• Department of Physics
  • Department profile

    The Department of Physics nurtures under graduate and post graduate students towards advanced Sciences as Physics means science dedicated to the study of laws that govern the entire Universe. Our department sincerely aims at a behavioral change in the students to employ the learned physics to the benefit of the society and the mankind at large. The department hosts well qualified and vibrant manpower in spading towards the set goal. All the activities of the department are darted in achieving the excellence through frontier research and to obtain wide and deep knowledge in physics. The department has shaped competent physicists and educationalists in the past. The research grants are received and industrial linkages are made towards the development of the department.

    Vision of the Department:

    Inculcate scientific temper among students community and to promote the spirit of science education and research through teaching and create a human resource with strong foundation and skills

    Mission of the Department:

    Establish and sustain a conducive learning environment for promoting science education through object oriented teaching and research Genesis and Growth:
    • Inception in 1957 - subjects taught for Pre University degree students
    • 1978 - Introduction of Physics as a major subject in the triple major pattern (undergraduate), when institution is conferred with autonomous status. Physics was offered in combination with Mathematics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Home Science
    • 1984 - Introduction of Physics as a single major with two ancillaries
    • 1989 - Introduction of Physics as a major subject in double major pattern. Physics was offered in combination with Mathematics, Chemistry and Special Educationo
    • 2001*- Introduction of postgraduate programme in "Energy Science"
    • 2003 - Introduction of M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmmes
    • 2004**- Introduction of an add-on certificate course in "Electronics"
    • 2006 - Introduction of postgraduate programme in "Physics"
    • 2007 - Resumption of Physics as a single major with two ancillaries
    * The Programme was offered for a period of four years ** The course was conducted for a period of five years

    Objectives:

    • Empowering undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet out the expected programme outcomes
    • Empowering the research scholars to acquire positions in the reputed institutions/ laboratories and pursue their research in the identified thrust areas of the department.
    • Up-gradation of Undergraduate and Postgraduate laboratory experiments with advanced equipments
    • To present the outcomes of research work in National/ International Conferences, Seminars, Symposia
    • To conduct workshops, conferences and seminars towards the contribution to the scientific community
    • To establish a computational laboratory for both undergraduate and postgraduate students
    Thrust area of Research:
    • Crystallography
    • Polymeric Thin film technology
    • Theoretical Nuclear Physics
    • Molecular Quantum Mechanics and application to Bio-molecules
    • Solar Thermal Energy Utilization
    • Photovoltaic Devices
    • Solid State Ionics
    • Gas sensors
    Crystallography
    In view with the extensive use of non linear optical crystals, in the field of communication, investigations are carried out on non-linear optical crystals.

    Polymeric Thin film Technology
    Most chemical engineers are now involved in some phase of polymer technology and hence we can call this age as polymer age. Synthesis of hydrophobic films which can be used as anti-reflective coatings, antibacterial textiles and smart phone front panels coatings are carried out.

    Theoretical Nuclear Physics
    Low energy domain of nuclear physics towards analyzing the structure of nuclei and the characteristics of basic and exotic decay modes of medium, heavy and superheavy nuclei are studied.

    Molecular Quantum Mechanics and application to Bio-molecules
    Biological activities of Bio-molecules from natural products are investigated using both experimental and theoretical methods.

    Solar Thermal Energy Utilization
    Solar thermal energy conversion devices are designed and fabricated with the sole objective of maximum utilization of solar energy. Performance of the devices is analyzed systematically and device parameters are optimized to obtain maximum efficiency.

    Photovoltaic Devices
    Thin films of novel photovoltaic materials are deposited by physical and chemical methods. The characteristics of the materials are investigated in detail. Photoelectrochemical solar cells are fabricated. At present investigations are directed towards the development of highly efficient dye sensitized solar cells.

    Solid State Ionics
    All solid state batteries are the new generation energy storage devices that are safe when non Lithium electrodes are employed. Ceramic electrolytes with non lithium electrodes are focused and all solid state battery functioning using Lithium ion migration is achieved so far. Further focus on improved performance is underway. Advantages of nano-scaling in the performance are evaluated.

    Gas Sensors
    Sensing through the fabrication of electrochemical devices and Nanogranular Coulomb blockade devices are focused towards toxic gas sensing applicable for automobile industries. Optical responding materials are given importance in achieving high sensitivity and selectivity.

  • Programmes Offered

    Programmes Offered
    • B.Sc. Physics
    • M.Sc. Physics *
    • M.Phil Physics
    • Ph.D Physics

    Eligibility

    • B.Sc. : Science group with Mathematics
    • M.Sc. * : B.Sc Physics/ Pysics & Chemistry as major with Mathematics as ancillary

    * Self financed course

  • Syllabus, PSO & CO
  • Facilities

    Two labs, One undergraduate Lab and One postgraduate lab, equipped well in hosting the students for the development of practical skill. One solar lab, on the terrace, is available to carry out solar thermal experiments. One Research Lab dedicated to host the sophisticated instruments with necessary amenities like water supply, air - conditioning is available. Necessary equipments namely vacuum ovens, pumps, furnaces are available.

    Major equipments available in the Department

    X-Ray Diffractometer (hosted in CNR Rao - Central Instrumentation Facility)

    UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer

    Hall Measurement System

    Electrochemical Impedance Spectrometer

    Screen Printer

  • Staff Profile
    Staff Photo Name of the Faculty Designation Specialization Year of Joining Email id

    Dr.(Mrs.) J.Shanthi
    M.Sc.,M.Phil., Ph.D.,

    Professor Crystallography & Polymer science 1991 shanthi_phy@avinuty.ac.in,
    shanthinelson@gmail.com

    Dr.(Mrs.)N.S.Rajeswari
    M.Sc., M.Phil., M.C.A., SLET, Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor -SG
    and Head ( i/c)
    Nuclear Physics 2004 hod_physics@avinuty.ac.in,
    rajeswari_phy@avinuty.ac.in,
    raji23sashi@gmail.com

    Mrs.S.Anitha
    M.Sc.,M.Phil.,

    Assistant Professor Molecular Quantum Mechanics 2006 anitha_phy@avinuty.ac.in,
    anitha217@gmail.com

    Dr.(Mrs.) V.Sasirekha
    M.Sc., Ph.D., SET., HDCA

    Assistant Professor-SS Molecular Quantum mechanics, Photovoltaic Devices 2011 sasirekha_phy@avinuty.ac.in
    saserekha@gmail.com

    Dr.(Mrs.) B.Nalini
    M.Sc., Ph.D., M.S. Edu.Mgt.
    Assistant Professor Solid State Ionics, Nanotechnology, Gas sensors 2011 nalini_phy@avinuty.ac.in,
    jyothsnalalin99@gmail.com
      Self Supporting Staff        

    Dr.(Ms.) P. Usha Rajalakshmi
    M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D

    ., SLET
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Materials science & semiconductors 2011 usharajalakshmi@gmail.com

    Mrs.T.Usha Devi
    M.Sc., M.Phil
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Crystal Growth 2016 ushadvi5@gmail.com

    Mrs. G. Kiruthiga
    M.Sc., M.Phil., PGDCA.,(Ph.D)
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Thin Film Technology DSSC 2016 keerthiphysics82@gmail.com

    Ms.P.Antony Ananiya
    M.Sc., M.Phil.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Ultra Sonics 2018 antonyananiya34@gmail.com
  • Sponsored Projects

    Major Research projects completed

    Title of project

    Duration

    Funding Agency

    Total Grant

     

    Chief Investigator

     

    Design, Fabrication and Thermal Analysis of Solar Dryer with Storage

    3 years

    DST-WOS

    Rs. 14.82 Lakhs

    Dr.Rachel Oommen

    A. Anuradha Research Fellow
    Dr. Rachel Oommen Scientific mentor

    Synthesis and Characterization of Corrosion Resistant semiconducting Electrode for Photoelectrochemical Application

    3 Years 6 Months

    2012-2016

    DRDO

    46.53 Lakhs

    Dr.Rachel Oommen

    and

    Dr.P.Usha Rajalakshmi

    Thin film Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

    3 Years

    2013-2016

    DST-SERB

     

    Rs.26.88

    Lakhs

    Dr. V. Sasirekha

    Nanogranular film for White Light LED applications

    3 Years

    2013-2016

    DAE-BRNS

     

    Rs.24.90

    Lakhs

    Dr. B. Nalini

    UGC In – House Project (Completed) 2013-2018

    Influence of improved Nilsson parameters in single particle level scheme of rare earth nuclei

    4 Months

    Dec. 2017

    to

    March 2018

    UGC

     

    Rs. 19,231/-

    Dr. N.S Rajeswari

    Spectroscopic investigation on Polyphenol: Experimental and Theoretical Study

    4 Months

    4.12.2017

    to

    31.03.2018

    UGC

     

    Rs. 20,000/-

    Mrs. S. Anitha

     

  • MoU signed
  • Seminars/Conferences/ Workshops Conducted

    Name of the Seminars / Conferences / Workshops

    Date

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    One day Lecture workshop on " Theoretical Physics"

    26.09.2018

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    UGC Sponsored Students Workshop on “Mobile Phone Servicing”

     

    7.12.2017

    &

    8.12.2017

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    DST CURIE Funded One-day Workshop on “ Nanomaterials, Fabrication and Devices”

    15.02.2017

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    UGC Sponsored Students Workshop on “Electromagnetism and Electrical Safety”

    21.12.2016

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    Royal Society of Chemistry Sponsored Workshop on Frontier Materials,

    15.02.2015

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    One day Demo-cum-workshop on Experimental Physics at PG level

    28.01.2011

    Royal Society of Chemistry Sponsored Workshop on Frontier Materials,

    28.07.2010

    One Day workshop on Ancient and Modern

    Astronomy

    17.07.2009

    Interdisciplinary Seminar on Energy Challenges to students and community

    06.10.2008

    National Seminar on Optical Communication

    11.01.2008

    Regional seminar on Recent Trends in Energy technologies

    31.01.2006

    Seminar on Radiation Physics

    21.02.2003

    Power and perspectives of Women in changing society and concept of gravity by Newton, Einstein and Vedadri

    29.01.2002

  • Research Programmes

    Name

    FT/PT

    Title of the Thesis

    Field of Specialization

    Month and Year (Ph.D Degree Awarded)

    Scholars from Host/other Institutions

    Sivamalar.S

    PT

    Comparison studies of thermally evaporated PbPc and CuPc thin films

    Thin Films

    March 2014

    Other Institution

    N.Nithya

    PT

    Preparation and Characterization of Pure and Doped Zinc Oxide Nanocrystalline Films by Chemical Bath Deposition Technique.

    Thin Films

    Feb 2015

    Other Institution

    S.Kalaivani

    PT

    Construction and Performance Analysis of a Single Slope and a Pyramid Cover Solar Still with Storage Media and Electrical backup.

    Thin Films

    Feb 2015

    Other Institution

    Anuradha A

    FT

    Development of Solar air heaters with thermal storage for drying applications

    Solar Energy

    March 2015

    Host Institution

    Deepthi P.R

    PT

    Growth and Characterisation of some doped TGS Crystals

    Thin Films

     

    September 2015

    Host Institution

    Peulakumari. P

    PT

    Synthesis and Characterization of iron and silver nanoparticles for biological applications.

    Nanotechnology

    March 2016

    Other Institution

    Gandhimathi.P

    PT

    Growth and Characterisation of LiNO 3,Ba(NO 3) 2 doped L-Cysteine, L-Alanine crystals by slow evaporation method

    Thin Films

    January 2016

    Host Institution

    Sheelarani.V

    FT

    Growth and Characterization of Succinic acid and Nicotinic acid based nonlinear optical crystals

    Thin Films

    Feb 2017

    Other Institution

    Rani.R

    PT

    Studies on electron beam evaporated undoped, In and Zn Doped CdSe thin films for Photo electrochemical Solar cell device.

     

    Thin Films

    August 2017

    Other Institution

    Hemalatha .S

    FT

    Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc Indium Sulfide Thin Films for

    Photoelectrochemical Application

    Thin Film Solar Cells

    Oct 2017

    Host Institution

    Tamil Illakkiya .J

    FT

    Synthesis and Characterization of CuInS 2 Thin Film for Photoelectrochemical Application.

    Thin Film Solar Cells

    Jan 2018

    Other Institution

  • Awards/Achievements

    Awards/Achievements of Students (2013 - 2018)

    Year of Award

    Name

    Name of the award, fellowship received from

    Government / Recognized Bodies

    Level

    27 th February 2018

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

    II Prize / 2nd Avinashilingam Ayya
    Memorial Trophy
    Volleyball

    State Level

    26 th November 2017

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

     

    I Prize/ MGR Trophy
    Volleyball

    District Level

     

    6 th July 17

     

    N.K. Nivetha

     

    II Prize / SAN Weight lifting club Weight lifting/

    District Level

     

    6 th July 17

     

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

     

    I Prize /SAN Weight lifting club

    Weight lifting

    District Level

     

    17 th February 2017

    J.Jaya Padmaloshini Dhasavarthini. M.S. Sudharsana.R Sakthidurga.K Pavithra.S

    I Prize/ A L be 𝜕 o 17 Photons meet/ Miming

    State Level

    17 th February 2017

    Sandhiya.N

    I Prize/ A L be 𝜕 o 17 Photons meet/ Article Writing

    State Level

    17 th February 2017

    Meenu.A.S

    Monica.S.S

    III Prize/ A L be 𝜕 o 17 Photons meet/Surprising Event

    State Level

    26 th November 2016

     

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

     

    II Prize / Chief Minister Trophy
    1.Weight Lifting, Championship

    Weight lifting

    District Level

     

    2 nd October 2016

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

    III Prize /Coimbatore District
    Weight Lifting, Championship

    Weight lifting

    District Level

    31 th August
    2016

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

    II Prize / 1 st Avinashilingam Ayya
    Memorial Trophy Volley ball

    State Level

    10 th February 2016

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

     

    II Prize/ V.O.C Gymnasium weight lifting competition Weight lifting

    District level

    26 th January 2016

    S.S. Monica

    Republic Day Parade

    National Level

    3 rd & 4 th November 2015

    K. Vishnu Vardhini

     

    lll prize/ Tamil Nadu State
    Inter-Deemed
    University Foot Ball
    Tournament

    State Level

     

    Awards/Achievements of Scholars (2013 - 2018)

    S.No

    Year Of Award

    Name of the scholars

    Designation

     

    Name of the award, fellowship received from

    Government / Recognized Bodies

    Level

    1

    27 th Aug – 16 th Sep 2017

     

    D. Lakshmi

     

    Ph.D. Scholar

     

    CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship-2017, at University of Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France, CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship-2017

    International

    2

    15 th-16 th December 2017

     

    D. Lakshmi

     

    Ph.D. Scholar

     

    Best Oral Presentation, Kongunadu Arts and Science College-National Conference on
    Challenges in Electrochemical
    Energy Storage and Conversion
    systems

    National

    3

    18 th - 20 th March 2015

     

    D. Lakshmi

     

    Ph.D. Scholar

     

    Best Oral Presentation- Bharathiyar University-National Conference on Advanced Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications, Dept of Physics,

     

    National

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