A. N. Ramaprakash

Designation: Scientist 'G' (Professor); Head, Instrumentation

Area: Astronomical Instrumentation; Observations

Works on building instruments for astronomy – both ground-based and space-borne. Observational interests are in polarization studies of a variety of sources like brown dwarfs, dark molecular clouds, blazars. Also interested in studying variables like GRB afterglows, T-Tauri stars, blazars etc.

 Tel : 109


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Aafaque R K
Designation: Systems Engineer

Area: Space-borne Payloads and Systems, Optics/Mechanical

Research Interests includes EUV/UV Astronomy, Space-borne instruments, Nano-satellites, Computational Fluid dynamics and Thermal Analysis, Opto-mechanical Design, Systems Engineering

 Tel: 301




Abhay Kohok

Designation: Scientific Officer 'B'

Area: Optics / Mechanical

Primarily works on IGO mirror recoating, Maintenance of coating plant, Opto-Mechanical work, Optics Testing,  Mechanical designing, Cryogenics, Vacuum systems

 Tel: 301


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Avinash Surendran

Designation: Visiting Student

Area: Electronics

Site Survey Instruments, Adaptive Optics, FPGA, Open Source Hardware, Astrophotography






Avyarthana Ghosh

Designation: Research Scholor

Area: Solar Physics

Involved in performance modelling, throughput calculations and data handling for the Solar UV Imaging Telescope (SUIT), a payload of the Aditya mission. Also engaged in observational studies of existing solar satellite data that focuses on dynamics and coupling of the solar chromosphere, transition region and corona.





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Bhushan Joshi

Designation: Scientific Officer 'B'

Area: Electronics

Primarily works on Embedded System Design and interfacing, software development for embedded system, assembling and testing analog/digital circuits. Additional responsibilities includes single and multilayer PCB design using OrCAD and Eagle CAD tools

 Tel: 366





Chaitanya Rajarshi

Designation: Scientific Assistant III

Area: Optics

Primarily works on designing optics for astronomical instruments using Zemax software. Also doubles up as IGO telescope operator.

 Tel: 304






Deepa Modi

Designation: Scientific Officer 'C'

Research interest includes Opto-Mechanical design and its application in building astronomical instruments. Current work focuses on design, integration and testing of optics and instruments.

 Tel: 304



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Haeun Chung

Designation: Visiting Research Scholar

Area: Astronomical Instrumentation, Cosmology, Large Scale Structure

A PhD student from Seoul National University as well as a research assistant from Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) has interests in building astronomical instruments. Currently works on Integral Field Spectrograph, including optics design with Zemax.




Hillol Kanti Das

Designation: Scientific Officer 'F'

Area: Optics

Research interest includes instrumentation for space as well as ground based telescopes, Infra-Red astronomy, Adaptive optics, CCDs, Vacuum systems, Polarimetry of the interstellar medium and Image Processing.

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 Tel: 354


Jyotirmay Paul

 Designation: Optics Engineer

 Area: Optics

 Involved in Optical System Design

 Tel: 304


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Kalpesh Chillal

Designation: Scientific Officer 'D'

Area: Electronics

Involved in Functional Block diagram ,Schematic and  Multilayer PCB Design (Analog Digital), and testing using tools like OrCAD Capture and  Allegro  PCB Edit. Additional responsibility includes repair and maintenance of telescope backend instrument electronics.

 Tel: 352/366



Madhusudan Malve

Madhusudan Malve

Designation: Software Engineer

Area: Software

Primarily works on Application Software Design and Development on Linux Platform with special interests in Java and Database. Has previous IT experience in QTP Development and Functional Testing along with Test Planning, Design and Execution (Automation and Manual). Additional responsibilities includes Web Design and Maintenance.

 Tel: 301




Mahesh Burse 

Designation: Scientific Officer 'F'

Area: Electronics

Research interest includes design of CCD Camera, SIDECAR ASIC based IR camera, VLSI and embedded systems, high speed data acquisition systems and software development.

 Tel: 353/366



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Pravin Chordia

Designation: Scientific Officer 'F'

Area: Electronics

Primary work involves Designing, Testing, Optimizing and Implementing Detector Controllers. Area of Interest includes Analog and Mixed Signal circuit designing for Astronomical Instrumentation. Also involved in IGO Maintenance, Mixed Signal PCB design, Electronic Component selection and Procurement.

Tel: 351/366


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Pravin Khodade

Designation: Technical Officer 'B'

Area: Mechanical

Works on mechanical design of astronomical instruments

 Tel: 304



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 Parvathi S

 Designation: Electronics Design Engineer

 Area: Power engineering, electronic design, software developmentWorks on electronics design and development of interfacing software modules. Key skills include knowledge of simulation packages, design packages, web designing, GUI development, troubleshooting etc.  

 Tel : 366






Ranjan Gupta

Designation: Scientist 'G' (Professor)

Area: Astronomical Instrumentation; Observations

  1. Research Interests: 1) Stellar Physics   2) Interstellar Dust and Extinction and its modeling
  2.                               3) Astronomical Instrumentation      4) Neural Networks

 Tel: 111


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Rani Bhandare

Designation: Scientific Assistant - III

Area:  Primary works on PCB design using OrCAD, design and testing astronomical instruments.

 Tel: 366






Sabyasachi Chattopadhyay

Designation: Research Scholar

Area: Optics / Electronics

Research interests in Optical Instrumentation and Electronics Controller.

 Tel: 213


 Sakya Sinha

 Designation: Embedded Systems Engineer

 Area: Electronics (Speciality in VLSI Domain)

 Primarily works on FPGA based ASIC designing which involves high speed Data Acquisition and controller design for different type of Astronomical Light Detectors in ground based telescope system, algorithm  

 development for Image  processing, Memory Management Controller design and System-On-Chip design.

 Tel: 252
Subhamoy Chatterjee
Designation: Integrated M.Tech.-Ph.D. student at Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
Area of interest: Optical Design, Fourier Optics, Digital Image Processing, Machine Learning, Solar Astronomy






Sujit Punnadi

Designation: Scientific Officer 'D'

Area: Software

Primarily works on application software development on linux platform with interests in device drivers, middleware, parallel programming and kernel development on Linux platform. Additional responsibilites include lab related web, twiki, bugzilla and IT administration.

 Tel: 366






Swapnil Prabhudesai

Designation: Scientific Assistant

Area: Adaptive Optics

Primarily works on Phase Retrieval problem in Adaptive Optics, using MATLAB. Also doubles up as IGO telescope operator.

 Tel: 301




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Vilas Mestry

Designation: Scientific Officer 'B'

Area: Electronics

Involved  in the assembly ,testing and maintenance of electronic circuits.

 Tel: 366



Past Contributors:


 Atul Deep

Atul Deep

Designation: Optical Research Engineer at ESTEC/ European Space Agency

Research interests:  Optical support to Earth observation and Science Missions, Contract Management for R & D activities, Roadmap preparation for Large mirrors, Optical Metrology







Chaitra A. Narayan

Designation: Project Manager

Area: Astronomy

Research interests include Systems Design, Adaptive Optics, Image Processing, Software Development and Project Management.









Mudit Srivastava

Designation: Scientist 'D' at A&A Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad

Area: Astronomical Instrumentation; Observations.

Research interest includes development of Astronomical and applied/industrial optical instrumentation. Observational interest involves studies of transient objects like novae.





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  Rupali Pandurang Bharati

  Designation: Embedded Systems Engineer (VLSI)
  Area: FPGA design/verification
  Involved in FPGA Design / verification.





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Vishal Joshi

Designation: Post Doctoral Fellow

Area: Astronomical Instrumentation, Near-infrared and optical Astronomy

Research interest includes astronomical instrumentation, observational studies of supernovae, novae and novalike variable stars, image and data processing, automated analysis in astronomy.