Dr. D. Nagaraja, MSc, Mphill, Ph.D
Professor and HOD



Instill the spirit of Scientific Curiosity in both the teacher and the taught


  • A science club with multi varied activities
  • Institute an extracurricular demonstration room where the students can build and have hands on experience on topics/ experiments not included in the syllabus
  • Bring Monthly bulletin on recent developments in SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY and Organize workshop/conferences on science related topics


The Physics department has a staff of 7 members of which 3 members have more than 25 years of teaching experience. There are TWO well-equipped Physics laboratories. Students are given individual attention in the lab classes. The results in both theory and practical examinations have been consistently good. Several workshops/conferences sponsored by Indian Academy of Sciences, KSCST and Rajya Vokkaligara Sangha, are constantly organized.

Infrastructure: Engineering Physics laboratory has Two well equipped labs with basic infrastructure and instruments. It has main laboratory = 115.15 m2, optics laboratory = 27.85. m2, and store room= 24.14 m2.


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Name : Dr. D. NAGARAJA
Designation : Professor and HOD
Qualification : M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
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Areas of Research : Spectroscopic Studies,     


Fluorescence Spectroscopy,
Thin films,

Nano materials and shock waves
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No Of Publications : 20


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Designation : Associate Professor
Qualification : M.Sc., M.Phil., (Ph.D.)
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Areas of Research : Liquid Crystals
No Of Publications : 05
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Designation : Associate Professor
Qualification : M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
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Areas of Research : Liquid Crystals
No Of Publications : 06
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Designation : Assistant Professor
Qualification : M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
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Areas of Research : Spectroscopic Studies, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Thin films, Nano materials and shock waves
Nano materials and shock waves
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No Of Publications : 12
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Designation : Assistant Professor
Qualification : M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
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Areas of Research : Molecular Spectroscopy, Nanoscience and Material science.     


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No Of Publications : 21
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Designation : Assistant Professor
Qualification : M.Sc., Ph.D.
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Areas of Research : Conducting Polymer Composites, Nano Materials and Materials Science     


Dr. Chaluvaraju B V, M.Sc.(Physics), Ph.D. – Google Scholar Citations

No Of Publications : 31
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Designation : Assistant Professor
Qualification : M.Sc., B.Ed.
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Areas of Research : Conducting Polymer Composites and Nano Materials
No Of Publications : 02

Research Projects in the department:

Dr. D. Nagaraja had received a project grant of Rs. 20 Lakhs from Government of Karnataka under VGST scheme KFIST-L1 for a period of 2 years from 2017 to 2019.

R&D activities:

The department has well established research center with 5 VTU recognized guides and major equipments like UV-VIS spectrometer and Shock wave tube. Faculty are actively involved in research on varied fields which includes photophysical properties of heterocyclic compounds, fluorescence spectroscopy, polymers, composite materials and liquid crystals, and 5 of them have obtained Ph.D from VTU. 3 students are pursuing their research in the department. Project proposals are submitted to various funding agencies like VGST, AICTE, SERB, DRDO etc. Department has nearly 90 research publications in national and international journals. The faculty have attended many refresher courses/FDPs/workshops and presented their research work in many national and international conferences.


Dr. D. Nagaraja has presented his research work in 8th Global Conference on Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE2019), held at Sanya, CHINA from 12-11-2019 to 15-11-2019

Dr. Geethanjali HS has presented her research paper in 14th International Conference on “Methods and Applications of Fluorescence (MAF14)”, from 13th – 16th Sep 2015 held at Wurzburg, GERMANY

Additional and technical support/facilities provided to the students

* During the COVID-19 emergency, our faculties have taken various measures to reach students using modern technical tools such as Zoom class, Google drive links, YouTube videos, Google classroom etc. The link related e-contents is provided separately for the benefit of stakeholders

* Our Faculty Dr.BV Chaluvaraju and Dr. UP Raghavendra have encouraged students to take up mini projects like conducting polymer composites and nano materials and assisted 8th Sem students in their final year project.

Curricular and co-curricular activities organized by the department

Department has organized many events. Some of them are

i. Organized 2 days conference on 100th year celebration of Einstein’s works on 22-4-2016 to 23-4-2016
ii. Conducted a 2 day Lecture workshop on Shock waves in science, Engg and Medicine on 23rd and 24th March-2017 in association with Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru
iii. Invited talk on “CGPA, SGPA and CBCS – Scheme in VTU” for I year Physics Cycle students on 29th and 30th Aug, 2017
iv. One day conference on “Laser Physics and Non-Linear Optics“ on 30th Oct, 2017
v. Organized a 2 day “Workshop on AICTE Model Curriculum for Basic Sciences and Humanities” at Kuvempu Kalakshetra, BIT in association with VTU, Belagavi between 7th and 8th May, 2018


Major equipments and glass wares in Physics research lab

i.UV-Visible spectrophotometer:

Particulars Details
Optical system Czerny-Turner
mount, Double beam monochromator
Wavelength range 190 to 1100mm
Stray light 198 nm (KCI) : 1.0 % or less 220 nm
(Nal) : 0.05 % or less 340 nm
(NaNO2) : 0.05 % or less
Wavelength accuracy ±0.3 nm (Xe : 260.6, 484.3, 881.9 nm, Hg : 253.7, 435.8, 546.1 nm)    
Wavelength repeatability ±0.1 nm
Photometric range Abs : -3.3 to 3.3
%T : 0 to 300
Photometric accuracy ±0.002 Abs (0 to
0.5 Abs) ±0.004 Abs (0.5 to 1.0 Abs)
Photometric repeatability ±0.002 Abs (0 to 1.0 Abs)
Scan speed 10, 40, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,200, 2,400, 4,800, 6,000 nm/min
Response Fast, Medium, Slow
Baseline stability 0.0005 Abs/h (260 nm after a two hour warm-up period)
Noise level ±0.0009 Abs (200 to 950 nm)
Baseline flatness 0.0001 Abs (RMS, 260 nm, 0 Abs)
Light source Xenon flash lamp with 7 years guarantee
Detector Silicon photodiode
Cell holder Automatic 6-cell turret Single cell holder are available as an option.
Printer output For connection to iPad : Air Print compatible
Printer For connection to PC : PC-compatible
Interface LAN port : connected to a router or PC
USB port : connected to USB memory
Size (main Unit) 510 (W) × 490 (D) × 280 (H) mm
Power 100, 115, 220, 230, 240V,
50/60 Hz, 150VA

Power consumption
70 W or Less

Ambient temperature
15 to 35 °C






















Particulars Details
Reddy Tube: Driver tube length: 400mm, driven tube length: 600mm.
Material: SS 304
Shock Mach number range: 1.2 – 2.0
Piston plunger material: SS 304.
Length: 400mm.
Driver pressure monitor: Working frequency: 3 Hz
Maximum pressure: 10 bar
High speed pressure sensors
(3 nos)
High speed pressure sensors
(3 nos)
Model: MPX5700ASX
Supply voltage: 5 V DC
Sensitivity: 6.4 mV/kPa
Rated maximum pressure: 7 bar
Digital Oscilloscope : Input: 2 channels
USB/Wifi connectivity to computer.
Hand operated vacuum pump: Vacuum pressure up to: 150 mm Hg (absolute)
Paper diaphragms Material: Tracing paper (90 – 95 g/m¬2) (100 nos)
For treatment of powder and liquid: Provide an additional 90 degree elbow that can be attached to the end of the driven tube where the samples can be mounted.