Physics

Brief History of Department: 

The department was established in the year 1960 in the Manasagangotri campus of the University of Mysore. Beginning as a small department offering only an M.Sc. course in one special subject, Spectroscopy, today it has grown into one of the largest departments on the campus offering both Master's and Doctoral programs covering one or more aspects of Physics in the following areas of study:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Environmental Radiation
  • Nuclear Physics 
  • Theoretical Physics

It was one of the first few university departments in the country selected under the University Leadership Project of the UGC to take up the College Science Improvement Program (COSIP) in Physics. This program stretched over a period of ten years during which the undergraduate physics curricula and teaching were modernised. 

In 1995, the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, set up a National Single Crystal Diffractometer Facility to cater to the XRD data needs of crystal structure related researchers in this department and other universities/Institutes/Laboratories/Industries. 

The Department has been identified as a Department of
Advanced Studies by the Government of Karnataka.
The performance of the Department under the DST funded FIST program has been rated Good. We are also funded under SAP.As per the Web of Science, USA, University of Mysore ranks sixth in the country based on the number of publications in peer reviewed journals. The major contribution for this is from Physics.

Department

The department has to its credit about  918 research publications in refereed journals. Other publications include textbooks written by its faculty in English language as well as in the regional language Kannada. It has more than 250 research reports presented in various National/International Conferences/Symposia/Seminars.

  • So far more than 120 Ph.D. candidates have been successfully guided by the faculty of this department. 

Departmental research activities:

Research groups

  • Atmospheric Physics : Aerosol Climatology and MWR  Studies, Atmospheric Electrical Conductivity.
  • Condensed Matter Physics : X-ray crystallography of medicinally important class of compounds, Liquid Crystals,WAXS, SAXS on silk fibres
  • Environmental Radiation: Radon / Thoron Studies.
  • Nuclear Physics: X-ray and gamma ray interactions with matter, Positron Annihilation Studies in Polymers.
  • Theoretical Physics : General Relativity, Lorentz Group,

Status of the Department (FIST/SAP/DRS)

Sl. No. Status Phase Thrust Area
  1 FIST Rated GOOD  
  2 SAP First Condensed matter Physics

Chairs/Fellowship/Medals (if any) - NIL

Best Practices

  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Student Projects
  • Good number of funded research projects.
  • Large number of research publications
  • Lectures by experts from other Institutes and Universities

Awards/Honors received by individual Teachers:

Sl. No. Name Name of the Award When Awarded Awarding Agency/Institution
  Prof. C. Ranganathaiah Post Doctoral Fellow Australia    
  Prof. C. Ranganathaiah NASA Fellow, USA -      
  Prof. C. Ranganathaiah Visiting Scientist France -      
  Prof. R. Somashekar KAAS - Young Scientist Award 1986-      
  Prof. R. Somashekar Research Associate, UMIST-Manchester, U K    
  Prof. R. Somashekar Visiting Professor JSPS - Japan    
  Prof. M.A. Sridhar Sir C.V. Raman Award    

Individual teachers on-going research projects:

Sl. No Name Research Project Title Funding Agency Amount sanctioned Date of commencement Expected date of completion
 1 Prof D Revannasiddaiah and Dr A P Gnana Prakash High-Energy Ion Irradiation Studies on SiGe Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors Using IV/CV/DLTS Techniques. IUAC/UGC 5.0 Lakhs 2008 2011
Prof C Ranganathaiah   Electron beam induced miscibility changes ... DAE-BRNS Rs. 12 lakhs 2004 2009
 3 Prof C Ranganathaiah   Microstructural characterisation of polymer ... DST Rs. 19.33 lakhs 2002 To date
  4 Prof.R.Somashekar Characterisation of Materials exposed to High energy beams UGC Rs. 7.5 lakhs 2008 To date
Dr.M.S.Chandrashekara Mapping f Uranium, Radium, Radon and conventional pollutants like Nitrate, Nitrite, Sulphate, Sulphite, Fluoride, Chloride in natural water of Mysore district Mumbai , BRNS Rs 47 lakhs 2009 To date

Any other Information:

The Department has been identified as a Department of Advanced Studies by the Government of Karnataka.The performance of the Department under the DST funded FIST
program has been rated Good. We are also funded under SAP.As per the Web of Science, USA, University of Mysore ranks sixth in the country based on the number of publications in peer reviewed journals. The major contribution for this is from Physics Department.

Our Department has been chosen to be the nodal centre  for the India based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project.

  • ISRO has sanctioned Rs.25 lakhs to offer Atmospheric
  • Physics as an elective subject to our M.Sc students
  • Department has also received Infrastructure grants of
  • Rs 20 lakhs – as an SAP funded department from UGC