The physics department was founded in 1954 and at present is one of the main at a technical university. The main aim of the department is to prepare specialists who apart from their major qualification could have scientific outlook.
|The first head of the physics department was a 1949 graduate of Leningrad polytechnical institute, candidate of engineering, associate professor M.P.Tonkonogov. In 1969 he has defended the doctor’s dissertation in engineering and has received a professor academic status in 1970.
|In 1987 the head of the department had been elected V.A.Vexler – a 1962 graduate of the Leningrad college of mines, Doctor of engineering (1990), professor (1991).
|From 1992 to 1997, the physics department was headed by Y.I. Lekht – a 1961 graduate of Tomsk polytechnical institute, candidate of engineering (1969), associate professor (1971).
|In 1997 the head of the physics department was Y.A. Ritter – a 1959 graduate of Karaganda teacher training college, candidate of engineering (1981), professor (1991).
|From 1998 to 2001, the physics department was headed by T.Zh.Kunakbaev – a 1971 graduate of Kazakh state university, the candidate of physics and mathematics (1984), associate professor (1991).
|Since 2001, the department was headed by Yu.M. Smirnov – a graduate of the Karaganda Polytechnic Institute (1971), Doctor of Technical Sciences (1997), Professor (1998).
Since July 2020, the department is headed by Ph.D. Turdybekov Dastan Mukhtarovich.
From the date of the department formation the scientific school headed by M. P. Tonkonogov has been established. Its specialization were theoretical and applied researches in area of physics of dielectrics and rocks, automation of processes of grouwing of water-soluble crystals for industrial optoelectronic, developing of holographic technics and experimental registering methods for research of fast physical processes in the conditions of strong electric and optical hindrances. High level of experimental researches has allowed to receive for the first time in the world in scientific laboratories of the department holographic interferograms of the processes proceeding in a solid dielectric at its electrospark breakdown.
n 1967 the first correspondence post-graduate student of the department Sulimov K.G was awarded a candidates’s degree. In 1968 the first intramural post-graduate student of the department Vexler V. A. was awarded a candidates’s degree. In 1969 first at the department Tonkonogov M. P. was awarded doctor’s degree.
In 1978 by employees of the department it is declared about new methods of relaxation dielectric losses of liquids with the high specific electric conductivity measurements on sound and radio frequencies. For the first time also the role of tunnel effects in materials with hydrogen bonds has been noted. Results of researches were reported at the First European conference on application of polar dielectrics (Switzerland, Zurich), on V and VI International symposiums on electretes (Germany, Heidelberg; Great Britain, Oxford), on the International symposium on ice physics and chemistry (Japan, Sapporo), are published in journal Ferroelectrics (USA).
From 2001 in a formation stage there is a science school headed by professor Y.M. Smirnov. The main aim of this research lab is to work out theoretical and applied problems of creation of low-frequency hydraulic and electro-hydraulic pulse systems for realization of various technological processes of rock and building manufacture, vibrating scanning of earth crust, geophysics, seismology. The result was a significant activation of the scientific activity of the staff of the department and workers of the plant. Contractual work resumed (2008 – 1 million tenge), director of KMK B.M. Kenzhin defended his doctoral dissertation, head of the department Yu.M. Smirnov was appointed advisor to the director of the Karaganda machine-building consortium and chairman of the scientific and technical council, the plant created an educational, scientific and production laboratory “Technical physics for the mining industry. Профессора кафедры Смирнов Ю.М., Кенжин Б.М. стали лауреатами премии им. А.А. Скочинского за крупные достижения в области безопасности подземных угольных предприятий – август 2010 г.
On the basis of the department the regional inter-higher school scientific-methodical seminar is organized and successfully functions. The aimes of the seminar are increase of physics teaching quality at schools, grammar schools of Karaganda and Karaganda region. The physics department became one of organizers of Small Academy of Sciences at the Karaganda Palace of children and youthes. The teachers of the department are not only working out innovative programs but elaborating teaching materials for general physics on school and college level. Thanks to that up to 80 % of graduates of the educational institutions which supervised by the teachers of our department become annually students of high schools of Kazakhstan, Russia and other republics CIS and the far abroad.
The department annually holds the University Olympiad in Physics. Its winners as part of the university’s national team were multiple prize-winners of republican student Olympiads and were awarded certificates of honor, diplomas and valuable gifts. Students inclined to research work are involved in the scientific and methodological work of the department when creating distance learning technology; development of an electronic textbook, setting up virtual laboratory work. The results of student research are regularly published in the Proceedings of the University.
According to the results of scientific research in the field of improving the educational process, the department became in 2003 the first foreign member of the “Association of Physics Departments of Technical Universities of Russia”. This was the impetus for the expansion of creative ties with the leading universities of Russia:
— St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University;
— Moscow State Technical University;
— Moscow State Mining University;
— Siberian State Automobile and Highway Academy (SibADI), etc. Penza, Orel.
In recent years, the staff of the department has been replenished with young teachers. The fusion of the experience of the leading teachers and the enthusiasm of the young makes it possible to predict a qualitative leap in the educational, research and educational work of the department and, therefore, its significant prospects.