Department of Theoretical Physics

About the Department

Year of establishment of the department: 1964

Ø Total faculty in the department: 5

Ø Total students who have passed competitive examinations including  UGC NET/GATE Examination in the past 5 years: 37

Ø Students who have gone for HIGHER STUDIES- Research in      the past 5 years (2012 – June 2017): 35

o  Foreign Universities: 05

o  Indian Institute of Technology (IIT): 08

o  Indian Institute of Science (IISc):02

o  Raman Research Institute (RRI):01

o  Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research    (IGCAR):03

o  Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc.): 03

o  Other Universities: 13


Expertise of the Faculty

 ·       Condensed Matter Physics

 ·       Density Functional Theory (DFT) Calculation

·       Constrained systems

·       Field Theory

·       Atomic Physic

·       Mathematical Physic

·       Nonlinear Dynamics

·       Statistical Physics

·       Nonlinear Optics

·    Crystal Growth and Thin Films




Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Madras. The department was established in 1964.  

  • To provide an excellent theoretical background to the Postgraduate students in Physics.
  • To provide high quality research work in different branches of Theoretical Physics.


  • To involve in and make important contributions in frontier areas of Theoretical Physics.
  • To provide leadership to Postgraduate Physics education in Tamil Nadu.
Current Research Activities
  • Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos.
  • History of Indian Mathematics and Astronomy.
  • Atomic Structure.
  • Quantum Groups,
  • Field Theory and Constrained Systems.
  • Theory of Nanomaterials, Morphological changes of Nanomaterials due to parameter changes.


Name of the Faculty Designation View Profiles
Dr. Rita John Professor and Head Dr. Rita John
Dr. A.S. Vytheeswaran Assistant Professor (Gr III) Dr. A.S. Vytheeswaran
Dr. R. Radhakrishnan Assistant Professor Dr. R. Radhakrishnan
Dr. G. Gnanasangeetha Assistant Professor Dr. G. Gnanasangeetha
Dr. M. Rajalakshmi Assistant Professor Dr. M. Rajalakshmi

Courses offered by the Department

Post Graduate

  • M.Sc. (Physics)

M.Phil Courses

  • Theoretical Physics

Ph.D Programme

  • Theoretical Physics

Syllabus for the Courses Offered

P.G Degree
M.Sc. Physics Download

Fees Structure

P.G Degree
M.Sc. (Physics) Download
M.Phil Degree
M.Phil. Download
Ph.D Degree
Ph.D (Theoretical Physics) Download


Timetable for All Courses Download
Timetable for All Courses Download

Research Scholars

Name Guide Topic Year Joined Year Completed Email Id
S. Suresh Dr. A.S. Vytheeswaran Non Commutativity in Fluid Mechanics. 2004 2005
R. Suganthi Dr. M.S. Sriram Subharmonic and Superharmonic solutions of cubic and quintic duffing oscillators. 2005 2006
T. Ilavenil Dr. P.M.S. Namboodiri, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore The density structure and shape of interacting spherical galaxies. 2005 2006
M. Deepa Dr. M.S. Sriram Stability Matrix and measures of chaos in conservative hamiltonian systems. 2005 2006
G. Indira Dr. A.S. Vytheeswaran Studies on various higher order processes in hydrogen atom. 2006 2007
V. Indumathi Dr. M.S. Sriram Revival structure of quantum wave packets. 2006 2007
Sudarshana V. Iyengar Dr. M.S. Sriram A study of the accuracy of algorithms for planetary longitudes in Indian Astronomy. 2006 2007
K. Ramesh Babu Dr. M.S. Sriram Gauge Theory analysis of a particle moving on a circle. 2006 2007
G.S. Sathya Dr. Rita John Band structure calculation of some of the III-V photonic materials. 2007 2008
C. George Johnson Dr. A.S. Vytheeswaran Symplectic integration of non-linear hamiltonian systems. 2007 2008
S. Pushpalatha Dr. Rita John Electronic Band Structure Calculation of II-VI Binary Semiconductors. 2007 2008
S. Hemalatha Dr. Rita John Electronic properties of the martensitic alloys: TiNi, TiPd and TiPt. 2008 2009
K. Swathi Dr. M.S. Sriram Studies in action angle variables and geometric phases in classical mechanics. 2008 2009
Anitha Asokan Dr. Ranabir Chakrabarti Transmission of quantum states by spin chains. 2008 2009
A. Dhanya Gopi Dr. G. Amarendra (IGCAR, Kalpakkam) Synthesis and Characterization of Iron-Chromium alloys. 2008 2009
S. Lavanya Dr. Rita John Band gap anomaly of ZnBP2 (B=Si,Ge,Sn) Pnictides. 2008 2009
P. Vedanayaki Dr. Rita John Electronic structure calculation of TiCo, TiCr and CoCr alloys. 2009 2010
R. Meenakshi Dr. Ranabir Chakrabarti Dynamics in a coupled cavity array. 2009 2010
R. Caroline Dr. A.S. Vytheeswaran Gauge symmetries in some non-commutative systems. 2009 2010
V. Sheela Dr. Rita John Electronic structure calculation of TiX (X=Ni,Ag) and TiNix Ag1-x binary and Quasi binary alloys. 2010 2011
G. Subashree Dr. Rita John Electronic Structure calculation of TiX(X=V,Nb,Ta) alloys. 2010 2011
M. Balaji Dr. Ranabir Chakrabarti Unambiguous quantum measurement of non-orthogonal states. 2010 2011
P.V. Muhammed Kutty Dr. Ranabir Chakrabarti Phase transition in Jaynes-Cumming-Hubbard model. 2010 2011
S. Nagarajan Dr. Rita John Electronic structure of TiX (X=Fe,Co,Ni,Pd,Pt) shape memory alloys. 2010 2011
M. Suresh Dr. A.S. Vytheeswaran A study of constrained systems. 2010 2011
K. SathishKumar Dr. R. Radhakrishnan A study of nonlinear magnetization dynamics in magnetic material. 2010 2011
Name Guide Topic Year Joined Year Completed Email Id
No Result available
Ph.D Nil
M.Phil 26
Ph.D 1
M.Phil Nil