The Physics Department started its activity in 1992 as the first department of IASBS. The M.Sc. program was launched in 1992 with 3 faculty members and 7 students. In 1995, the first Ph.D. students were admitted to work on theoretical condensed matter physics, astrophysics and mathematical physics. After a while, graduate programs in experimental optics were established. In 2000, a 7-year program leading to a Ph.D. degree was established. After completing their undergraduate and graduate courses, the students in this program directly proceed to their Ph.D. thesis, thereby skipping the M.Sc. dessertation. At present, the Physics Department is the only place in the country offering this program. In the past seven years, the research activities have been extended to cover geophysics, and recently, experimental research in condensed matter physics has taken root in the Department in collaboration with the Optics Lab, the Department of Biophysics, and the Department of Chemistry.
The faculty members of the Department are mostly young and active in their field of research. Since its inception, the Department has had 233 graduates at M.Sc. level and 54 at Ph.D. level. Currently, the Department has 22 faculty members, 52 Ph.D. students, 96 M.Sc. students, and 7 undergraduate (the 7-year program) students. The Department has a very high student-to-faculty ratio of 7, unique among Iranian universities. Last year, the Department achieved the highest number-of refereed-publications-to-faculty-member ratio among all the physics departments in the country.
Members of the Physics Department actively participate at international conferences and workshops and collaborate with the international scientific community. MIT, University of Missouri, University of Southern California, University of Alberta in Canada, College-de France, University of Strasburg, Wuppertal University in Germany, the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and the Max-Planck Institute, to mention some, are among the list of world-class universities and research centers with which the faculty have had research cooperation.
With about 30 faculty and 300 students, we conduct research in different branches of physics. Studying the emerged phases of matter, both soft and hard matter, classical and quantum optics and galactic scale physics are among our department activities. Reflected from the quality of education in physics department, many of our alumni are working in world ranked institutions.
Ozra Mahmoudi Fard Germi - Department of Physics
Mohammad Hosein Khosravi - Department of Physics
Narges Fardnia - Department of Physics
Erfan Deris - Department of Physics
Ali Rashedi - Department of Physics
The IASBS Student Astronomy Group, Heliya, has organised a zworkshop on the transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun with the collaboration of the Ava Star Centre from Tehran. Concurrent with this rare astronomical event, which took place on 11 November 2019, the IASBS Observatory was reopened under its new Director, our own local cosmologist, Dr Encieh Erfani, an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics.
The Department of Physics is hosting a renowned theoretical physicist and former director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCCA), India, Prof Naresh Dadhich, for one month starting on 26 October 2019.
A research group from IASBS led by Dr Hosein Haghi in collaboration with astronomers from the University of Bonn in Germany has shown that the internal dynamics of the ultra-diffused galaxy NGC 1052-DF44 can be understood within the framework of Milgromian dynamics (MOND) without invoking any dark matter at all. They found that the required stellar mass to explain the dynamics of this galaxy is remarkably consistent with the standard theories of formation and evolution of galaxies.
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