A warm welcome  to Physics Department

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.

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.

Experimental Facilities-
Si(Li), HPGe and Scitillation Detectors.
Central Liquid Nitrogen Plant
X-Ray Diffractometer
Neutron Spectroscopic systems
Neutron Howitzer
Gamma Chamber
Atomic Force Microscope
MicroRaman Spectrometer
Thin Film Deposition Units
Thermo E.M.F Measuring sSstem
UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
Dielectric measurement system
Differential Scanning Calorimeter
Metllurgical optical microscope

External Collaborations
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

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
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):
Moulana Azad-UGC - 6
BSR-UGC - 19
DS Kothari PDF - 1
RGNF - 2

Contact Us

Department of Physics
University of Calicut
Thenhipalam PO
Malappuram - 673635 PIN