Physics

 

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, (B. Sc. (Physics) (2016)).
  • 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

Please Note

Academic Programmes:

B. Sc. Flyers   M. Sc. Flyers

 

Dr. Ms. Raka V. Dabhade

(M. Sc., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil., Ph. D. Guide))

Associate Professor , Head of the Department

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Kishor M. Sonawane

(M. Sc., B. Ed., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil., Ph. D. Guide))

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Kailas B. Sapnar

(M. Sc., B. Ed., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide) )

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Prof. Ms. Alpana B. Shinde

(M. Sc., B. Ed., SET)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Nandkumar T. Mandlik

(M. Sc., SET, Ph. D.)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Ashish P. Yengantiwar

(M. Sc., SET, Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide))

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Haribhau M. Gholap

(M. Sc., SET, Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide))

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Ramchandra D. Narhe

(M. Sc., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil., Ph. D. Guide))

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Sunil G. Kulkarni

(M. Sc., B. Ed., Ph. D. (Recognized M. Phil. Guide))

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Prof. Mrs. Pallavi C. Dixit

(M. Sc., M. Tech., NET)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Ms. Alka V. Deshmukh

(M. Sc., Ph. D.)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Mr. Shahaji P. Kharat

(M. Sc., NET, SET)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Prof. Swati K. Gaikwad

(M. Sc., SET)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

Mr. Gajanan D. Harale

(M. Sc., NET)

Assistant Professor

Teaching Faculty

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

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)

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.

Research Title: Photographic observations of meteor showers

Researchers : Dr. Ms. Raka V. Dabhade

Details:

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



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

Researchers : Dr. Kishor M. Sonawane

Details:

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


Research Title: Deposition & Characterization of hydrophobic & hydrophilic thin films

Researchers : Dr. Ashish P. Yengantiwar

Details:

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/--


Research Title: Organometallic synthesis of semiconductor nanoparticles

Researchers : Dr. Haribhau M. Gholap

Details:

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/--


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

Researchers : Dr. Kailas B. Sapnar

Details:

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/--


Research Title: Nanophosphors for 6 MeV electron dosimetry

Researchers : Dr. Nandkumar T. Mandlik

Details:

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


Research Title: Development of Humidity sensing materials using ferrites

Researchers : Dr. Sunil G. Kulkarni

Details:

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