Hi- welcome to my webpage.
I am an Astrophysicist from the Third Pole and working from the antipode. I was grown-up amid the national power-cut crisis so call me a circumstanced astronomer.
I received Bachelor's and Master's degree in Theoretical Physics from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. I did Master's thesis with Prof. Binil Aryal on the extragalactic astronomy, for which I was funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal. Later, I did my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn and Prof. Geraint F. Lewis from The University of Sydney. There, I was funded by the University of Sydney International Scholarship. Post PhD, currently I am working in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at University of Western Australia, Perth. Here, I am funded by Australia Research Council Discover Project grant and work with Prof. Simon Driver and Prof. Aaron Robotham.
In the Near-Field (Galactic) front: our own the Milky-Way galaxy or the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy consists of stuffs we can see, say stars, largely with an aid of telescope. As a surprise to many, a significant contributor of the galaxy weight is invisible, astronomer calls it Dark Matter. The existence of the Dark Matter can only be felt through its gravitational influence on the stars dwelling (mainly) in the outer region of the Galaxy. Stars in the outskirts of galaxies are part of the stellar halo of galaxies. I study position and motion of these stars in the stellar halo to provide insight into the distribution of the Dark Matter in our own and neighbouring galaxies. Knowing Dark Matter is also crucial to understand more complex issues such as how the spiral galaxies like ours form and evolve.
In the Far-Field (Extra-galactic) front: currently, I am a team member of the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) galaxy redshift survey. Here, I mainly investigate the physical processes occruing in galaxy group environment and also the dynamics of the galaxy groups in LCDM universe. Casually, I also hunt for a MW-M31 like system in GAMA data to understand how unique our galaxy is.
I am a team member of two major endeavours of Australian optical astronomy community, i.e., GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) and Galaxy and Mass Assembly(GAMA) surveys.