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Department of Physics

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The department was established in 1970 (4th plan period) with 2 staff members (1 R(Reader), 1 L(Lecturer)) but without classrooms and laboratory facilities. It got some facilities when it was moved to the campus in 1977.

Despite the basic handicaps, the department started part-time M.Phil. programme in theoretical physics with the help of visiting faculty from P.R.L., Ahmedabad in 1973 - long before UGC mooted the idea of M.Phil. In 1975, it included new area of thin film physics. Five (5) staff members were added during the fifth plan period 1 P(Professor) and 2 R (Electronics- technology qualified, and thin films), 2 L. Four (4) staff members were added in sixth plan 1 (Solid State Electronics), 1 R (Solid State / Materials science) and 2 L.

Two more specializations were added to M.Sc. program and two more areas of research were added. Specializations added at M.Sc. were Theoretical Physics and Materials Science. Areas of research added were crystal growth and instrumentation / communication. A new program in M.Sc. (Electronics) was also started. During the eighth plan, two more staff members were added. 1 P (Solid State Physics /Materials Science), 1 R (Electronics – not filled).

The Department now offers,

(i) (a) M.Sc. in physics (3 specialization : Electronics / Theoretical Physics /Materials Science ; U.G.C. ‘s structure recommended by Curriculum Development Centre is basically adopted (30 hrs. teaching per week).

(b) M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Physics.

Research areas:

Nuclear and Particle physics (Theoretical), Crystal Growth, Thin Films (experimental) Digital Communication:

The students offering specialization of electronics and materials science have a grate potential for job opportunity in industry. The specialization of theoretical physics is not offered by any other university in Gujarat State and in fact is offered by a few universities in India.

(ii) M.Sc. in Electronics

(iii) M.Sc. (Tech.) in Applied Physics

The courses for M.Sc. (Electronics) and M.Sc. (Tech) in Applied Physics are designed in such a way that students have a very good opportunity to get employment in industries. Laboratory work for electronics in all these courses for M.Sc., M.Sc. (Physics Sp. Electronics), M.Sc. (Electronics) and M.Sc. (Tech) in Applied Physics has innovative ‘design build and test’ type of experiments. Project work is compulsory for students offering theoretical physics and materials science.

Industrial training / industrial project is compulsory for M.Sc. (Electronics) and M.Sc. (Tech.) in Applied Physics. In fact, courses for M.Sc. (Tech.) in Applied Physics are inspired by courses offered by I.I.T. Bombay for degree in Engineering Physics. These courses include workshop practice (Machine Shop) and drawing.

The department has reasonably good computational facilities in the form of network of 386, 486, Pentium and printers. Mathematica, MatLab and MathCad are available. Computer based training software for physics and electronics experiments, microprocessor and micro-controller systems are also available.

The department also has;

1. x-ray unit

2. Jenapol microscope (with photographing facility)

3. Vacuum coating unit (under repair)

4. Microscope (Indian make)

5. Digital balance

6. Laboratory distilled water plant

7. 50 MHz storage oscilloscope

8. Single pan balance

The department is planing to purchase

1. Micro-hardness tester

2. PC with digital camera

3. Ovens

4. Bath with temperature controller.

5. Spectrum analyser

 

The department has dedicated and well-qualified (12) faculty members (3 vacancies) with two (2) members having obtained their Ph.D. degree from prestigious universities in USA and having carried out post doctoral teaching and research assignments in USA, UK and Canada. Two (2) staff members have degrees from I.I.T. s with one of them having M.Tech. (with research work in the area of the communication). Almost all staff members have Ph.D. degrees.


 

The research activities of the department are intimately related to the areas of specialization offered at the M.Sc. level. A unit of (4) staff members is attached to each of the research area of (1) Digital communication (DPLL, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) (2) Theoretical Nuclear and High energy physics and (3) Crystal Growth, Thin films (mainly ellipsometric calculations).

Current research activities are in the area of

1. Digital communication

(a) Studies on DPLL and

(b) Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum

2. Crystal Growth

(a) Metallic, organic and inorganic crystals and their characterisation

(b) Study of kidney stone

3. Theoretical High Energy Physics

(a) Charmonium, Bottonium and Holenium systems.

4. Theoretical Nuclear Physics

(a) Heavy ion and pion-nucleus reactions.

(b) Nuclear matter at high temperature.

(c) Nuclear structure.

 

Department’s Tomorrow – future activities

 

I. One/Two years

(i) Consolidate new course viz. M.Sc. (Tech.) in Applied Physics started in 2000 AD.

(ii) Implement new revised syllabi for M.Sc. Electronics that is redesigned as per broad outline given by U.G.C.

(iii) Start P. G. Diploma course in Mineralogy and Gemology and offer new specialization in Geophysics/ Meteorology (including Seismology etc.) / Mineralogy.

(iv) Continue and expand current activities by initiating collaborative research programs with other departments and institutions and by getting sponsored project from UGC/CSIR/DST/Industries.

 

II. Two/Five years

(i) Consolidate new specialization and course offered

(ii) Expand P. G. Diploma course in Mineralogy and Gemology to two-year M.Sc. programs in Mineralogy and Gemology

(iii) Explore possibility of starting an inter-disciplinary two-year M.Sc. program in Earth Sciences.

(iv) Start P. G. Diploma course in Instrumentation with support from USIC ofVeer Narmad South Gujarat University.

(v) Explore possibility of starting research work in other area of interaction with biological sciences, Industrial (Applied) Physics, Geo-Physics etc.

III. Five/Ten years

(i) Start M.Sc. in Instrumentation

(ii) Start P. G. Diploma course in Gemology and Diamond technology in collaboration with Diamond institute, Surat.

List of faculty members

No. Name & Qualification Position Experience
1. Dr.B.I.Sheth, M.Sc.,Dipl.Saha Inst.of Nucl. Physics, Ph.D.(USA) Professor & Head 39 Yrs
2. Prof. P.H. Tandel, B.Sc. B.E., M.Tech Professor 32 Years
3. Dr. A.R.Vamdatt, M.Sc. Ph.D.

 

Professor 33 Years
4 Dr.V.A.Managoli,M.Sc.,Dipl.Saha Inst.of Nucl. Physics, Ph.D.(USA) Reader 31 Years
5. Dr. K.C. Poria, M.Sc., Ph.D. Reader 14 Years
6. Dr. V.G. Joshi, M.Sc., Ph.D. Reader 16 Years
7 Dr. S.S. Godre, M.Sc. ( IIT, Bombay), Ph.D. ( IIT, Kanpur) Reader 14 Years
8. Dr. I.B. Patel, M.Sc.,D.C.A., Ph.D. Lecturer 11 Years
9. J.M. Dhimmar, M.Sc. Lecturer 8 Years

 

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