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HELLO, I'M

Bhavesh Rajpoot

I am an aspiring Astronomer and Astrophysicist.

I am pursuing M.Sc. Astronomy and Astrophysics student at the Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversität Heidelberg, Germany. I have worked on the 'Bayesian Analysis of Detached Eclipsing Binaries (dEBs)' under the guidance of Dr. Kyle Conroy at Villanova University, US. Prior to this, I performed a detailed study in the Modelling and Analysis of Binary Stars as a Summer Intern at the Indian Institue of Technology, Bombay (IITB), India. Apart from this, I was an Honorary Fellow at the Varahamihir Astronomical Observatory, MPCST, Dongla where I was tasked to automate the telescope and dome for remote observations. Currently, I am focusing on getting more experience with the different wavelengths and techniques used in Observational Astronomy.

I received my Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Physics from Fergusson College (Autonomous), Pune. Through the college's Astro Club, I have volunteered and outreached Astronomy and Astrophysics through various activities to college as well as school students. Talking about Astronomy and Scientific Thinking has always been my strength and never leaves a chance to encourage students to pursue what they like.

Apart from academics, I counsel students for becoming an Astronomer/Astrophysicist, various graduate study opportunities in the US and Europe, buying Telescopes, especially for the Indian subcontinent, and take Astronomy & Stargazing sessions (subject to availability at location).  For more information regarding this, please head to this page.

Along with Astronomy, I am an avid trekker and photographer, and love to cook!

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Interests

  • Observational Techniques

  • Eclipsing Binaries and Exoplanetary orbits

  • Light curve extraction and analysis

  • Explosive Transients

  • Nucleosynthesis 

Education

​M.Sc in Physics, 2024

Universität Heidelberg, Germany

 

B.Sc in Physics, 2020

Fergusson College, Pune, India

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Projects

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Bayesian Analysis of Eclipsing Binaries

  • Modelling light curves (LCs) of detached Eclipsing Binaries (dEBs) using ellc & PHOEBE models as Forward Model in PHOEBE Python package.

  • Fitting the LC model to dEB data using the Forward Models that were optimized through the Nelder‑Mead algorithm and sampled through the Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm to estimate orbital and physical parameters with their uncertainties.

  • Estimation of physical properties of the individual binary component using the estimated parameters.

 

Talks & Presentations

Knowform LLP (Invited)

Vedantu (Invited)

 

Equinox Astrophysics Program, Naxxatra Club (Invited)

Science Club, College of Engineering, Pune (Invited)

Astro Club, Fergusson College, Pune (Contributed)

  • Effects of CMEs on Earth’s Thermosphere                                                            12/06/2020

  • Basics of Observational Astronomy                                                                        10/12/2019

  • Introduction to Asteroid Hunting                                                                            06/07/2019

Poster Presentations:

Fergusson College, Pune

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Technical Skills

Languages:  Python, LATEX, Bash, C

OS:  Windows, Linux, MacOS

Productivity tools:  Git/GitHub, Overleaf, Microsoft Office, Slack, Google Docs

IDEs:  VSCode, Jupyter, Spyder, Pycharm, IDLE

Python Tools:  NumPy, SciPy, AstroPy, Corner, Emcee, RMFit

Visualization:  Matplotlib, Origin

Eclipsing Binary Analysis:  PHOEBE, ellc, JKTEBOP, EBAI, Lightkurve

Observatory: The SkyX Pro, TPoint, MaxIm DL Pro Suite, N.I.N.A, ImagePlus, IRAF

Astronomical Instrumentation

Reflectors: PlaneWave CDK20, Celestron CGX EQ 925 SCT, Celestron 8 SE, Sky‑Watcher 8‑in Dob, GSO 8‑in Dob, StarTracker 150EQ, Sky‑Watcher 150EQ, Celestron 130EQ‑RA motor

Refractors: StarTracker 90mm AZ, Vintage 90mm Refractor – EQ (Pier)

Mounts: Paramount ME mount
Sensors: Apogee Alta U9000X CCD camera, ZWO‑ASI120MC CMOS camera, Canon 700D & 1500D DSLR Camera

Filters: Johnson’s UBVRI filtersSolarite Solar Filter, GSO (1.25”): #23A LIGHT RED Filter, #80A MEDIUM BLUE  Filter, Moon Filter

Radio: 3m & 4m Dish Type Simple Radio Telescope – AZ, SpectraCyber I/II 1420 MHz  Hydrogen Line Spectrometer, RTL‑SDR V3 Dongle