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    Education:

    Ph. D.,  Physics and Astronomy, Fall 2012

    ·         Dissertation Title: “The Nature of Microvariability in  Blazar 0716+714”

    ·         Advisor: Prof. James R Webb

    M. Sc., Physics, 2000, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

    ·         Dissertation Title: “Null and time-like geodesic in Kerr de-Sitter space”

    ·         Advisor: Prof. Udayraj Khanal

    Research Interest:

    My main interests include evolution of AGN, super massive black holes, magnetohydrodynamic simulations, relativistic outflows and high energy astrophysics.

     

    Honors and Awards:

    • Second Prize Award, Graduate Student Research Competition, Department of Physics,

    Florida International University, 2012

    • Second Prize Award, Graduate Scholarly Forum Research Competition, Florida International University, 2012

    ·         Dissertation Year Fellowship, Florida International University, 2012

    ·         Best Astronomy Teaching Assistant, Florida International University, 2011

    • Graduate student speaker award in the Miami physics conference 2008, Lago Mar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • Hilmor Louis Astronomy Scholarship, for ‘Someone in Love with Stars’ , 2007

     

    Academic experience:

    Graduate student, Florida International University, Miami Florida, USA.

    Includes current Ph.D. research, Ph.D. and Masters level coursework including General Relativity and Plasma physics, and research projects. An astronomy talk is presented each month to the astronomy group at FIU.

     

    Observation, Data Reduction and Photometry:

    Multi-frequency observation of blazars from 0.9m Kitt Peak Telescope and Lowell 24in Cerro Tololo, Chile. Image reduction and photometry using MIRA, 2007-Present

     

    Teaching Experience:

    • Teaching physics and Astronomy labs as a Teaching Assistant at FIU, 2007-2011
    • Physics Lecturer. Teaching Undergrad level physics at Capital College and Research Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2001-2006

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    Publications:

    ·         WEBT Observation of Microvariability in Blazar 0716+714, Bhatta et al.( Submitted )

    ·         Dhalla, S, Webb, R., Bhatta, G., &  Pollock, J., 2010, JSARA, vol. 4, p. 7-11

    ·         Villata et al. 2008, A&A 481, L79–L82

    Conference Presentations:

    ·         WEBT Observations of  Blazar 0716+714, AAS 2012, # 219, # 209.02D

    ·         A Model for Microvariability in Blazars, AAS 2011, # 218, # 327.04

    • Microvariability in Blazars, AAS 2010, #216, #420.11
    • Microvariability in Blazars, Miami physics conference 2008, Lago Mar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Other presentations: International Space Apps Challenge, April 2012, Miami, Florida

    Link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22022693

     

    Analysis Skills: Quasi-periodic Oscillation (QPO), Power Spectral Density Functions (PSD) Analysis and Blazar Light Curve Modeling by Synchrotron Pulse Emission

    Analysis Tools: Discrete Fourier Transform, Wavelet Analysis, Noise Analysis and Synchrotron emission from relativistic jets.

    Computer Skills: FORTRAN, IDL, MIRA, MaxIm DL, La Tex, Mathematica and Matlab.

     

    References:

    1.       James R. Webb
    Professor of Physics
    Director, SARA Observatory

    Florida International University

    Miami, FL 33199

    webbj(at)fiu.edu

     

    2.      Walter Van Hamme

    Professor of Physics

    Florida International University
    Miami, FL 33199

    vanhamme(at)fiu.edu

     

    3.      Caroline Simpson

           Associate Professor of Physics

           Florida International University

           Miami, FL 33199

           simpsonc(at)galaxy.fiu.edu


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