Department of Physics

Background

The Department came into existence soon after the University of Yangon was established in 1920. The department is situated in the South wing the two storey Science building. The department office is on the ground floor facing the garden. All other sciences, whether applied or pure, depend to a greater or lesser extent on Physics. It is the study of nature which in the end governstructure of biological molecules and the achievements of modern engineering. The department offers the following courses leading to BSc Honours, MSc, MRes, DAP (Diploma in applied Physics: Engineering Physics) and PhD.

The Honours course

The aim of the Honours course is to provide a thorough education in Physics and Nuclear Physics, and a basic training for anyone wishing to make a career as a scientist or technologist in industry, pure research, teaching and related fields. The course as designed is oriented towards applied aspects of Physics. Students are offered the electronics and nuclear physic modules as the third levels. The Electromagnetic Field Theory and Laser Physics Module are also available in the Second Year Honours course and First Year MSc Nuclear Physics courses. Laboratory Computational Physics Course is also available in the Second Year. Students are encouraged to relate Physics to other branches of science so that science is not seen as right divided isolated compartments.

(DAP) Diploma in Applied Physics

This is a two year post-graduate course completely oriented towards maintenance and repairs of electronic equipments and devices (Engineering Physics)

MSc, MRes and PhD Program

If a student desires a research career as well as one in development and applications, then an advanced degree should be obtained. The Physics department offers advanced work leading to a degree of Master of Science, Master of Research and the Doctor of Philosophy. It has a strong program in Electronics, Nuclear Physics, Mathematical and Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science and Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. PhD courses are offered in Mathematical Physics, Cosmology, Plasma Physics, Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Nuclear Physics and Electronics.

Location

The Department of Physics came into existence from the time the University of Yangon became established in 1920. It is located in the left wing of the Science Building. The departmental office is located on the ground floor overlooking the garden. The main lecture theatre and some of the laboratories are on the ground floor while others are on the first and second floors.

The Departmental Library

The department possesses a library which holds about 20000 books and is also open during the summer vacation.

Laboratories

Axes of the four-circle goniometer illustrating the 4-circles (ω, χ, φ and 2θ) of the single crystal X-ray diffractometer.

Siemens P4 single crystal diffractometer system

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Impedance Analyzer

PC based power electronics trainer

Single Wafer Spin Processor

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Spray Pyrolysis System

The Department of Physics offers laboratory courses in X-ray crystallography, Heat, Sound, Electricity and Magnetism, Mechanics, Atomic Physics, Solar cell and Nanotechnology. Electronics, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Computer Based Laboratory (CBL) for the undergraduate level. Research facilities in Computational Physics, Electronics, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Solar and Nanotechnology are available at the postgraduate level.

Research Fields

The Department has active research interests in Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Thin Films Technology, Solar Cell Fabrication, Condensed Matter Physics, Computational and Mathematical Physics, Nuclear Physics and Electronics, General Relativity, Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory.

The Department of Physics has the following Research Facilities.

  1. Siemens P4 Single Crystal Diffractometer System
  2. Multi-volt NA 150-04 Neutron Generator. (10” n/s 14 MeV neutrons)
  3. Gamma spectroscopy with PC based AccuspecCard.
  4. ST-350 counter with GM tube
  5. PC based power electronics trainer
  6. Single Wafer Spin Processor (Model WS- 400E- 6NPP- LTTE)
  7. Spray Pyrolysis System
  8. Impedance Analyzer (Quad Tech 1730 LCR Digibridge)

Course and Curriculum

Undergraduate Course

First Year BSc Physics Specialization Semester I
Module No Module Name Credit Point Hours/Week
Lecture Practical /Tutorial
Myan 1001 Myanmar literature 3 2 2
Eng 1001 English 3 2 2
Phys 1001 General Physics I 4 3 2
Elective (1) * 3 2 2
Elective (2) * 3 2 2
Elective (3) Aspect of Myanmar 3 2 2
Total 19 13 12
Total Credits-19: Total hours-25

*A student can choose any three electives including those offered by the Department of Mathematics, Geology and Chemistry to fulfill total of 19 credits. Counseling is advisable.

Foundation Courses
Myan 1001(3)(2-2) Myanmar literature
Eng 1001(3)(2-2) English
Core Courses
Phys 1101(4)(3-2) General Physics I
Elective Courses
Phys 1103(3)(2-2) Modern Physics I
Phys 1106(3)(2-2) Quantum Physics & Relativity
Chem 1001(3)(2-2) Chemistry
Geol 1001(3)(2-2) Geology
Math 1001(3)(2-2) Mathematics
AM 1001(3)(2-2) Aspect of Myanmar

Faculty/Staff

Dr. Khin Khin Win

Dr. Khin Khin Win

Professor & Head
BSc (Honours), DCSc, MSc, PhD, MInstP (lond)