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HELLO, I'M

Bhavesh Rajpoot

I am an aspiring Astronomer and Astrophysicist.

I am currently working 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 love to study Supernovae, Transients, Nebulae, and Nucleosynthesis.

I received my Bachelors 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 for 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 loves to cook!

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Interests

  • Eclipsing Binaries

  • Light curve extraction and analysis

  • Explosive Transients

  • Nucleosynthesis 

Education

​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

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, Wolfram

OS:  Windows, Linux

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

IDEs:  Jupyter, Spyder, Pycharm, IDLE, Wolfram Mathematica

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

Visualization:  Matplotlib, Origin

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

Astronomical Instrumentation

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

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

Eyepieces: Plössl, Kellner (4mm, 10mm, 20mm, 25mm)

Sensors: ZWO‑ASI120MC CMOS camera, Canon 700D DSLR Camera

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