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Department of Physics

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About us

17 faculty members. 3 Professors, 6 Associate professors, 8 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.  Twenty five 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.


Ph.D. Admissions (II Semester 2020-21)
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Current JRF/SRF & Other Openings
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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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Faculty Achievements

1) Prof. Kannan Ramaswamy and Prof. Aravinda Raghavan have been selected by IISER-Pune to train STEM teachers in India on Research-based Pedagogical Tools as part of Newton-Bhabha programme sponsored by DBT, MHRD, IISER-Pune, and British Council.
2) Prof. Sarmistha Banik, Dr. Rahul Nigam, and Dr. Prasant Samantray have been awarded Associateship by IUCAA, Pune.
3) Prof. Aranya Bhuti Bhattacherjee was appointed as “German Academic Research Ambassador” at DAAD Research Ambassador Meet, 22nd  September 2018, New Delhi.

Student Achievements

1) Mr. P.Vasihak (2012B5PS399H) was awarded Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship by Council of Scientific and industrial research (CSIR) based on his excellent performance in the CSIR-UGC JRF-NET Exam.
2) One of our graduates, Mr. V. Harikrishnan (2010B5A3402H) had joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre after graduating from BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus. He performed exceedingly well in the one year “training school” conducted by them and received the Homi Bhabha medal for nuclear reactor physics.

Sponsored Research Funding

Department has three ongoing projects worth Rs. 41.34 lakhs INR funded by DAE-BRNS and CSIR. In addition two other projects worth Rs. 70 lakhs are ongoing in which our faculty members are co-investigators.
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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 course on Digital Image Processing with MATLAB, P.K.Thiruvikraman, IoP Science (2020). Click here to access.
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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