Physics is the search for and applications of Physical Laws that can help us understand and predict the changes in the World around us. Central to physics are ideas such as energy, mass, particles, and waves. Physics attempts to answer philosophical questions about the nature of the universe and provide solutions to technological problems. The Department of Physics is recognized as a Research Centre by VTU in the year 2019. The department promotes the active involvement of faculty and students in the field of research and innovation. The faculty members of the department have published 20 Research Papers in International and National journals of repute and are actively involved in the research activities with special focus on frontier fields of Materials Science And Nanotechnology.
Nanomaterials and Nano Science
Nano particles have attracted a great deal of attention in the past few years for their unique characteristics that cannot be obtained from conventional macroscopic particles. Owing to the quantum size and surface effects, nanoparticles can exhibit novel optical, electronic, magnetic, and structural properties that might find many important technological applications.
Nanoscience is the study of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena at the nano level and innovating ways to increase product performance in a wide range of industries. One such application is Semiconductor-Based Photocatalysis - ‘‘A Green Technology”, that is being widely used.
Particle Physics deals with the study of particles at a level smaller than nano. Elementary-Particle Physics deals with the fundamental constituents of matter and their interactions. Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is the Theory of Strong Interactions. The Elememtory concepts of interest are Mesons, Gluons, Quark-Antiquark Spectrum, Hadrons Physics, Meson Spectroscopy. It is believed that research in this field may lead to discoveries that would be highly beneficial to society.
Since the early nineties, there has been a huge interest in doped manganites due to their interesting properties having scientific and technological relevance. Doped Manganites exhibiting Colossal Magnetoresistance (CMR) are found to have potential applications in Computer Memory Systems, Magnetic Sensors, Storing Devices, etc.
Fabrication of polymer nanocomposite thin films
The synthesis of polymeric matrixes embedded with nanoparticles takes advantage of the basic properties of the host material (polymer) and intriguing properties of the nanoscale fillers (activators). The advantages are lightweight , highest purity, strength, and resistance to solvents, acids, heat, etc. The applications are in the design of Sensors, Solar cells, Robotics, Energy harvesting devices etc., tailored for a particular performance.