I am a faculty member in the department of Physics at IISc Bangalore. Earlier I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Astronomy department and the Theoretical Astrophysics Center at UC, Berkeley. I completed my graduate studies in the Plasma Physics program, department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University . Before that I was an undergraduate student at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay .


Contact information:

I am very happy to talk to graduate students and other researchers working in my areas of interest. If you are interested in visiting our astro group at IISc please contact me at:

Prateek Sharma
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
India 560012
Phone: 91-80-2293 3375
Email: prateek ! iisc % ac % in (replace ! by at and % by dot)

Please write to me if you wish to join us as a postdoc. IISc has recently started the Raman postdoc fellowship.

Research interests:

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics: instabilities, buoyancy, convection , turbulence
Plasma Astrophysics: plasma kinetic processes; MHD; cosmic-rays
Numerical Methods: hydro, MHD methods; anisotropic transport in dilute plasmas; Vlasov, PIC methods
High Energy Astrophysics: accretion disk transport, outflows; particle acceleration; X-ray galaxy clusters
My papers on NASA-ADS
Some of my Talks
Source code for some of my papers
A review article accessible to Physics undergraduates on multiphase gas in and around the circumgalactic/intracluster medium

Summary of selected research projects:

Older work
Thermal instability in the intracluster/circumgalactic medium and its implications
Supernovae and their impact on the interstellar medium
Models of Fermi Bubbles in our Galactic center
Star clusters, winds, radiation and cosmic rays
Large and small scale magnetic fields in non-radiative accretion flows
Astrophysical radio background cannot explain the EDGES 21-cm signal: constraints from cooling of non-thermal electrons

Research Group:

PhD students who want to join us are are welcome to talk to me. Physics KVPY fellows who have finished at least two years in college are welcome to write to me for a summer project. I do not take students for winter internships. Since we mostly do numerical simulations (although not always), some numerical experience will be desirable. Due to a large number of emails, I may not be able to respond to your requests.


Recent collaborators: Arif Babul ; Biman Nath ; Yuri Shchekinov; Andrea Mignone
Postdocs: Naveen Yadav; Kiran Lakhchaura
PhD students: Arpita Roy; Kartick Sarkar ; Deovrat Prasad ; Prasun Dhang; Prakriti Pal Choudhury; Siddhartha Gupta; Aditi Vijayan, Alankar Dutta
Undergraduates/Short-term: Ashmeet Singh; Nilanjan Banerjee; Praveer Tiwari; Baban Wagh; Upasana Das; Kishalay De; Balaji Venkat; Arjun Dey; Rajsekhar Mohapatra


Graduate course on Numerical Methods in Astrophysics (only accessible within IISc)
Graduate course on Fluids and Plasmas
Graduate course on Radiative processes in astrophysics
Intermediate undergraduate course on Electromagnetism (only accessible within IISc) and Optics
Intermediate course on Fundamentals of Astrophysics

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Updated Dec 9th 2019