Anil Pradhan leads black holes' study

Super-hot atoms in space hold the key to an astronomical mystery-the black holes-and an Indian American astronomer is leading an effort to study those atoms here on Earth.

Anil Pradhan, professor of astronomy at the Ohio State University, and his team have used supercomputers to perform the most precise energy calculations ever made for these atoms and their properties.

As a result, astronomers, in particular, those hunting black holes, will have a better idea of what they are looking at when they examine faraway space matter using X-ray telescopes, according to a press release from the university.

Pradhan studied in India during his high school years. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Canada and his Ph.D from the University College, London. His postdoctoral and subsequent appointments have been in the United States.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has served on review and advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and NASA.
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