Dr. P. Ravindran
Professor and Head
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The department of Physics, CUTN was established in the year 2009 with the establishment of the five-year Integrated Masters in Science (Physics) program with a sanctioned strength of 30. There were 17 students in the first batch (2010-2015). A panel of national experts framed the initial structure of the IMSc Program. The aim of the IMSc program was an emphasis on strengthening core-competence in Physics while allowing the students to gain exposure to various other fields from sciences and humanities, thus giving a meaning to the integrated Masters title of the program. A panel of eminent faculty mentored the department until 2012, when the department saw the first set of permanent faculty occupy their positions. With them came the opening of the PhD program in 2013. Right from the inception, to date, invited-faculty, guest-faculty and contractual faculty members have ably supported the department of Physics.
Mission of the Department To establish a world class department of Physics while being sensitive to the location of the University and the demographics of the student input.
Vision of the Department The department of Physics of CUTN envisages itself to be a center of excellence in basic and applied aspects of Physics, both in teaching and research in 20 years.
PhD in Physics The Department of Physics will focus on the following research areas: Computational Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics, Multiferroics and magnetoelectrics, Develop efficient hydrogen storage and fuel cell materials, Statistical Mechanics, Computational Physics, Simulation of Li-ion battery materials, Modelling of nanophase materials for energy technologies, Design advanced functional materials for solar cell. Five-Year Integrated M. Sc. Programme in Physics Physics applies scientific methodologies to understand the most fundamental principles of nature: matter and energy, and how they interact.Energy can take the form of mechanical energy, light energy, electrical energy, radiation energy and sound energy. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic to stars and even entire galaxies. In this sense, Physics answers questions about universe and the way elements of universe interact to compose natural phenomena.
As well as being concerned with deep fundamental questions, physics forms the basis of most present and future technology like computers, cell phones, lasers and the internet. The Integrated M. Sc. Physics Programme at CUTN aims to train the students in high level theoretical knowledge enabling them to tackle practical complex problems in industrial fields as well as to pursue further academic achievements through research. Since Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences are fundamental courses in sciences, students will be taught a mix of all these four subjects during the first two years.
All these four departments in CUTN are well-equipped to offer hands-on training in state-of-the-art experiments. After successful completion of fundamental courses, a student will take up core courses in physics. In addition to the core physics subjects, the students can acquire additional expertise in special area of physics in the final year. During this period, all possible opportunities will be created for close interaction with research institutes and industries so as to provide high level training. Thus the main objective of this program is to prepare the younger generation to cope with the emerging scenario in the top level industries, academic and research institutions.Syllabus - I.M.Sc. Physics