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Established in 1952, the department presently offers B. Sc., M. Sc. and Ph. D. programmes in Physics. The department has nine permanent teaching positions and four non-teaching staff. There are about 100 students in the under graduate programme and 24 students in  the post graduate programme. Three students are working towards their Ph. D degree.

The Astronomy Club attached to the department organizes regular night sky observations and popular lectures on astronomy.


E-mail : physics@marthomacollege.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MTCPhysics

Research Activities

The department is actively involved in research in the field of Spectroscopy, Nuclear Physics, Space Physics, Thin Films and Plasma Physics. The department is recognized as a research centre by the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Dr. Samuel Mathew, a member of faculty, is a research guide. Six members of the faculty has research degrees and one member is doing Ph. D. at this center. The center also has three external guides.

Research Guides

  • Dr. Samuel Mathew
  • Dr. Jojo P. J.
  • Dr. Yohannan Panicker
  • Dr. Hema Tresa Varghese

There are at present 3 research scholars and two project fellows affiliated to the center.

Research Facilities

The centre has a research room facilitating synthesis of materials required by the researchers. The centre also utilizes the Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS), UV/Vis Spectrophotometer, FTIR Spectrometer and High Vacuum thin film coating unit installed at the DST / FIST lab.

Recent Publications

  • Angel Susan Cherian, Emil J V, Thomson M C, Rashida C V, Malu S, PbS Thin Films using Cost Effective Chemical Method and Enhancement in its Conductance , Knowledge of Research 2 (2015) 104–107 doi:10.7598/kor2015.141
  • G. Sreekala, Sijo Sebastian, Manesh Michael, Noble P. Abraham, G. Renuka, Chandu Venugopal,Stability of the kinetic Alfven wave in a current-less plasma, Advances in Space Research 55 (2015) 2519–2525 doi:10.1016/j.asr.2015.03.016
  • Sijo Sebastian, G Sreekala, Manesh Michael, Noble P. Abraham, G. Renuka, Chandu Venugopal,Solitary waves in a plasma with oppositely charged dust (heavier, pair ions) and kappa modeled lighter ions and electrons, Physica Scripta 90 (2015) 035601 doi:10.1088/0031-8949/90/3/035601


The department has well equipped laboratories for under graduate and post graduate students.

The under graduate laboratory has multiple units of various General Physics, Optics, Electronics experiments prescribed in the curriculum so that more number of students can learn the experiment simultaneously.

The post graduate laboratories have separate sections for General Physics and Electronics experiments. A separate lab, with an attached dark room, for spectroscopy and LASER experiments is also setup. The computer science / virtual lab has about 12 PCs running Microsoft Windows / Linux. A Microprocessor lab is also functional in the department.

The department also has a research lab for synthesizing samples of thin film materials. The department also utilizes the Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS), UV/Vis Spectrophotometer, FTIR Spectrometer and High Vacuum thin film coating unit installed at the DST / FIST lab.

The Astronoy Club attached to the department has two telescopes for regular observations and night sky parties.

A Hobby Workshop is also attached to the department which has a lathe and other tools utlized by the students for dissertation projects.


The department at present has 8 permanent faculty.

Dr. P. K. Subhadradevi M.Sc., Ph. D. (HOD)
Tel: 0469 – 2619997, Mob: 9446755404

  • Areas of Interest : Space Physics

Prof. Thomas T. George M.Sc., M. Sc. (Applied Psychology), M. Phil.
Tel: 0468 – 2362662, Mob:9562398868

  • Areas of Interest : Crystal Growth

Prof. Elizabeth George K. M. Sc., B. Ed., M. Phil.
Tel: 0479 – 2326827, Mob: 9496986175

  • Areas of Interest : Crystal Growth

Dr. Samuel Mathew M. Sc., M. Phil., Ph. D. (Research Guide)
Tel: 0469 – 2741740, Mob: 9446066490

  • Areas of Interest : Spectroscopy

Prof. Santhosh Jacob M. Sc., B. Ed.
Tel: 0469 – 2661259, Mob: 9447388187

  • Areas of Interest : Polymers

Dr. Angel Susan Cherian M.Sc., Ph. D.
Tel: 0469 – 2610400, Mob: 9447803141

  • Areas of Interest : Thin Film Science

Dr. Noble P. Abraham M. Sc., M. Phil., Ph. D.
Tel: 0469 – 2668167, Mob: 9497329980

  • Areas of Interest : Space Plasma, Computational Physics

Dr. I. John Berlin M. Sc., M. Phil., Ph. D.
Mob: 9048875681

  • Areas of Interest : Thin Film Science

Former Faculty

  1. Prof. Chellamma Mathew
  2. Prof. M. J. George (Late)
  3. Prof. Kurien V. M.
  4. Dr. John Mathai K.
  5. Prof. Abraham Varghese
  6. Prof. Varghese Chacko
  7. Prof. Jacob Mathew (Late)
  8. Dr. K. V. Kurien
  9. Prof. P. J. Joseph (Late)
  10. Dr. Kadambari Haravu
  11. Prof. P. S. Jacob
  12. Prof. Philip N. Thomas
  13. Prof. John Varghese
  14. Prof. Sam Philip M.
  15. Rev. Dr. Alexander Abraham
  16. Prof. P. C. Thomas
  17. Prof. E. V. Thomas
  18. Dr. Abraham C. Varghese
  19. Prof. Pillai Sobha
  20. Prof. K. G. Thomas


Alumni of the department are placed in India and abroad at various capacities. A database of the alumni is maintained.