The primary research of the department is in solid state physics/materials science and surface science. This is supported by several ultrahigh vacuum systems for deposition (molecular beam epitaxy, sputter deposition, evaporation) and characterization of thin films (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Auger Electron Spectroscopy, extensive magnetic and electronic characterization facilities), an atomic force microscope, Brillouin light scattering, and good computing facilities for theoretical work. The department also has an active program and sophisticated equipment for radon studies.
Experimental Solid State Physics Characterization of surfaces and thin films. Ellipsometry, electron spectroscopies.
Experimental Physics Applied optics, bio-physics & bio-photonics, renewable energy, materials science of soft condensed matter, nanofilms & nanoparticles.
Theoretical Solid State Physics Chaos, nonlinear physics, solitons, one and two dimensional systems, polymers.
Experimental Physics Metamaterials, nano-optics, photonics and plasmonics, photovoltaics, optical biochemical nanosensors.
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics High frequency dynamics in magnetic and ferroelectric materials; static and dynamic properties of multiferroic materials; doped liquid crystals; biomagnetic nanoparticles.
Biophysics Experimental and theoretical studies of cell membrane curvature and nanoparticle interactions with biological samples.