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PHY101 ModernPhysics

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To enable the students to understand the basics of the latest advancements in Physics,
viz., Quantum Mechanics, Nanotechnology, Lasers, Wave Theory and Fiber Optics.

At the end of the course, students will acquire the necessary knowledge about modern
physics and its applications in various engineering and technology disciplines.

Unit1 QuantumPhysics 18hours
Black body radiation Limitations of Classical theory - Basic idea of quantization-
Plancks radiation formula - Compton effect, experimental verification-Davison-Germar
Experiment -Dual nature of electron magnetic radiation - de Broglie waves Heisenberg
uncertainty principle Wave function and Schrdinger equation (time independent and
dependent ) particle in a box (ID)-Eigen values and eigen function- Quantum
mechanical tunneling (derivation) - Scanning tunneling microscope - Quantum
confinement: Introduction to Nanomaterials- Moores Law properties of
nanomaterials Quantum well Wire Dot carbon nanotube; Applications of
nanotechnology in sensors.

Unit2 LaserPhysics 12hours
Laser characteristics- Spatial and temporal coherence Principle Einsteins
coefficients significance population inversion two level, three level, four level
systems laser threshold condition Components of laser modes (transverse and
longitudinal) He-Ne CO2 laser Nd:YAG Excimer laser dye laser- Applications of
lasers- Compact disc- writing and reading Blue ray discs- Holography recording and
reconstruction .

Unit3 ElectromagneticWavePropagation 15hours
Maxwell`s equations (Qualitative) Wave equation (derivation) EM waves Phase
velocity Group velocity Group index- wave guide theory- rectangular wave guide (TE
and TM modes)- Light propagation through fibers (TEM mode) Acceptance angle
numerical aperture types of fibers step index, graded index single mode,
multimode attenuation dispersion intermodal intramodal application of fiber
optics in communication source LED Laser diode Detector pn pin photodiode
endoscope .

1. Modern Physics, Raymond A. Serway, Clement J. Mosses, Curt A. Moyer, Cengage
learning (3
Indian Edition 2010).
2. Laser Systems and Applications, Nityanand Choudhary and Richa Verma, PHI
Learning Private Limited 2011.
3. Introduction to Fiber Optics, Ajoy Ghatak and K. Thyagarajan, Cambridge University
Proceedings of the 26th Academic Council held on 18.5.2012
Press (2010)
4. Microwave devices and circuits-second edition-Samuel Y.Liao Pearson Education-
New Delhi

1. Concepts of Modern Physics, Arthur Beiser, Tata McGraw Hill,
2. Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, John R. Taylor, Chris D. Zafiratos and
Michael A. Dubson, PHI Learning Private Limited 2011.
3. Modern Physics, Kenneth Krane, Wiley, Indian Edition, 2010.
4. Modern Physics, Stephen T. Thornton and Andrew Rex, Cengage learning, First
Indian Reprint 2008
5. The essentials understanding nanoscience and nanotechnology, J. Pradeep, Tata
McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Ltd., 2007.
6. Solid State Physics (New Revised Sixth Edition), S. O. Pillai, New Age International
Publishers, 2010.
7. Lasers: Principles and Applications by J. Wilson and J. F. B. Hawkes, Prentice Hall.
8. Lasers and Optical Instrumentation, S. Nagabhushana and B. Sathyanarayana, I. K.
International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 2010.
9. Principles of Electromagnetics, Matthew N. O. Sadiku, Fourth Edition, Oxford, 2010.
10. Fiber Optic Communications Technology, Djafar K. Mynbaev and Lowell L. Scheiner,
Pearson 2011.

ModeofEvaluation: Written examinations, assignments, seminar,
surprise test


Proceedings of the 26th Academic Council held on 18.5.2012