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HoD's Desk

vinod1               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 society

Academic Programs and admission procedures:





M.Sc. Physics

4 Semesters



M.Sc Radiation Physics

6 Semesters




2 Semester




3-6 Years

8/per faculty


Research and Development:

Thrust Areas  

Nuclear Physics, Radiation Physics, Astrophysics, Plasma Physics, Material Science.

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Nuclear reaction studies are conducted at various accelerator facilities (IUAC, New Delhi, BARC and VECC, Kolkata). Fusion, Evaporation Residue measurements, Fission cross section measurements, and particle transfer studies are the main thrust areas. Also, gamma ray spectroscopy of various nuclei, theoretical studies of Spontaneous Fission, Cluster Radioactivity etc. were performed. As a collaboration partner in the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) we have initiated simulation of various detector parameters.

Nature of studies. Nuclear Reactions, Radiation Physics, , Studies in the fields of Gamma ray interaction with matter, Nuclear Track detectors, development of gas detectors, High Spin States using in-beam Gamma spectroscopy, Spontaneous Fission, Cluster Radioactivity and Sub-Barrier fusion studies. Many Research papers have been published in various International journals and about ten candidates have taken Ph.D.

Materials Science: Materials are the backbone of the modern technology. Three dimensional materials like single crystals, two dimensional materials like thinfilms, one dimensional materials like nano particles, nanorods, nanowires, zero dimensional materials like quantum dots are synthesising/fabricating by the materials research group in the department. Studies on metallic thin films and their oxides, carbon based nanostructures, amorphous materials have been the thrust of experimental activity in the solid-state physics laboratory. Recently, thermoelectric measurement system (ZEM 3 M(8) has been imported from Japan, with a major research funding from SERB. The material science group has very good national and international collaboration. The optic, dielectric, conducting, thermoelectric, magnetic properties of different dimension of materials are studying by the researchers under this group. Multiferroic study based Ph.D thesis awarded the best Ph.D thesis by DAE-Solid state physics symposium held at Baroda university. About 8 research projects are currently running under this group. Along with the cutting edge experimental research work theoretical studies on different physical properties are also done in materials science. Band gap calculation, conductivity and thermal conductivity calculations are some of them. On the theoretical side, computer simulation studies are also has been pursued. Many international quality research publications are published by the materials science researchers.

Plasma Physics: Research in theoretical plasma physics are doing by a research group. Work on Quark-Gluon Plasma, high energy particles and many outputs are published in international journals.
Astrophysics:. Researchers are doing exemplary research work with national collaborators in IUCAA, Pune. Madhava Observatory is one of the best observatory in the campus works under the department and was established in 2007 to undertake astronomical studies, with collboration of Indian Institute of Astro Physics, Bangalore.

Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaotic Systems: Nonlinear behaviour of systems and the approach to chaos has been a subject of immense interest in recent times. The Department has initiated work in the theoretical aspects of chaotic systems.

Radiation Physics: Interaction of radiation with matter, environmental radiation analysis, Application of radiation in medicine, Standardisation of Quality of Ayrurvedic formulations, Radiation Dosimetric studies in Radiology and Radiotherapy and Neutron Dosimetry.

Madhava Observatory

The Department has setup an observatory on the main campus of the University. The observatory dome has been erected and tested for 360 degree rotation. An 18’ reflecting type Newtonian telescope presented by Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIP) , Bangalore was also been installed in the observatory along with CCD cameras and filters. The Observatory, which is set up under a MoU with with IIP, Bangalore. The MoU provides for the

exchange of research students and scholars between the two institutions.

Former Heads and faculties who served the Department:

1. Prof. Jose C Palathingal 1971-1981, 1982-1983, 1987-1989

2. Prof. S.C.K.Nair 1981-1982, 1983-1987

3. Prof. V.K.Thankappan 1989- 1994

4. Prof. K Neelakandhan 1994-2004

5. Prof. B.R.S. Babu 2004-2006

6. Prof. K.M. Varier 2006-2008

7. Prof. P Rameshan 2008-2010

8. Prof. Vishnu Mayya Bannur 2010-2011

9. Prof. George Varghese 2011-2013

10. Dr. Antony Joseph 2013-2015

11. Prof. M.M.Musthafa 2015-17

11. Prof. P. P. Pradyumnan 2017-19

12. Prof. A.M. Vinodkumar 2019-

External fundings and Research Project

Departmental Projects





Funding Agency


(in Lakhs)


Dr. P. P. Pradyumnan

5 years


FIST II Programme

DST, Govt of India



Dr.Antony Joseph

5 years



UGC, Govt. of India


3 Dr. M. Shahin 2014-18 SARD KSCSTE 35



We 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 52 scholars have been awarded Ph.D degree and 40 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.

Experimental Facilities-

  • Si(Li) detector, HPGe detector and Scitillation Detectors with data acquisition systems.

  • Central Liquid Nitrogen Plant

  • X-Ray Diffractometer

  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

  • RF Sputtering Thin Film Deposition Unit

  • Thinfilm deposition unit with electron beam

  • Thermal evaporation Setup

  • Thermo E.M.F measuring system (ZEM-3 (M8)

  • UV-Vis Spectrophotometer.

  • Micro Raman Spectrophotometer
  • Dielectric measurement system.

  • Electrometers

  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

  • Metllurgical optical microscope

  • Telescopes

  • Liquid Nitrogen Plant
  • Micro Raman Spectrophotometer
  • Telescopes

  • Scattering Chamber
  • Spectriscopic Amplifier

External Collaborations

  • Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi

  • UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre

  • Nuclear Data Physics Centre of India, BARC, Mumbai

  • Radiation Physics and Advisory Division, BARC, Mumbai

  • Indian Institute of AstroPhysics (IIA), Bangalore

  • ISRO Satelite Centre, Bangalore

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

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

  • Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery

  • Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram

  • National Chemical Laboratory ( NCL), CSIR, Pune

Former faculties who served the Department:

1. Prof. Jose C Palathingal 1971-1981, 1982-1983, 1987-1989

2. Prof. S.C.K.Nair 1981-1982, 1983-01987

3. Prof. V.K.Thankappan 1989- 1994

4. Prof. K Neelakandhan 1994-2004

5. Prof. B.R.S. Babu 2004-2006

6. Prof. K.M. Varier 2006-2008

7. Prof. P Rameshan 2008-2010

8. Prof. Vishnu Mayya Bannur 2010-2011

9. Prof. George Varghese 2011-2013

10. Dr. Antony Joseph 2013-2015

11. Dr Y S T Rao

12. Dr. Kuruvilla Eapan

13. Dr. T.N. Vasudevan

14. Dr. A. Augusty

15. Dr. N. N. Mathew

16. Dr. M Somayajulu

17. Dr. C. S. Menon

18. Dr. P K Vaidyan

19. Dr. P.A Subha

20. Dr. N. N. Mathew

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