Department of Physics
WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
To be a center of academic excellence producing highly skilled, competent, and innovative graduates in all areas of
To provide quality teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate level so as to impart and generate new
knowledge that supports initiating and sustaining growth and development of our Nation in line with vision 2030.
We are part of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences (SPAS) offering Bachelor of Science (Telecommunication and Information technology) and Bachelor of Science (General), MSc (Physics), MSc (Electronics and Instrumentation), PhD (Physics) and PhD (Materials Science). In addition, the department services other departments in SPAS: the school of Education (in Bachelor of Education, Sc.) and School of Engineering. Our students combine Physics with units offered by Mathematics and Chemistry Departments.
Specialty and Branding
To enhance physics graduates career prospects in today's competitive and changing job market, we revise our courses regularly. We offer both pure and applied physics courses where in the third and fourth year of study you will have an opportunity to select an area of specialization from the following areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Electronics and Instrumentation, Environmental Physics, Geophysics, Materials Science and Theoretical/Pure Physics.
We have postgraduate programmes in M.Sc. (Physics), M. Sc. (Electronics and Instrumentation) as well as Ph. D. (Physics) and PhD (materials science).
We have active linkages with the following international universities and research institutes: University of Free State (SA), University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of South Africa (UNISA), 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),and Hirosaki university (Japan). Locally, we have linkage with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). The linkages have seen our postgraduate students benefit from scholarships while our lecturers have benefited from staff-exchange visits. There are opportunities for our postgraduate students to continue benefiting from these collaborations.
The Department has four undergraduate laboratories and a research laboratory managed by highly trained and experienced technical staff. The main equipment available for experimental Physics research 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. The Department also has an active group in theoretical atomic collisions Physics.
Physicists are in high demand and the careers open to them are diverse. The opportunities available include:
- Our students can take: Higher degrees in M.Sc. (Physics), M. Sc. (Electronics and Instrumentation) as well as Ph. D. (Physics and materials science) to prepare our graduates to work as researcher scientists, in academia and in Physics Education
- Government Departments, including Materials Laboratory in the ministries of Transport and Communications, Public Works, Energy, Environment and Natural Resource
- Government Agencies such as the Kenya Bureau of Standards and radiation monitoring agencies
- Non-governmental organization and private companies such as Oil and minerals exploration and mining Companies, telecommunication companies
- Above all, our physics graduates are equipped with various analytical and practical skills which allow them to adapt easily to other related fields.
News and Events Physics Dept.
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Areas of specialization
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Electronics and instrumentation
- Environmental and Radiation Physics
- Material Science
- Theoretical Physics
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
- 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)
- 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)