Department : Physics
HOD : Prof. Surya Narayan Nayak
Designation : Professor & Head
Qualification : M Sc Ph. D
Teaching Exp. : 22 Years
Phone No. : : +91 9438085842
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Message of the HOD

The Department of Physics (now School of Physics), Sambalpur University was established in the year 1969. The Department was first housed in a small wing of University College of Engineering (now VSSUT) and in the middle of 1973, it started functioning in the new building in JyotiVihar. Specialization in Nuclear Physics at M.Sc. level was introduced in 1971 and subsequently specialization in Electronics, Particle Physics and Solid State Physics has been introduced. In addition to M.Sc. course, the M.Phil programme was started in the year 1980. The Ph.D. programme is introduced in the year 1984. Elective papers in Nuclear Physics and Electronics were introduced at M.Phil level in the year 1987. The courses of different papers are updated in tune with the global advancement and for the benefit of the students. Different laboratories at both M.Sc. and M.Phil levels are equipped with new experiments from time to time through grants received from UGC, DST and State Government.

The University Grants Commission has identified Electronics and Nuclear Physics as the thrust areas for this department in its VIII Plan report. In view of this, the department has introduced three different courses namely, M.Sc. Physics (General Stream), M.Sc. Physics (Electronics Stream) and M.Sc. Physics (Nuclear Physics Stream). The General Stream course is designed to touch almost all the fields of Physics which also includes 2 papers (12 Credits) specialization in Electronics / Nuclear Physics / Particle Physics / Solid State Physics (any one). The Electronics Stream and Nuclear Physics Stream syllabi include 500 marks (30 Credit) advance level specialization in Electronics / Nuclear Physics which is covered in the second year of M.Sc. A new programme on M.Sc. (Electronics), has sanctioned the University Grants Commission, with student intake strength of twelve, from the year 1996. Liberal grants have been received towards laboratory, library/computer and for visiting faculty positions.

The different areas of research activities of the Department include Nuclear Physics, Electronics, Particle Physics and Solid State Physics. Total numbers of 79 Ph.D students have been awarded by this Department in the areas of Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Vibration Physics, Electronics and Condensed Matter Physics. In addition to this, more than 400 M.Phil degrees have been awarded. Several research papers have been published in different reputed International and National Journals. The research work of the department has attracted the attention of the experts in various fields (i.e., Nuclear Physics, Electronics, Astro-Particle Physics and Condensed Matter Physics both theory and experiment) at the National and International level. Many of the works by the faculties have been cited by various groups in different fields working in different parts of the world.

The school is sponsored by DST Govt. of India through FIST programme in the year 2000 and implemented during 2001-06. UGC has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 53,00,000/- (Fifty Three Lakh only) towards the non-recurring and recurring expenditure vide letter no. letter No. 530/17/DRS/2009 (SAP – I) Dated 1st June, 2009 under Special Assistance Programme (SAP-I). Consequently the University has granted academic autonomy to this school from the session 2010-11. The School also received FIST grant (Level -1) from DST amounting to Rs. 1,85,00,000.00 (Rupees One Crore Eighty Five Lakh) Only during 2013-2014 vide letter no. SR/FST/PSI-179/2012, dated 17th May 2013 towards Equipments (Major Research and Minor Teaching of M.Sc. Physics) and Infrastructure Facilities (Books and Networking and Computational Facilities).

Mission & Vison
Vision :

The School of Physics envisions establishing an outstanding center of learning and researching in all aspects of physics having emphasis on strong analytical, quantitative and problem solving skills with sensitivity to diversity and inclusiveness; so that the center will have transformative impact on lives of students and will contribute impactful research for benefit of the society.

Mission :

To foster curiosity and excitement about physical world and nurturing a sense of appreciation about the role of physics in technical innovations by

     I. Exposing students to scientific methods foe evaluating physical evidences and information
     II. Making them apply and test scientific hypothesis and theories
     III. Nurturing the ability to draw conclusions, infer relationship, and make prediction about physical world

To impart high quality physics education with deep disciplinary knowledge and exposure to latest frontline developments in the field so that the students are ready for global competitions.
To have substantial research activity with quality publications and to foster scientific collaboration with leading Institutions of country.
To have a vibrant learning and creative environment with shared values and aspirations of all the stake holders

Infrastructure Facilities
Research Equipments :
Sl. No. Name
1. Impedance Analyzer (IM 3570)
2. Source Measuring Unit (VI) / Four Probe Measurement Unit
3. Digital Balance
4. Sonicator
5. High Temperature Muffle Furnace (2 nos.)
6. Hysteresis Loop (PE loop tracer circuit) / Ferroelectric Test System
7. X-ray Diffractometer (XRD)
8. Microwave Furnace
9. Planetary Mill
10. Spin Coater
11. Dilatometer
Major M.Sc. Equipments :

G.M. Counter, Hall-Effect,Multi Channel Analyzer, NMR, Four Probe Expt., Fermi Energy Experiments, Ionization Potential Set-Up, Zeeman Experiment,Planck’s Constant Experiment, Optical Pyrometer, Ultrasonic Interferometer, Lecher wire,AstableMultivibrator, Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometer, FET, etc.

Laboratories :
1. Material Research laboratory 2. XRD Laboratory 3. Basic Science Research lab 4. Modern Physics Lab 5. Optics & Laser Lab 6. Electronics & Electricity

Param Shavak Super Computer

The Department of Computer Science and Applications is proud to house the state-of-the-art Param Shavak Super Computer. This powerful computing system, equipped with two multicore CPUs, each boasting a minimum of 12 cores, offers a peak computing power ranging from 2 to 5 Tera-Flops, making it an invaluable asset for our academic and research endeavors. With 64 GB of RAM and 8 TB of storage, it accelerates data processing and storage capacity, facilitating advanced computational research. The addition of an NVIDIA GP 100 accelerator card further enhances its capabilities. The Param Shavak comes pre-loaded with parallel programming development tools and resource management utilities, simplifying the execution of complex simulations and computations. Our department takes pride in providing students, researchers, and faculty members with an indigenous HPC portal, CHReME, and an applications interface, Onama, offering easy access to a suite of HPC applications tailored to various scientific domains, from bioinformatics to computational fluid dynamics. What sets the Param Shavak apart are its userfriendly features, including pre-loaded parallel programming development tools, resource management utilities, and the convenience of the indigenous HPC portal. Moreover, the system comes pre-packaged with a suite of HPC applications catering to various domains such as bioinformatics, molecular dynamics, materials science, quantum chemistry, atmospheric modeling, and computational fluid dynamics, making it an indispensable tool for groundbreaking research and simulations across a multitude of scientific disciplines.

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( Param Shavak Super Computer )

MOU Signed

The Department has signed two significant Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) to advance computer education and research. The first MOU, in 2015, involved a partnership with IIT Bombay and was funded by the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This initiative aimed to provide software training through spoken tutorials. The second MOU, established in 2017, was with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, and was funded by the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan(RUSA), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This collaboration focused on installing and deploying "PARAM Shavak," a high-performance computing solution, enhancing the University's computing capabilities for advanced research and training to students, research scholars and faculties of the University .

CSR Fund Received

The Department received two significant CSR funds in 2022. The first sponsorship, amounting to Rs. 27,25,865, was provided by the CSR Department of JSW Bhushan Power & Steel Limited, Rengali, Sambalpur, with the aim of supporting the development of a new computer Training Centre. The second sponsorship, totaling Rs. 10,00,000, was generously contributed by UCO Bank's General Administrative Department, Zonal Office, Ainthapali Road, Sambalpur, with a specific focus on establishing a computer Training Centre tailored to the needs of SC/ST students. These funds signify a meaningful partnership between industry and academia, enhancing educational opportunities in computer science and applications for the benefit of students at Sambalpur University, with a particular emphasis on empowering underprivileged communities.