I am a faculty member in the department of Physics at IISc Bangalore. Earlier I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Astronomy department and the Theoretical Astrophysics Center at UC, Berkeley. I completed my graduate studies in the Plasma Physics program, department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University . Before that I was an undergraduate student at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay .


Contact information:

I am very happy to talk to graduate students and other researchers working in my areas of interest. If you are interested in visiting our astro group at IISc please contact me at:

Prateek Sharma
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
India 560012
Phone: 91-80-2293 3375
Email: prateek ! physics % iisc % ernet % in (replace ! by at and % by dot)

Research Group:

PhD students who want to join us are are welcome to talk to me. Physics KVPY fellows who have finished at least two years in college are welcome to write to me for a summer project. I do not take students for winter internships. Since we mostly do numerical simulations (although not always), some numerical experience will be desirable.

Research interests:

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics: instabilities, buoyancy, convection , turbulence
Plasma Astrophysics: plasma kinetic processes; MHD; cosmic-rays
Numerical Methods: hydro, MHD methods; anisotropic transport in dilute plasmas; Vlasov, PIC methods
High Energy Astrophysics: accretion disk transport, outflows; particle acceleration; X-ray galaxy clusters
My papers on arxiv
Some of my Talks
My CV (not updated)


Graduate course on Numerical Methods in Astrophysics
Graduate course on Fluids and Plasmas
Intermediate undergraduate course on Electromagnetism and Optics

Summary of selected research projects:

Physics of hot accretion flows
Physically consistent numerical implementation of anisotropic thermal conduction
Spherical accretion with anisotropic thermal conduction
Turbulence and mixing in the intracluster medium
Paper on numerical implementation and properties of the cosmic ray streaming equation
Thermal instability in the intracluster medium in its implications
State Transitions in accretion flow around black holes, driven by the interplay of cooling and accretion
Supernovae and their impact on the interstellar medium
Models of Fermi Bubbles in our Galactic center

Useful links:

A picture is worth a thousand words.
My PhD thesis on the physics of hot, collisionless accretion flows.
Plasma formulary


Recent collaborators: Arif Babul ; Biman Nath ; Yuri Shchekinov; Andrea Mignone
Postdocs: Naveen Yadav; Kiran Lakhchaura
PhD students: Arpita Roy; Kartick Sarkar ; Deovrat Prasad ; Prasun Dhang; Prakriti Pal Choudhury; Siddhartha Gupta
Undergraduates/Short-term: Ashmeet Singh; Nilanjan Banerjee; Praveer Tiwari; Baban Wagh; Upasana Das; Kishalay De; Balaji Venkat; Arjun Dey


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Updated Oct 20th 2016