We are one of the largest departments in IITD with 56 faculty members as of Jan 2020 having diverse interests. Our faculty strength is nationally and internationally recognized through many awards/fellowships such as SS Bhatnagar awards, ICO Galileo Galilei Awards, MRSI medals, AIP Fellowship, IRDC’s STA Fellowship, INSA Fellows, OSA Fellows, Humboldt Fellows. Many of faculty members serve on the editorial boards and technical program committees of several international publications and conferences.
The Department initiated its activities in 1961 and is currently one of the most popular physics departments in the country. It has an international research reputation, with several research contacts and collaborations across the globe. The department’s greatest resources are the students that fill its classrooms and state of the art facilities that existed at IITD. The broad basic aim of the department is to impart a thorough knowledge in the basic fundamental principles of several branches of physics and then applications in technological world. Over the years, our faculty members have remained at the forefront of scientific achievements and technological innovations, and our students and researchers have made many critical contributions.
Research in our department is traditionally organized within the general areas of (i) Condensed Matter Experiments, (ii) Condensed Matter Theory, (iii) Computational and Statistical Physics, (iv) High Energy Physics, (v) Plasma Physics, (vi) Physics of Quantum Matter, (vii) Optics and Photonics. The exceptional research expertise of our faculty provides students a wide variety of research experiences. The highly rigorous undergraduate program prepares graduates to be competitive in top postgraduate programs or for employment. The PhD program and Master’s degree programs blend demanding coursework with cutting-edge research to prepare graduates for jobs in academia, industry, and government labs. Our programs emphasize core academic competency and research excellence. The courses are designed and taught by our internationally reputed academics carrying out cutting-edge research in diverse areas. Many optional modules are introduced from those research topics and the students work on projects which involve them working alongside academics in the advanced research laboratories of the department.