The Department of Physics

 Empowered with knowledge and inspired by a tradition of accomplishment, the Department of Physics excels at levels despite being under the aegis of an affiliated college. The Department of Physics is one among the best science departments in the University and internationally known for its research outputs. 

This has become a favorite Department for students seeking well-rounded people who can solve problems, lead teams and apply their knowledge creatively across functional boundaries. By combining focused expertise, far-reaching vision and a strong commitment to humanity, the Department is creating scholars capable for transforming the world.

PHYSICS DEPARTMENT- PROFILE

 

The department of Physics was established in the year 1925 with the commencement of the science groups in the Intermediate course. The Department was started under the leadership of Prof D.Gopalan, student of Sir C.V.Raman, and through these years the Department of Physics has earned the reputation as a premier destination. Affiliation for B.Sc was granted in 1945. In 1949 Prof. S L Thomas was appointed as the head of the department, and continued till his retirement in 1982.In his long tenure as HOD he thrived for the excellance of the Department and is considered the architect of the Physics Department. Prof. N Sivasankaran Nair succeeded Prof. SL Thomas as head of the department, followed by Prof. K K John, Prof. T S Antony, Prof. M J James, Prof  P V Aprame, Prof. O S Sebastian, Prof  Baby Joseph, Dr. George C Chennattucherry and currently Prof. V Prabha heads the department.

 

The affiliation for M.Sc with specialization in electronics was granted in the year 1961, and so far 50 batches has passed out. In 1996, the Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources sanctioned Rs 5 lakhs to set up an Energy Park in the campus. The growth of the department continues by adding another postgraduate course, with specialization on Non-conventional Energy in the year 1998, with an intake of 12 students the first of its kind in the state. The department is DST-FIST sponsored department since 2005. A grant of  Rs. 16 lakhs was procured from DST to setup a research lab, research library. In the year 2012, the department started M.Phil course in Physics, which is the first among the colleges in kerala, and is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University.

 

The sanctioned strength for UG is 50 and for PG is 23 and 12 for Electronics and Renewable Energy respectively. The aspirants for admissions are about 6 times the intake capacity. The department established itself as a full-fledged research department since 1986. Rev. Dr. Joseph T Maroor was approved as research guide. Dr. K C George, Dr. Jose Mathew, Dr. P J Kurian, Dr. K V Saban, Dr. Issac Paul, Dr. Shajo Sebastian, Dr. Jacob Mathew and Dr. K E Abraham are the present approved research guides in the department. The thrust areas of research in the Department are thin film technology, crystal growth and characterization, nucleation mechanism, pattern dynamics, nanotechnology, plasma physics, amorphous materials and glasses, natural dyes and opto-electronic materials, and value addition of natural minerals. The faculty in the department has guided 10 Ph.D and 3 M.Phil students. The department has organized many numbers of International seminars, refresher courses and workshops. We have in our credit more than 100 published papers in international/ national journals, out of which 10 have impact factor more than 2. The research guides show great interest in pursuing and procuring major and minor research projects from agencies like DST, UGC, BRFST, DAE, KSCSTE etc. We have completed about 5 major research projects and 10 minor projects to our credit with funds about 75 lakhs.

1.     Crystal Physics Lab- under the guidance of Dr. George Varghese, has produced 4 PhD’s

2.     Nanoscience & Nanotechnology lab – under the guidance of Dr. K C George has produced 4 PhD’s

3.     Optoelectronics Lab- under the guidance of Dr. K E Abraham has produced 2 PhD’s

4.     Smart lab- under the guidance of Dr. K V Saban,

5.     The research wing has having to its credit, the only experimental setup to produce plasma experimentally in kerala, which is procured as a joint venture between Institute For Plasma Research (IPR) & Board Of Research in Fusion Science & Technology (BRFST) with Dr. P J Kurien as Principal Investigator.

6.     Dr. Jacob Mathew, has a collaboration with UGC_ DAE consortium, Indore

We are also having a Central Instrumental Facility Center which includes equipments like with Vacuum Coating Unit, Keithy Electrometer, CBD coating unit, UV-Visible spectrophotometer, spectrofluorimeter, LCR meter etc.

 

  Now the department has 15 permanent faculty members, out of which 12 are having doctoral degrees. Many of the teachers are members of professional bodies, chairman of examination boards, members of board of studies and referees to international journals. The department follows a strict mentoring system for all courses and regular PTA meetings are held every semester.

 

The infra structure facilities include 8 spacious class rooms, computer labs, Renewable Energy Lab, seminar hall with modern teaching aids like LCD and laptops. In addition to the college libray, the department has a library with about 350 books and about 20 journals/e-journals subscribed.

The department has organized a refresher course for college teachers sponsored by UGC in the year 1997. The department has an active collaboration with the Indian Academy of Sciences, and refresher course for college teachers and research scholars are conducted in specialized fields of advanced physics. 

In memory of Prof. J G Rao, and Prof B Ambadi, distinguished members of the staff, the department organizes the “Prof J G Rao and B Ambadi Memorial lectures” every year since  1995-96.The other activites of the Physics Association includes, class wise quiz competition, talent test, popular evening lectures and hobby workshops. The Physics Planning Forum of the department conducts interaction program with eminent scientists, exposure of students to popular video lectures etc. The Electronics Club, of the department takes initiatives to visits to technological institutes, maintenance of electronic lab gadgets, hobby kits, demonstration classes to undergraduates etc. To promote the harmony between the teaching, non-teaching staff and students, study tours are conducted yearly. The Department takes special interest in motivating the students to participate in sports, games and arts festivals. The Department is well placed in the College Athletic Meet and Arts Festival for the last few years.  Every year, on 2 October, the students, teachers and non-teaching staff work together to clean the Department and its premises.

 

The department organizes physics exhibitions periodically for the general public and for the students. Working and still models in different fields of physics are presented here. The physics stall in the navathy exhibition “SAMVIT” was widely appreciated. Two exhibitions were conducted as outreach programs to promote renewable energy sources for the rural public.

 

The pass percentage of the outgoing students is very high, with the students bagging university ranks often. The number of students getting selected for various job interviews through campus recruiting is increasing. Every year, a few students get selected as Commissioned Officers in Defence Services.

The number of students who opt for research and M.Tech by qualifying JRF, GATE, etc has tremendously increased


 Facilities

The department is located centrally in the first floor of the main block, which include 6 lecture halls, 6 different laboratories for graduate and post graduate courses, central computer lab, and faculty rooms. The research laboratories are located at the first floor of the center for research building behind the main block. The department has its own workshop and draws power from the common grid.

 

The FIST Assistance of Department of Science and Technology

The department of Science and Technolgy of governmnet of India, has identified this department and assisted with Rs 25 lakhs for infrastructure development (FIST Scheme). The grant was utilised for deveoping research and PG laboratories, networking and improving library facilites.

Thin Film Labratory.

High vacuum coating facilites are now availbe? in the department for thin film research. Electronic analytic instruments( Keitly Electrometer) are attached availble electrical property studies of the films.

Computer lab
The net worked computer laboartaory has an installed capacity of 18 machines

Electronics lab
All major measuring equipments are available in the electronics laboratory. It can cater 25 postgraduate students  at time.

Central Instrumentation Facility

Sophisticated instruments are inevitable parts of research in science and technology. But these instruments are expensive. Hence purchasing such equipments for each research department is expensive as well as space consuming. Housing these equipments in a common centre, where all the researchers could access them would clearly solve the problem. This was the motivation behind the formation of common instrumentation facitlity (CIF). The CIF of SB College was built in 2006 and the equipments were purchased using the UGC assistance provided to the college. Today, a wide range of analytical instrument facilities are being provided by the CIF to the research workers.

Objectives

·         Coordination of research activities in the college.

·         Providing instrumentation facility to all departments.

·         Extending the facility to public.

Analytical Instrument Facilities Available at CIF 

The CIF is equiped with many analytical instruments for researchers and PG  students of science departments. A brief description of all the instruments as well as number of times each lab used them are given below:

1.      UV-VIS spectrometer-PG Instruments UK

2.      Impedance Analyser –Hioki Japan

3.      Fluorescence trinocular microscope- Olympus Japan

4.      The Fluorescence spectrometer-Ocean Optics-USA

5.      Photoluminesence Spectrometer-Perkin Elmer Singapore

OTHER FACILITIES

1.      Electronic balance

2.      Hydraulic Press

3.      Ultrasonic Bath

4.      Magnetic Stirrer

Central Library

The Central Library of the College has more than 120,000 books, 270 periodicals and back volumes. This library houses the departmental books in a separate section and few research journals. A new building is for the General Library is underway. Digitalization of records, online search facilities and linkage to university libraries are the major changes expected in the next phase in 2006.

Internet/ Computer
The department is networked to the main server of the college. Round the clock high-speed data transfer is provided to all the computers in the department.

Prof.S L Thomas Memorial Conference Hall

Students

The department’s reputation for excellence and opportunity attracts some of the most talented students in the country. Here, these students learn to reach their full potential by deepening their understanding of the subject while exploring and integrating their interests in other disciplines. While strong academic performance is expected from all students, the College and University place special emphasis on well-rounded interests and service to society. Participating in as many leadership and development opportunities as possible encourages students to orient their career for high reach.

University Rank Holders (M Sc)

M Sc Physics (Electronics)

Sl.No

Name

Year

1/11/111 Rank

1

Reeja Mathew

2002

I Rank

2

Salini R verma

2002

II Rank

3

Divya K

2005

II Rank

4

Merin George

2008

1 Rank

M Sc Physics(Non-Conventional Energy)

Sl.No

Name

Year

1st /2nd /3rd  Rank

1

Lincy Joseph

2001

1

2

Manju Xavior

2001

2

3

Ida Jacob

2001

3

4

Lyci George

2002

1

5

Deepti Kurian

2002

2

6

Aravind S

2002

3

7

Sajith Mathews

2003

1

8

Sunitha S Nair

2003

2

9

Jaise K Joseph

2003

3

10

Elsha Tashima

2004

1

11

Nisha PG

2004

2

12

Anns Anna Francis

2004

3

13

Nevin George Vergis

2005

1

14

Sree Priya S

2005

2

15

Deepti Das

2005

3

16

Radhakrishnan A N

2006

1

17

George Thomas

2006

2

18

Sunila P A 

2006

3

19

Remya Tom

2007

1

20

Sunayana Damodaran

2007

2

21

Sherin Joseph

2007

3

22

Joisy Joseph

2008

1

23

Meera Nath

2008

2

24

Sreepriya K

2008

3

25

Hassena Begum P S

2009

1

26

Treesa P Thomas

2009

2

27

Ann Rose Sunny

2009

3


SCHOLARSHIPS  AWARDED TO STUDENTS

Sl No

7Endowment

Instituted by

Awarded to / Purpose

1

Adv L Sankoorickal Medal  

Prof S L Thomas                 

Student who stand highest  in   the B Sc examination

2

Prof S L Thomas memorial endowment for Quiz competition & Proficiency prize

Dept of Pysics and his students

 I,II&III prizes in Inter collegiate Quiz Competition.

Proficiency prize to two students in the final year degree class.

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