NAMASKAARA..... Welcome to Prajval Shastri's Home page.....
                I am an astrophysicist at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics......
My research specialty: The phenomenology of Active Galactic Nuclei
         My methods: Observations ranging from radio wavelengths to X-ray wavelengths

(Physical Sciences): St. Agnes College, Mangalore (University of Mysore)
M.Sc. (Physics): Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
Ph.D. (Physics): Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
Ph.D. Thesis: "Relativistic Beaming in Active Galactic Nuclei" (1989),
                              supervised by the late Vijay Kapahi

Post-Ph.D. Affiliations:
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore (1995- )
Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology, Stanford University (2012)
High Energy Astrophysics Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1994-1995)
Astronomy Department, University of California, Berkeley (1992-1994)
Department of Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin (1990-1992)
Joint Astronomy Programme, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1989-1990)

Some of my papers:
OVI Asymmetry and an Accelerated Outflow in an Obscured Seyfert: FUSE and HST STIS Spectroscopy of Markarian 533 (2006, Astrophys. J. 646, 76; astro-ph/0603842) [ADS]
When Less Is More: Are Radio Galaxies below the Fanaroff-Riley Break More Polarized on Parsec Scales?
(2005, Astrophys. J. Lett, 632, L69; astro-ph/0509559)
Jets in Seyfert galaxies (2003, in Active Galactic Nuclei: from Central Engine to Host Galaxy,
      eds.: Collin, Combes & Shlosman) [CLICK TO READ]
Seyferts & their Radio Morphology (2001, Astron. Astrophys. Trans., 20, 281) [CLICK TO READ]
Quasar X-ray Spectra Revisited (1993, Astrophys. J., 410, 29) [ADS]
A Relativistically Beamed X-ray Component in Quasars? (1991, Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc. 249, 640) [ADS]
List of publications

Graduate students:
Dharam Vir Lal
Ph.D. Thesis: Seyfert Galaxies: Nuclear Radio Structure & Unification     
Graduated: 2002     Now faculty at: NCRA, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
Preeti Kharb
Ph.D. Thesis: A Pc-scale Study of Radio-loud AGN: The Fanaroff-Riley Divide & Unification     
Graduated: 2004     Now faculty at: NCRA, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
Veeresh Singh
Ph.D. Thesis: Multi-wavelength Study of Active Galaxies     
Graduated: 2011     Now faculty at: Physical Research Laboratory, India

Current Research Projects :
AGN Emission-line Regions (Integrated Field Spectroscopic Imaging, WiFeS at Siding Spring)
X-ray Emission from AGN ( XMM-Newton, Suzaku)
Jets in Radio-Quiet AGN (Very Long Baseline Interferometry, GMRT)
Hot Gaseous outflows in AGN ( Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer)
Blazar Variability: WEBT monitoring campaigns (Vainu Bappu & Hanle Telescopes)

Professional Memberships:
International Astronomical Union
Vice-chair, WG on Astrostatistics & Astroinformatics, International Astronomical Union
Astronomical Society of India
Indian Physics Association

General Articles:
Aim for the Stars: A Career in Astrophysics (The Hindu EducationPlus Career Guide) (pdf)
Gender diversity in physics in India: Interventions so far and recommendations for the future
(2013, American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, 1517, p106)

Mailing address:
The Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Sarjapur Road
Bangalore 560 034
Fax: +91 (80) 2553 4043
Telephone:+91 (80) 2254 1277

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"        - Martin Luther King

Miscellaneous Links :
IIA-PennState Astrostatistics Schools
Gender Equity in the Sciences
Toys & Physics (Arvind Gupta's Site)
Updated: 1 February, 2014 back