National Institute of Physics

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The National Institute of Physics is one of the academic units under the College of Science in UP Diliman, Quezon City. The Institute offers the following degree programs: BS Physics, BS Applied Physics (with concentrations in materials physics and instrumentation physics), Diploma in Physics, MA Physics, MS Physics and Ph.D. Physics. On the average, the Institute has about 300 students for all levels in the baccalaureate degree programs and about 50 in the graduate degree programs per year. It also services the physics course requirements of over 1000 non-major students per semester and co-implements the graduate programs in environmental science and materials science of the College of Science and the College of Engineering, respectively.

The Institute is the leading center of scientific resarch in physics and applied physics in the Philippines. The NIP research groups are autonomous clusters within the institute that help realize our objective to become one of the best school of physics in this region of the Pacific. Utilizing a comprehensive training via an apprenticeship scheme, thesis work (required for undergraduate and graduate degree) is carried out under the supervision of professors and staff. Each laboratory is managed by a program coordinator who is chosen by the NIP Executive Council after the recommendation of the NIP Director.

Research Laboratories

Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory

Program Coordinators: Elmer S. Estacio, Ph.D

The Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory is equipped with growth facilities for either liquid phase epitaxy or molecular beam epitaxy. It also has a film deposition machine such as a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering system. There are also characterization setups for structural (X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope), optical (photoluminescence, electrical (current-voltage, hall, resistivity, deep level transient spectroscopy) and magnetic (AC susceptibility) properties.

The Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory (CMPL) started through a makeshift laboratory setup at Llamas Science Hall in order to investigate high temperature superconductors (HTSCs). CMPL is now divided into two sub-groups: CMPL Semicon and CMPL Supercon.

Their research areas include: growth, physical properties and applications of high temperature superconductors; epitaxial growth, electronic and optical properties of III-V semiconductors in bulk, quantum wells and dots; and opto-electronic devices.

Instrumentation Physics Laboratory

Program Coordinator: Maricor Soriano, Ph.D.

The Instrumentation Physics Laboratory focuses on multidisciplinary research involving optics and computational physics. Current work includes the development of advanced optical techniques for bio-medicine and materials science, photonic fabrication and manipulation of microstructures, modeling crowd dynamics and financial networks, person-recognition through gait analysis and remote monitoring and control of scientific devices using mobile phones.

Their research areas include: laser microscopy; optical trapping and fabrication; complex systems; noise-aided image and signal analysis; wireless and GSM-based technology; and image and video analysis.

Photonics Research Laboratory

Program Coordinator: Wilson O. Garcia, Ph.D

The Photonics Research Group was established by the NIP to serve as the Philippine national center for research, development and advanced manpower training in the area of lasers and laser applications. It was tasked to spearhead the development of high-impact laser physics research capabilities in the country.

Their research areas include: laser systems development and coherent metrology for nondestructive testing of technical and biological samples.

Plasma Physics Laboratory

Program Coordinator: Henry J. Ramos, Ph.D

The Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL) has developed six plasma facilities and continues to experiment on ion sources (volume, surface, multicusp, gas discharge and microwave) for the production of hydrogen, helium, oxygen, other gas and metal ions and their use in the synthesis of high grade thin films of nitrides, oxides and carbides. A plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) facility is also developed for polymer modification as well as sterilization applications and dielectric barrier discharge for wood treatment. Other plasma chemistry applications are on the synthesis of hydrogenated silicon, hydrogenated diamond-like carbon, hetero-epitactic overlayers, carbon nanostructures, and silicon nanopillars. Studies are done as well on beam transport, diagnostics development (optical emission, Langmuir and ExB probes, electrostatic energy analyzers) and plasma dynamics particularly on enhancement of ion current density, ion energy, beam focusing and acceleration. These are done via simulation and compared to actual experimental results.

Structure and Dynamics Laboratory

Program Coordinator: Francis N. C. Paraan, Ph.D

The research thrust of the Structure and Dynamics Group (SanD) is to understand, through theoretical and computational methods, the physics principles of microscopic and macroscopic systems as dictated by each system’s underlying structure and the processes with which it undergoes. In the area of condensed matter physics, SanD researchers investigate (i) the effect of quantum confinement in the presence of applied fields such as those in heterostructures, (ii) the phenomena in the quantum Hall regime, and (iii) systems with spin interactions. In the area of computational physics, SanD members study (i) percolation in different geometries, (ii) the dynamics of molecular formation, (iii) modeling of population growth that conform to the mutation-accumulation theory of aging, and (iv) the development of efficient search models through quantum computing.

Theoretical Physics Laboratory

Program Coordinator: Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D

The NIP Fields and Particles Group conducts research on quantum field and gauge theories; quantum field theoretical methods in high-Tc superconductivity; perturbation formalism; general relativity and applications in astrophysics; special methods in non-equilibrium statistical physics and applications to non-linear phenomena in hydrodynamics and plasma physics. The Group's research interest also includes high energy particle phenomenology and foundations of non-relativistic quantum mechanics.


Jose A. Magpantay, Ph.D. (High Energy Physics)
Henry J. Ramos, Ph.D. (Plasma Physics)
Caesar A. Saloma, Ph.D. (Instrumentation)
Arnel A. Salvador, Ph.D. (Condensed Matter Physics)
Roland V. Sarmago, Ph.D. (Condensed Matter Physics)
Maricor N. Soriano, Ph.D. (Color, Video and Image Processing)

Percival F. Almoro, Ph.D. (Coherent Metrology)
Roland S. Banzon, Ph.D. (Computational Physics)
Luis Ma. T. Bo-ot, Ph.D. (Fluids, Plasma and Hearing)
Jose Perico H. Esguerra, Ph.D. (Mathematical and Statistical Mechanics)
Eric A. Galapon, Ph.D. (Quantum Mechanics and Mathematical Physics)
Wilson O. Garcia, Ph.D. (Laser Systems Development)
May T. Lim, Ph.D. (Complex Systems)
Armando S. Somintac, Ph.D. (Condensed Matter Physics)
Giovanni A. Tapang, Ph.D.(Synchronization and BioOptics)
Cristine D. Villagonzalo, Dr. rer. nat. (Theoretical Solid State Physics)

Rene C. Batac, Ph.D. (Complex Systems)
Johnrob Y. Bantang, Ph.D. (Complex Systems)
Roland Cristopher F. Caballar, Ph.D. (Quantum Mechanics and Mathematical Physics)
Francis N. C. Paraan (Entanglement, Parallel Computing and Stochastic Processes)

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

B.S. in Physics Program

The five-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics aims to provide students with a comprehensive, thorough, and rigorous training in physics as a solid preparation for further advanced studies in physics at the graduate level, and a general education in the humanities, social sciences, and other natural sciences that will enable them to become broadly educated and socially conscious physicists. In their fifth year, students are required to submit a thesis in order to expose them to actual physics research. This program is specifically designed for students who intend to pursue professional research and/or teaching careers in physics.

B.S. in Applied Physics Program

The five-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics has two areas of concentration -- Instrumentation and Materials Science. This aims to provide the students with a broad and adequate training in physics as a foundation for careers in applied or interdisciplinary sciences like electronics, computing, biophysics, superconductivity, thin film processes, liquid crystals, geophyiscs, and physics chemistry. In their fifth year, students are also required to submit a thesis. General education in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences for a broader educational base and social consciousness are likewise stressed and developed.

Graduate Program

Ph.D. in Physics Program

The program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Physics aims to provide the students with an advanced graduate training in physics that will fully prepare them for scientific careers as top level physicists in academic and/or research institutions. This program is specifically designed to enable students to gain a deep and thorough knowledge of at least one specialized area of physics, to obtain a broad knowledge of several other major areas of contemporary physics, and to acquire the competence to undertake original and independent research in experimental or theoretical physics. After taking the core courses in this program, students may be sent to selected laboratories in Japan, Germany, Australia, USA, and the UK, among others, to do part of their research towards a Ph.D. dissertation. In some areas the full Ph.D. program is implemented at the NIP.

M.S. in Physics Program

The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Physics aims to provide students with an adequate graduate training in Physics that will prepare them for scientific careers as medium-level physicists in academic and/or research institutions. The M.S. degree may be obtained through the thesis option or the non-thesis option, which includes a written comprehensive examination.

M.A. in Physics Program

The two-year program leading to the degree of Master of Arts, Major in Physics, aims to upgrade the student's competence in teaching college physics. This program is specifically designed for college physics teachers who do not possess a B.S. in Physics degree.


The NIP is also an implementing agency of the Materials Science and Engineering program leading to a degree of M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science.


Director's Office : 9209749 / VOIP 3704
Admin : 3701
Faculty Room: 3702

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