I am an academic faculty at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India. I am currently visiting CASS, USU for about three months to work in collaboration with Prof. Bela Fejer. My primary research interests are space weather and low latitude ionospheric electrodynamics. I am here at CASS, USU to investigate a few interesting features of low latitude ionospheric plasma drifts using radar, satellite, magnetometer and airglow data as well as global plasma drift models.
Visiting CASS/USU from 17. February-18. December 2012.
I work as a Post Doc at The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Norway. UNIS is the northernmost University in the world, located at 78 degrees North, and focuses on Arctic science (http://www.unis.no). As a part of my three year project 'High Arctic gravity waves and their impact on middle atmospheric circulation and temperature', I am visiting USU for ten months. I am working here with Professor Mike Taylor's group on analyzing airglow imager data from Svalbard, and comparing them to CASS/USU data from ALOMAR (Norway) and Antarctica. While here, I co-arranged a workshop called 'MLTI Waves and Dynamics at Polar Latitudes' that gathered scientists from the US, Canada, Japan and Norway.
I have a long-time collaboration with Professors Sojka and Schunk in which we have worked on various aspects of ionospheric dynamics and the effects on plasma density, temperature and composition. I visit USU for an extended period every summer to work on our common science goals, as well as to enjoy the cooler mountain environment compared to Dallas!!