Department of Physics
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   Introduction :

The Department of Physics was established in 1964 with spectroscopy and electronics specializations for M.Sc. (Physics) course and with an intake capacity of only 10 students. The number of specializations grew subsequently to the present six and the student intake to 70. The department has always placed equal emphasis both on teaching and research. The number of Ph.D. students produced in the department is approaching 200.
The total research grant received by the department from various funding agencies is over Rs. 5 crores and the number of research publications in renowned journals is about to touch the 1000 mark. It is noteworthy that universitywise this department ranks 6th in materials science research in India during the years 1996-2006. The department has started M.Tech. in Energy Technology since 2005 to enable integration of science and technology.
The major research areas of the department are materials science, aerogels, fuel cells, supercapacitors, electrochromic materials, water purification, nanomaterials, thick and thin film devices, space sciences, Earth sciences, ferrites and ME composites, holographic interferometry, etc. The major facilities for advanced studies available in the department include: Scanning Electron Microscope, Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis, FT-Raman spectrometer, precision LCR meter, helium cryostat, high pressure autoclaves, PID controllers, versastat-II, Keithley electrometer, X and G band microwave setup, riometer,lasers,holographic interferometer to name a few.
All the cabines/rooms and laboratories in the department are equipped with computer and internet facilities. The department has its own book-bank with a collection of more than 400 text/reference books.
The Vision of the Department is to develop it as a Centre of Excellence in Materials Science and Technology, by submitting the DST FIST (Phase II) and UGC projects. It is planned to start the courses in the emerging areas like Nanotechnology, Mathematical Modelling Computational Physics and Computer Simulation. Industry-Departmental joint research projects will be undertaken. The department will take up joint research projects in the field of Nanomaterials with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL, DRDO, Pune) and BARC, Mumbai.
It is creditable to the department that the students of this department carry the beacon of light from here to other departments and research institutions in India and abroad. The history of the department dictates that it has ever remained flourishing and will remain so in future.


  Sponsorship :
  • UGC - DRS (SAP) Programme (1999-2004): Rs. 51 lacs
  •  DST - FIST Sponsored Department (Dec. 2002 - Dec 2007) : Rs. 60 lacs.
  • UGC - DRS (SAP) Programme IInd phase (2005-2010): Rs. 48 lacs
  • UGC – ASSIST Programme (2005-2010): Rs. 75 Lacs

  Research Areas :

Thrust Area : “Development of materiabls for Advanced Technologies”
  • Electrochemically oxidized high Tc suprconductors and Heterostructure
  • Transparent monolithic silica aerogels
  • Nanocrystalline ferrites and Magnetoelectric (ME) composites
  • Theoretical studies of Nonlinear Optical Phenomena in the bulk media and optical fibers.
  • Holographic Interferometer studies on surface deformation in optical materials and thin film.
  • Nanocrystalline V-VI compound thin films
  • Electrochromic materials
  • Solar Cell Materials
  • Supercapactiors
  • Nanocomposite synthetic metals
  • Fuel Cells
  • Thick Film micro strip elements.
  • Sensor Materials.
  • Superhydrophobic coatings,
  • Composite Aerogels.
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Water purification
  • Transparent conducting oxides
  Subject Specializations :
Subject Specializations (M.Sc. part II level)
  • Energy Science
  • Materials Science
  • Modern Optics (Spectroscopy)
  • Solid state Physics
  • Space Science
  • Theoretical Physics

  Academic Programmes Offered : 

  • M. Sc.
  • M. Phil.
  • Ph. D.

  Course Structure :(Papers)

M. Sc. (Physics): 4 Semester Course (Academic Flexibility, Credit System)

M. Sc. I (Sem. I & II) :
04 core Theory Papers
02 Practical (Lab) Courses

M. Sc. II (Sem. III & IV)
01 core, 01 Elective & 02 Special Theory Papers
01 (Lab Course) + 01 Project

Theory Elective Courses: Pertaining to Spectroscopy, Instrumentation, Devices, Computers, Energy Science, Interdisciplinary subjects;

M. Phil (Physics): Two Semester Course (Selection through Entrance Exam. After M. Sc. (Physics))
3 Theory Papers plus Dissertation. Total Intake : 15.

Ph. D. (Physics): Minimum Four Semesters
03 Theory Papers (for non-M. Phil Candidates) Plus Thesis
  Facilities / Services Offered
  • Scanning electron microscope (3 nm resol. 3 lakh magnification) with EDS
  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance
  • FT Raman Spectrophotometer
  • Precision LCR meter (100 MHz – 1 MHz)
  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (single beam 200nm – 1100nm)
  • Departmental Workshop for fabrication work and mechanical repair of instruments
  Extension Services :

The Department has organised the National Science Day Celebrations on many occasions. Department invite the public and students to observe the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, and to observe the Lunar and Solar eclipses. The department has a Seismological Laboratory where the study of seismic waves (Earth Quake) is being carried out.

  Consultancy Services :

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and FT-Raman facility is being availed by the researchers working in other colleges and Institutes in the University and off the University. The department receives the reasonable funds out of it. Recently one project on Energy Audit has been sanctioned to the faculty members of the department funded by DAE.

  Instruments/Infrastructure :

The laboratories are equipped with the following major equipment

  • Scanning electron microscope (3 nm resol. 3 lakh magnification) with EDS

  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance

  • FT Raman Spectrophotometer

  • Autoclaves

  • PID controllers

  • Solar radiometer

  • Isononde

  • Satellite Scintillation Measurement Unit

  • Proton Magnetometer

  • UIF/VLF Magnetometr.

  • P-R Radar

  • Night Airglow GPS

  • Spray pyrolysis units

  • Versastat-II model Potentiostat

  • Keithley Electrometer

  • Auto scanning Potentiostat

  • Thermal Conductivity meter

  • 8.5 digit Precision voltmeters

  • Holography unit

  • FT Raman spectrometer

  • Surface profiler

  • Gas Chromatograph

  • Gas Sensor Unit

  • Super capacitor testing unit

  • AMEL Potentiostat

  • Contact angle meter

  • Liquid CO2 aerogels drying system

  • UV-VIS spectrophotometer.

  • High Temperature furnaces

  • Precision LCR meter (20 Hz)

  • Helium Crystat

  • 10 K close cyscle helium gas cycle generator

  • Electron microscope

  • Pyrolytic gasifier Systems

  • Solar PV systems

  Collaboration :

NOAA, Boulder, Colorado (USA)
STP Laboratory (Japan)
Hahn-Meitner Institute (Germany)
Seoul National University (S. Korea)
Cambridge University, UK
Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Universite Claude Bernard - Lyon & CNRS, France
Electrochemical Research Institute, Chaugaon, S. Korea
Korean Institute of Technology (KIST), S. Korea
University of Yangon, Myanmar

National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Delhi
Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIGM), Mumbai
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
MST Facility Centre, IUC, Indore
Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata
Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Pune
Goa University, Goa

  Faculty :





Dr. A.V.Rao

Prof. & Head

M.Sc. Ph.D

Solid State Physics



M.Sc. Ph.D

Solid State Physics



M.Sc. Ph.D

Solid State Physics



M.Sc. Ph.D

Solid State Physics



M.Sc. Ph.D

Space science

Dr. V.J. Fulari


M.Sc. Ph.D



Sr. Lecturer


Theoretical Physics

Dr. R.S. Vhatkar


M.Sc. Ph.D

Material Science

Dr. S.D.Lotke


M.Sc. Ph.D

Material Science

Dr. K.Y Rajpure


M.Sc. Ph.D

Solid State Physics

Dr. Vijaya Puri

Professor (UGC-Sci.)

M.Sc. Ph.D


Distinctions and Awards earned by the faculty:

Prof. A. V. Rao
I. Visiting Scientist, Elico Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France (1989)
II. Region Rhone-Alpes Professor, University of Lyon, France (1992)
III. Invited Professor, University of Lyon, France (1995)
IV. Guest Scientist, Norweigian University of Sci. & Tech., Trondheim, Norwey (1999)
V. MRSI Medal 1999
VI. Invited Professor, Poivoitiers University, France (2005)
VII. Invited Professor at Poitiers University, Poitiers, France (2006)
VIII. Invited Professor at Union College, New York University, USA (2007)
IX. Invited Professor at Princeton University, USA (2007)

Dr. C. H. Bhosale
I. INSA Visiting Fellow, IIT Mumbai (1998-1999)
II. INSA Visiting Fellow, Prague, Chez Republic (2008)

Dr. C. D. Lokhande
I. Visiting Scientist, Indo-Pilish CEP (1991-1992)
II. INSA Visiting Fellow 1993-94
III. National visiting fellow of DST, New Delhi (1994-95)
IV. Visiting Associateship, CSIR (1994-1997)
V. Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany (1996-98), 1998, 2000, 2001
VI. Visiting Scientist, Brain Pool Programme, S. Koria (2003-2004)
VII. Visiting Scientist, S. Koria (2005-2006), (2008-2009)

Dr. P. S. Patil
I. DAAD Fellowship, Germany (1996-98)
II. Brain-Pool Fellowship, Seoul, South Korea (2005-2006)

Dr. A.K. Sharma
I. Associate, IUCAA (1995-98)
II. Merrut Vigyan Sancharak Award (2002)

Dr. V.J. Fulari
I. Invited Speaker at International Conference at Korea University, South Korea (2008)

The faculty has published around 300 research papers, during the last five years. The total number of citations for the research papers is around 4300 for the papers published in the International journals having an impact factor between 1 and 3.
  Contact Person :

Department of Physics,