Overview Of Physics

Our Department Strives to impart quality education in basic

science and innovative thinking in the budding engineers so that in their future they may contribute much more to the basic science and technology. There is ample of opportunity in the globe for whoever pursues physics for their career.

Objectives of our department are :-

  • To understand the role of science in society and to evaluate the historical development of physics in the ongoing quest to discover the structure of the universe.
  • To gain an understanding of basic principles and the experimental basis of the various fields of physics and the logical relationships of the various fields.
  • To help the students to use mathematical skills conceptual and mathematical models in order to analyze the order of magnitude estimates and an understanding of limiting cases.
  • Develop competence in designing, constructing and using laboratory instruments and to draw valid conclusions from experimental data.
  • To arrange lectures/ seminars related to Science and Technology
  • To get consistently excellent results in both theory and Practical.

To create a centre of excellence in engineering Physics providing quality technical education, fostering innovation and creativity in the areas of pure and applied sciences.
Promoting excellence in technical education and scientific research through the effective use of physics in real-time engineering problems through a synergistic combination of teaching and research encouraging observation and analysis of the natural world.

Teaching Faculty of Physics Dept

# Name Designation Qualification Profile
1 Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao Associate Professor BSc, M.Sc ,Ph.D
2 Dr. Navin. N. Bappalige Associate Professor BSc, M.Sc , M.S [Psycology &counseling] ,M.Phil ,Ph.D
3 Mr. Sunil Kumar. B. Assistant Professor B.Sc, M.Sc ,(Ph.D)

Adjunct Faculty

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Thrust Areas

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Faculty Publications of Physics Dept

Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

International Journals:

No of International : 12

1. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, K. M. Sandeep and S. M. Dharmaprakash, "Annealing-induced modifications in sol-gel spin-coated Ga:ZnO thin films", Journal of Sol-Gel Science and  Technology, 2016, 78:438-445. (Springer, Impact factor: 1.745)


2. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash,"Sol ageing effect on the structural, optical  and electrical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films", Journal of Materials Technology, 2016, 31:443-447.  (Taylor & Francis, Impact factor:1.232)


3. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash,  "Structural, optical and electrical properties of sol-gel prepared Ga:ZnO thin film",  Journal of Materials Research Innovations, 2016, 20: 470-474. (Taylor & Francis-Impact factor-0.83)


4.  Felcy Jyothi Serrao, K M Sandeep, Shreesha  Bhat and S M Dharmaprakash, "Sol-Gel Derived Al-Ga Co-doped Transparent Conducting Oxide ZnO Thin films",   AIP Conference  Proceedings, 1731, 080047-1 to 3 (2016); DOI: 10.1063/1.4947925.


5. K. M.Sandeep, Shreesha Bhat, F. J. Serrao and S.M Dharmaprakash, "Li Doped ZnO Thin Films for Optoelectronic Applications",  AIP Conference  Proceedings, 1731, 080055-1 to 3 (2016); DOI: 10.1063/1.4947933.


6Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash, "Aging effects of the precursor solutions on the properties of spin-coated Ga-doped ZnO",  AIP Conference  Proceedings, 1665, 080067-1 to 3  (2015), DOI: 10.1063/1.4917971.


7. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S.M. Dharmaprakash, "Thickness dependence properties of spin coated ZnO nano crystalline films",  Sahyadri International Journal of Research , 2015, 1:21-24. (ISSN:2546-186X)


8. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash , “Effect  of Post-Heat Treatment on the Properties of Sol-Gel Derived ZnO Thin Films for Transparent Electronics” SAHYADRI International Journal of Research , 2017,  3:4-8. (ISSN:2456-186X)


9.    Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash, "Influence of Ga dopants on the structural, optical and electrical properties of solution processed ZnO thin filmsJournal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, 2016, 18:672-678.


10. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, K. M. Sandeep,  Shreesha Bhat, S. M. Dharmaprakash, “High energy electron irradiation effects on Ga-doped ZnO thin films for optoelectronic space applications” Applied Physics A, 2018, 124:224. (Springer, Impact factor: 1.604)


11. K.M. Sandeep, Shreesha Bhat, Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash, “Effect of 8 MeV electrons irradiation on carrier transport mechanism in ZnO thin films fabricated by sol-gel spin coating technique”, Surface & Coatings Technology, 2018, 338: 96–102. (Elsevier, Impact factor: 2.906)

12. K.M. Sandeep, Shreesha Bhat, Prasad Kumar, Shivaraj R. Maidur, Felcy Jyothi Serrao,S.M. Dharmaprakash, “Highly c-axis oriented crystal growth induced giant unusual saturable absorption behavior in wet chemically grown ZnO thin films” Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, 2019, 107: 47–53.





Dr. Navin. N. Bappalige

National Journal

No of National : 2

1. proceedings of International Conference on Advanced  Materials  and its Applications published by  McMillan Advanced Research Series – 2011, pp. 868-73

 2.Y. Narayana, proceedings of International Conference on Advanced

    Materials   and its Applications published by McMillan Advanced Research Series – 2011, pp.  

    923 – 28.

International Journals:

No of International : 5

  1.  Acta Crystallographica Section E Structure Reports doi:10.1107/S1600536809015177 . (2009). E65, o1266
  1.  International  Journal of Pure and Applied Physics Volume 6, Number 2 (2010), pp. 151–156
  1. Y.Narayana and Navin N. Bappalige Solid State Physics, Proceedings of the 55th DAE Solid

    State Physics Symposium 2010;AIP Conf. Proc. 1349, 1261-1262 (2011); doi: 10.1063/

    1.3606 325, 2011 American Institute of Physics

  1. International Journal of Physics  and Applications. Volume 3, Number 1 (2011), pp.57-62
  1.  International Journal of Applied Physics. Volume 4,     Number 1 (2014), pp. 1-4

Mr. Sunil Kumar. B.

International Journals:

No of International : 2

1. Growth kinetics, spectral and optical properties of glycine mixed sodium nitrate(sahyadri International Journal of Research,

     Vol 1,December 2015.

2. Space based solar power system in India -An analysis(Shanlax International Journal of Arts,Science & humanities,vol 6,

    Feb 2019)


Conference of Physics

Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

National Conference

No of National Conference: 2

  1. A research paper titled "Preparation and characterization of Ga-doped ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel spin coating method",  National Conference on Condensed Matter Physics and Applications (CMPA-2013), MIT, Manipal University. December 27-28, 2013.
  2.  A research paper titled  "Aging effects on the structural and optical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel spin coating method",  National Conference on Current Trends in Scientific Research for Engineering Applications (NCSEA-2014),  SJEC, Mangalore, July 17-18, 2014.

Dr. Navin. N. Bappalige

National Conference

No of National Conference: 10

  1. “Synthesis of organic NLO material’, New Frontiers in Chemistry”, state level conference 2005,         Sri Bhuvanendra College –Karkala.

 2. “Electro-optic and nonlinear studies of some new organic compounds”, chemical Sciences for industry and society – emerging trends for the 3rd millennium., National conference, Kuvempu university in January-2006.

3. “Effect of dipolar association of bromine on NLO property of m-nitroaniline”, 38th National Conference on Crystallography; University of Mysore, Feb-2009.

4.  “Variation of SHG property and particle size fraction”, Nano Sciences and Technology; National conference Fathima Matha National College – Kollam March 2009.

6.  “Designing the organic NLO compound by substitution”, Chemistry for sustainable Future UGC sponsored National conference, SB. College – Karkala October, 2009.

7   “Effect of dipolar association of bromine on non –linear properties of m-nitro acetanilide”, presented at the International conference NITK, Feb, 2010

8.  ”, Recent Trends of materials and Science; National conference JUIT- Shimla october, 2011.

9.  “Study of conductivity and nonlinear optical properties of new organic crystal” National Conference, Recent Advances on Material Science; M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology; Dec, 2011.

10. “Third Harmonic and Structural study of 4-bromo 2-nitroaniline, A New NLO Organic Material”; National Laser Symposium, Anna University; Jan, 2012.

10.  “Second harmonic conversion efficiency of three new organic crystal by Nd: YAG laser – A comparative Study”; Y.Narayana and Navin N. Bappalige is presented at National Laser Symposium organized  by National Laser Association at Anna University.

11.  ‘Crystal Growth Simulations, Mathematical Models and Manifestations’ a research paper presented in a nation al Conference on Condensed Matter Physics and Applications-2013at Manipal University, on December 27-28,2013.


Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

International Conference

No of International Conference: 5

  1. A research paper titled "Aging Effects of the Precursor Solutions on  the Properties of Spin Coated Ga-doped ZnO Thin Films", 59th DAE Solid State Physics Symposium (DAE-SSPS-2014) , VIT University Vellore, Tamilnadu, December 16-20, 2014.
  2. A research paper titled "Crystal and surface structural studies on spin coated Ga-doped ZnO thin films", International Intra-disciplinary Conference on the Frontiers of Crystallography (IICFC-2014), Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa College, Madikeri,  Kodagu, December 29-30, 2014. 
  3. A research paper "Effect of Electron Irradiation on the Properties of GZO Thin Films Deposited by Sol-Gel Method" International Conference on Recent Advances in Nano - Science and Technology 2015 (RAINSAT-2015),  Sathyabhama University, Chennai, July 8-10, 2015.
  4. A research paper titled  "Sol-Gel Derived Al-Ga Co-doped Transparent Conducting Oxide ZnO Thin films", 60th DAE Solid State Physics Symposium (DAE-SSPS-2015) , Amity University, Noida, Delhi, December 21-25, 2015.
  5. A research paper titled "Effect of 8MeV Electron Irradiation on the Properties of Transparent Conductive ZnO Thin Films" in the International Conference on Smart materials and Technologies for Emerging Electronics (IC-SMTEE-2016), CENT, Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management (SCEM), Mangalore, February 19-20, 2016.



Dr. Navin. N. Bappalige

International Conference

No of International Conference: 1

1. Navin N Bappalige“Effect of dipolar association of bromine on non –linear   properties of m-

    nitro acetanilide”, presented at the International conference at NITK-suratkal, Karnataka in

    Feb 15-16, 2010.



Workshop/Seminars Of Physics

Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

1. "Research workshop for Doctoral Candidates" at Karnataka Govt. Research centre, Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, January 23-24, 2015.

2. Attended a workshop on “ New Model Curriculum for First Year B.E/ B.Tech-CBCS Detailed Syllabus (2018-2019) as per Outcome-Based Education (OBE) format including Course Outcomes (CO) and Bloom’s Taxonomy”  under Physics Board held on 19 th May 2018 at SCEM, Mangaluru Organized by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi.

3. Attended a workshop on “Orientation Course in Values Education” held at Ramakrishna Institute of Moral and Spiritual Education, Yadavagiri, Mysore from 29th – 31st March, 2018.


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Project and Exhibitions Of Physics

Dr. Navin. N. Bappalige

Structural Characterization of Ferroelectric Thin Films Grown by Spin Coating.

Achievements Of Physics




Students Achievements

Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

1. "Study of undoped and doped ZnO thin films for optoelectronic device applications"

2. ZnO-based resistive gas sensors


Approved Research Supervisor (VTU) - Guiding one PhD student.



Dr. Navin. N. Bappalige

Nonlinear Optics and Thin films of Organic and inorganic materials

Ethanol sensors


Guiding One Ph d Student Under VTU


Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

 First Rank in M.Sc Physics ( Specialization-Electronics) with Gold Medal.




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Laboratories Of Physics


Engineering Physics Laboratory provides the necessary theoretical knowledge and technical skills for the under graduate Engineering Students there by lying the foundation stone for their future technical profession. The basic focus in the Laboratory is to improve their scientific temper and to encourage the students to use the principles of Physics in the technical and engineering Problems.

In Physics laboratory we have various physics instruments like

1.Travelling Microscopes
3.Zener Diode Characteristics Kits
4.Photo Diode Characteristics Kits
5.LCR Series and Parallel Resonance Kits
6.Function generators
7.Transistor Characteristics Kits
8.Capacitor Charging & Discharging Kits
9.Laser Diffraction apparatus
10.Newton’s Ring apparatus
11.Torsional Pendulums
12.B-H Curve with CRO apparatus
13.Fermi Energy determination Kit
14.Resistivity of Semiconductors (Four Probe Method)
15.Uniform Bending Apparatus
16.Single Cantilever apparatus
17.Planck’s Constant apparatus
18.Ultrasonic Interferometer
19.Numerical Aperture of an optical fiber-apparatus
20.Magnetic field apparatus

As per VTU curriculum, we conduct the following experiments in our lab.

  1. Study the frequency response of the series and parallel LCR resonance circuits and hence calculate the resonant frequency (f_r), inductance value of the given inductor (L), band width (?f) and quality factor (Q).
  2. Draw photodiode characteristics and calculate power responsivity
  3. Determine the spring constants in Series and Parallel combination of spriral springs.
  4. Determine the Acceptance angle and Numerical aperture of an optical fiber.
  5. Draw the input and output characteristics of a transistor and calculate the input resistance, knee voltage, current amplification factor and current gain.
  6. Determine the Young’s modulus of a rectangular beam by single cantilever.
  7. Determine the dielectric constant of the dielectric material and capacitance of the given capacitor using RC charging and discharging circuit.
  8. Determine the Fermi energy of the given material (copper wire).
  9. Determine the wave length of semiconductor Laser using Laser diffraction by estimating grating constant.
  10. 1Determine the moment of inertia (M.I) of the given body about the axis of suspension and the rigidity modulus of the material of the suspension wire of a Torsion Pendulum.
  11. Determine the Magnetic field intensity along the axis of a circular coil carrying current (by deflection method) and to compare this value with direct method.
  12. Determine the radius of curvature of plano-convex lens using sodium light by forming Newton’s Rings.

Apart from the above, provision exists to conduct the following experiments.

  1. To determine the Planck’s constant using LED.
  2. Verification of Stefan’s law
  3. I-V characteristics of Zener diode
  4. Determine the Youngs Modulus of a bar using Uniform Bending.
  5. Black box experiment to identify and determine the unknown values of passive components.

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Thin film lab provides the basic facilities to prepare thin films using Spin Coater along with the Hall measurement unit to study the electrical characterization of thin films. The lab also provides the material synthesis facilities especially the nonlinear optical (NLO) crystal growth.

The basic work carried out are

  1. Growth of Pure and Doped thin Films of BiFeO3 and ZnO materials, its characterization for gas sensing properties, display and solar cell applications.
  2. Growth and Characterization NLO organic and inorganic crystals

The most of the research facilities were established from the Grant received by Dr. Navin N Bappalige, from VGST, Govt. of Karnataka in the year 2017-18

Brief Details of the Research Establishments.

  1. Spin Coater
  2. Muffle Furnace
  3. Magnetic Stirrer with Hot Plate
  4. Ultrasonic Cleaner
  5. Double Distillation water Unit
  6. Desiccator
  7. Double Distillation water Unit
  8. Ph Meter
  9. Hydrothermal Auto Clave
  10. Pico ammeter
  11. Hall Measurement Unit

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Non-Teaching Staff of Physics Dept

# Name Designation Qualification
1 Sujatha Attender S.S.L.C
2 Ms. Shwtha Kumari Instructor B Sc