Department of Physics


About Us

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We are part of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences and offer units to students from B.Sc in Telecommunication and Information technology (TIT), Bachelor of Science-General (B.Sc-General) and the School of Education (B.Ed). Our students combine the Physics units with units from Mathematics or Chemistry departments

External Links

We have an active lecturer-lecturer linkages with the following international universities and research institutes: University of Free State (SA), University of South Africa (SA), University of Leeds (UK), Shivaji University (India), South Africa Astronomical Observatory(SA), Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Germany), Siegen University (Germany), University of Leipzig (Germany), University of Aachen (Germany), Hirosaki university (Japan). The linkages has seen our postgraduate students benefit from scholarships while the lecturers have benefited from exchange of staff visits. There are opportunities for you to benefit from these links through staff/student exchange and joint research activities.

Specialty and Branding
To enhance physics graduates career prospects in today's limited and competitive job market, we have been revising our courses regularly. Currently, we have embarked upon applied physics courses where on enrolling in the department you will have an opportunity to select one area of specialization depending on your career interests

To enhance physics graduates career prospects in today's limited and competitive job market, we have been revising our courses regularly. Currently, we have embarked upon applied physics courses where on enrolling in the department you will have an opportunity to select one area of specialization depending on your career interests.

Resources
The department has four undergraduate laboratories and a research laboratory managed by highly trained technical staff. The major equipment available include the Dynamic Mechanical Analyses (DMA), Vacuum Coating Unit and its accessories, NaI (TI) gamma ray spectrometer, Water Cherenkov Counter and its accessories,  Antenna Trainer and Satellite communication trainer kits, magnetometer for geophysical measurements, optical spectrometer and computing facilities among others.

Student Destinations

Physicists are in high demand and the careers open to them are diverse. The opportunities available include:

  • Higher degrees to become researcher scientists and academicians in Universities.
  • Government Departments, e.g., Materials Laboratory in the ministries of Transport and Communications, Public Works, Energy, Environment and Natural Resource.
  • Government Agencies e.g. Kenya Bureau of Standards, radiation monitoring agencies e.t.c
  • Non-governmental organization and private companies e.g., Oil and minerals exploration and mining Companies, telecommunication and mobile companies etc.
  • Above all, a physics graduate is equipped with various skills, which allow them to adapt easily to other related career.

Research

Areas of specialization

  1. Astronomy and Astrophysics
  2. Electronics and instrumentation
  3. Environmental and Radiation physics
  4. GeoPhysics
  5. Material science
  6. Theoretical Physics

Research Activities
The staff and postgraduate students are actively involved in research in the following areas:

  • Molecular dynamics of Polymeric Materials.
  • The study of electron and positron scattering with atoms and ions using distorted wave method.
  • Microprocessor based multifunction signal systems.
  • Electrical and opto-electric properties of organic thin films.
  • Numerical simulation of fluid flow in a dual porosity geothermal systems.
  • Assessment of human exposure to natural radiation in different parts of the country and development of composite materials for radiation protection
  • Monte-Carlo (GEANT4) simulations

Funded research projects

  1. Design of an electromagnetic field pulses based profiler technology for cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring by Dr. L. Ochoo and Dr. R.L Nyenge (Vice Chancellor grant 2017)
  2. Effects of exchange and absorption potential on the distorted wave calculations for electron impact excitation of autoionizing states of Alkali atoms by Dr. C. S. Singh (Vice Chancellor grant 2017)

 

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