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Priyanka Chakraborty

Center for Astrophysics
Postdoctoral Fellow


The primary focus of Priyanka's research is high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy. She uses data from high-resolution spectral data from telescopes such as Chandra, XMM-Newton, and Hitomi to addresses fundamental inquiries surrounding accretion disk winds, relativistic jets in X-ray binaries (XRBs), properties of the Intra-cluster medium, (ICM), and the growth of galaxy clusters. Priyanka is a member of the XRISM team, and serving as PI and Co-I, she has obtained over $600,000 in NASA observational grants, including fundings from Chandra, XRISM, and NuSTAR. She is an expert in modeling both collisionally-ionized and photoionized plasma, and has been an active developer of the spectral synthesis codes - AtomDB and Cloudy for several years. Priyanka's expertise extends to multiwavelength studies, spanning microwave, optical, and near-infrared bands, utilizing Planck SZ observations for galaxy groups and SDSS data to probe quasar distribution within dark matter halos.

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PhD from University of Kentucky

Press releases

NASAs Chandra Finds Galaxy Cluster Collision on a "WHIM"