Welcome to my personal website. I am a PhD candidate at the Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute, University of Amsterdam and the Department of Earth Sciences, VU University Amsterdam. I am working with Prof. Carsten Dominik in the Exoplanets and Disks group and Prof. Wim van Westrenen in the Planetary Science group. My current research interest lies in the study of the interior of rocky extra-solar planets.

Research

The extra-solar planets, or exoplanets, are the planets in orbit around stars other than our sun. There are more than 1000 billion exoplanets in our galaxy alone. Some of these exoplanets are like our Earth and it is not so strange to think that at least a few of them can harbour alien life! As a scientist, I am interested in investigating what these exopanets are made up of.

I am working in the high-pressure laboratory of VU University to study the interior structure and composition of rocky exoplanets. Currently, I am studying the minerals and their phases present in the interior of carbon-rich rocky exoplanets by performing high-pressure-temperature laboratory experiments. I have also developed models to theoretically compute the interior structure of rocky exoplanets and their mass-radius relations.

False-color electron microprobe image of an experimental run-product at the pressure of 2 GPa and the temperature of 1550 °C. Yellow region is carbon-rich sulfur-poor iron and light-blue region is sulfur-rich carbon-poor iron. Density of material in the interior of exoplanet CoRoT-7b. Yellow region is the iron core and blue region is the silicate mantle of CoRoT-7b.

About Me

I currently live in the most beautiful Dutch city, Amsterdam. I obtained my master's degree in Astrophysics from KU Leuven, Belgium and my bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India. I have also lived in another beautiful city, Mumbai, for a couple of years working for an investment bank, Nomura.

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