Physics

 

About

The University Department of Physics, University of Mumbai established in the year 1971, offers postgraduate leading to the Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, by research or papers, awarded by the University of Mumbai. In addition, M.Phil and Ph.D. degree programmes are also undertaken by the Department. Experienced faculty of the Department is devoted to research in their respective areas of specialization. Research and teaching are given equal importance by the faculty. Extra care is taken to pay individual attention to the students in their laboratory work and tutorial sessions. Project work and problem sessions are encouraged to develop innovative and analytical approach to physics learning. Topical seminars by scientists of nearby research institutes are arranged to create research-awareness amongst students. Some scientists are also invited for teaching, examination and curricular development.

The Department of Physics is exclusively a postgraduate Department of the University of Mumbai. It is one of the centers of the University of Mumbai for conducting M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. Although it is one of the centres, it offers centralised M.Sc. lecture course programme for the benefit of students of other centres (e.g. various affiliated colleges) where lectures are not held. On behalf of the University, it also acts as a centralized admissions center for admission to M.Sc. (by papers), to all the postgraduate centres. University of Mumbai finances the department to create and maintain infrastructural facilities for its various teaching and research programmes. Additional finance required for research work is sought by individual faculty members from various national funding agencies such as UGC, DST, CSIR, BRNS, DOE, etc. It has a close interaction with teachers and scientists from teaching and research institutes associated with the University both for the teaching and research programme of the Department.

Facilities

Laboratory

M.Sc. laboratories are well equipped to carry out experiment in Electronics, Solid State Electronics, Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics, Laser and Plasma Physics, Chemical Physics and Astronomy and Space Physics. Electronics is divided into two option i) Electronics – I [Microprocessors & Microcomputers] Students are encouraged to study the 8051 Microcontroller – Programming & Assembly and hand coding on the 8085 microprocessor kits. They also are exposed to numerical methods by programming & writing algorthms in PASCAL on PC?s. ii) Electronics – II [Electronic Communications] students have been exposed in the state of Art facilities for studying the fiber Optic and Microwave experiments. Above all and as a part of their curricular they do projects in the final year, which involves designing, fabrication and testing of new circuits. Solid State Electronics students are encouraged to fabricate simple devices such as Schottky barrier diodes, MOS, etc. and characterize them. High Temperature Furnace required for oxidation of Si and doping of impurities, vacuum thin film units, etc. are available for device fabrication. Structural characterization is emphasized for Solid State Physics students. X-ray diffractometer and the newly acquired FTIR is a major facility for them.

Nuclear physics students are encouraged to examine nuclear decay scheme using alpha, beta and gamma ray spectroscopy. 1 K multichannel analyzer, scintillation and gas filled detectors, Compton spectrometer, Germanium detector and Coincidence Units are some of the major facilities for them. The Laser and Plasma Physics Laboratories has been recently set-up. The Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, together with Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune; Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai; Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai and Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai, offer a course in Astronomy and Space physics, as an optional subject at the M.Sc. (Physics) since 1998. Recently a specialization of Materials Science has been introduced, which covers topics from conventional materials science to Nano-technology.

Contact

How to reach: The Department of Physics is housed in Lokmanya Tilak Bhavan and partely in Dnyaneshwar Bhavan located in well-planned Vidyanagari Campus of the University of Mumbai. The Vidyanagari Campus is off the C.S.T. Road (now known as Vidyanagari Marg) near Kalina.

Contact No.  26529780/26526250, 26528835

Post Graduate

Course Name M.Sc. degree by research
Eligibility A candidate for being eligible for admission to the M.Sc. Degree in Physics must have passed the Bachelor of Science degree examination with Physics as the major subject, or an examination of another University recognized as equivalent thereto. The University of Mumbai gives M.Sc. degree in Physics both by papers and by research.

The student enrolling for M.Sc. by research in the subject of Physics is required to pass separately obtaining at least 55% marks in Papers I and II listed in section II.3.A before he can submit his dissertation for the award of the Master’s degree by research in Physics. The Department generally admits students, depending on the number of vacancies available.

For M.Sc. by research after the admission by papers for that particular year is over. For information of admission to other postgraduate centres (viz. various colleges/institutions) for M.Sc. (by Research), respective colleges/institutions may be contacted directly.

Course Name M.Sc. degree by papers
Eligibility A candidate for being eligible for admission to the M.Sc. Degree in Physics must have passed the Bachelor of Science degree examination with Physics as the major subject, or an examination of another University recognized as equivalent thereto. The University of Mumbai gives M.Sc. degree in Physics both by papers and by research.

 

Syllabus for Post Graduation

Faculty
Prof. Anuradha Misra
Designation: Professor and Head of Department
Qualification: Ph.D. I.I.T, Kanpur
Area of Specialization: Theoretical High Energy Physics
Email: misra@physics.mu.ac.in
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Prof. Vaishali A. Bambole
Designation: Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. University of Mumbai (ICT, formerly known as UDCT)
Area of Specialization: Polymer Physics, Electronics, Bio-nano Physics
Email: vaishali.bambole@physics.mu.ac.in
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Dr. Radha Srinivasan
Designation: Associate Professor
Designation: Ph.D. University of Mumbai (TIFR)
Area of Specialization: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Material Science, Nanomaterials for biomedical applications
Email: radhas@physics.mu.ac.in
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Dr S. K. Dubey
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. University of Mumbai
Area of Specialization: ion implantation, Swift Heavy Ions, Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors, Thinfilms, VLSI Design and Embedded Systems
Email: skdubey@physics.mu.ac.in
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Dr. Balasaheb J. Nagare
Designation: Associate Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Area of Specialization: Computational Physics, Electronic Structure Theory
Email: bjnagare@physics.mu.ac.in
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Mr. Chetan V. Gurada
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc. Physics (Laser and Plasma Physics), SET, M.Phil.
Area of Specialization: Ferrite, Material Science, Nanoscience – thin film coatings,
Email: chetang@physics.mu.ac.in, chetan101@gmail.com
Dr. Anil N. Raghav
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D., University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Area of Specialization: Solar-terrestrial Physics, Space Physics, and Cosmic Rays Modulation
Email: anil.raghav@physics.mu.ac.in
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Mr. Nitinkumar M. Bijewar
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M.Sc., I.I.T., Bombay
Area of Specialization: Materials Science, Space Physics
Email: nitin.bijewar@physics.mu.ac.in
Dr. Milind V. Rundhe
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. Institute of Physics, Bhubaneshwar
Area of Specialization: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Material Science
Email: milind.rundhe@physics.mu.ac.in
Dr. Sajeev S. Chacko
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D., University of Pune, Pune
Area of Specialization: Computational Physics, Electronic Structure Theory
Email: sajeev.chacko@physics.mu.ac.in
Dr. Pradip Sarawade
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D., Hanyang University, South Korea
Area of Specialization: Materials Science & Nanoscience Nanotechnology
Email: pradip.sarawade@physics.mu.ac.in
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Mr. Siddharth Kasthurirangan
Designation: Assistant Professor
Qualification: M. Sc. University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Area of Specialization: Atomic and Molecular Collision Physics
Email: s.kasthurirangan@physics.mu.ac.in
Dr. Nainesh Patel
Designation: UGC Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. University of Trento, Italy
Area of Specialization: Materials Science, NanoMaterials for Energy & Environment, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Thin film, Hydrogen Energy
Email: naineshp@physics.mu.ac.in, nainesh11@gmail.com
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Dr. Ritwika Chakrabarti
Designation: UGC Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University of Calcutta
Area of Specialization: Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Structure, Gamma Ray Spectroscopy
Email: ritwika.chakrabarti@physics.mu.ac.in
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Dr. M. Hemalatha
Designation: UGC Assistant Professor
Qualification: Ph.D., Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
Area of Specialization: Experimental and Theoretical Nuclear Physics
Email: mhemalatha.tandel@physics.mu.ac.in
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Former Heads of the Department

From

To

1. Late Prof. M.C. Joshi

1971

1983

2. Prof. A.A. Rangwala

1983

1993

3. Prof. Ram Pratap

1993

1994

4. Prof. S.B. Patel

1994

2000

5. Prof. V.H. Kulkarni

2000

2002

6. Prof. A.M. Narsale

2002

2004

7. Late Prof. Rao T. R. 2004 2005
8. Prof. Gupta Sureshchandra J. 2005 2007
9. Dr. Yadav A. D. 2007 2010
10. Dr. Kothari D. C 2010 2013

Technical and Research Staff

1. Dr. S.N. Iyer Ph.D., University of Mumbai.
2. Dr. T.K. Achal Ph.D., University of Mumbai.
3. Dr. Sanjay S. Patil Ph.D., University of Mumbai.
4. Dr. Vidya Shinde Ph.D. 2009, University of Mumbai.

Adjunct faculty / Distinguished Professors / Emeritus/ Scientists

Sr.No. Name Designation
1. Professor A. A. Rangwala Adjunct Professor
2. Professor S. B. Patel Adjunct Professor
3. Professor (Mrs.) L. Natarajan Adjunct Professor
4. Professor V.H. Kulkarni Honoary Professor
5. Professor. S.J.Gupta Honoary Professor
6. Professor. Dr. Yadav A. D. Honoary Professor
7 Dr. Kothari D. C Professor
8 Dr.(Mrs.) Bhattacharya Varsha Professor

 

Non-Teaching Staff

Administrative, Laboratory and Workshop Staff 

Sr. No. Name of the Employee Designation
1. Mr. Harjuram jaggaram Sr.Typist Clerk
2. Mr. S. R. Salunke Jr.Typist Clerk & Store Clerk
3. Ms. Swati Kunchikorve Jr.Typist Clerk
4. Mr. R.H.Ghadi Peon
5. Mr. D.R. Khapre Hamal
6. Mr. Vijay D. Ghag Lab Assst.
7. Mr. V. V. Jadhav Lab Assst.
8. Mr. M.A.Pawar Lab. Attendant
9. Mr. S.K.Chavan Lab. Attendant
10. Mr. Y.C. Raut Lab. Attendant
11. Mr. M.S. Rane Lab. Attendant