Established in 1951, the department has a long standing history of excellence in teaching and research. The department currently offers various academic programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The academic programs include the five year integrated M. Sc. through IIT-JEE, the integrated M.Sc - Ph.D, M. Tech.(Solid State Tech.), Ph. D. and a minor in Physics for students majoring in other subjects. In addition, the department offers basic and topical courses for the entire student community of IIT Kharagpur. With more than 30 faculty members, several post-doctoral researchers and around 100 research scholars, the department has a very vibrant research environment. The areas of research interests and expertise spans a wide range including Astrophysics and Cosmology, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Non-linear Dynamics and Hydrodynamics, Nuclear and High-energy Physics, Optics and Photonics, Statistical Physics etc. covering both theoretical and experimental aspects. The faculty members of the department are also involved in several sponsored research and industrial consultancy projects. Browse our website to know more about various academic programs, research interests of the individual faculty members and the ongoing research projects. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
The list of subjects for Minor in Physics under new curriculum is given below:
A. Any four Physics core subjects from the list below (12-16 credits)
1. Quantum Physics
2. Classical Dynamics and Special Relativity
4. Quantum Mechanics
5. Statistical Physics
6. Condensed Matter Physics
7. Nuclear Physics
B. Any two Physics Departmental Electives (6-8 Credits)
C. One Physics Department lab course worth 4 credits (4 Credits)
MRSI-ICSC Superconductivity & Materials Science Annual Prize
MRSI Medal Award
Homi J. Bhabha Award : University Grants Commission
Prof. Somnath Bharadwaj is selected as a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India
Prof. A. Taraphder, Prof. P. Shukla, and Prof. P K Datta are regular associates of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Prof. S K Roy has been appointed the director of S N Bose Centre, Kolkata.