Space & Atmospheric Sciences

  Chairperson: Prof. S. Ramachandran

Overview

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 dean@prl.res.in.

Research Programs

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.

Facilities

  • Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer
  • Dayglow Photometer
  • Digital Portable Sounder
  • Echelle Spectrographs
  • Gas Analysers
  • Gas Chromatographs
  • GPS based TEC Receiver
  • LIDAR
  • Mobile LIDAR
  • Multiwavelength Scanning Photometer
  • Nighttime Spectrometer
  • Proton-Transfer-Reaction Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (PTR-TOF-MS)
  • Rocket and balloon borne sensors

Ph.D. Courses offered

  • 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)