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Department of Physics
Department of Physics
  • Introduction
  • Striking Features
  • Staff Members
  • Career Options
  • Activities
  • Student Achievements
  • Staff Achievements
  • Photo Gallery
“All science is either physics or stamp collecting.” - Ernest Rutherford.

Physics is the foundation of many important disciplines and contributes directly to others. Chemical science deals with the interactions of atoms and molecules and hence rooted in atomic and molecular physics. Most branches of engineering are applied physics. Even in medical sciences, the latest diagnosis of ailments via imaging techniques, laser surgery etc., is based on physics. In architecture, physics is at the heart of structural stability, and is involved in the acoustics, heating, lighting, and cooling of buildings. Parts of geology rely heavily on physics, such as radioactive dating of rocks, earthquake analysis, and heat transfer in the Earth. Some disciplines, such as biophysics and geophysics, are hybrids of physics and other disciplines.
  • Physics Department was established in 1961.
  • Degree courses offered: Physics-6 unit in 1981, M.Sc. by paper in 1987, M Sc by Research in 1998 and Ph D in physics from 2008 onwards.
  • Physics department provides high quality undergraduate teaching embedded in a postgraduate and research environment.
  • The department offers modern and flexible teaching with considerable emphasis on practical training and development of analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • The department has State of the Art Physics Laboratories and dedicated computer laboratory for Physics experiments for UG and PG students.
  • The department has Recognized Crystal Growth Laboratory for research. It is well equipped with high-end research facilities like Vertical Directional Solidification Technique, Metallurgical microscopes with CCD interface, FTIR, Micro-hardness measurement facility, Image analysis software, Tubular furnace, Liquid nitrogen immersed cryostat, Vacuum evaporation thin film deposition system with advanced instruments for characterization, etc.
  • The faculties are actively involved in major and minor research projects offered by various research institutions.
  • Frequently arranges educational visits to research institutes and industries.
  • Organizes seminars and public lectures by eminent scientists and academicians.
  • Conducts seminar sessions by students.
  • Conducts Performance Improvement Programme (PIP) for students.
  • Has excellent Departmental Library and collection of e-books.
  • Has active research Collaboration with faculties from national institutes such as IIT, UM-DAE CBS, BARC.etc
  • Prof. Praveen S MoreProf. Praveen S MoreAssistant Professor,
    Head of Department
  • Prof. B.G. AroteProf. Bhanudas G AroteAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Tushima BasakDr. (Ms.)Tushima BasakAssistant Professor
  • Prof. Karthikeyan SubbuProf. Karthikeyan
    Subbu
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr.(Ms.) Nidhi ThakurDr. (Ms.) Nidhi ThakurAssistant Professor
  • Prof. Praveen S MoreProf. Praveen S MoreAssistant Professor,
    Head of Department
  • Prof. B.G. AroteProf. Bhanudas G AroteAssistant Professor
  • Dr. Tushima BasakDr. (Ms.)Tushima BasakAssistant Professor
  • Prof. Karthikeyan SubbuProf. Karthikeyan
    Subbu
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr.(Ms.) Nidhi ThakurDr. (Ms.) Nidhi ThakurAssistant Professor
Physics prepares you for careers as scientists, theoretical physicists, aeronautical engineers, teachers; in nautical sciences, telecommunication systems, defense forces and more.

A post-graduate /graduate with Physics can opt for one of the following careers:
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Scientist/scientific assistant in national research institutes like BARC, ISRO, RRCAT, IIT’s, IISc, IPR, IPL, PRL, HRI, RRI, IUCAA, SAMEER, etc.
  • Scientific officers in defence institutes like DRDO, DRDL, etc.
  • Communication systems and telecommunications.
  • Technical assistants in various institutes in PSU and national institutes.
  • Banking sector.
  • PSU’s like ONGC, IOL, BPCL, HPCL, BHEL, NPCIL, etc.
  • Systems developer and software engineers.
  • Computer system analysts.
  • Teaching profession for highly motivated and interested souls.
  • KPOs and BPOs.
“Einsteinium  99 – An Element of Physics”

The Department of Physics had arranged its annual inter-collegiate Technical Fest “Einsteinium 99 – An Element of Physics” on 18.12.2015 – 19.12.2015. The Fest was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students of all colleges in Mumbai. It was inaugurated and addressed by the eminent astronomer and renowned academician, Dr. Mayank Vahia (Scientist and Senior Professor at TIFR and National Co-ordinator, Indian Astronomy Olympiad Programme). The exhibition was based on experimental and applied Physics at advanced level. Each exhibit/experiment was presented by one or two students (as the case required). Students from three different colleges participated in the event. A list of exhibits/experiments presented is given below.
  1. Voice controlled Robot               
  2. Plasma globe               
  3. Plasma Plate               
  4. Applications of Stroboscope.               
  5. Jacob’s ladder (using Induction/Rumkorff coil)               
  6. Van de Graff Generator               
  7. The wonder of Interference – Moire pattern.               
  8. Total internal reflection               
  9. Efficient power saver for tunnel lighting.               
  10. 3D Hologram.               
  11. Eddy current effect.               
  12. Hand boiler.               
  13. Ruben’s tube.               
  14. Privacy Monitor.               
  15. Coloured Shadow               
  16. Flipping top               
  17. Hydraulics               
  18. Clap Switch               
  19. Luggage Safety Alarm               
  20. Stirling Engine.               
  21. Infinity Mirror.               
  22. Visualization of Magnetic flux lines on PC.               
  23. POV               
  24. Logic Level Indicator.               
  25. Radar System.               
  26. Home Automation.               
  27. LED cube.               
  28. Demonstration of diamagnetism of water.               
  29. Solar controlled automatic watering system.               
  30. Fiber optics.               
  31. Computer interfacing.               
  32. Quiz Board.               
  33. Number guessing game.               
  34. Singing bowl, musical system.               
  35. Digital piano.               
  36. Digital game.               
  37. Slinky.               
  38. Remote controlled skate board.               
  39. Gyroscope.               
  40. Mechanics.               
  41. Looping pendulum.
Inter-Collegiate Quiz (Oral and Written) and Poster Competition

The Department of Physics had organized an intercollegiate oral and written quiz competition as well as poster competition on 14.12.2015. The competition was open to students of both Junior as well as Degree Colleges. The theme for the oral and written quiz was ‘Science and General Knowledge’. Students in groups of two were allowed to participate in the oral quiz competition. Overall 9 groups participated in the oral quiz competition. The group representing S.Y.B.Sc, Mithibai College won this competition.

The oral quiz was followed by a written quiz competition where students had to participate individually. There were 4 rounds in the written quiz competition with increasing hierarchy in complexity of questions. 23 students participated overall in the written quiz competition. The competition was won by an F.Y.J.C student of Mithibai College.

The written quiz was followed by poster competition wherein students had to present some innovative idea. One of the groups from F.Y.B.Sc, Mithibai College won this competition.

The winners were announced on 14.12.2015 and prize distribution was held at Department of Physics, Mithibai College on 19.12.2015.
Report of Public Lecture

Title of Talk: INDIA IN SPACE
Speaker: Dr. Mayank Vahia (Eminent Scientist and Professor, TIFR and National

               Co-ordinator, Indian Astronomy Olympiad Programme)

Date: 18.12.2015

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Juhu Jagruti Hall, 1st Floor, Mithibai College

  The Department of Physics had invited Dr. Mayank Vahia, an eminent scientist and renowned academician in the field of sciences to deliver a public lecture in the field of Astrophysics.       Dr. Vahia is a renowned Astronomer and Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He is the National Co-ordinator of Indian Astronomy Olympiad Programme. He is also an active member of International Astronomical Union. Dr. Vahia has participated in experiments such as Anuradha that was flown on the Space Shuttle in 1985 and Indian X-ray Astronomy Payload that was flown on an Indian Satellite in 1996. He has also participated in the Solar X-ray Spectroscopy Experiment that was launched on India's GSAT 2 satellite in 2003. Dr. Vahia is now involved with the ASTROSAT, India's most ambitious multi wavelength astronomy satellite.

Dr. Vahia’s Public Lecture was aimed to enlighten the faculty as well as students of the undergraduate (F.Y.B.Sc, S.Y.B.Sc and T.Y.B.Sc) and post-graduate (M.Sc - I and II) classes about the contribution made by India in the field of Space and Technology and the future expectations from budding researchers/students of our country.

Dr. Vahia spoke about the journey made by India in Space, beginning from its first rocket launch on 21.11.1963 from Thumba to its most recent launch of ASTROSAT from Sriharikota.   He described the PSLV’s launch sequence in minute detail, the design of various orbits, characteristic differences and applications of PSLV and GSLV, the INSAT family, Chandrayan and Mangalyan. Dr. Vahia also elucidated the need for Chandrayan and Mangalyan in great detail and explained the striking successes of these missions over all the satellites launched by NASA to moon and Mars till date.

The lecture was attended by more than 100 students and teachers of Mithibai college and other reputed colleges in Mumbai.
  • Ms. Anamika Dubey secured 7th Rank in T.Y.B.Sc. exam with 83%.
  • Ms. Anamika Dubey was shortlisted for final interview for Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D at IUCAA.
  • T.Y.B.Sc student, Mr. Yaksh Popat, completed successfully a summer course  on “Experimental Physics” organized by HBCSE-TIFR.
  • F.Y.B.Sc. students participated in National Seminar on “Understanding the Great Scientific Institutions in India - DRDO”.
  • Mr. Yaksh Popat secured 92.4 % at T.Y B.Sc. Semester-V, University examination- October 2014.

Prof.Pravin S. More (Head and Assistant)

  1. Convener for Inter-University “Avishkar-2014” Workshop conducted at Mithibai College.(4th July 2014)

  2. Received Minor research project Design of Vertical Bridgman crystal grower with controlled dynamic   vibrations for crystal growth of  III-V ternary semiconductor  from BCUD,MumbaiUniversity.(Sanction amount : 36500/-

  3. Participated in workshop on revised syllabus of F.Y.B.Sc organised by V.G.vaze college, Mulund.(9/04/2015)

  4. Participated in Refresher course on “Nano Science and technology” at  ASC Mumbai (9/12/14 to 30/12/14)

  5. Participated in National Seminar on “Experiments with PHOENIX” jointly organized by Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi and University of Mumbai.(19-29 September,2013

  6. Participated in workshop on revised syllabus of T.Y.B.Sc(Electronic Instrumentation) organised by V.G.Vaze college, Mulund.(22/02/2013)

  7. Participated in workshop on “ Effective Implementation of ceredit based system for M.Sc-II” organised by K.J.SomyaCollege,Vidyavihar, Mumbai (10th July, 2013)

  8. Participated in workshop on “The credit based system for second year Physics course”  at R.D National college, Bandra(W),Mumbai, organised by board of studied in Physics, University of Mumbai.(23rd June 2012)

Prof.Bhanudas G. Arote

Achievement for academic year 2014-2015

  1. Participated in two days workshop on "Application of Software in statistical Analysis" at NSS college of commerce, Tardeo Road, Mumbai on December 19-20, 2014.

  2. Participated in Inter-University “Avishkar-2014” Workshop.

Dr.(Ms.)Tushima S. Basak

Achievement for academic year 2014-2015

(1) Invited as Member of Academic Assessment Group for International Physics Olympiad 2015
     (IPhO–2015).

(2) Invited as Resource Person for Science Academies’ Sixtieth Refresher Course in Experimental Physics organized by Department of Physics, University of Mumbai in association with UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences.

(3) Invited as Resource Person for Science Academies’ Refresher Course on “Foundation of Physics” organized by Indian Women Scientists Association, Mumbai.

(4) Participated in biennial symposium on “Nuclear and Radiochemistry” (NUCAR-2014).

(5) Participated in Inter-University “Avishkar-2014” Workshop.


Achievement for academic year 2013-2014

1. Invited by HomiBhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) as a member of Resource Generation Camp for International Physics Olympiad 2015.

2. Presented a paper titled “Design of a 20 MeV High Intensity Proton Accelerator for ADS Application at BARC” in Manshodhan IV. The paper was awarded the first prize.

3. Participated in National Seminar on “Experiments with PHOENIX” jointly organized by Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi and University of Mumbai.

4. Invited as expert for Academic Audit of Physics Department at Don Bosco Institute of Technology.

5. Invited as Visiting Faculty by UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS) to guide one student for Semester VII Project.



Prof.Karthikeyan Subbu

Achievement for Academic Year 2014-2015
(1) Participated in Sixtieth Refresher Course in Experimental Physics, organized by University of Mumbai, from 3 to 18 June 2014.
(2 )Participated in Inter-University “Avishkar-2014” Workshop.

Achievement for Academic Year 2013-2014
(1) Presented a paper titled “Magnetodielectric effect in multiferroicBa(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3/BaFe12O19/PVDF composite” at International Conference on Magnetic Materials and Applications (MAGMA-2013) at IIT-Guwahati.
(2) Participated in National Seminar on “Experiments with PHOENIX” jointly organized by  Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi and University of Mumbai.
(3) Presented a paper titled “Low cost Lock in amplifier system.” in Manshodhan IV.
(4) Invited as Visiting Faculty for conducting M.Sc. lectures at P.G. Center, Bhavans College.
(5) Invited as a resource person and delivered a talk on “Fascinating world of Robotics” in Short-term Training Program for Teachers (STTP) in K.C. College (Thane) on behalf of ACRET.
(6) Invited as resource person by ACRET for conducting workshop on "Matlab" at Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra on 29th September, 2nd October & 6th October.
(7) Participated in National Science day Celebration (Open Day) organized by Department of Physics, University of Mumbai.