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 Kohandel - Department of Physics
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
A number of the IASBS faculty members have received promotions according to a resolution passed by the IASBS Audit Board on 21 February 2022.
The outstanding professor of physics, Dr Yousef Sobouti, has been selected as the recipient of the first round of the Dr Mohammed Ghareeb Award in Basic Sciences by the jury committee.
5 master’s and doctoral IASBS theses have been approved by the Selection Committee of Javaaneh 2 Technology Grant after a call for applications and refereeing. Two of the theses are on information and communications technology, two on optics and one on chemistry.
The fourth round of the “In the Shade of the Sun” programme has been held to honour Professor Yousef Sobouti, senior astrophysicist, Professor of Physics and Founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Zanjaan. The ceremony, which was held on Sunday, 7 November 2021 at the Academy of Art’s Iran Hall was attended by a number of figures from the world of art and culture, together with university lecturers, and colleagues and friends of Dr Sobouti to celebrate his 60 years of scientific service and endeavour. Prof Sobouti is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Iran and a Veteran of Physics and Astrophysics.
Two faculty members from the Department of Physics, Dr Mania Maleki and Dr Ali Asadian Flahieh, have received short-term research scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
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