Physics Department

Physics Department

The Department of Physics, established along with the Institute in the year 1986 offers Engineering Physics Theory and Laboratory courses to first-year Engineering students and open elective papers in the eighth semester. It has well-equipped laboratories to facilitate the academic requirements of the students.The department has well qualified, experienced, and dedicated faculty, and the support staff. From the year 2022-23 Ph.D degree is awarded by Nitte Deemed to be University. The Department has received research funds from VTU & VGST and has published more than 70 research papers in journals of national and international repute.


To facilitate the students understand and apply basic knowledge in Physics to solve common problems through practical solutions, thus improving the quality of life.


  • Providing quality education in the area of Physics to assist Engineering students to understand basic technology and apply them effectively
  • To interact with faculty and students of all disciplines of Engineering stream to promote innovation, creativity, and professionalism with the larger ambition of taking the Institution to greater heights.


Engineering Physics Lab

Engineering Physics Lab provides the first laboratory experience for engineering students

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Research Facility

The department has research facilities in crystal growth

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Research Centre

The department offers Ph.D. program under Nitte Deemed to be University. The department has received research funds from VTU & VGST and has published more than 75 research papers in journals of national and international repute.

Research Areas

  • Thin film deposition and characterization
  • Nonlinear optical studies
  • Crystal growth and characterization
  • Synthesis and characterization of magnetic and thermoelectric materials

Research Supervisors

Sl.No. Research Supervisors Research Areas
1. Dr. Manjunatha K.B. Third-order nonlinear optics
2. Dr. Raghavendra Bairy Thin film deposition and characterization
3. Dr.Nagaraja B. S. Magnetic materials and thin films
4. Dr. Shyam Prasad Thermoelectric materials

Research Grants

Sl.No. Title of the Project Funding Agency Amount (Lakhs) Principal Investigator Status
1. Tunable Nonlinear Optical Behavior of ITO-M (M=Zn,Ni,Co) Alloy
Nanostructures for High Performance Laser Power Limiters
Vision Group on Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka 15.00 Dr. Manjunatha K.B. Received (Ongoing)
2. Development of Novel Metal Doped Semiconductor Thin Films with High Optical Nonlinearities to Protect Eye and Sensors Vision Group on Science & Technology (VGST) Government of Karnataka 5.00 Dr. Manjunatha K.B. Completed 2019
3. All Optical Nonlinear Characteristics of Novel Materials For Optical Power Limiting Applications NMAM Institute of Technology (Seed money) 0.7 Dr. Manjunatha K.B. Completed 2017
4. Development of Aluminum Doped Cadmium Sulfide Thin Film for Solar Cell Applications NMAM Institute of Technology (Seed money) 0.7 Dr. Raghavendra Bairy Completed 2017
5. Growth Of Optical Crystal, Nano Crystals, Crystals On Polymer As Substrate For Various Optical Applications Visvesvaraya Technological University(VTU), Belagavi 3.75 Dr. Sharada G. Prabhu Completed 2012


  • Nano Science Research Laboratory

  • Thin Film Laboratory:

    The Thin Film Laboratory facilitates the preparation and study of thin films for device applications.

    1. Spray Pyrolysis Equipment:

    Holmarc’s Spray Pyrolysis system has been designed for research laboratories in thin films, especially for solar cell development. The system automates various fatigue and error creating processes involved in the technique when performed manually. Moreover, ergonomically designed chamber provides clean and healthy atmosphere suitable for modern lab conditions.

    Parameters like dispensing rate of the solution and speed of spray head movement, which are difficult to control manually, are controlled precisely by PC based automation. A positive displacement pump controlled by stepper motor and microprocessor is used to dispense solution as per requirement. The spray head movement is also controlled by stepper motor driven linear stages in X and Y direction. The temperature of the substrate heater plate is controlled independently through a dedicated controller.

    Model: HO-TH-04, Substrate temperature: 0 – 500 °C, Spray rate: 1 mL – 10 mL per minute.

    2. Thermal Evaporation Unit (Vacuum deposition system):

    The basic process of this method is sublimating source material(s) in powder form at high temperature, and a subsequent deposition of the vapor in a certain temperature region to form desired nanostructures.

    This system uses resistive heating in which the material is heated until evaporation by means of an electrical current passing through a filament or metal plate where the material is deposited (Joule effect). The material vapor thus condenses in theform of thin film and deposits on the cold substrate surface placed in the chamber. This particular unit has a special arrangement of substrate heating up to 850°C in high vacuum.

  • Material Characterizations:
  • Z-Scan system

    The Z-scan technique is a simple and popular experimental technique to measure nonlinear optical properties of materials. In this method, the sample is translated in the Z direction along the axis of a focused Gaussian beam and the far field intensity is measured as a function of sample position. Standard open aperture and closed aperture z-scan are covered with the kit. The two measurable quantities connected with the z-scan are nonlinear absorption and nonlinear refraction. These parameters are associated with the imaginary and real part of the third order nonlinear susceptibility, and provide important information about the properties of the material.Z-scan system has 532nm wavelength DPSS CW Laser with up to 100mW power and dual channel detector measurement unit with 2 Si Photodiode detectors and software.

  • Crystal growth apparatus with constant temperature bath:
  • The crystal growth apparatus (Rotek) is used for growing single crystals of organic and inorganic compounds at different temperature conditions (-20 °C to 50 °C) using slow solvent evaporation technique. The grown crystals can be characterized for structural, thermal and for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications.

  • Centre for Thermoelectric and Magnetic Materials
  • This lab facilitates to synthesize the thermoelectric and magnetic materials for clean energy power generation and sensor applications. The samples will be prepared using solid-state reaction technique which is a standard method to obtain polycrystalline materials from the solid reagents. The samples are ground using agate mortar and pestle to get homogeneous mixture. The high temperature programmable furnace which can reach up to 1300°C, is used for sintering the prepared samples which aids the interdiffusion of ions resulting in the formation of desired alloy. The lab also has a hydraulic press where powder samples are converted into pellet

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