• 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


    • 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
    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


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

    * Self financed course

  • Syllabus
  • 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 Details
    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 [email protected],
    [email protected]

    M.Sc., M.Phil., M.C.A., SLET, Ph.D.,

    Assistant Professor -SG
    and Head ( i/c)
    Nuclear Physics 2004 [email protected],
    [email protected],
    [email protected]


    Assistant Professor Molecular Quantum Mechanics 2006 [email protected],
    [email protected]

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

    Assistant Professor-SS Molecular Quantum mechanics, Photovoltaic Devices 2011 [email protected]
    [email protected]

    Dr.(Mrs.) B.Nalini
    M.Sc., Ph.D., M.S. Edu.Mgt.
    Assistant Professor Solid State Ionics, Nanotechnology, Gas sensors 2011 [email protected],
    [email protected]
      Self Supporting Staff        

    Dr.(Ms.) P. Usha Rajalakshmi

    ., SLET
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Materials science & semiconductors 2011 [email protected]

    Mrs. G. Kiruthiga
    M.Sc., M.Phil., PGDCA.,(Ph.D)
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Thin Film Technology DSSC 2016 [email protected]

    M.Sc., M.Phil.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Nuclear Physics 2019 [email protected]
  • MoU Signed
  • Research Scholar Details



    Title of the Thesis

    Field of Specialization

    Month and Year (Ph.D Degree Awarded)



    Comparison studies of thermally evaporated PbPc and CuPc thin films

    Thin Films

    March 2014



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

    Thin Films

    Feb 2015



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

    Thin Films

    Feb 2015

    Anuradha A


    Development of Solar air heaters with thermal storage for drying applications

    Solar Energy

    March 2015

    Deepthi P.R


    Growth and Characterisation of some doped TGS Crystals

    Thin Films


    September 2015

    Peulakumari. P


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


    March 2016



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

    Thin Films

    January 2016



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

    Thin Films

    Feb 2017



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


    Thin Films

    August 2017

    Hemalatha .S


    Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc Indium Sulfide Thin Films for

    Photoelectrochemical Application

    Thin Film Solar Cells

    Oct 2017

    Tamil Illakkiya .J


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

    Thin Film Solar Cells

    Jan 2018

    Lakshmi .D


    Performance enhancement of Tin Antimonide Anodes towards the achievement of All solid State Batteries.

    Solid State Ionics

    October 2018



    Self Cleaning Performance of Polymer Silane Hydrophobic films

    Thin films

    October 2020

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