An education is helpful for finding answers; but it is not a requirement
- quotes by Brian David
 

Physics

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About the Department

Physics department is one of the largest and oldest departments in Fergusson College. Introduced as part of the Natural Sciences in 1894, it was established as a separate subject in 1903 in the College and affiliated to Bombay University before the University of Pune was established. Physics Department at Fergusson College has the honour of hosting the Physics Department of the University of Pune till the University Department had its own premises. The first separate Post Graduate section was introduced at the College in 1969. The department has produced a large number of graduate and post graduate students since its establishment.

Housed in a spacious building just next to the College Main Building it is a land mark in itself. With four dedicated laboratories and four classrooms with a capacity of more than 100 students each, it offers courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The post graduation centre offers Materials Science, Electronic Instrumentation, Atmospheric Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Semiconductor Physics, Vacuum Technology and Thin films, Renewable Energy Sources, Lasers and Applications and Physics of Nanomaterials as elective courses at the PG level. Presently we conduct two divisions for the PG class. One division is grant-in-aid and the other is on self financed basis. Faculty members are actively involved in the syllabus framing and restructuring at the University level for both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Physics department is also recognized as a research center in Applied Physics since 2010 by the Savitribai Phule Pune University. Some teachers are recognized guides for the M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees. Many research projects funded by the UGC, BRNS, BCUD-SPPU and ISRO are completed and some are still ongoing. Results of the research carried out in the department are published in many international journals, seminars and conferences.

Student’s Achievements

  • The students of this department have successfully recorded a glorious hat trick of being the toppers in M. Sc. (Physics) with gold medal at the University level (2009-2012).
  • They have also won prizes at the Zonal, State and National level competition of ‘AVISHKAR’ in basic sciences, since its inception.
  • In addition, they continue to excel at Indian Physics Association (IPA) and other extra-curricular competitions held every year.

Other activities

Physics department encourages many student centric, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. These help students in developing leadership qualities. These are mainly conducted by the students and staff of the department.

Astro Club

The Astro Club is an activity started in 1997. Apart from weekly lectures, problem solving sessions and documentary screening, students also organise Physics/Astronomy exhibitions, seminars, workshops, sky observations, Space Week and Asteroid hunt program. "Frontiers in Physics" is a unique annual seminar organised by the students exclusively for the students with speakers from national and international institutions. Students also publish "Dimensions" a special science bulletin each term.

Physics Forum

Physics forum is a platform which provides opportunity to students to arrange lectures and demonstrations of some physics experiments. The forum also runs a wallpaper activity, white board activity, Guest Lectures and Demo sessions.

Annual Exhibition

This is an exhibition for popularizing Physics among school children. The annual Physics Exhibition ‘Eureka’ exhibits some models and projects to explain some complex concepts in Physics in a simple way. This is an event visited by many school children. This activity also includes Debates, Quiz competitions and Film screenings.

Indian Physics Association

The Indian Physics Association (IPA, Pune chapter) activities like quiz, lecture, competitions, etc. are conducted in the department every year.

Co-curricular Activities conducted by the Department

First Term

Guest lectures, Film screenings, Popular talks, Industrial visits for PG students.

Second Term

Guest lectures, Film screenings, Popular talks, Study tours for UG students, Annual exhibition, SET/NET Coaching for PG students.

Students Strengths

Name of the Course

Grant-in Aid / Self Financed

Total Intake Capacity

T. Y. B. Sc.

Grant-in Aid

80

M. Sc. I

Grant-in Aid

30

M. Sc. I

Self Financed

24

Research Center and Laboratories

Physics department is a recognized research center in Applied Physics. Research in Materials Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Nano Science and Gas Sensors is carried out in the department.

  • There are four M. Phil. guides and three Ph. D. guides in the department.
  • There are separate spacious laboratories for the FY / SY and TY B. Sc.
  • A separate well equipped laboratory is available for the PG classes.
  • There are four research laboratories in the department.

List of research equipments procured through various funding agencies:

1.   High temperature furnace with temperature controller
2.   Programmable Centrifugal machine
3.   Automated Spray paralysis unit
4.   Dip Coater unit
5.   Spin Coating unit
6.   Humidity controlled unit
7.   Spectrometer for measurement of atmospheric NO2 and O3
8.   Celestron 9.25 inch with go to facility
9.   Magnetic Susceptibility measurement unit
10. Contact Angle Goniometer
11. Solar filter / Nexstar imager
12. DSLR Cannon 50D 
13. Antenna Trainer Kit
14. Solar Photovoltaic Kit

 


Sr.No. Photo Name of the teacher Designation  
1 Dr. Ms. Raka V. Dabhade
(M. Sc., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil., Ph. D. Guide))
Associate Professor , Head of the Department Teaching Faculty
2 Dr. Kishor M. Sonawane
(M. Sc., B. Ed., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil., Ph. D. Guide))
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
3 Dr. Kailas B. Sapnar
(M. Sc., B. Ed., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide) )
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
4 Prof. Ms. Alpana B. Shinde
(M. Sc., B. Ed., SET)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
5 Dr. Nandkumar T. Mandlik
(M. Sc., SET, Ph. D.)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
6 Dr. Rajendra S. Mahamuni
(M. Sc., Ph. D. )
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
7 Dr. Ashish P. Yengantiwar
(M. Sc., SET, Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide))
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
8 Dr. Haribhau M. Gholap
(M. Sc., SET, Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide))
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
9 Dr. Ramchandra D. Narhe
(M. Sc., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil., Ph. D. Guide))
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
10 Dr. Sunil G. Kulkarni
(M. Sc., B. Ed., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide))
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
11 Prof. Mrs. Pallavi C. Dixit
(M. Sc., M. Tech., NET)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
12 Dr. Ms. Alka V. Deshmukh
(M. Sc., Ph. D.)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty

Note: Biodata of any of the above mentioned faculty member can be downloaded by clicking on their name.

  1. Dr. Ashish P. Yengantiwar,Assistant Professor , M. Sc., SET, Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide)

    University Grant Commission (UGC), New Delhi awarded one year Postdoctoral Raman Fellowship under the guidance of Prof. Arunava Gupta at Alabama State University, Tuscaloosa, USA

    2014 – Visiting Fellowship at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced and Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore (3 months)

  2. Dr. Haribhau M. Gholap,Assistant Professor , M. Sc., SET, Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide)

    University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, INDIA awarded the "RAMAN Postdoctoral Fellowship" at Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science Department, Missouri State University, Springfield, USA under the guidance of Prof. Kartik Ghosh for one year.

    Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore awarded “Visiting Research Fellowship” for three months under guidance of Dr. Ranjan Datta.

    Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore awarded research fellowship for two months (May-June 2014) at International Center of Materials Science (ICMS), Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore under guidance of Dr. Ranjan Datta.
 

 
 
  • Hydothermal synthesis of metal oxide and nano structures

    Dr. Mrs. Anjali S. Ogale

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.) Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1Dr. Mrs. A. S. Ogale

    2008-09 & 2009-10

    Hydothermal synthesis of metal oxide and nano structures

    BCUD Pune3,00,000 /-Minor
  • Photographic observations of meteor showers

    Dr. Ms. Raka V. Dabhade

    Sr.No.

    Name of Principal Investigator

    Year

    Title Of Project

    Funding Agency

    Amount Sanctioned (In Rs.)

    Major/ Minor/ Any Other

    1

    Dr. Ms. R. V. Dabhade

    2008-2010Visual and Photographic Observations of Meteor ShowersISRO,University of Pune5,00,000/-Major


    2

    Dr. Ms. R. V. Dabhade

    2009-2011Implementation of HAM radio for meteor shower observation

    BCUD,University of Pune

    2,50,000/-Minor


    3


    Dr. Ms. R. V. Dabhade

    2013-2015

    Virtual observatory for variable star observations

    University Grants Commission (UGC)

    2,25,000/-

    Minor

    4

    Dr. Ms. R. V. Dabhade

    2013-2015

    Development of FC Observatory - An autonomous Robotic telescope

    ISRO11,00,000/-Major
    5Dr. Ms. R. V. Dabhade2015-2016Establishment of TARA ObservatoryInternational Astronomical Union (IAU)4,500 EuroMajor
    6Dr. Ms. R. V. Dabhade2015-2017Fabrication of Celeostat

    BCUD,University of Pune

    1,80,000/-Minor


  • Synthesis and Characterization of Transparent conducting Oxide(TCO) thin films for Gas sensing applications

    Dr. Kishor M. Sonawane

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.) Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1

    Dr. K. M. Sonawane

    2009-2011

    Synthesis and Characterization of Transparent conducting Oxide(TCO) thin films for Gas sensing applications

    BCUD Pune2,50,000/-Minor
    2Dr. K. M. Sonawane2014-2017Study of Metal Oxide Semiconductor Thin Films for Gas Sensing ApplicationsBRNS, BARC Mumbai25,20,375/-Major
  • Deposition & Characterization of hydrophobic & hydrophilic thin films

    Dr. Ashish P. Yengantiwar

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.) Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1

    Dr. A. P. Yengantiwar

    2009-2012

    Deposition & Characterization of hydrophobic & hydrophilic thin films

    BCUD Pune2,50,000/-Minor
    2Dr. A. P. Yengantiwar2013-2015Deposition of Zinc Oxide based Nanostructures for Optoelectronics ApplicationsBCUD Pune2,60,000/-Minor
    3Dr. A. P. Yengantiwar2013-2014Deposition of metal oxides nanostructures for optoelectronics applicationsUniversity Grant Commission College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE)8,000/--
    4Dr. A. P. Yengantiwar2014-2015Photosensors based on Metal Oxide nanostructured films on flexible substratesUniversity Grant Commission College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE)20,000/--
    5Dr. A. P. Yengantiwar2014-2015Energy Devices Based on Nanomaterials (Theme based Poster)University Grant Commission College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE)5,000/--
  • Organometallic synthesis of semiconductor nanoparticles

    Dr. Haribhau M. Gholap

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.) Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1

    Dr. H. M. Gholap

    2009-2012

    Organometallic synthesis of semiconductor nanoparticles

    BCUD Pune2,50,000/-Minor
    2Dr. H. M. Gholap2013-2015Synthesis of Semiconductor Quantum dots (QDs) -Metal Oxides (MOs) Nanocomposites by Chemical MethodBCUD Pune2,70,000/-Minor
    3Dr. H. M. Gholap2013-2014Study of Quantum Size Confinement effect in Semiconductor Quantum DotsUniversity Grant Commission College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE)8,000/--
    4Dr. H. M. Gholap2014-2015Quaternary semiconductor nanostructure for inhibition of bacterial biofilm formation University Grant Commission College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE) 20,000/--
    5Dr. H. M. Gholap2014-2015Effect of ZnO nanostructures on seed germination, nodulation and growth in chickpea. (Collaboration with Dr. S. L. Laware, Department of Botany, Fergusson College, Pune-4)University Grant Commission  College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE) 20,000/--
    6Dr. H. M. Gholap2014-2015Inhibition of bacterial biofilm formation by Ag-TiO2 nanocompositesUniversity Grant Commission (UGC)-Basic Scientific Research (BSR)5,000/--
    7Dr. H. M. Gholap2014-2015Nanomaterials for Bio-medical & Environmental Applications (Theme based Poster)
    University Grant Commission  College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE)5,000/--
  • Synthesis & Characterisation of TiO2 & ZnO nanoparticles & study of 6MeV electron irradiation

    Dr. Kailas B. Sapnar

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.) Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1

    Dr. K. B. Sapnar

    2011-2013

    Synthesis  & Characterisation of TiO2 & ZnO nanoparticles & study of 6 MeV electron irradiation

    BCUD Pune3,00,000/-Minor
    2Dr. K. B. Sapnar2013-2014Studies on Synthesis of TiO2 material with its application

    University Grant Commission College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE)

    8,000/--
    3Dr. K. B. Sapnar2013-2014Studies on Synthesis of doped Titanium Dioxide material with its applicationUniversity Grant Commission-Basic Scientific Research Scheme (UGC-CPE-BSR)5,000/--
  • Nanophosphors for 6 MeV electron dosimetry

    Dr. Nandkumar T. Mandlik

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.) Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1Dr. N. T. Mandlik2014-2015

    Effect of size variation of CaSO4: Eu nanophosphors on Thermoluminescence (TL) and Photoluminescence (PL) characteristics.

    UniversityGrant Commission College with Potential for Excellence (UGC-CPE)

    20,000/-Minor
    2Dr. N. T. Mandlik2014-2015Study of Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) of CaSO4:Dy and
    CaSO4:Eu nanophosphors.
    University Grant Commission-Basic ScientificResearch Scheme (UGC-CPE-BSR)5,000/-Minor
    3Dr. N. T. Mandlik2014-2016Development of nanophoshors and study of Thermoluminescence, Photoluminescence and Optically Stimulated Luminescence for gamma and electron dosimetry.BCUD Pune2,50,000/-Minor
  • Development of Humidity sensing materials using ferrites

    Dr. Sunil G. Kulkarni

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.) Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1

    Dr. S. G. Kulkarni

    2011-2013

    Development of Humidity sensing materials using soft ferrites

    BCUD Pune1,50,000/-Minor
  • Measurement of natural radioactivity in building materials in coastal regions of Maharashtra state

    Dr. F. M. D. Attar

    Sr.No.Name of Principal InvestigatorYearTitle Of ProjectFunding AgencyAmount Sanctioned (In Rs.)Major/ Minor/Any Other
    1Dr. F. M. D. Attar

    2012-2014

    Measurement of natural radioactivity in building materials in coastal regions of Maharashtra state

    BCUD Pune3,00,000 /-Minor