Ahmedabad University has announced the launch of a new international center for space and cosmology. The center will conduct state-of-the-art research in space, astrophysics and cosmology, train the next generation of researchers and improve public understanding of this highly exciting domain of physics. The center seeks to reach out to young students to encourage them to consider the profession of research in space and cosmology and to provide information on opportunities in these fields.
The center will work closely with other research clusters of Ahmedabad University. The International Center for Space and Cosmology is planning workshops and conferences, to host visitors for short and long periods of time, to engage students from around the world interested in astrophysics, space and cosmology, and to create academic programs.
Anchored at the University of Ahmedabad’s School of Arts and Sciences, the center will work with interest related to colleagues nationally and internationally. The director, Professor Pankaj Joshi, is a scientist recognized for his fundamental contributions to black hole physics and cosmology. One of the main themes of his research was the possibility of the gravitational fall of a giant star into a naked unit instead of a black hole. The other founding faculty members of the Center are Professor Gaurav Goswami and Professor Raghavan Rangarajan, both working on cosmology and high energy physics, especially in the context of early cosmology physics and the interrelationships with observations of today’s universe.
Recent observations by the Horizon Telescope (May 2022), a highly compact and dense object at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, coincided with the launch of a new center. Using an array of radio telescopes networked around the globe, an image was obtained showing an ultracompact object in the center of our galaxy. JMN (Joshi-Malafarina-Narayan) proposed the nude loneliness model and in 2011 Professor Pankaj Joshi and colleagues contributed to the underlying modeling of this discovery.
With input from PTI.