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I work in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group of the Raman Research Institute (RRI), in Bangalore. I mostly study rotating neutron stars and black holes in our galaxy and its satellites and I have my favourite X-ray stars. I also work as a Co-editor of the COSPAR publication Advances in Space Research and Scientific Editor of the journal Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Opportunities in our laboratory

Members of the X-ray laboratory

Paul, B.
Rishin, P. V.
Gopala Krishna, M R
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Personal Information:
Present Position     Post-doctoral work     At TIFR     Visiting positions
Research Interests
List of publications
PhD Thesis: Timing Studies of Some X-ray Binaries, Advisor: Prof. P. C. Agrawal, 1997, TIFR, Mumbai University
Contact address: bpaul@rri.res.in
My family:

Tracing my roots:
Where I was born    Where I grew up    My University   

Experiments participated:
Balloon borne Hard X-ray telescope
Indian X-ray Astronomy Experiment (IXAE) on the satellite IRS-P3, 1996-2000

Ongoing experiments:
X-ray Polarimeter
ASTROSAT


Graduate students:
Uddipan Mukherjee (PhD 2007), TIFR, Mumbai      Stellar winds in X-ray binaries
Harsha Raichur (PhD 2009), JAP-IISc                 Orbital evolution of X-ray binaries
Chandreyee maitra (2008-**), JAP-IISc                 X-ray Polarisation, Cyclotron lines
Marykutty James (2008-**), MG University, Kottayam (jointly supervised with Dr. Indulekha) Power Density Spectra of Accreting X-ray Pulsars
Jincy Devasia (2008-**), MG University, Kottayam (jointly supervised with Dr. Indulekha) Pulse Profiles of Accreting X-ray Pulsars
Nazma Islam (2010-**), JAP-IISc X-ray Binary Luminosity Function and Variabilities
Pragati Pradhan (2011-**), North Bengal University (jointly supervised with Dr. B. C. Paul) X-ray Pulsars
Gayathri Raman (2011-**), RRI, X-ray Reprocessing
Aru Beri (2012-**), IIT-Ropar (jointly supervised), X-ray Pulsars
Nafisa Aftab (2012-**), RRI, X-ray Pulsars

Graduate Student Collaborators:
Ramanpreet Kaur (PhD 2009), ARIES, Nainital
Chetna Jain (PhD 2010), Delhi University, Delhi

Visiting Students at RRI:
Archana M., MG University, Kottayam, February-August 2011, Optical reprocessing of thermonuclear X-ray bursts (jointly supervised with Lakshmi Saripalli)
Kedar Phadke, IIST, July-August 2011, Acrretion torque on X-ray pulsars
Abhimanyu S., IIST, July-August 2011, Broad band X-ray spectrum of compact X-ray sources
Aarthi Ramesh, Academy visiting student, June-July 2011, Energy dependence of the eclipse shape of X-ray binaries
Gandhari Wattal, IIT Guwahati, May-June 2011, Spectral variations of LMXBs in nearby galaxies
Jeena Samuel, MG University, Kottayam, February-April 2011, Orbital optical intensity modulation of X-ray binaries (jointly supervised with Lakshmi Saripalli)
Monika Devi Soraisam, November 2010 - January 2011   Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
Malay Ganai, June 2010   Broad Band X-ray Spectroscopy
Kshitij Tyagi, May 2009 - July 2009   Semiconductor X-ray Detectors
Pallavi Roychoudhary, December 2008 - January 2009   X-ray Data Analysis Software Development
Pushkar Kopparla, December 2008   X-ray Data Analysis Software Development
Akshata Mohan, March 2009 - April 2009   X-ray Polarimeter Calibration
D. Preethi, December 2008 - May 2009   X-ray Polarimeter Calibration
Shwetha Chandra, August 2008 - February 2009   Electronics and Controls
Marykutty James, August 2007-August 2008   X-ray Polarimeter
Jincy Devasia, August 2007 - August 2008   X-ray Polarimeter
Smritikana Dutta, May-June 2007   Stability of the Crab Pulse Profile
Devaky Kunneriath, October 2006 - January 2007   Monte Carlo simulation of energy response of the LAXPC detectors

Project students at TIFR:
Aseem Paranjape, 2005,       X-ray Timing Study of Neutron Stars (PSR B1509-58 and MSPs)
Samarth Chandra, 2004,       Development of a Proportional Counter Thompson X-ray Polarimeter
Madhusmita Das, 2004,        Characterising the ASTROSAT-LAXPC Signal Processing Electronics
Anupam Das, 2002,               Phase Resolved Spectroscopy of Accretion Powered X-ray Pulsars
Surajit Dasgupta, 2002,         X-ray Polarisation Measurements with a CdZnTe Detector
Punyabrata Pradhan, 2001,   Determination of Orbital Parameters of X-ray Binaries by Pulse Timing

VSRP students at TIFR:
Kaustubh Joshi, 2005,                      Pulse Timing Studies of 4U 1626-67
Darshana Ramachandran, 2003,       Search for Volcanic Sites on Neutron Stars
Soumyadeep Samui, 2001,               X-ray Polarisation Measurements in Laboratory

Proud member of these professional bodies:
International Astronomical Union
Astronomical Society of India
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR associate)

Conferences/Workshops Organised:
"Multi-Colour Universe", TIFR, September 11-14, 2001
1st ASTROSAT workshop on "Pulsar Astrophysics", TIFR, February 11-17, 2002
"Workshop on Supernovae, Gamma Ray Bursts and Pulsars", TIFR, January 19-23, 2004
2nd ASTROSAT workshop on "Black Hole Astrophysics", BARC, Mumbai, May 11-16, 2004
COSPAR Colloquium on "Spectra and Timing of Compact X-ray Binaries", TIFR, Jnuary 17-21, 2005
3rd ASTROSAT workshop on "Active Galactic Nuclei", M. L. S. University, Udaipur, December 21-29, 2005
"Workshop on Study of Emission from Hot Diffuse Gas with ASTROSAT", Christ College, Bangalore, December 27, 2006 - January 3, 2007
"Astrophysical Studies of Neutron Stars from Multiwavelengths Observations", E11, 37th COSPAR Seicntific Assembly, Montreal, Canada , 13-20 July 2008
"11th COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop", RRI, Bangalore, 8-19 February, 2010
Winter School on High Energy Astrophysics: Accretion onto Compact Objects, HRI, Allahabad, February 6-18, 2012

Astrophysics with HMXBs, at the 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Mysore, 14-22 July, 2012
Neutron Stars: Inside and Outside, 18-19 October, 2012, SINP, Kolkata

Upcoming Conferences/Workshops of Interest:

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