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 Mrs. Shruthi K Assistant Professor B Sc, M. Sc
3 Mrs. Sharel Vietoria Coelho Assistant Professor B. Sc, M Sc

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 : 14


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

2. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S.M. Dharmaprakash (2015). "Thickness dependence properties of spin coated ZnO nano crystalline films",  SAHYADRI International Journal of Research, 2015, Vol.1, No.1 (2015), pp.21-24.

3. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash (2016)."Sol ageing effect on the structural, optical and electrical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films", Journal of Materials Technology, Vol. 31, No. 8 (2016), pp. 443-447. DOI: 10.1080/10667857.2015.1105576

4. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash (2016), "Structural, optical and electrical properties of sol-gel prepared Ga:ZnO thin film",  Journal of Materials Research Innovations, Vol. 20, No. 6 (2016), pp.470-474. DOI: 10.1179/1433075X15Y.0000000059

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

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

7. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash (2016). "Influence of Ga dopants on the structural, optical and electrical properties of solution processed ZnO thin films” Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, Vol. 18, No: 7-8 (2016), pp. 672-678.

8. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash (2017). “Effect of Post-Heat Treatment on the Properties of Sol-Gel Derived ZnO Thin Films for Transparent Electronics” SAHYADRI International Journal of Research , Vol.3, No.1 (2017), pp. 4-8.

9. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, K. M. Sandeep and S. M. Dharmaprakash (2018). "Annealing-induced modifications in sol-gel spin-coated Ga:ZnO thin films", Journal of Sol-Gel Science and  Technology, Vol. 78, No. 2 (2018), pp. 438-445. DOI 10.1007/s10971-016-3958-7

10. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, K. M. Sandeep,  Shreesha Bhat, S. M. Dharmaprakash (2018). “High energy electron irradiation effects on Ga-doped ZnO thin films for optoelectronic space applications” Applied Physics A, Vol. 124, No.3 (2018), pp. 1-7. DOI:10.1007/s00339-018-1652-z

 11. K.M. Sandeep, Shreesha Bhat, Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash (2018), “Effect of 8 MeV electrons irradiation on carrier transport mechanism in ZnO thin films fabricated by sol-gel spin coating technique”, Surface & Coatings Technology, Vol. 338, (2018), pp. 96–102.  DOI:10.1016/j.surfcoat.2018.01.087.

12. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, K. M. Sandeep, S.M. Dharmaprakash (2018). “Crystal and surface structural studies on Sol-gel derived Ga-doped ZnO thin films”, SAHYADRI International Journal of Research, Vol.4, No.2 (2018), pp. 7-11.

13. K.M. Sandeep, Shreesha Bhat, Prasad Kumar, Shivaraj R. Maidur, Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash (2019). “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, Vol. 107, (2019), pp. 47–53. DOI:10.1016/j.physe.2018.11.031.

14. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, Navin N. Bappalige, K.M. Sandeep, S. Raghavendra, (2021). “Dominance of c-axis orientation on the carrier transport properties of Sn doped ZnO thin films”, Vol.722, (2021), pp. 138579. DOI:10.1016/j/tsf.2021.138579.





Conference of Physics

Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

National Conference

No of National Conference: 2

  1. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash, Raghavendra.S, Anil Kumar K.V, Hitesh Shetty and Chandrashekar Shetty (2013)."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. 27-28 December, 2013.
  2.  Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash, Shresha Bhat, Sandeep K.M (2014). "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, 17-18 July, 2014.



Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

International Conference

No of International Conference: 5

  1. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash (2014), "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, 16-20 December, 2014. 
  2. Felcy Jyothi Serrao and S. M. Dharmaprakash (2014). “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, 29-30 December, 2014. 

  3. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash (2015). "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, 8-10 July, 2015.
  4. Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S. M Dharmaprakash, K.M Sandeep (2015). "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, 21-25 December, 2015.
  5.  Felcy Jyothi Serrao, S.M. Dharmaprakash (2016). "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, 19-20 February , 2016.



Workshop/Seminars Of Physics

Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao


1. Three-day workshop on "Feel Teacher- learning and development intervention”, conducted by CLHRD at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, from 26th to 28th July 2013.

2. Three-day workshop on "Feel Teacher- Freedom and Punishment", conducted by CLHRD at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, from 16th to 18th July 2015.

3.Two-day workshop on "Research workshop for Doctoral Candidates" at Karnataka Govt. Research centre, Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, from 23rd to 24th January 2015.

4. One day 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 at SCEM, Mangaluru Organized by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi. on 19 th May 2018.

5. Three-day workshop on Orientation Course in Values Education at Ramakrishna Institute of Moral and Spiritual Education, Yadavagiri, Mysore from 29th to 31st March 2018.

6. Seven-day online course on “Semiconductor Physics” authorized by University of Colorado Boulder and offered through Coursera from 28th April 2020.

7. One day webinar on “ Implementation of National educational Policy 2020” organized by VTU, Belagavi, on 23 rd February 2021.

 8. Five-day online Faculty development Programme on “Inculcating Universal Human Values in Technical Education” organized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) from 8th to 12th March 2021.



Mrs. Shruthi K


1.       Participated in five day online FDP on “Inculcating Universal Human Values in Technical Education”, All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE), from 8th to 12th March 2021.

2.  Participated in two day workshop on “Journey of Telescopes in Astronomy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, Poornaprajna College, Udupi, from 22nd and 23rd December 2018.

3.        Participated in two day National level interdisciplinary conference on “Physics of living matter and medical equipment”, St.Aloysius College, Mangalore, from 18th and 19th Decemeber,2018.

4.       Participated in twenty one day refresher course on “Degree college teachers training program in physics”, TDC, IISC, Kudapura, from 23rd Novemebr to 13th December 2016.



Project and Exhibitions Of Physics

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

3. Green Synthesis of nanoparticles, characterizations and applications


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



Dr. F. Jyothi Serrao

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





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