Present Position : Professor
Present Research Interests
Planetary Physics; Planetary gamma and X-ray spectroscopy; Modelling of cosmic ray interactions with planetary materials;
An important technique for remote sensing studies of chemical composition
of planetary surfaces is gamma ray spectroscopy which has been used previously
to study surface composition of the Moon, Mars and Asteroids at various spatial resolutions.
We have developed Cerium-doped Lanthanum bromide and cerium bromide based gamma ray spectrometers.
Front-end electronics, FPGA based processing electronics and Labview based data acquisition software for GRS have been developed in-house.
A luminescence dating laboratory has been setup in Thaltej Campus and is equipped with a Riso TL-OSL reader.
Our recent projects involve luminescence dating of coastal sands in Tamil Nadu, and evolving chronologies for late quarternary alluvial sediments in Sellicks Creek, South Australia.
Dr. Dipak Kumar Panda (2012-2017); Development of scintillation gamma ray spectrometers for planetary missions
Coordinator, Planetary Science and Exploration Programme, November 2014 - November 2020
Chairman, Planetary Science Division, April 2012 - March 2015
Publications in Journals
*Student co-authored publication
S.Sathiyaseelan*, D. K. Panda, D. Banerjee, D. Ramesh and A. D. Shukla , Chronology of coastal dune ridges in Vaigai Prodelta Region, South-Eastern Tamil Nadu, India, Current Science, in press.
R. P. Bourman, D. Banerjee, C. V. Murray-Wallace, S. Buckman, D.K. Panda, A. P. Belperio and C.L. Jayawardena. Luminescence dating of Quaternary alluvial successions, Sellicks Creek, South Mount Lofty Ranges, southern Australia, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, in press.
D. K. Panda*, D. Banerjee, S. K. Goyal, A. R. Patel and A. D. Shukla, Development of a Cerium bromide gamma ray spectrometer for space applications, Advances in Space Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2017.06.016, 2017.
D. K. Panda*, D. Banerjee, S. K. Goyal, A. R. Patel and A. D. Shukla, Development of a Cerium-doped Lanthanum bromide gamma ray spectrometer for planetary missions and feasibility studies for luminescence dosimetry, Current Science, 2016.
S.K. Goyal, D. Banerjee, S. Vadawale, D.K. Panda, A.R. Patel, A. Patinge, T. Ladiya and A Basu Sarbadhikari, Gamma ray spectrometer for future Mars mission: Design concept and simulation studies, SPIE, 2016.
J.P. Pabari and Banerjee, D., Levitation of Charged Dust Grains and Its Implications in Lunar Environment, Current Science, 2016.
S. Toyoda, D. Banerjee, H, Kumagai, J-i Miyazaki, J-i Ishibashi, N. Mochizuki, and S. Kojima, Gamma Ray Doses in water around sea floor hydrothermal area in the Southern Mariana Trough, in J. Ishibashi et al. (ed.), Subseafloor Biosphere Linked to Hydrothermal Systems: TAIGA Concept, Springer, doi: 10.1007/978-4-431-54865-2_46, 2015.
V. Verma, S. Toyoda, Y. Isono, A. Uchida, D. Banerjee, A. K Singhvi, J-i Ishibashi, OSL dating of sea floor sediments at the Okinawa Trough, in J. Ishibashi et al. (ed.), Subseafloor Biosphere Linked to Hydrothermal Systems: TAIGA Concept, Springer, doi: 10.1007/978-4-431-54865-2_48, 2015.
S. V. Vadawale, P. Sreekumar, Y. B. Acharya, M. Shanmugam, D. Banerjee J. N.Goswami, N. Bhandari, C. N. Umapathy, M. R. Sharma, A. Tyagi, M. Bug, M. Sudhakar, L. Abraham, Hard X-ray continuum from lunar surface: Results from High Energy X-ray spectrometer (HEX) onboard Chandrayaan-1, Advances in Space Research, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2013.06.013, 2013.
Takamasa, S. Nakai, F. Sato, S. Toyoda, D. Banerjee and J. Ishibashi, U-Th radioactive disequilibrium and ESR dating of a barite-containing sulfide crust from South Mariana Trough, Quaternary Geochronology, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2012.12.002, 2013.
M. Asagoe, S. Toyoda, P. Voinche, C. Falgu�res, H. Tissoux, T. Suzuki and D. Banerjee, ESR dating of tephra with dose recovery test for impurity centers in quartz, Quaternary International, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.06.027, 2011.
F. Sato, S. Toyoda, D. Banerjee and J. Ishibashi, Thermal stability of ESR signals in hydrothermal barites, Radiation Measurements, doi: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2011.05.007, 2011.
D. Banerjee, S. Toyoda, M. Takada and A. Shimada, Component resolved optically stimulated luminescence investigations and age determination for a quartz sample from marine terrace sediments in Fukui region, Central Japan, Advances in ESR Applications, 27, 7-10, 2011.
D. Banerjee and S. Vadawale, Theoretical modelling of X-ray fluorescence signals for different lunar compositions and dependence on solar activity, Advances in Space Research, 46, 651-656, 2010.
R. P. Bourman, J. R. Prescott, D. Banerjee, N. F. Alley and S. Buckman, Age and origin of alluvial sediments within and flanking the Mount Lofty Ranges, southern South Australia � a late Quaternary archive of climate and environmental change, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 57, 175-192, 2010.
D. Banerjee, Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence signals from volcanic ash: History of volcanism in Barren Island, Andaman Sea, Quaternary Geochronology, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2009.01.011, 2009.
P. Sreekumar, Y. B. Acharya, C. N. Umapathy, M. Ramakrishna Sharma, Shanmugam, A. Tyagi, Kumar, S. Vadawale, M. Sudhakar, L. Abraham, R. Kulkarni, S. Purohit, R. L. Premlatha, D. Banerjee, M. Bug and J. N. Goswami, High Energy X-ray Spectrometer on Chandrayaan-1, Current Science, 96, 320-325, 2009.
D. Banerjee, Reply to Comments on "Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence signals from volcanic ash: History of volcanism in Barren Island, Andaman Sea" by M.A. Alam and D. Chandrashekaram, Quaternary Geochronology, doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2009.05.007, 2009.
D. Banerjee and O. Gasnault, Hard-X rays and low-energy gamma-rays from the Moon: Dependence of the continuum on the regolith composition and the solar activity, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2007JE003046, 2008.
D. Banerjee and A. Dewangan, Simulation of the cosmic-ray induced dose-rate within a Martian soil profile, Radiation Measurements, doi 10.1016/j.radmeas.2008.02.022., 2008.
D. Banerjee, V. Mahalingam and D. K. Panda, TL sensitivity of single chondrules from type 3 chondrites: Thermal metamorphism of chondrules in a nebular environment? Radiation Measurements, doi 10.1016/j.radmeas.2007.11.021., 2007.
J. N. Goswami, D. Banerjee, N. Bhandari, M. Shanmugam, Y. B. Acharya, D. V. Subhedar, M. R. Sharma, C. N. Umapathy, P. Sreekumar, M. Sudhakar, L. Abraham and P. C. Agrawal, High Energy X-? ray Spectrometer on the Chandrayaan-1 Mission to the Moon, Journal of Earth System Science, 114, 733-738, 2005.
G. W. Berger, T. K. Henderson, D. Banerjee and F. L. Nials, Photonic dating of prehistoric (>c. 600 years ago) irrigation canals at Phonenix, Arizona, Geoarchaeology, 19, 1-19, 2004.
G. W. Berger, M. Melles, D. Banerjee, A. S. Murray and A. Raab, Luminescence chronology of a 10 m core from Changeable Lake, Russian High Arctic, Journal of Quaternary Science, 19, 513-523, 2004.
N. Bhandari, V. Adimurthy, D. Banerjee, N. Srivastava, and D. Dhingra, Chandrayaan-1 Lunar polar orbiter: Science goals and payloads American Astronautical Society, Scientific Technology Series, 108, art. no. AAS 03-703, pp. 33-42, 2004.
S. W. S. McKeever, D. Banerjee, M. Blair, S. M. Clifford, M. S. Clowdsley, S. S. Kim, M. Leuschen, M. Prather, D. Reust, D. W. G. Sears and J. W. Wilson, Concepts and approaches to in-situ luminescence dating of martian sediments, Radiation Measurements, 37, 527-534, 2003.
D. Banerjee, A. N. Hildebrand, C. V. Murray-Wallace, M. Blair and R. Bourman, New optically stimulated luminescence ages from the stranded beach dune sequence in south-east south Australia, Quaternary Science Reviews, 22, 1019-1025, 2003.
C. V. Murray-Wallace, D. Banerjee, R. P. Bourman, J. M. Olley and B. P. Brooke, Optically stimulated luminescence dating of Holocene relict foredunes, Guichen Bay, South Australia, Quaternary Science Reviews, 21, 1077-1086, 2002.
D. Banerjee, Book Review: Chronology and Evolution of Mars, by R. Kallenbach, J. Geiss and W. K. Hartmann (eds.), Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, 37, 774-775, 2002.
D. Banerjee, M. Blair, K. Lepper and S. W. S. McKeever, Optically stimulated luminescence signals of polymineral fine-grains in the JSC Mars-1 soil simulant sample, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 101 (1-4), 321-326, 2002.
D. Banerjee, M. Blair and S. W. S. McKeever, Dose and dose-rate dependence of optically stimulated luminescence signals in natural quartz: theoretical simulations, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 101 (1-4), 353-358, 2002.
D. Banerjee, K. Page and K. Lepper, Optical dating of paleochannel deposits in the Riverine Plain, Southeastern Australia for Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 101 (1-4), 327-332, 2002.
D. W. G. Sears, P. H. Benoit, S. W. S. McKeever, D. Banerjee, T. Krall, W. Stites, L. Roe, P. Jansma and G. Mattioli, Investigation of biological, chemical and physical processes on and in planetary surfaces by laboratory simulation, Planetary and Space Sciences, 50, 821-826, 2002.
D. Banerjee, Supralinearity and sensitivity changes in optically stimulated luminescence of annealed quartz, Radiation Measurements, 33, 47-57, 2001.
D. Banerjee, A. S. Murray, I. D. L. Foster, Scilly Isles, UK: Optically stimulated luminescence dating of a possible tsunami deposit from the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, Quaternary Science Reviews, 20, 227-230, 2001.
D. Banerjee, A. S. Murray, L. B�tter-Jensen and A. Lang, Equivalent dose estimation from a single aliquot of polymineral fine-grains, Radiation Measurements, 33, 73-93, 2001.
A. Kar, A. K. Singhvi, N. Juyal, R. P. Dhir, S. N. Rajaguru, D. Banerjee and J. V. Thomas, Comparison of IRSL and TL ages on aeolian-fluvial sequence in Lower Luni Basin, Thar Desert, India and their paleoenvironmental implications, Journal of Quaternary Science, 16, 61-68, 2001.
A. R. Chivas, A. Garcia, S. V. der Kaars, M. J. J. Couapel, S. Holt, J. M. Reeves, D. J. Wheeler, A. D. Switzer, C. V. Murray-Wallace, D. Banerjee, D. M. Price, S. X. Wang, G. Pearson, N. T. Edgar, L. Beaufort, P. De Deckker, E. Lawson and C. B. Cecil, Sea level and environmental changes since the Last Interglacial in the Gulf of Carpenteria, Australia: an overview, Quaternary International, 83-85, 19-46, 2001.
D. Banerjee, L. B�tter-Jensen and A. S. Murray, Estimation of the quartz equivalent dose in retrospective dosimetry using the single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 52, 831-844, 2000.
V. S. Kale, A. K. Singhvi, P. K. Mishra and D. Banerjee. Sedimentary records and luminescence chronology of Late Holocene paleofloods in the Luni River, Thar Desert, northwest India, Catena, 40, 337-358, 2000.
L. B�tter-Jensen, S. Solongo, A. S. Murray, D. Banerjee and H. Jungner. Using the OSL single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol with quartz extracted from building materials in retrospective dosimetry, Radiation Measurements, 32, 841-845, 2000.
D. Banerjee, A. K. Singhvi, K. Pande, V. Gogte and B. P. Chandra, Towards a direct dating of fault gouges using luminescence techniques: Methodological investigations, Current Science, 77, 256-268, 1999.
D. Banerjee, L. B�tter-Jensen and A. S. Murray, Retrospective Dosimetry: Preliminary use of the Single Aliquot Regeneration (SAR) protocol for the measurement of quartz dose in young house bricks, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 84, 421-426, 1999.
A. Akselrod, M. S. Akselrod, N. Agersnap Larsen, D. Banerjee, L. B�tter-Jensen, P. Christensen, A. C. Lucas, S. W. S. McKeever and C. Yoder, Optically Stimulated Luminescence response of Al2O3:C to beta radiation, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 84, 125-128, 1999.
L. B�tter-Jensen, G. A. T. Duller, A. S. Murray and D. Banerjee, Blue light emitting diodes for optical stimulation of quartz in retrospective dosimetry and dating, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 84, 335-340, 1999.
L. B�tter-Jensen, D. Banerjee, H. Jungner and A. S. Murray, Retrospective Assessment of Environmental Dose Rates using Optically Stimulated Luminescence from Al2O3:C and quartz, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 84, 537-542, 1999.
D. Banerjee, A. K. Singhvi, R. K. Mohindra and T. N. Bagati, Luminescence Chronology of seismites at Sumdo (Spiti Valley) near Kaurik Chango Fault, Northwestern Himalaya: Its bearing on cyclicity of regional paleoseismic events, Current Science, 73, 276-281, 1997.
A. K. Singhvi, D. Banerjee, S. N. Rajaguru, R. Ramesh and V. Gogte, A luminescence method for dating dirty pedogenic carbonates for paleoenvironmental reconstruction, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 139, 321-332, 1996.
A. K. Singhvi, D. Banerjee, S. N. Rajaguru and V. S. Kishan Kumar, Luminescence chronology of a fossil dune at Budha Pushkar, Thar Desert: Paleoenvironmental and Paleochronological implications, Current Science, 66, 770-773, 1994.
A. K. Singhvi, D. Banerjee, K. Pande, V. Gogte and K. S. Valdiya, Luminescence studies of neotectonic events in South Central Kumaun Himalaya: A Feasibility Study, Quaternary Geochronology (Quaternary Science Reviews), 20, 595-600, 1994.