Prashant Pathak

PhD (SOKENDAI University)

Assistant Professor, Department of Space, Planetary & Astronomical Sciences & Engineering

Research Interests:



  • PhD (SOKENDAI University, 2017)
  • BS-MS (IISER -Thiruvananthapuram, 2013)



  • Exoplanets with ELT-METIS I: Estimating the direct imaging exoplanet yield around stars within 6.5 parsecs, 2021, A&A, 653, A8.

  • Constraints on the nearby exoplanet epsilon Indi Ab from deep near- and mid-infrared imaging limits, 2021, A&A, 651, A89.

  • High contrast imaging at 10 microns, a search for exoplanets around: Eps Indi A, Eps Eri, Tau Ceti, Sirius A and Sirius B, 2021, A&A, 652, A121.

  • Imaging Low-Mass Planets Within alpha Centauri's Habitable Zone, 2021, Nature Communications, 12, 922.

  • High-accuracy short-term precipitable water-vapour operational forecast at the Very Large Telescope and perspectives for sky background forecast, 2020, MNRAS, 497, 4910.

  • METIS high contrast imaging: design and expected performance, 2020, JATIS, 6(3), 035005.

  • On-sky closed loop correction of atmospheric dispersion for high-contrast coronagraphy and astrometry, 2018, PASP, 130, 984.

  • SCExAO, an instrument with a dual purpose: perform cutting-edge science and develop new technologies, 2018, Proc. of SPIE, 10703, 1070359.

  • Laboratory and On-sky Validation of the Shaped Pupil Coronagraph’s Sensitivity to Low-order Aberrations With Active Wavefront Control, 2018 PASP, 130, 986.

  • A high precision technique to correct for residual atmospheric dispersion in high-contrast imaging systems, 2016, PASP, 128, 124404.

  • Artificial Incoherent Speckles Enable Precision Astrometry and Photometry in High-contrast Imaging, 2015, ApJ, 813, 24J.

  • First on-sky closed loop measurement and correction of atmospheric dispersion, 2016, Proc. of SPIE, 9909-56.

  • PostDoc Fellow, University of Liege, Belgium (2021 – 2023)

  • Engineering and Technology Research Fellow, European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany (2018 - 2021)




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