Department of Pure and Applied Physics

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Department of Pure and Applied Physics The Physics Department of the University has been in existence since 2007 with an objective to provide the physics education of both, pure as well as applied nature, especially, in the field of energy, which being the most important domain of science. Hence, globally occupying the most prominent place among the thrust area activities, even recognized by the department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, that needs to be emphasized on in an integrated fashion by actively involving the industrial sector in general and energy generation plants in particular in order to contribute towards solving the problem of severe energy crisis and the environment related issues. The department offers five courses:
  • Integrated B.Sc.- M.Sc. (Physics)
  • M.Sc. (Physics)
  • M.Sc. Tech. (Energy Studies)
  • M.Tech (Solar Energy)
  • M. Phil. (Physics)
Department in consultation with academicians and the energy professional/ technocrats and physicists as per the modern needs of the subject so that students can perform better in competitive examinations. The curriculum of the courses have been discussed during the Committee of Courses (COC) meeting of the Physics held every year, which have been circulated to the COC members scientists, industrialists and academicians. After approval, the programmes curriculum is submitted to the academic council of the University for finalization. Every year, the curriculum of programme is reviewed and inputs from the academic departments and industry is included to maintain the quality and employability of the courses. The curriculum provides the theoretical and practical knowledge, and in addition, gives the exposure of training in the institutes /organization like BARC, IGCAR, CAT, IPR, TIFR, IITs to PG students. Further, students are encouraged to participate and be a part of organizing seminars, workshops, meets, schools and conferences. The department takes care that regular classes are held along with various activities for enhancing the knowledge and personalities of the students. Seminar, presentations and discussions are regular feature. Further, department has course coordinator for the each programme. The coordinators monitor the classes, attendance of the students, and modern needs of the curriculum of the courses and they ensure the objectives of the programmes. Department is collaborating with other universities and industry persons to achieve the objectives of continuous improvement in course content and teaching and research.

OBJECTIVES:
    Department of Pure and Applied Physics
  • Strengthen the theoretical & experimental capabilities of the students. Comprehensive theoretical and experimental knowledge in major areas of Physics such as material science, plasma science, energy studies etc.
  • Enhance the problem solving approach of the students through tutorial classes, regular tests and pre-examination tests with special attention on National Eligibility Test (NET)/Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)/Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) syllabus.
  • Generate placement avenues along with the academic alliance with power sectors, industries/corporations, scientific institutions like BARC, CAT, IITs, IPR, IISc, DRDO, SINP, IUC, IGCAR, ONGC, IBM, DGFC, forensic laboratories, energy sector etc.
  • Motivate the students towards research.


Department of Pure and Applied PhysicsLooking to the very special location of Kota, as it houses power generating plants in various modes; thermal, gas, hydro and atomic, in the entire state of Rajasthan the courses in physics with specialization in energy are of prime importance in order to make future energy professionals.
Department regularly organizes various national conferences for students like Energy meet, National School on Quantum Mechanics etc. and the students are encouraged to participate and be a part of the activities so that students get the exposure of cutting edge research in the subject. During the conference, the students interact with the experts and share their ideas.

Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics Department of Pure and Applied Physics In the earlier Energy Meets, there were invited talks by renowned nuclear scientist, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, formerly Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Prof. Ravindra Arora, IIT Jodhpur, Prof. R.K. Mandan, UPES University Dehradun, Prof. Y.K. Vijay, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Dr. Usha Bajpai, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Prof. S.M. Ali, Vice-President, Solar Energy Society of India and many other scientists from all-over the country. The various aspects of electrical energy, solar thermal energy, biomass power, geothermal energy and solar photovoltaics were discussed by eminent scientists and professionals from various institutes and power plants in these meets.

The series of the National Workshop/School on Quantum Mechanics receives a good response in which Prof. Ajoy Ghatak, IIT Delhi, Prof. K. Thyagrajan, IIT Delhi, Prof. Deepak Kumar, JNU Delhi, Prof. J. K. Sharma, JNV University Jodhpur, Prof. S.N.A. Jafferey MLSU Udaipur, Prof. A.K. Kapoor, University of Hyderabad. Prof. K.B. Joshi, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, and many other renowned physicists deliver special lectures on the fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics. Participants usually come from all over India and abroad also. The faculty members and students of the Department also benefit from interactions with the resource persons.

The Department of Pure & Applied Physics has organized a Refresher course on Experimental Physics during 09-25 January, 2014. This Refresher course on Experimental Physics was first-ever by the Science Academies in the Rajasthan state. Prof. R. Srinivasan, Retd. Prof. of IIT Madras and Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore was the course director of the 55th Refresher Course. The aim of this refresher course was to motivate the Physics teachers/students to improve their experimental skills and develop an insight for designing and setting up of Physics experiments in College/University laboratories. This course consisted of lectures and laboratory experiments in selected areas of condensed matter physics, mechanics, electrical, thermal physics and electronics at the UG and PG level. The course was sponsored by Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Science, The National Academy of Sciences, India and University of Kota, Kota.

Following the tradition of the department, 5th National School on Quantum Mechanics (NSQM) - 2015 has also been held during December 20th - 24th, 2015. A number of renowned and celebrated names in the field of Quantum Physics have esteemed the event. The invited talks from Prof. Deepak Kumar, JNU New Delhi, Prof. B. S. Sharma, R. R. Govt. College, Alwar, Prof. J. K. Sharma, JNVU Jodhpur, Prof. K. B. Joshi, MLSU Udaipur, Prof. K. P. Maheshwari, UOK Kota, Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Banasthali and Dr. Ghanshyam Sharma,UOK Kota were delivered. On the last day, there was a Poster-Presentation session, in which faculty members, scholars and students have presented their papers.

The department has linkages with institutes in India and worldwide. The Department comprises of experienced and energetic faculty members, who are working for the academic growth of the department. The faculty members have vast experience in field of academics and research, are internationally known and have visited foreign universities, and scientific institutes. The faculty members have been actively engaged in research in various fields, namely, Solar Energy, Laser-Plasma interaction, Thermo-Nuclear fusion, Material Science, Nanotechnology etc. They are undertaking major research projects and guiding Ph.D. scholars. The faculty members of the department have published around 165 research articles in the leading journals like Phys. of Plasmas, Laser and Particle Beams, J. Phys. Cond. Matter, Phys. Rev. B., J. of Alloys and Comp., J. of Phys. Chem. A., Comp. Phys. Comm., Electronic Materials Letter, Renewable Energy, Int. J. of Sust. Energy and presented more than 85 research papers in conferences/workshops etc. The laboratories of the department are well equipped for practicals for the various programmes. The laboratories include many modern equipment of LASER, microwave electronics, optical communication, solid state, nuclear physics and solar energy, which are augmented every year as per the recent advancement in the subject. The department is working in close collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi, IUC Indore, IUAC Delhi, IOP Bhubaneshwar and some other institutes of international repute. The department is also trying to collaborate with premier institutes like The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi and Power Stations etc.

The students from the department have qualified NET/GATE examination, pursuing M.Tech., Ph. D. from IITs, teaching in various colleges and schools and employed in National level research institutes. Four students in last five year from the department have been selected for national level training program IGCAR-STIP, in which only twenty students are selected from all over India, Piyush Parashar received best student paper presentation award at DAE-Solid State Symposium 2008 held at BARC, Mumbai. In 2014 four students from the department have been selected for participation in IAPT National Student Symposium, Punjab University, Chandigarh. In this event only forty four students were selected for participation from all over India. Thus students from the department are making their place at national level academic events, training programs and competitive examinations.

From session 2014-15, the Department of Pure and Applied Physics, University of Kota has started a post graduate course of Master of Technology in Solar Energy. As government is laying impetus on utilization of solar energy through Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, many companies and many small and big projects on solar energy are coming up which require manpower trained in solar energy technologies. In India very few institutes offer courses specialized in solar energy technologies, and nowhere in Rajasthan such course is being run. Solar energy technologies are varied and cover the areas ranging from heating, cooling, cooking, electricity production, drying, distillation, agricultural and industrial applications etc. So it is felt that a complete scientific course addressing the issues of solar energy technologies and power generation should be initiated and thus this course of Master of Technology in Solar Energy is being started. The duration of the course would be two years which has been organized in four semesters. The first three semesters would consist of theory, laboratory work, and seminar. Fourth semester would focus on research project. The course aims at providing a rigorous training and know-how of solar energy technologies to the students which would be highly useful and relevant to the solar power sector companies, hybrid systems planning and execution, solar thermal devices, teaching, research and development and entrepreneurship.

Looking at the biggest issue of the era, the Energy Crisis, an event Energy Meet- 2015 was organized in the department on December 11th, 2015. The main focus of the event was to promote the renewable energy resources and possibilities for their development, and to make suggestions for future steps. Dr. Deepak Gadhiya, a solar scientist at Muniseva aashram, Vadodara, has been invited as the keynote speaker of the event. He threw the light upon the scope of solar energy in food processing, solar bakery, solar air conditioning and solar crematorium. Besides him, Mr. Rajendra Singh, Deputy Director, Department of Irrigation, Rajasthan, has also been invited as the speaker.

Recently in the year 2016 the department in collaboration with University of Durham and Cranfield University (UK Universities), MSA Renewtech, Vadodara, India (as Industrial Partner) have been granted a proposal on "Enhancing teaching and research and development in Solar Energy Materials and Technologies through Capacity Building and Collaborative Research Projects" under Newton Bhabha Fund for Higher Education partnership between Royal Academy of Engineering, UK and FICCI, India. Energy Meet 2016 was organized on Dec. 05-06, 2016 at University of Kota as Workshop on Fundamentals of Solar Thermal Energy.

Department of Pure and Applied Physics

ABOUT THE COURSE
Following courses are being run in the department:
Name of the Course Duration of the Course Intake Eligibility Course Coordinator Fee (Rs.)
B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics under Integrated B.Sc.-M.Sc. (Physics) Programme 3 Years
 (6 Semesters)
40 XII with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
For general category candidates of 
Rajasthan – 55%; 
Other State – 60%;
SC/ST/OBC/SOBC – Minimum Pass marks
Dr. Ghanshyam Sharma Rs. 16500/- per annum
M.Sc. Physics  2 Years
(4 Semesters)
30 B.Sc. (Maths)
For general category candidates of 
Rajasthan – 55%; 
Other State – 60%;
SC/ST/OBC/SOBC – Minimum Pass marks
Dr. N.L. Heda Rs. 12,100/- 
per annum
M.Phil. (Physics) 1 Year
(2 Semesters)
15 M.Sc. (Physics)
For general category candidates of 
Rajasthan – 55%; 
Other State – 60%;
SC/ST/OBC/SOBC – 50 % marks
Dr. Saurabh Dalela Rs. 22,000/- 
per annum
M.Sc. Tech.
(Energy Studies)
2 Years
(4 Semesters)
20 M.Sc. (Physics)
For general category candidates of 
Rajasthan – 55%; 
Other State – 60%;
SC/ST/OBC/SOBC – Minimum Pass marks 
OR
B.E. (Electrical, Electronics, Civil or Mechanical) 
For general category candidates of 
Rajasthan -55%; 
Other State – 60%; 
SC/ST/OBC/SOBC – Minimum Pass marks
Dr. N.L. Heda Rs. 16,500/- 
per annum
M.Tech.
(Solar Energy)
2 Years
(4 Semesters)
20 B. Tech./ B.E./M.Sc. (Physics)/ M.Sc. (Math)/ M. Sc. (Chemistry) with Physics and Math at B.Sc. level
 For general category candidates of 
Rajasthan – 55%; 
Other State – 60%;
SC/ST/OBC/SOBC – 50%
Dr. Namrata Sengar Rs. 41,800/- 
per annum

Ph.D. PROGRAMMES/RESEARCH THRUST AREAS
Faculty members of the department have been involved in the following thrust area research activities:
  • Laser-plasma interaction, plasma filled high power coherent radiation sources, free electron laser (FEL), short pulse laser, parametric instabilities and dusty plasmas.
  • Intense relativistic plasma, microwave electronics, free electron lasers, theoretical studies of ultra short, ultra-intense, laser-plasma interaction, high-harmonic generation, attosecond pulse generation, wake-field acceleration of charged particles, self-focusing of laser beams.
  • Structural, Optical and magnetic properties of High temperature Superconductors and Spintronics material, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES & EXAFS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation.
  • Compton scattering measurements using gamma-rays and synchrotron radiations, ab-initio calculation using linear combination of atomic orbitals and full potential linearized augmented plane wave approaches, etc.
  • Electronic, structural and optical properties of doped and undoped binary semiconductors using experimental and ab-initio techniques, synthesis and characterization of Zn, Cd and Pb based nano wires for potential applications.
  • Renewable and sustainable energy specifically solar thermal, solar buildings, photovoltaics, hybrid systems, energy efficiency and management, heat losses through the collectors, composite layers, development of technology for mini appliances, material development etc.

Research Projects
Name of PI/Co-PI  Title of the Project Funding Agency  Quantum of 
External Support 
(In Lacs) 

Dr. Saurabh Dalela (Scientific Mentor)  Study of electrical, optical and magnetic properties in doped CeO2 DST, India 21.40
Namrata Sengar (Principal Contact)  Enhancing teaching and research and development in Solar Energy Materials and Technologies through Capacity Building and Collaborative Research Projects Royal Academy of Engineering, UK 90
Dr. Saurabh Dalela(PI)  Soft x-ray Absorption Spectroscopy studies of Sm-doped CeO2 nano-materials UGC-DAE-CSR, Indore  12
Prof. K. P. Maheshwari (PI) Analytical and numerical study of non-linear laser particle interaction at relativistic intensities with a boundary of a plane over dense layer and generation of higher laser harmonics (completed).  DST, India  20
Prof. N.K. Jaiman 
(Co-PI)
Prof. K. P. Maheshwari (PI) Theoretical investigation of nonlinear interaction of intense relativistic laser pulse with various plasma mirror configurations: brightest X-ray and gamma-ray generation (on-going).  DST, India  26.29
Prof. N.K. Jaiman 
(Co-PI)
Dr. Ghanshyam Sharma (PI)  Study of the electronic, optical and structural properties of lead-chalcogenides PbX (X=S, Se, Te) (on-going). CSIR, India 14.55
Dr. Ghanshyam Sharma (PI)  Study of electronic and optical properties of Zn3X2 (X=N, P, As) semiconductor compounds for solar cell applications (on-going). DST-SERB,  17.28
India
(OYS- Scheme)

Academic Resource Persons
Following are the academic resource persons associated with the department
  • Prof. Ajoy Ghatak, Department of Physics, IIT, Delhi (A Renowned Quantum Physicist).
  • Prof. Predhiman Krishan Kaw, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujrat, India.
  • Prof. Som Krishan, Department of Physics, IISC, Bangalore.
  • Prof. V. K. Tripathi, Department of Physics, IIT, Delhi.
  • Prof. M. P. Srivastava, University of Delhi.
  • Prof. R.J. Rawat, Department of Physics, NIE, NTU, Singapore.
  • Prof. Robin Storer, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Prof. R.K. Mandan, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, India.
  • Prof. S.K. Kulkarni, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India.
  • Prof. Yaduvendra Choyal, DAVV, Indore.
  • Prof. K. Thyagarajan, IIT Delhi.
  • Prof. R. P. Sharma, Centre of Energy Studies, IIT, Delhi.
  • Prof. V. K. Jain, School of Environmental Sciences, JNU, Delhi.
  • Prof. Prabha Dashora, Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
  • Dr. R. Gupta, IIA, Bangalore.
  • Dr. Usha Bajpai, Lucknow University, Lucknow.
  • Dr. Chris Samson, Cranfield University, UK
  • Dr. Douglus Halliday, Durham University, UK
  • Dr. Susan Impey, Cranfield University, UK
  • Dr. Deepak Gadhia, MSA Renewtech, Vadodara.

Photographs of Departmental Activities