Vishal Gajjar

Staff Astronomer, SETI Institute 
Visiting Researcher, University of California, Berkeley


I am a Staff Astronomer at the SETI Institute and Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley interested in developing novel algorithms to search for the evidence of technologically advanced extraterrestrial life, studying Fast Radio Bursts, and understanding radio emission mechanism of neutron stars. I am a radio astronomer with a Ph.D. in Physics from National Center for Radio Astrophysics, a Tata Institute of Fundamental Research center in Pune, India. 
(vishalg AT berkeley DOT edu)


Searching for Technologically Advanced Extraterrestrial Life

Following are some of my past and ongoing projects on the quest to answer humanity's most fundamental question; are we alone in the Universe? 

Fast Radio Bursts

Fast Radio Bursts are enigmatic and the most mysterious objects in modern astrophysics. Following are my past and ongoing projects to understand nature and origin of FRBs.

Pulsars and Magnetars

Neutron stars are some of the most extreme astrophysical objects. My PhD thesis focused on understanding pulsar emission physics. Following are my past and ongoing research projects on this subject. 

Machine Learning

Radio Astronomy must contend with large data volumes and a complex background of radio frequency interference of anthropogenic origin. Here are some of my projects to tackle these challenges. 

Instrumentation and Commissioning

I closely work with engineers to deploy novel digital hardwares to various radio telescope. Here are some of my commissioning projects. 

Science Popularization

Astronomy is fun! I truly enjoy sharing this joy and discussing wonders of cosmos. Here are some of my public talks and engagements.

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