Space and Atmospheric Sciences Division

  Chairperson: Prof. D. Pallamraju


The activities of the Division aim to understand radiative, chemical, ionization and dynamical processes in the Earth's atmosphere by employing in situ rocket and balloon-borne experiments, ground based optical and radio probing, laboratory experiments, theoretical simulation and modelling of the Earth's atmosphere.

Faculty Positions

Faculty positions are currently available for persons with excellent academic and research credentials and working in research topics being pursued at Space and Atmospheric Sciences Division of PRL.
We are looking for young persons with post-doctoral experience, proven record of independent research and good publications. Openings are also possible for more experienced persons with excellent track record.
Application should include CV giving academic record, list of publications in refereed journals, awards and honours, a short research proposal and names of five referees for seeking professional opinion. Applications can be sent by mail to Dean, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad-380009, India or by e-mail to [email protected]

Broad Research Areas

Atmospheric Chemistry: Measurement and modeling of ozone and trace gases to study chemistry and dynamics of the lower atmosphere in the tropics. 

Aerosols, Radiation and Climate
: Characterization of atmospheric aerosols through observations; their role in modulating the Earth's radiation budget; Modeling. 

Plasma and neutral interactions in the near – Earth space
: Research involves characterization of plasma and neutral dynamics in the earth’s mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere under varying space weather conditions using experimental & theoretical investigations and simulation studies. Experiments include ground-based, balloon- and space-borne techniques.


  • Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM)  
  • CCD-based Multiwavelength Airglow Photometer (CMAP)
  • Ceilometer 
  • Digisonde Portable Sounder (DPS-4D) 
  • Disdrometer
  • Dual wavelength dual Polarization LIDAR 
  • Flame Ionization Detector (FID)
  • Gas Chromatographs
  • GPS based TEC Receiver
  • Greenhouse Gas Analysers
  • High Throughput Imaging Echelle Spectrograph (HiTIES)
  • Hygroscopic Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer (HTDMA)
  • Multiwavelength Imaging Spectograph using Echelle grating (MISE)
  • Multiwavelength Radiometer
  • Narrow-band Narrow-field of view photometer (NBNFPM)
  • Near Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (NIRIS)
  • Proton-Transfer-Reaction Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (PTR-TOF-MS)
  • Rocket and balloon borne sensors
  • Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP-2)
  • Surface Trace Gas Analysers
  • VOC Analysers

Courses offered to research fellows 

Prerequisites: [Background in Physics, Applied Physics, Space Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences Climate Science/Climate Change studies]

  • Concepts of Earth's Atmosphere
  • Composition and Chemistry of Lower Atmosphere
  • Aerosols : Characterisation
  • Radiative Forcing and Climate Impacts
  • Upper Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Optical and Radio Probing Techniques
  • Modelling of Earth's Atmosphere
Other Links
  • Centre for Space Science Technology and Education in Asia Pacific (CSSTEAP)