Division of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Chair: Prof. Rahul Pandit

87 Faculty members
58 Fellowships of Science Academies in India
262 PhD students
16 Master’s students
94 Integrated PhD students
46 PhD students graduated in 2014-15
2 Master’s students graduated in 2014-15

Core Research Areas

Research in the Division covers a wide variety of areas in the Physical Sciences, including fundamental investigations in String Theory, Particle Phenomenology, Field Theory, Condensed Matter Physics, both theoretical and experimental, Soft-Matter and Complex Systems, Biology-Inspired Physics, Biomolecular Structure and Biophysics, Atomic and Optical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and cutting-edge Applied Physics research including MEMS-based and Fibre-Optic Sensors, Multifunctional Materials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy, Nano-Scale Imaging, Optics and Microfluidics, Energy- and Health-Monitoring Instrumentation, and Cryogenic Technologies, including Cryocoolers, Cryogenic Instrumentation, and Cryogenic treatment on materials.

Research in Mathematics covers major areas, both pure and applied, including Probability, Partial Differential Equations, Analysis, Geometry, Topology, Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, and Analytic Number Theory.


Given the diversity of this Division, there is a diversity of themes in research. These can be gleaned from the core research areas mentioned above. Many of these areas lie in the exact sciences, both theoretical and experimental. Along with these, there are growing interdisciplinary programmes, such as in Mathematical Biology and Nanoscience. Translational research is also being carried out and products, based on innovative and cutting-edge technologies, are being brought into the market by faculty entrepreneurs in the division.

Research Snapshots

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