Prashansa completed her BS-MS degree, majoring in Physics, from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, India; and continued as a Junior Research Fellow for a year before joining iREx. For her master thesis, she worked in radio astronomy, trying to develop a non cartesian basis for wide field observations, while simultaneously working on the Ooty Wide Field Array. Through various summer and winter projects, she has garnered experience in topics like neural networks, general theory of relativity, exoplanetary science, proper motions of stars, gravitational waves, solar radiation and astronaut health.
Prashansa’s PhD research project aims to yield the first two-dimensional spectroscopic maps of planets outside our solar system. These maps will transform these exoplanets from simple light emitting point sources into complex worlds, from which one will be able to study the atmosphere processes, similarly to how we study the solar system planets.
She will then explore exactly what details of the 2D spectrophotometric surfaces we can recover with the NIRISS GTO program, based on simulated training data sets generated with the SCARLET atmosphere model. A quantitative understanding of what information about the planet’s surface can be recovered will be critical for the NIRISS GTO team to understand the potential of the GTO program for eclipse mapping.
She is also interested in astronomy outreach and community science. She has contributed to workshops and seminars involving academic community from across various fields of sciences, and organised non-technical versions for the general public. She hopes to extend her reach beyond the immediate environments, taking advantage of iREx’s popularity!
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