Riddhi Bandyopadhyay Ph.D

Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Ph.D., Physics, University of Delaware (February 2020)

M.Sc., Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India (July 2016)

B.Sc., Honours in Physics, University of Calcutta, India (July 2014)

Riddhi Bandyopadhyay is a postdoc whose research interests are focused on turbulence in various systems. The majority of natural systems are turbulent, with examples including atmospheric wind, oceanic currents, liquid metal inside Earth’s mantle, solar wind, Sun’s photosphere, and supernova jets. Riddhi’s primary research focuses on understanding the fundamental aspects of plasma turbulence as well as using these theories to model different systems, e.g., the solar wind, planetary magnetospheres, heliosphere-interstellar medium interaction. He completed his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Delaware. For his thesis, Riddhi worked on a broad range of problems on basic turbulence theory as well as space-physics related applied problems. In grad school, he used fluid (pseudo-spectral method) and kinetic (particle-in cell or PIC) simulations and analyzed in situ data collected by NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) and Parker Solar Probe (PSP) missions. He developed a simple method which makes it possible to use the MMS data, accumulated in the solar wind, for turbulence studies. At Princeton, Riddhi is currently working as a member of the Integrated Science Investigations of the Sun (IS☉IS)/PSP team to study the effects of turbulence on energetic particle transport. He is also working with the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) and Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) team members to understand the nature of the turbulent plasma at the interaction region of the solar wind and the interstellar medium.

Research Interests:

  • Turbulence
  • Heliosphere-interstellar medium interaction
  • Energetic Particles
  • Energetic Neatral Atoms (ENA)
  • Pick-up IONS (PUI)
  • Planetary Magnetospheres