The research strength of the department is mainly focused on five broad research themes supported by the senior academic staff. The areas of postgraduate level research that is currently taking place are given in the following table

Research AreaStaff MemberSub Disciplines
Atmospheric PhysicsProf. D.U.J. SonnadaraSpatial and temporal change in climate

Application of neural and fuzzy systems

Extreme weather events
Instrumentation PhysicsProf. T.R. Ariyaratne

Dr. M.K. Jayananda

Dr. H. H. E. Jayaweera
Application of technology

Reconfigurable Computing

Automation and robotics
Lightning PhysicsDr. I.M.K. Fernando

Dr. K.P.S.C. Jayaratne
Lightning Generated Electric Fields

Acoustics (thunder signatures)

Lightning protection
Semiconductor PhysicsProf. J.K.D.S. JayanettiSemiconductor and magnetic thin films

Thin film interfaces

Structural studies of metal complexes
Computational PhysicsProf. D.U.J. SonnadaraModeling natural systems

Image processing

Machine vision

Autonomous robot navigation