The department of physics is a teaching/research department of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad. It offers courses leading to M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. The department was established in 1966 as the Institute of Physics and was located then in Rawalpindi. Founding Director of the Institute was the eminent particle theorist Prof. Riazuddin. The department initially offered only M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees and after shifting to the present QAU campus in 1972 the M.Sc. program was initiated. In the initial stage of its development the department benefited from strong support from various international programs and institutions such as Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ASICTP), Trieste (Italy), International Program in the Physical Sciences (IPPS) Uppsala (Sweden) and the DAAD Program (Germany). At a later stage expansion of experimental facilities took place through the Japanese Aid program 1986-87. In recent years the Higher Education Commission (Government of Pakistan) has been the primary source of expansion and support of our research facilities and activities.
While in the initial period the major activity in the department was in the area of theoretical particle physics, since 1986-87 the department has launched a strong experimental research program in a number of areas of physics. The department lays stress on colloquia and seminars in which, apart from the faculty, participation from the research students is encouraged. Scientists and experts from various organizations and institutions outside the university are also invited. The faculty members and research students get opportunities to attend the national and international conferences. In addition the department itself has organized several national conferences and regional workshops.
The department enjoys research collaborations with a number of local scientific organizations and universities such as NCP, PINSTECH, PIEAS, COMSATS, NUST, and GCU. Several faculty members have established international collaborations with reputed institutions in USA, UK, Germany, China and Malaysia. These collaborations have also resulted in the initiation of split-PhD arrangements between our department and institutions in US and other countries.
Pakistan Council for Science and Technology has recently compiled data for working scientists in the country based on the Cumulative Impact Factor (CIF) of the research papers published in the international journals and the Department of Physics has been recognized as the leading physics department in the country. Among the universities in the country the physics department at QAU possesses the highest C.I.F.
All the faculty members are PhDs with considerable experience of teaching and research in their respective fields of specialization. The main teaching and research activities of the Department cover the following disciplines:
1. Atomic and Molecular Physics (Experiment)
2. Condensed Matter Theory/Simulation
3. High Energy Physics (Theory and Experiment)
4. Materials Sciences/Superconductivity (Experiment)
5. Nanomaterials/Magnetism (Experiment)
6. Plasma Physics (Theory/Experiment)
7. Quantum Information/Quantum Optics (Theory)
8. Semiconductor Physics (Experiment)
M.Sc., M.Phil. & Ph.D.
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