Department of Physics

 


Contact

92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata - 700 009, India
Phone : (91) (33) 2350 8386, x400 (Head), x401 (office)
E-mail : head.physics.cu at gmail.com




 


History of The Department


Year of establishment : 1916

Past teachers of the department

Meghnad Saha || Satyendranath Bose || C.V. Raman || Debendramohan Basu
Sisir K. Mitra || Phanindranath Ghosh || Bidhubhusan Roy || Sushil K. Acharya
Brojendranath Chakrabarty || Jogesh Mukherjee || Durgadas Banerjee || Jatindranath Bhar
Pareshchandra Bhattacharya || Shyamadas Chatterjee
Nirojnath Dasgupta || Arun K. Dutta || Samarendranath Ghoshal || Prabahan Kamal Kabir
Basantidulal Nag Chaudhuri || Sudhangsu Dutta Majumdar || Kamalaksha Dasgupta
Sibabrata Bhattacharya || Subodhnath Bagchi || Satishranjan Khastagir || Nityaranjan Pan
Ashim K. Ganguly || Aparesh Chatterjee || Santosh K. Sarkar
Mihir K. Roy || Purnangsu Roy || Utpal Chaudhuri || Binayak Ghosh
Arun K. Das || Pradip N. Ghosh || Kartick C. Das || Jyotirmay Das
Ramendra K. Poddar || Buddhadeb Bagchi || Manoranjan Saha
Dilip Sen || Dwijendralal Bhattacharya || Dilip Banerjee || Chanchal K. Majumder
Asit Baran Sanyal || Ramendra K. Kar || Priyabrata Roychowdhury || Asok Ranjan Thakur





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Courses Offered

M.Sc. (2 year, 4 semester)
Intake capacity 70, strictly in order of merit in B.Sc. (Hons.). Physics as an honours subject is essential.

Course structure: (All papers in the first three semesters are compulsory for every student)
1st semester:
PHY 411 (Mathematical Methods), PHY 412 (Classical and Relativistic Mechanics), PHY 413 (Quantum Mechanics - I), PHY 414 and PHY 415 (General Practicals 1 and 2)
2nd Semester: PHY 421 (Classical Electrodynamics), PHY 422 (Statistical Mechanics), PHY 423 (Electronics and Instrumentation), PHY 424 (General Practical 3), PHY 425 (Computer)
3rd Semester: PHY 511 (Atomic, Molecular, and Laser Physics), PHY 512 (Quantum Mechanics - II), PHY 513 (Nuclear and Particle Physics), PHY 514 (Condensed Matter Physics), PHY 515 (Advanced Experiments I)
4th Semester: PHY 521 (Advanced I), PHY 522 (Advanced II), PHY 523 (Elective), PHY 524 (Project), PHY 525 (Advanced Experiments II)
The department offers the following subjects as Elective, Advanced I, and Advanced II in the second year (4th semester), one to be chosen in each case. All elective subjects may not be offered. (The italicised ones have been offered in 2008-09)
Elective : Astrophysics, General Theory of Relativity, Many Body Theory, Physics of Liquid Crystals, Microwave, Selected Topics in Statistical Mechanics
Advanced I : Condensed Matter Physics I, Nuclear Structure, Plasma Physics I, Quantum Electronics, Quantum Field Theory
Advanced II : Condensed Matter Physics II, Laser Applications, Materials Physics, Nuclear Reaction and Decay, Particle Physics, Plasma Physics II, Solid State Electronics


To enrol for a Ph.D. the essential qualification is an M.Sc. or its equivalent degree from any recognised university/institute in India or abroad. Students with CSIR/UGC NET have a better chance. Currently the number of students in the department is about 20.

Post-doctoral
Positions depend on the projects of individual teachers.

 

 

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Faculty Members (E-mail: id at caluniv.ac.in, Phone: +91-33-2350-8386 ext.)

Name

E-mail id

Telephone

Specialisation

Professors



Prasanta Kumar Bhattacharyya

  pkbphy

403

Atomic and Plasma Physics

Salil Kumar Biswas   skbphy 408
Microwaves

Tapan Kumar Das

  tkdphy

404

Quantum Mechanics

Subinay Dasgupta   sdphy 409
Statistical Physics

Amitava Raychaudhuri (on lien)

  arphy


Particle Physics

Anirban Kundu   akphy 411 Particle Physics

Readers

Anindya Datta
  adphys
418
Particle Physics
Gautam Gangopadhyay, Head

  ggphy

400, 410

Nuclear Physics

Debnarayan Jana
  djphy
413
Condensed Matter Physics
Parongama Sen
  psphy
412
Statistical Physics
Jayalakshmi Shamanna
  jlsphy
414
Nuclear and Mathematical Physics

Lecturers

Aritra Banerjee
  arbphy

429

Material Science

Sourish Banerjee

  sbphy

415

Material Science

Sudipta Bandyopadhyay
  sbaphy
419
Material Science
Abhijit Bhattacharyya
  abphy
417
Nuclear Astrophysics

Biswajit Ray

  brphy

416

Laser Physics

Jayashree Saha
  jsphy
406
Condensed Matter Physics

 

Awards and recognitions received by the faculty members

Bhatnagar Award : A. Raychaudhuri
ICTP Associateship : A. Raychaudhuri (Senior), A. Kundu, P. Sen (Regular)
Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship : A. Bhattacharyya, A. Kundu
Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences : A. Raychaudhuri
Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy : A. Raychaudhuri
Fellow of the W.B. Academy of Science and Technology : T.K. Das


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Research Work
Major thrust areas in which research activities are being actively pursued

Condensed Matter Physics and Material Physics|| Laser Physics || Nonlinear Dynamics
Nuclear Physics || Nuclear Astrophysics || Particle Physics || Statistical Physics 


Condensed Matter Physics and Material Physics Phase transitions in liquid crystals, Synthesis, characterization and morphological studies of nanostructures, Oxide semiconductors

Laser Physics Laser cooling and Doppler free spectroscopy of alkali atoms, Pump-probe double resonance experiments, Line shape measurements, Optical metrology, Theoretical studies, Fabrication of diode laser controllers, Molecular fragmentation by low-energy ion beam (with NSC, New Delhi)  

Nonlinear Dynamics Chaos, Nonlinearity in evolution equations, Logistic behaviour of natural system

Nuclear Physics Experimental gamma spectroscopy, Nuclear structure theory, Mean field theory, Resonance and bound states of halo nuclei

Nuclear Astrophysics Physics of neutron stars and other compact objects, Study of Phase Transition

Particle Physics Neutrino physics, Supersymmetry, B physics, Collider physics, Physics of extra dimensions

Statistical Physics Phase transition and critical phenomena in classical and quantum models, Dynamical properties of Ising-like systems, Study of small-world property and other features in real and model networks, Statistical mechanics of frustrated systems




Publications in Refereed Journals in the Last 5 Years:

2003: 21     2004: 48     2005: 37     2006: 23     2007: 41  
(14 in national journals, 156 in international journals, including 16 publications in journals with impact factor > 5)

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Ongoing Research Projects

Investigator
Title and Duration of the Project
Amount (Rs.)
Funding Agency
S. Bandyopadhyay
Study of Physical Behaviour of ZnO as a host ...
14,34,000
DST
S. Bandyopadhyay Study of Ion Irradiation on Transition Metal Doped ZnO ...
4,05,000
IUAC-UGC
A. Bhattacharyya
Observable Signatures of Phase Transitions in Rotating Compact Stars
8,70,000
CSIR
S. Dasgupta et al.
Large Scale Simulations in Complex Stochastic Systems
50,00,000 (part)
UGC (UPE)
A.Datta
Search for Physics beyond the Standard Model in the Era of LHC
8,00,000
CSIR
G. Gangopadhyay
Relativistic Calculation in Dripline Nuclei ...
5,93,500
BRNS
A. Kundu
Particle Physics beyond the Standard Model
10,43,250
BRNS
B. Ray
High Resolution Diode Laser Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Molecules
22,52,640
DST
P. Sen Persistence and Early Time Dynamics in Quantum Spin Systems 15,00,000
DST
National-level Collaborations: Indian National Gamma Array (INGA), India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO), Compressed Baryonic Matter (CBM) Major Grants: DST: FIST (level I, applied for level II); UGC: DSA, COSIST

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Library

No. of books : 9000 (approx)
No. of journals : 6500 (approx), available in the central library
E-access to several journals through the INFLIBNET programme

 

 

 

Link to some academic institutions in India

TIFR, Mumbai || IISc, Bangalore || IMSc (Matscience), Chennai || IOP, Bhubaneswar
IUCAA, Pune || HRI (ex-MRI), Allahabad || PRL, Ahmedabad || SINP, Kolkata
IACS, Kolkata || SNBNCBS, Kolkata || IUAC (ex-NSC), Delhi || RRI, Bangalore
Jadavpur University || IIT Kanpur || IIT Kharagpur || IIT Bombay