criteriaBasic Qualifications
 MSc Physics
 4 Semesters 20Merit in the qualifying exam
50% marks or equivalent in B.Sc.(Physics) with mathematics as one
of the complementary subjects under regular schemes of study.
MSc Radiation Physics
6 Semesters
(2Year course work
+1 year
clinical training)
 12 Merit in
qualifying and
Entrance exams
60% marks or equivalent in B.Sc.
(Physics) with mathematics as one
of the complementary subjects
under regular schemes of study.
 MPhil 2 semesters
 8 Merit in
qualifying and
Entrance exams
 50% marks or equivalent in M.Sc.
(Physics) under regular scheme of
study
 Ph.D   EMerit in
qualifying and
Entrance exams
 50% marks or equivalent in M.Sc.
(Physics) under regular scheme of
study

Faculty Members

Sl No
Name
Qualification
Date of Joining
Area of specialization
Photo with email
1
Dr. Vishnu Mayya Bannur M.Sc,
M.Phil,
Ph.D
25.05.1999
Theoretical Physics
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
2
Dr. Antony Joseph M.Sc,
Ph.D
27.11.1996
Nuclear Physics
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
3
Dr. Muhammed Musthafa .MM.Sc.,
M.Phil,
Ph.D
06.03.1999
Nuclear Physics,
Applied Radiations
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
4
Dr. P.P. Pradyumnan M.Sc,
Ph.D
23.08.1996
Solid State Physics,
Materials Science, Non
Conventional Energy
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 5Dr. A.M. Vinodkumar 
 M.Sc,
Ph.D
 27.01.2009 Nuclear and Particle
Physics
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 6 Dr. T.H. Mohammed Shahin  M.Sc,
Ph.D
29.09.2005
Condensed Matter,
Material Science
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 7 Dr. C. D. Ravikumar  M.Sc,
Ph.D
24.05.2006
 Astrophysics  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 8Dr Libu K. Alexander
 M.Sc,
Ph.D
 28.03.2012 Material Science,
Magnetism,
Nanotechnology
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Research and Development
Thrust Areas : Nuclear Physics, Radiation Physics, Material Science, Astrophysics, Plasma Physics
Nuclear and Particle Physics: Nuclear reaction studies are conducted at various accelerator facilities (IUAC New Delhi, TIFR Mumbai, BARC Mumbai, VECC Kolkata and IGCAR Kalpakkam). Measurement of evaporation residues, fission cross sections, particle transfer and gamma ray spectroscopy are the areas of interest. Theoretical studies on nuclear structure, exotic decay modes are also being carried out. As a collaboration partner in the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project, the department has initiated simulation of various detectors. Department is involved in generation, validation and compilation of Nuclear Data for Nuclear Data Section of IAEA in association
with Nuclear Data Physics Centre of India.
Radiation Physics: Interaction of radiation with matter, environmental radiation analysis, application of radiation in medicine, Radiation Dosimetric studies in Radiology and Radiotherapy and Neutron Dosimetry are the main activities being carried out. Investigations are going on in the estimation of photoneutrons due to modern medical linear accelerators widely used for Radiation Therapy. Techniqes of PIXE and XRF are being utilised for preparing a Quality Standard for Ayrurvedic formulations.
Materials Science and Solid State Physics: Materials are the backbone of the modern technology. 3D materials like single crystals, 2D materials like thin films, 1D materials like nano particles, nanorods, nanowires, 0D materials like quantum dots are being synthesised/fabricated by the group. Studies on metallic thin films and their oxides, carbon based nanostructures, graphene based compounds and amorphous pharmaceautical materials are also part of the major activities in the solid-state physics laboratory. Optic, dielectric, conducting, thermoelectric and magnetic properties of different dimensional materials are being studied. Theoretical studies on different physical properties viz- band gaps, conductivity, thermal conductivity and material structures are also being done.

Plasma Physics: Works related to theoretical studies on Quark-Gluon Plasma and high energy Physics are being done primarily.
Astrophysics: The Department has setup Madhava Observatory, on the main campus. It is equipped with a semi-spherical dome, which can be rotated through 360 degrees in a horizontal plane and a 14 inch Meade reflecting type Newtonian telescope, capable of collecting data through CCD camera and spectrograph. Regular night time observations are being carried out, as part of science popularisation activities.
Facilities:
Experimental Facilities
  1. Si(Li), HPGe and Scitillation Detectors.
  2. Central Liquid Nitrogen Plant
  3. X-Ray Diffractometer
  4. Neutron Spectroscopic systems
  5. Neutron Howitzer
  6. Gamma Chamber
  7. Atomic Force Microscope 
  8. MicroRaman Spectrometer
  9. Thin Film Deposition Units
  10. Thermo E.M.F Measuring sSstem 
  11. UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  12. Dielectric measurement system
  13. Electrometers
  14. Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  15. Metllurgical optical microscope
  16. Telescopes

External Collaborations

MOU

  • Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi

  • Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune

  • Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Thrissur

  • Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery

  • Space Physics Lab,Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram

  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore

  • ISRO Satelite Centre, Bangalore

International

  • Nuclear Data Section, IAEA, Vienna, Austria

  • Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, Norway

  • Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan,

  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  • Pisa University, Pisa, Italy

  • Oregon State University, USA

  • Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

  • Legnaro National Laboratory, Italy

National

  • UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre

  • Nuclear Data Physics Centre of India, BARC, Mumbai

  • Radiation Physics and Advisory Division, BARC, Mumbai

  • National Chemical Laboratory ( NCL), CSIR, Pune

  • Fatima Mata National College, Kollam

  • Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram

Ph.Ds awarded (Last 5 Years): 30

Research publications in International/National journals: 101

External fundings and Research Project

Departmental Projects : 2.55 Crores

Individual Project fundings : 1.95 Crores

External Fellowships awarded to students (during the last 5 years):

UGC -CSIR - 7

Moulana Azad-UGC - 6

BSR-UGC - 19

KSCSTE - 3

DS Kothari PDF - 1

RGNF - 2

INSPIRE - 1