In line with the Institute’s main goal of contributing to progress in the basic sciences, the Physics Department started work as the first IASBS Department with 3 faculty members in the spring of 1993 by admitting 7 students in the MSc Programme in Physics. In 1996, the Institute launched its first PhD Programme by admitting students in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Astrophysics, and Mathematical Physics. A short while later, the Master’s Programme in Experimental Optics was established.
In the year 2000, a special seamless PhD Programme was established to admit the top school leavers passing the National University Entrance Examination. After completing their undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the students in this 7-year Programme proceed directly to their PhD research project skipping the MSc dissertation. In 2018, a seamless MSc-PhD Degree Programme was also stablished in the Department.
The Physics Department has created a dynamic environment for comprehensive postgraduate education in physics and for research and discovery with purely scientific and research orientation, an environment which is unique and free of the usual distractions prevalent in other universities in the country and comparable to the educational environment of the scientific centres in the industrial countries.
The faculty members of the Physics Department are mostly young and active researchers working in various branches of theoretical and experimental physics alongside more experienced members of the Department in close contact with the students. Since its inception, more than 700 postgraduate students have completed their studies at the Department of Physics.
At present, the Physics Department has 36 faculty members and more than 360 postgraduate and Continuous-Track undergraduate students. It has a very high faculty-to-student ratio; unique among Iranian universities. Also, the Physics Department has always maintained one of the highest ratios of the “number of high quality refereed publications to faculty members” in the country.
The members of the Physics Department actively participate in international conferences and workshops and collaborate with the international scientific community. MIT, the University of Missouri, the University of Southern California, the University of Louisiana, the University of Alberta, the Collège de France, the University of Strasburg, the University of Hamburg, Wuppertal University, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), the Max-Planck Institute, and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) are among the world-class universities and research centres with which our faculty have had research collaborations over the years.
Equipped with 36 faculty members and more than 360 postgraduate students, we conduct leading edge research in different branches of physics. Our activities in the Department of Physics have led to numerous patents commensurate with the domestic needs of the country as well as publications in high quality journals such as Nature, Physical Review Letters, … Investigation of various phases of both soft and hard matter, classical and quantum optics, cosmology, and the physics of galaxies are among the main research topics pursued at the Department of Physics. So far, more than 700 MSc and PhD students have graduated from the Physics Department many of whom are currently continuing their studies or working in world class institutions, bearing testament to the quality of education and research offered at this Department.
Mohammad Mehdi Sheikh-Jabbari - Department of Physics
Ehsan Khatami - San Jose State University
Mirfaez Miri - University of Tehran
Dr. Azadeh Mazloom - Department of Physics
Ali Ghorbanzadeh Moghaddam - Department of Physics, IASBS
Rasoul Kalhor - Department of Physics
The IASBS Physics faculty, Dr Encieh Erfani, has been selected as a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA).
The IASBS President, Prof Babak Karimi, has appointed Dr Shahpoor Saeidian as the new Head of the Physics Department.
The IASBS Audit Committee has promoted Dr Saifollah Rasouli from the Department of Physics and Dr Esmaeil Shabanian from the Department of Earth Sciences.
The IASBS Founder and physics faculty, Prof Yousef Sobouti, has been selected as the 34th Khwarizmi International Award's First Rank Special Award winner and praised for his “Lasting Role in the Development of Education and Research”.
Professor Yousef Sobouti has been lauded as a veteran physicist at a nationwide Physics Meeting. The Meeting organised by the Iranian Physical Society (PSI) was held online on Thursday, 17 January 2021.
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