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The Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics (DAMP), Manipal University is a Centre for advanced research and teaching. The Centre is on its way to becoming a leading Centre for research in a vast area of atomic and molecular physics consisting of ultra-fast phenomena in atoms and molecules, light matter interactions, optics and quantum electronics, condensed matter physics, nanophotonics, plasmonics, nanomaterials, opto-fluidics and biophysics.

The Centre which initially focused exclusively on research has made its mark in the academic arena with the introduction of M.Sc. Photonics course that got launched in September 2009. This being the first step by Manipal University towards meeting the national and international needs of expertise in Photonics. In addition to that Department started post graduate programs in Nanoscience and Technology in 2012 and Biophysics in 2013. The Department is also offering certificate courses in ‘Laser Applications in Medicine and Biology’ and Certificate Course in Nanoscience and Technology. Short courses of this kind which are application-oriented will be conducted regularly round the year. The centre is located in the floor LG-1 of Academic Block 5 in the Manipal Institute of Technology Campus.

Apart from the 11 faculties, Adjunct Professors from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai, Raman Research Institute (RRI) Bangalore, University of Texas, San Antonio, US visit DAMP and teach advanced postgraduate courses. Manipal University has signed an MoU with TIFR for joint research collaboration to promote basic and applied research in the campus.


A Centre for advanced research in laser spectroscopy for biomedical application in Manipal was initiated in 1997 when Prof. M.S. Valiathan was the Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) (now Manipal University). The Centre for Laser Spectroscopy was established in April 1997 and Dr. V.B. Kartha, FNA, FNASc, was the head till 31st March, 2004. During the last 15 years the centre has developed into a full-fledged laboratory where basic and applied research is progressing in the area of laser spectroscopy, biophotonics, Ultrafast Photonics, Optofluidics, Plasmonics, Nanoscience and Biophysics.

The centre has very active research collaboration with the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Manipal University has signed an MoU with TIFR for joint research collaboration to promote basic research in the campus. An ultra-fast laser laboratory is being set-up in association with TIFR. 

DAMP has active collaboration with many research institutes across India. Names of the research institutes are following
• Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
• UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai University
• Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
• Raja Rammna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
• Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
• Raman Research Institute, Bangalore