Deepak Dhingra (PhD, Brown University, USA)
Associate Professor

Room No. 206, Old SAC Building
+91-512-259-7497 (O)
E-mail: ddhingra[AT]

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Research Specialization

  • Geological Studies of the Lunar Crust
  • Characterization of Enceladus' Plume
  • Impact Cratering

List of Journal Publications (peer reviewed)

  1. Dhingra D. (2018) The New Moon: Major Advances in Lunar Science enabled by compositional remote sensing from recent missions (Invited Review), Geosciences, 8(12), 498;

  2. Hedman M. M., D. Dhingra, P. D. Nicholson, C. J. Hansen, G. Portyankina, S. Ye and Y. Dong (2018) Spatial variations in the dust to gas ratio of Enceladus Plume, Icarus, 305, 123-138

  3. Bhatt M., Wohler C., D. Dhingra, G. Thangjam, D. Rommel, U. Mall, A. Bhardwaj and A. Grumpe (2018) Compositional studies of Mare Moscoviense: New perspectives from Chandrayaan-1 VIS-NIR data, Icarus, 303, 149-165

  4. Dhingra D., Matthew M. Hedman, Roger N. Clark. Phillip D. Nicholson (2017) Spatially resolved near-infrared observations of Enceladus' tiger stripe eruptions from Cassini VIMS, Icarus, 292, 1-12

  5. Dhingra D., J. W. Head and C.M. Pieters (2017) Geological mapping of impact melt deposits at lunar complex craters: New insights into morphological diversity, distribution and the cratering process, Icarus, 283, 268-281, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.004

  6. Dhingra D., C. M. Pieters and J.W. Head (2015) Multiple origins of olivine at Copernicus crater, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 420, 95-101

  7. Pieters C.M. K.D. Hanna, L. Cheek, D. Dhingra, T. Prissel, C. Jackson, D. Moriarty, S. Parman and L.A. Taylor (2014) The distribution of Mg-Spinel across the Moon and constraints on crustal origin, American Mineralogist, 99, 1893–1910

  8. Prissel T.C., S.W. Parman, C.R.M. Jackson, M.J. Rutherford, P.C. Hess, J.W. Head, L. Cheek, D. Dhingra, and C.M. Pieters (2014) Pink Moon: The petrogenesis of pink spinel anorthosites and implications concerning Mg-suite magmatism, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 403, 144-156

  9. Dhingra D., C.M. Pieters, J.W. Head, P.J. Isaacson (2013) Large mineralogically-distinct Impact melt feature at crater Copernicus: Evidence for retention of compositional heterogeneity, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1-6, doi: 10.1002/grl.50255

  10. Dhingra D., C.M. Pieters, J.W. Boardman, J.W. Head, P.J. Isaccson and L.A. Taylor (2011) Compositional diversity at Theophilus crater: Understanding the geological context of Mg-Spinel bearing central peaks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L11201, doi: 10.1029/2011GL047314

  11. Kramer G.Y., S. Besse, D. Dhingra and 10 others (2011) M3 spectral analysis of lunar Swirls and the link between optical maturation & surface hydroxyl formation at magnetic anomalies, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G18, doi: 10.1029/2010JE003729

  12. Pieters, C. M., S. Besse , J. Boardman , B. Buratti, L. Cheek , R.N. Clark , J. P. Combe, D. Dhingra and 19 others (2011) Mg-spinel lithology: A new rock type on the lunar farside, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G08, doi:10.1029/2010JE003727

  13. Nettles, J. W., M. Staid, S. Besse, J. Boardman, R. N. Clark, D. Dhingra, P. Isaacson, R. Klima, G. Kramer, C. M. Pieters, and L. A.Taylor (2011) Optical maturity variation in lunar spectra as measured by Moon Mineralogy Mapper data, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G17, doi:10.1029/2010JE003748

  14. Staid, M. I., C. M. Pieters, S. Besse, J. Boardman, D. Dhingra, R. O. Green, J. W. Head, P. Isaacson, R. Klima, G. Y. Kramer, J. F. Mustard, C. Runyon, J. M. Sunshine, and L. A. Taylor (2011) The mineralogy of late stage lunar volcanism as observed by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper on Chandrayaan-1, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G10, doi:10.1029/2010JE003735

  15. Green, R. O., C. M. Pieters, P. Mouroulis, M. Eastwood, J. W. Boardman, T. Glavich, P. J. Isaacson, M. Annadurai, S. Besse, D. C .Barr, B. J. Buratti, D. Cate, A. Chatterjee, R. N. Clark, L. C. Cheek, J. P. Combe, D. Dhingra and 37 others (2011) The Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) imaging spectrometer for lunar science: Instrument description, calibration, on-orbit measurements, science data calibration and on-orbit validation, J. Geophys. Res., 116, doi: 10.1029/2011JE003797.

  16. Dhingra D. (2008) Exploring links between crater floor mineralogy and layered lunar crust, Adv. in Space Res., 42, 275 – 280

  17. Dhingra D., N. Bhandari, P.N. Shukla, S. V. S. Murty, R. R. Mahajan, G. M. Ballabh (2004) Spectacular fall of the Kendrapara H5 chondrite, Meteor. & Planet. Sci., 39(8), Supplement, A121-A132

  18. Bhandari N., V. Adimurthy, D. Banerjee, N. Srivastava and D. Dhingra (2004) Chandrayaan-1 Lunar polar orbiter: Science goals and payloads, Proc. International Lunar Conference 2003 / ILEWG 5, Hawaii, 33-42

  19. Dhingra D. and G.J. Chakrapani (2004) Estimation of silicate weathering in the upper Ganga river basin in the Himalayas, India, Himalayan Geology, 25 (2), 139-144.