Department of Physics

Overview of the Physics Department

The Department of Physics came into existence in June 1987. The Department offers postgraduate programmes and conducts research in frontier areas of Physics. The Department has been recognized for special funding by DST under the fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure (FIST-Level II) and UGC-SAP DRS-I Programmes. The faculty members have obtained major research grants exceeding Rs 12.0 crores from different funding agencies such as DST, AICTE, UGC, IFCPAR, NBHM, DRDO, DAE, INSA and CSIR, Government of India. The research activities have resulted in publication of more than 578 research papers in peer-reviewed journals including 9 patents. The average citation index is around 12. The members of the faculty are accorded with several national, international awards, fellowships and members in the National Committees, referees of many national and international journals. Our faculty members are involved in collaborative national and international research projects with leading scientists and laboratories.

A large number of visitors come to interact with faculty/students and for collaborative research work with faculty members. At present, our faculty members are doing collaborative research work with leading scientists in India and Abroad and are doing International projects with Germany and Brazil Scientific agencies. The Department currently offers a five-year integrated MSc, a two-year MSc with three specializations viz., Lasers, Condensed Matter Physics and Electronics.

  1. MSc Physics (2 years) with three specializations:
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Electronics
    • Laser Physics
  2. MSc Physics (5 year Integrated)
  3. MSc-PhD Physics (Integrated)
  4. PhD Physics (Full-time)

Admission to the above programmes is through a national level entrance examination. The CSIR-UGC JRF qualified candidates will be given direct admission to PhD programmes.

Areas of research
  • Solid State Ionics and Battery
  • Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Laser Dynamics, Nonlinear Optics and Solitons
  • Computational Biophysics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanic s and Field Theory
  • Spintronics, Multiferroics and Photovoltaics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Hydrogen Storage Materials
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Thin Films and Plasmonics

Infrastructure Facilities
  • Powder X-ray diffractometer (PAN ANALYTIC XPERT)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (SETARA LABSYS)
  • FTIR (Shimadzu 8700 Spectrophotometer)
  • DC magnetron sputtering system (Hind-Hivac)
  • Impedance analyzer – 30 to 40 MHz (NOVOCONTROL)
  • Hioki LCR mater with cryostat (80 K to 400 K)
  • Surface Area Analyser
  • Glove box-VAC-USA Battery cycle tester
  • Susceptibility meter (Bartington England)
  • High temperature furnaces
  • Spinner magnetometer (Molspin England)
  • Multifrequency Ultrasonic Interferometer
  • Laser based experiments
  • High Performance Computing Cluster
  • Nd-YAG and Titanium Sapphire Laser

The advanced research facilities accessible to Department of Physics are available in the Central Instrumentation Facility vide the CIF website of Pondicherry University.
"International Conference on Magnetic Materials and Applications (ICMAGMA-2014) will be held during September 15-17, 2014"

The Head
Department of Physics
Pondicherry University
Pondicherry - 605 014, INDIA
+91-413-2654-402 (Head)
+91-413-2654-609 (Office)


  • Entrance Examination
    The question paper will consist of 100 multiple choice questions. For five years integrated M. Sc. (Physics) programme, the questions are drawn from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at +2 level with equal weightage. For two year M.Sc. (Physics) and M.Sc.-Ph.D. (Integrated), the questions are from all the subjects of U.G. degree with Physics as main and Mathematics and Chemistry as ancillaries. For Ph.D. course, the objective questions are drawn from all the subjects under P.G. course in Physics.

  • Placements
    The students of Department were placed in leading scientific laboratories as well as in MNCs. Our students have been successful in the national level examinations viz., GATE / CSIR-UGC resulting in research placements in India and abroad. Research seminars are periodically organized by involving eminent Indian and foreign scientists and students. Department conducted several national level seminars / workshops and many DST-PAC, Plasma, OSA, INSPIRE and PEEC meetings to encourage research activities in the University.

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