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Department of Physics

Applied and Adaptive Optics

In applied and adaptive opitcs, the broad research areas are singular optics (optical vortex), high numerical aperture focusing, speckle, coherence & Stokes holography and polarization imaging.

Application of optical weak measurement and correlation techniques for interferometry, polarimetry and spectroscopy with applications to space-based imaging and development of highly sensitive optical sensors and metrology tools.

Research is also being carried out on several aspects of classical optics such as wavefront analysis, phase estimation, and application of matrix methods in classical optics.

(Faculty: J. Solomon Ivan, C.S. Narayanamurthy, Rakesh Kumar Singh,Dinesh N Naik)

Atomic and Molecular Physics

In atomic and molecular physics both experimental and theoretical research is being done. The areas include X-ray emission spectroscopy of highly charged ions, molecular photo absorption spectroscopy, mass spectrometry of molecular ions, bio molecules, cluster ions and giant resonances.

(Faculty: Umesh Kadhane)

Condensed Matter Physics

In condensed matter physics, experimental research focuses on topics such as atomic layer deposition, thin film electronics, thin film solar cells, semiconductors, metal nanostructures, self-assembly by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), study of low dimensional structures by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS).


Theoretical research is being carried out in quantum many body systems, with particular emphasis on spin systems and topological order. Exactly solvable models such as the Kitaev model and its variants are being studied with a view to understanding the nature of various topological excitations.

(Faculty: Kuntala Bhattacharjee, S. Jayanthi and Jinesh K. B., Naveen Surendran)

Low Temperature Condensed Matter Physics

Probing interactions of electrons and their elementary excitations close to Fermi level is of fundamental (as well as of practical relevance) interest to understand the electronic properties in strongly correlated electron systems.
We use spectroscopic Imaging Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (SI-STM) to visualize the quantum realm of these electronic structures both in real space(r-space) and momentum space (k-space).

(Faculty: Sourin Mukhopadhyay)

Nanotechnology

Nano-electronics: Charge transport mechanisms through nanostructures and their applications; resistive memory switching in nanostructures; single nanowire transistors.

(Faculty: Jinesh K. B.)

Nonlinear Dynamics

Work is broadly done in two areas - geometry of solitons, and in applications of nonlinear dynamics to condensed matter systems, especially spin systems. Of particular interest is study of spin-current and field induced magnetization dynamics in spin-valve pillars.

(Faculty: S. Murugesh,C. Sudheesh)

Quantum Information and Quantum Optics

Research activities being carried out in Quantum optics and Quantum Information include the exploration of methods to generate and detect entanglement in photons, and also studying the role of quantum noise in quantum information processing.

(Faculty: J. Solomon Ivan, C. Sudheesh)

Statistical Physics

Research is done in the general area of Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics and Biological Physics. The study of nonequilibrium lattice models has shown that even simple dynamics can lead to interesting and important important results. We study the possible steady state phases and phase transitions in such systems. We also work on the application of these models to biological phenomenon.

(Faculty: Apoorva Nagar)