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Projects

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NGC5972 jet feedback

August 2021 - present

Schematic Cartoon of NGC5972

A cartoon representation summarizing the proposed scenarios to
explain the structures and alignment of the radio jet in NGC5972. The green
helix represents the [O III] emission as observed in the HST image. The jet
axis is indicated by the red line, and the radio emission is depicted by the
dotted red lobes. The plane of the host galaxy is illustrated in yellow. The
black clouds denote the shock regions perpendicular to the jet, as determined
by BPT analysis. The red and blue structures, which are aligned with the
optical [O III] emission represents the outflow region in the galaxy.

It is widely accepted that active galactic nuclei (AGN) feedback in the form of radio jets, radiation, and/or winds has a significant impact on the surrounding interstellar medium. However, the role of photoionization (by the accretion disk) vs that of shock ionization (by jets/winds) has not yet been unambiguously disentangled. Previous studies have shown that the spatial coincidence between optical and radio emission could indicate AGN jet/wind induced shock. However, there is a still lack of comprehensive understanding of the effects of highly energetic jets on the host and its immediate surroundings.

 

We intend to study the relationship between radio jets and the distribution and kinematics of the ionized gas in NGC5972, a "Voorwerp" galaxy. Our primary objective is to quantify the contribution of the jet to the feedback mechanism by analyzing the correlations between radio emission and optical [OIII] emission in extended emission line regions spanning several kiloparsecs. To achieve this, we are utilizing EVLA, GMRT polarization data and MUSE IFU spectroscopic data.

Probing Cosmology: Gravitational Lensing and Precision with GW+EM Lensed Signal

September 2023 - Present

Lens configurations

In my ongoing M.Sc. thesis project, under the mentorship of Dr. Anupreeta More at IUCAA, Pune, we aim to employ gravitational lensing techniques to constrain the Hubble constant value. The project primarily involves generating realistic Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image simulations for various lens system configurations. A critical aspect of my work is to assess the accuracy of lens modeling, specifically in terms of inferring the uncertainties in the Fermat potential from lensed GW+EM systems. So far, we have made substantial progress, including the creation of mock data for different lensing configurations, optimization of the best-fit lens model using chi-square analysis, and the calculation of differences in the lensing potential.

In our future work, we plan to investigate the influence of different lens mass models, including power-law density distributions, thereby enhancing our understanding of cosmological constraints. Additionally, we intend to adapt our optimization code to accommodate more complex lens models, considering perturbations to improve accuracy. Furthermore, expanding our dataset by generating and studying larger mock samples will enable us to draw more robust conclusions and enhance our lens modeling techniques, ultimately contributing to the precise determination of the Hubble constant.

Dark Matter detection

August 2020 - September 2020

A 30 days Astrophysics program called ‘EQUINOX’ was conducted by Naxxatra Science, where I contributed to a mini-project titled "Exploring Dark Matter Properties and Indirect Detection Techniques'' as part of a collaborative team effort. The primary objective of this program was to provide research exposure and hands-on experience in scientific investigations. Throughout this internship, we were actively engaged in multiple project stages, including gathering relevant information, scientific writing, and presenting our research findings.

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