Department Details


OVERVIEW

Department of Physics
The department offers undergraduate and post graduate programs with a vision to ignite inquiring minds. The department is competent to provide clear and thorough concepts of physics to the students. Funded Research projects and seminars conducted by the department are intended to motivate students to pursue a career in physics and also to instill a scientific temper. The Department is supported by DST under FIST program and is a centre for   Women Scientist Programme (WOS-A)   of DST. It also receives funds from UGC, KSCSTE and SERB under various schemes.
VISION
“Igniting Inquiring Minds”

The Department of Physics was established in 1959 as one of the departments of Providence Women’s College offering Physics classes for Pre-Degree and Subsidiary students. The Department has been headed by Sr. Geralda A C (1959-1989), Smt.Mary Joseph   (1989-2002), Smt. Rosamma Varghese (2003-2007), Smt. Rebecca T Thomas(2007-2008) and Smt. Mini P Balakrishnan (2008 – 2016) over the years. The three year Degree Programme was initiated in 1972 followed by a two year M Sc programme in 1998.
The goal and objective of the department is to undertake graduate and post graduate teaching and impart research training to students who opt for advanced studies in Physics. The Department of Physics has hitherto continuously maintained a praiseworthy record of graduate and post graduate teaching in Physics. Experimental research work in many areas of Physics had not become feasible for several years due to lack of research equipment and infrastructure. With the support from DST under the FIST programme, the department now maintains a well equipped research lab. Majority of the teachers have research experience in various fields like Radiation Physics, Materials Science, Astrophysics etc. The undergraduate and Post graduate students are trained to do research projects as part of their curriculum.
The department frequently organizes Seminars, Workshops, Special lectures and training programmes for the students and faculty.

  • Courses Offered
  • Undergraduate program

B.Sc (Physics): This programme is of six semester duration. During the V semester students can opt for a course among the current topics run in any inter-disciplinary subject/department of the college. During the last semester students should complete a research project under the guidance of a teacher from the department or in collaboration with a recognized lab or organization. Project work should be done as an extension of topics in the syllabus.

Number of seats –   36
                            
Compulsory complimentary– Mathematics 
                 
Optional complimentary    -Chemistry / Statistics

  • Post graduate program

M.Sc (Physics): This programme is of four semester duration. The courses taken by all the students include Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, Nuclear Physics, Electrodynamics and Plasma Physics, Statistical Mechanics, Computational Physics, Particle Physics, Solid State Physics, Spectroscopy, Electronics, Statistical Mechanics, besides laboratory courses in Electronics, General Physics, Modern Physics, and computational Physics with special emphasis on Python Programming. There is a strong emphasis on problem solving and on the learning of experimental techniques. During the fourth semester, students may opt for one of the following specialisations from each of the following clusters:

Number of seats -12

Elective -I Cluster

Elective -II Cluster

Elective -III Cluster

Plasma Physics
Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
Radiation Physics
Computer Software and Applications
Fluid Dynamics
Digital Signal Processing
Experimental techniques

Advanced Nuclear Physics
Astrophysics
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Materials Science
Electronic Instrumentation
Lasers and Fibre Optics
Communication Electronics

Quantum Field Theory
Chaos and Nonlinear Physics
Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
Modern Optics

Ph. D Program

Sl. No

Name of Research Guide

Area of specialization

1

Dr. Sini R

Astrophysics

2

Dr. Jeena

Astrophysics

 

FACULTY

  • Former Faculty Members

Rev. Sr. M.Geralda A.C,

First Head of the Dept Retired as Principal in 1989

Smt.Mary Joseph  

1970 -2002

Smt.K.K.Kamalakshy

1971- 2001

Smt. Prabha Varid

1971 -2005 

Smt. Rosamma Varghese

1973 -2007

Smt. Rebecca T Thomas

1974 -2008

Smt. Jenny Ann T L

1975 -2007

Dr.Mini P Balakrishnan

1983-2016

  • Present Faculty Members

Name

Designation

Specialization

Dr.Latha P (Panakkada)

Assoc.Professor

Radiation Physics
&Low energy Photon Interaction

Dr. Sobha A.

Asst.Professor

Superconductivity

Dr.SumangalaR

Asst.Professor

Ultrasonics

Dr.Sini R

Asst.Professor

Astrophysics-Blackholes

Dr.Jeena K

Asst.Professor

Astrophysics &Theoretical Physics

Ms.Keerthi M V

Asst.Professor

Ms.Siji A J

Asst.Professor

Ms.Shija K

Asst.Professor

Dr. Bincy I P

Guest Lecturer

Materials Science

  • Technical Staff

Technical staff (Former)
Mr. K. K. Vase, Mr.C.Kunhappu, Mr.M.Surendran, Mr.M.Saseendran, Mr.E.Valsan, Mr.C.Sivadasan, Mr. M.Ravi, K.Chandran, Mr.K. Raveendran, Mr.C K Kannankutty. Mr. V.K.Sivadasan  Mr. V V Chacko
Technical staff (Present)
Mr.Gireesh Kumar R, Ms. Vineetha K P, Mr. Sandeep K

 

RESEARCH

  • Highlights
  • Recognized as approved research centre under the University of Calicut.
  • Currently the department has two Major Projects funded by DST(SERB) & KSCSTE
  • Centre for Women Scientist Program(WOS-A)  of DST
  • Centre for National PDF scheme of DST.
  • The department received DST support for infrastructure development
  •  Collaboration with reputed research institutions like IIA-Bangalore, IUCAA-Pune, DAMP- Manipal University, Radiation Physics department of Medical College, Regional Science Centre-Calicut etc.

 Ongoing Projects

Name of faculty

Title of the Project

Funding agency

Fund sanctioned& duration

Date of sanction and order No.

Dr. Sobha A (P.I)
Dr,Sumangala R
(C.I)

Development of advanced multifunctional capacitors for electronic packaging

KSCSTE

Rs.12.65Lakhs
3 Years

99/2016/KSCSTE dt.27.04.2016

Dr. Jeena K

Broadband studies of Active Galactic Nuclei by ASTROSAT

SERB

Rs.5.87Lakhs
3 Years

EMR/2015/001724
11.03.2016

Dr. Raje Bhageerathi (P I) 

Dr. Latha P(Panakkada) (Mentor)

The effect of the Medium Modified Hadrons on experimental Observables

DST

Rs.16.39 Lakhs
3 years

SR/WOS-A/PS-26/2013(G) dated 09.05.2014 & 
Order No.SR/WOS-A/PS-26/2013 dated 24.09.2014

Dr. Sandhya M

Influence of Potential Vorticity intrusions on Asian Monsoon

SERB

Rs.14.40Lakhs
2 years

PDF/2016/001781
dated 25/01/2017

Completed projects      

 

Name of faculty

Title of the Project

Funding agency/ category

Fund sanctioned& duration

Date of sanction and order No.

Dr. Sobha A (P.I)
Dr,Sumangala R
(C.I)

Preparation and Characterisation of Thin Film Solar Cells

UGC, Major

Rs.3,98,500
1-4-2007 to 31-3-2010

32-42/2006(SR) dt 19/03/2007

Dr. Sobha A (P.I)
Dr,Sumangala R
(C.I)

Ultrasonic Sensor Systems

UGC, Minor

Rs. 80,000

 

Dr.Mini.P.Balakrishnan (PI) , Dr.A.Sobha &Dr.R.Sumangala(C I)

Electrical and magnetic properties of soils in Kerala

UGC, Minor

22 December 2010 to 22 September 2012

MRP(S) – 856/10-11/KLCA034/UGC- SWRO

Dr. Sini R (PI)

Strong Field Gravitational lensing in Black hole Space-Time pierced by a Cosmic String

 UGC, Minor

Rs.80,000

MRP(S)-213/12-13/KLCA034/UGC-SWRO, 23/09/2013

PUBLICATIONS

International/National Journal Publications

  1. Dr. A Sobha, Hanna M. Naval V P and Alpha Shinju Shaji , Dielectric and Ferroelectric properties of Zn and Mn doped BaTiO3 after optimizing the calcination  temperature, International Journal of Current Research, Vol 8, (11) pp 42195-42199 November 2016
  2. R Sini,  P. Rabida, Gravitational Lensing by Reissner-Nordstrom Extremal   Black Hole,EJTP 13, No. 36 (2016) 221–228
  3. P. Latha, P Magudapathy, K K Abdullah, K G M Nair, B R S Babu, K M Varier ; Anomalous scattering factor using proton induced X-ray emission technique  Radiation Physics and Chemistry107 (2015) 103-108 Impact factor  – 1.380
  4. Sobha .A, Sumangala. R and Mini P Balakrishnan Preparation and Characterization of Fluorine Doped SnO2 Thin Film by Vacuum Coating Technique- International Journal of Developmental Research, 2014 Vol.4, Issue 2 pp.306-309 Impact factor 4.25
  5. Geethukrishnan P.M, Sobha .A, Sumangala. R and Mini P Balakrishnan Synthesis and Charecterization of Ag/PVP Nanocomposites by reduction methods Open Access Library Journal 1,1-10,2014
  6. V.Jithesh, R.Misra, P.Shalima, K.Jeena, C.D.Ravikumar, B.R.S.Babu, Long term optical variability of bright X-ray point sources in elliptical galaxies. RAA  14,10, 1251-1263,2014 Impact factor  1.64
  7. Dhanya K.P.*,Blessy Babukutty, Shija K. Sini R, Swapna S. Nair Co-Precipitation Synthesis, Optical and Magnetic Properties of MnxFe1-xFe2O4 Ferrofluids International Journal of Chem. Tech Research Vol.7, No.3, pp 1392-1398, 2014-2015
  8. P.Shalima,V.Jithesh,K.Jeena,R.Misra,S.Ravindranath,G.C.Dewangan,C.D.Ravikumar,B.R.S.Babu Mid Infra-red and X-ray luminosity correlations of X-ray point sources in NGC1399 MNRAS ,434,639-651,2013 Impact factor  4.9
  9. P Latha, A M Vinodkumar, K M Varier, B R S Babu, Antony Joseph, K K Abdullah and M P Unnikrishnan; Effective atomic numbers for gamma ray interaction at 59.54KeV in hetrogenious layers of materials using 241 Am gamma raysRadiation Physics and Chemistry 81 1817-1822, 2012  Impact factor –  1.375
  10. P.Menon. Ragi, K. S. Umadevi, Paul Nees, Jovia Jose, M.V. Keerthy, and V.P. Joseph., Flexible split-ring resonator meta material structure at microwavefrequencies.,Microwave and Optical technology letters vol. 54, no.6 (2012) Impact factor  0.568
  11. P Latha, K K Abdullah, M P Unnikrishnan, K M Varier and B R S Babu ;Differential scattering cross sections for elements with 13≤Z≤50 using 59.54 keV gamma raysPhysica Scripta, 85, 35303(1-5), 2012 2012  Impact factor  1.032 (2012) Citations – 5
  12. I.P. Bincy, R.Gopalakrishnan; “Studies on synthesis, growth and characterization of a novel third order nonlinear optical 4-Dimethylaminopyridinium p-Toluenesulfonate single crystal” Optical materials, 2014, Vol.37, pp. 267-276 (2014). Impact factor  2.023 (Citations – 11)
  13. I.P. Bincy, R.Gopalakrishnan; “Synthesis, growth and characterization of new organic crystal: 2-Aminopyridinium p-Toluenesulfonatefor Third order nonlinear optical applications”; Journal of Crystal Growth, Vol.402, pp. 22-31 (2014). Impact factor  1.751 (Citations – 2)
  14. I.P. Bincy, R.Gopalakrishnan ; “3-Hydroxyanilinium p-toluenesulfonate” ActaCrystallographica Section E, Vol. 69, pp. o1277 (2013). (Citations – 2)
  15. International/National Conference Proceedings

    • Reethu Sebastian, Sobha A, “Preparation and characterization of copper doped ZnTe thin films” UGC sponsored National seminar on Frontiers in materials science , 24-25 February 2016, at St.Joseph’s College, Calicut.
    • Amrutha Sebastian, Aneena Stanley, Anjitha S, Athulya A, Monu Thomas , Stephy Vincent, Sumangala R  ‘Studies on dielectric properties of carbon filled natural rubber’ , UGC sponsored National seminar on Frontiers in materials science , 24-25 February 2016, at St.Joseph’s College, Calicut.
    • Mariot Jose Panjikaran, Reethu Sebastian Dr. A. Sobha“Effects on Structural, Electronic Transport and Optical Properties of Metal Incorporated Zinc Telluride Thin Film-Proceedings of National Seminar on Facets of Physics-ISBN 978-81-927973-6-6, 2014-15
    • Anu Augustine, Dr. Sumangala.R M.Sc Physics “Electrical properties of carbon black filled natural rubber composites”-Proceedings of National Seminar  on Facets of Physics-ISBN 978-81-927973-6-6, 2014-15
    • Riya Jose, Dhanya K.P, Blessy Babutten, Dr.Sini.R, Dr.Swapna.S.Nair“Optical and magnetic properties of Cobalt substituted magnetite fluids” -Proceedings of National Seminar on Facets of Physics-ISBN 978-81-927973-6-6, 2014-15
    • Dhanya  K , Dr. Mini P Balakrishnan “Characterization of physical properties of soils collected from different parts of Kerala” -Proceedings of National Seminar on Facets of Physics-ISBN 978-81-927973-6-6, 2014-15
    • K Karthika, Dr.A.Sobha “Effect of Zn diffusion and doping on electrical and  optical properties of CdTe thin films” Proceedings of National Seminar on Facets of Physics-ISBN 978-81-927973-6-6,2014-15
    • P.Latha,KKAbdullah,KMVarier,BRSBabu,PMagudapathy,KSaravananandKGMNair.,AttenuationstudiesnearK-edgeusingPIXE,19thNationalSymposiumonRadiationPhysics(NSRP-19),Mamallapuram,TamilNadu,December12-14,2013.
    • KKAbdullah,PLatha,PASubhaandKMVarier,AnomalousScatteringfactorstotheforwardRayleighScatteringamplitudesofelements62Z ≤ 68, 19th National Symposium on Radiation Physics (NSRP-19), Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, December 12-14, 2013.
    • Mariot Jose Panjikaran, Reethu Sebastian, Aiswarya O.P, Jovitta Lawrence, Chinju Varghese, and Dr. A. Sobha, “Effects Cu diffusion and, electrical Properties of Zinc Telluride Thin Film deposited by thermal evaporation- Proceedings of National Seminar Spectrum 2013-14
    • Dr. A. Sobha, Dr. Sumangala.R , Dr. Mini P Balakrishnan, and K. Karthika “Structural and electrical Properties of Chromium Doped Zinc Telluride  Thin Film prepared by thermal evaporation- Proceedings of National Seminar Spectrum 2013-14
    • R.Sini and C. P. Rabida,  “Gravitational Lensing by Reissner-Nordstrom extremal black hole” EmergingTrendsinTheoreticalandExperimentalPhysics, Farook college, September 2012
    • V.Jithesh, K. Jeena, R. Misra, S. Ravindranath, G. C. Dewangan, C. D. Ravikumar and B.R.S. Babu X-rayandOpticalVariabilityofPointsourcesinEllipticalgalaxies”, 39th Scientific Assembly of the Committee On Space Research (COSPAR), from 14 th to 22nd July 2012, Narayana Murthay Centre of Excellence Infosys Technologies Ltd, Mysore.
    • P. Shalima, V.Jithesh, K. Jeena, R. Misra, S. Ravindranath, G. C. Dewangan, C. D. Ravikumar and B.R.S. Babu Mid-InfraredandX-rayluminositycorrelationsofULXsinNGC1399,, 39th Scientific Assembly of the Committee On Space Research (COSPAR), from 14th to 22nd , July 2012, Narayana Murthay Centre of Excellence Infosys Technologies Ltd, Mysore.
    •    Anitha K B, Latha P, B R S Babu and Antony Joseph., Natural Radioativity in building materials and phosphate fertilizers,  Seventeenth National Symposium on Solid State Track Detectors and their Applications (SSNTD-17), M S University of Baroda, October 17-19, 2011.
    •   P Latha, K K Abdullah, M P Unnikrishnan, K M Varier and B R S Babu ., CoherentandIncoherentScatteringCrosssectionsforElementswith13Z50using241AmGammarays, International Conference on Nuclear Energy Science and Technology (ICNEST2011), Singapore, September 28-30, 2011
    • V.Jithesh, K. Jeena, R. Misra, S. Ravindranath, C. D. Ravikumar, G. C. Dewangan and B.R.S. Babu, AnUpperlimitontheblackholemassforopticallydarkX-raybrightsourcesinnearbygalaxiesJSPS-DST Asia Academic Seminar/CPS 8 th International  School of Planetary Sciences : Challenges in Astronomy: Observational Advances, from 26th September to 1st October 2011, Minami-Awaji Royal Hotel, Hyogo, Japan.
    •    P. Shalima, V.Jithesh, K. Jeena, R. Misra, S. Ravindranath, G. C. Dewangan, C. D. Ravikumar and B.R.S. Babu, Mid-InfraredCounterpartsofX-raysourcesinNGC1399JSPS-DST Asia Academic Seminar/CPS 8 th International School of Planetary Sciences: Challenges in Astronomy: Observational Advances,  from 26th September to 1st October 2011, Minami-Awaji Royal Hotel, Hyogo, Japan.
    •    Keerthy M.V,  Jovia Jose,  Ragi  P. Menon, and V.P. Joseph.,  Fielddistributionnearanarrayantennainthepresenceofanegativeindexprism,National seminar on Materials for Electromagnetic applications- Christ College,Irinjalakuda. 29-30, November 2011
    •    Jovia Jose,  Keerthy M.V,  Ragi  P. Menon, and V.P. Joseph.,  AnalysisofElectromaneticwavedistributionNearanegativePermittivitySlabUsingFDTD,National seminar on Materials for Electromagnetic applications- Christ College,Irinjalakuda. 29-30, November 2011
    •   Cryspi John, Shikha Simon, Jovia Jose,    Keerthy M.V, and V.P. Joseph.,  FDTDAnalysisoftheradiationcharacteristicsofDualandTricornerreflectorantennas,National seminar on Materials for Electromagnetic applications- Christ College,Irinjalakuda. 29-30, November 2011
    •    Shikha Simon,  Cryspi John, Jovia Jose,  Keerthy M.V, and V.P. Joseph FDTD AnalysisofCertainreflectorAntennaswithanIsotropicArraySourceasFeedElement,Christ College, Irinjalakuda. 29-30, November 2011

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

University of Calicut A+ Achievers

year

Name

Grade Point

2012-13

Kshama Sara Kurian

3.85

2013-14

Aparna R
Anjali joy

3.93
3.92

2014-15

Athira KP

3.80

2015-16

Anupama Sebastian
Ashlin Lisa Varghese

3.83
3.81

Presentations during National/International conferences

  • Athira K P,  Maya Mathew, Nidhina P, Alphonsa Prakash, Ashika Rafi and Priyanka P.P, Latha P  “Elemental detection in soil by Laser Induced Breakdown  spectroscopy” in  ‘Asia Student Photonics Conference 2016’  organized by Manipal University in collaboration with International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) during 12th to 14th December 2016
  • Reshma Venu presented a paper during  the International Conference on Nonlinear Physics:  Theory and Experiment (NPTE-2016), held at farook college held during 13th & 14th December 2016
  • Rosmin Dominic won I prize for the Inter Collegiate paper presentation competition held at Zamorin’s Guruvayoorappan Collegein connection with National Science Day from 25th to 28th February 2016.
  • Athulya S Nair, Midhuna T, Delna Manuel, Dilna Mariya Thomas, Swetha C,    Sobha A, ‘Preparation and Characterization of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles’, UGC sponsored National seminar on Frontiers in materials science , 24-25 February 2016, at St.Joseph’s College, Calicut.
  • Maya Mathew  (B Sc 2015) presented a paper in two day International Seminar entitled Recent Trends in Physics held at  Government College,Kodenchery from 15-16, January 2015.
  • Maya Mathew (B Sc 2015) won First prize for Paper Presentation in connection with National Science day celebration on 27th & 28th February 2015 organized by Department of Physics, Zamorin’s College.
  • Athira K P (B Sc 2015) presented a paper in two day International Seminar entitled “Recent Trends in Physics” held at Government College, Kodenchery from 15-16 January 2015.
  • Athira K P  (B Sc 2015) presented a paper on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy  on 27th February in connection with National Science day celebration on 27th & 28th February 2015 organized by Department of Physics, Zamorin’s College
  • Awards & Recognitions
  • Binit Mathew and Sreelakshmi V R (II BSc) from the department of Physics attended the Oorja Kiran resource person Training Programme held at Energy Management Centre (EMC) – Kerala at Sreekaryam, Thiruvananthapuram district from August 11th and 12th, 2016. They were awarded with resource person badge.
  • Athira K P of I PG received best paper presentation award during the ‘Asia Student Photonics Conference 2016’ organized by Manipal University in collaboration with International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
  • Ashlin Lisa Varghese (BSc 2015-16) won II prize for the Inter Collegiate  paper competition(SPECTRUM-2016)  held at M A M O College, Mukkam ON 15TH February, 2016. Presentation
  • Anupama Sebastaian (BSc 2015-16)  has won 9th place in the All Kerala Physics Talent Search Examination ‘TSE 2015-16’ conducted by APT, Kerala during  2015-16.

ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPT. (LATEST)

  • SEMINARS ORGANIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT
  • Energy & Environment Club & Physics Association organized a seminar on ‘Energy Conservation – Nature Conservation’ in collaboration with EMC (Energy Management Centre – Govt. Of Kerala) on 14th December 2016
  • Three day National Workshop on Experimental Physics conducted in collaboration with APT from 10th – 12th December 2016
  • Two day workshop on X-Ray Astronomy & Astronomical Data Analysis in collaboration with IUCAA, PUNE and Academy of Physics Teachers (APT) from 19-20 November, 2016.
  1. Three day APT Workshop series in ELECTROSTATICS sponsored by Association of Physics Teachers (APT) from 29-30 April & 1 May 2016. 
  1. One day seminar on Foundations of Quantum Mechanics organized in collaboration    with   Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment on 19th March 2016
  1.  Public lecture series Celebrating the centenary of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity: A talk on Gravitational Waves by Dr.Ajith  Parameshwaran, ICTS, Bangalore on 19th February 2016
  1. Workshop on Multi-wavelength Astronomy organized in collaboration with IRS, Cochin and IUCAA, Pune from 25th to 27th November 2015
  1. APT Series In Experimental Pysics (APTSEP) – Two Day Workshop (14-15 November 2015) Organized In Collaboration With Academy Of Physics Teachers, Kerala.
  1. Three day Workshop on ‘Group Theory’ in collaboration with Academy of Physics Teachers (APT) from 15th to 17th May 2015
  1. Workshop on Solar Astrophysics sponsored by RSC and IUCAA on 19th & 20th January 2015.
  1. National Seminar on Facets of Physics sponsored by UGC, 6-7 Nov 2014
  • R&D CLUB

     The Research & Development unit of the department regularly conducts Project presentation competitions & quiz competitions.  ASAMS – Annual Seminar on Advances in Materials Science is a venture by the MSc students, where the students get a chance to present papers related to Materials Science. 

  • Astro-Club

    Every year the Astro-Club celebrates Moon landing day with colourful programmes.
It also arranges Sky-Watching programmes in collaboration with Regional Science Centre, Calicut.

  • Energy & Environment Club

    Energy & Environment Club unit of the department in collaboration with NSS and NIRAVE residence association conducts Training Programmes on Low Power LED bulb making.
It also conducts quiz programmes, surveys and awareness classes on reducing Energy consumption and Environment Pollution.

  • Research Facilities
  • Astronomical Data Analysis Lab
  • Materials Science Lab
  • Radiation Physics Lab

Thin Film Vacuum Coating Muffle furnace

Gamma Ray Spectrometer with Accessories

Radiation Counting (Integral) System for Alpha,
Beta, Gamma counting

Ball Mill Spin Coating Unit

Constant Temperature Bath Pelletizer

Ultrasonic Cleaner