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 .
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:
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Phone: 91-80-2293 3375
Email: prateek ! iisc % ac % in (replace ! by at and % by dot)
Please write to me if you wish to join us as a postdoc. IISc has recently started the Raman postdoc fellowship.
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.
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
Source code for some of my papers
Graduate course on Numerical Methods in Astrophysics (only accessible within IISc)
Graduate course on Fluids and Plasmas
Intermediate undergraduate course on Electromagnetism (only accessible within IISc) and Optics
Intermediate course on Fundamentals of Astrophysics
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
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
A picture is worth a thousand words.
My PhD thesis on the physics of hot, collisionless accretion flows.
Coworkers: 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; Aditi Vijayan
Undergraduates/Short-term: Ashmeet Singh; Nilanjan Banerjee; Praveer Tiwari; Baban Wagh; Upasana Das; Kishalay De; Balaji Venkat; Arjun Dey; Rajsekhar Mohapatra
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