Department of Physics

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If you're curious about how everything in the universe works, from tiny particles to the vastness of space, the Department of Physics is the right place for you! Physicists here are delving into the nature of matter, energy, and the forces that shape our world, pushing the boundaries of what we know.

The Department of Physics at IIT Madras

The department, established in 1959, consists of faculty with expertise across various disciplines of traditional and emerging physics, working on problems of foundational and applied interest. It has been set up with a vision of teaching and training scientists, especially physicists for the future. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, laboratories, and computational resources to support advanced research in physics. It also actively promotes collaboration with other academic institutions and research organizations, both nationally and internationally. The curriculum has been designed to strengthen the fundamentals of students in every broad topic of physics. Here are some of the courses the department offers:

Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory

Electromagnetic Theory

Introduction to Biological Physics

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Classical Mechanics

Quantum Physics

The department's faculty members are highly qualified and renowned in their respective fields of expertise. They conduct research in various areas of physics, including condensed matter physics, quantum mechanics, optics, statistical mechanics, astrophysics, and high-energy physics, among others. You can view the areas of research here and the centers of excellence here.

Research

The department's faculty members are highly qualified and renowned in their respective fields of expertise. They conduct research in various areas of physics, including condensed matter physics, quantum mechanics, optics, statistical mechanics, astrophysics, and high-energy physics, among others.

Programs offered

The Department of Physics at IIT Madras offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in physics. The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree in Engineering Physics. At the postgraduate level, the department offers a Master of Science (M.Sc) and Ph.D program in Physics and a Master of Technology (M.Tech) program in Functional Materials and Nanotechnology.

Interdisciplinary Dual Degree programs like:

  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

  • Complex Systems and Dynamics

  • Quantum science and Technology

Labs are covered in the curriculum along with theory courses. The labs feature modern equipment along with trained professionals who teach students the necessary practical skills.

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