I am an aspiring Astronomer and Astrophysicist.
I am pursuing M.Sc. Astronomy and Astrophysics student at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Universität 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!
Eclipsing Binaries and Exoplanetary orbits
Light curve extraction and analysis
M.Sc in Physics, 2024
Universität Heidelberg, Germany
B.Sc in Physics, 2020
Fergusson College, Pune, India
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)
Astro Podcast: Exploring the Universe 08/10/2021-16/12/2021
Equinox Astrophysics Program, Naxxatra Club (Invited)
The Physics of Eclipsing Binaries 24/09/2020
Science Club, College of Engineering, Pune (Invited)
Eclipsing Binaries: Our Winking Buddies 03/08/2020
Astro Club, Fergusson College, Pune (Contributed)
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
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 filters, Solarite 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