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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

Atmospheric Physics

Prof. D U J Sonnadara

  • Climate Change
  • Climate modeling
  • Extreme weather events

Computational Physics

Prof. D U J Sonnadara

  • Modeling natural systems
  • Image processing
  • Machine vision
  • Autonomous robot navigation

Dr. Dilina Perera

  • Spin glasses and disordered systems
  • Atomistic modeling and simulations (Generalized-ensemble Monte Carlo, Molecular dynamics, Spin dynamics)
  • Adiabatic quantum computation
  • Physics-inspired solvers for discrete optimization

Instrumentation Physics

Prof. T R Ariyaratne

  • Application of technology

Dr. M K Jayananda

  • Reconfigurable Computing
  • Embedded Systems

Dr. H H E Jayaweera

  • Passive LIDAR
  • Optical Instrumentation

Dr. Lakmal Weerawarna

  • Flexible Electronics

Lightning Physics

Prof. I M K Fernando

  • Lightning Generated Electric Fields

Prof. K P S C Jayaratne

  • Acoustics (Thunder Signatures)
  • Lightning protection


Dr. M K Jayananda

  • Dynamic stability

Spectroscopy and Imaging

Dr. Siyath Gunewardene

Dr. Hiran HE Jayaweera

  • FISH Imaging
  • Multispectral Imaging
  • Optical Spectroscopy
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Passive LIDAR