TEZPUR, Aug 26: After Chayan Dutta, a Tezpur University (TU)
alumnus who had overseen the launch control operations of
the Chandrayaan-3, another Tezpur University student is set to
play a crucial role in Indian Space Research Organization’s
(ISRO) ambitious Aditya L1 mission.
Janmejoy Sarkar, who is currently pursuing PhD at department
of Physics, Tezpur University is working at ISRO’s Aditya L1
mission since 2021. He has joined Aditya L1 mission as senior
research fellow from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy
and Astrophysics (IUCAA, Pune).
Aditya L1 shall be the first space based Indian mission
dedicated to study the Sun. It will study the Sun’s corona
(visible and near infrared rays), Sun’s photosphere (soft and
hard X-ray), chromosphere (Ultra Violet), solar emissions, solar
winds and flares, and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and will
carry out round the-clock imaging of the Sun.
Sarkar, who has earlier completed M.Sc. in Physics from Tezpur
University in 2018 is developing IUCAA’s Solar Ultraviolet
Imaging Telescope (SUIT) payload on-board Aditya-L1. His
responsibility has been the optical and mechanical integration,
instrument calibration, qualification and testing of the payload.
This project is a part of his PhD, being carried out under the
supervision of Prof Gazi Ahmed of the department of Physics,
TU along with Prof Durgesh Tripathi and Prof AN Ramaprakash
of IUCAA, Pune.
“I always had interest in Solar Physics and Astronomical
Instrumentation and Tezpur University has encouraged me to
pursue my dreams. I am happy to play a small role in this
project of ISRO”, Sarkar said.
Prof Shambhu Nath Singh, vice chancellor, Tezpur University
expressed his happiness and said that such news is testament
to Tezpur University’s quality education and research. “It is our
quality education and research that has produced resources
like Dutta and Sarkar and I trust their success story will inspire
and motivate our faculty and students to excel in their
professions”, Prof Singh said. Aditya-L1 Mission is