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Sharma, Surjalal

Senior Research Scientist
Astronomy
2303 CSS Building, University of Maryland
Phone: 
301-405-1528

Research Interests: 
  • Space Plasma Physics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
Current Research Projects: 
  • Modeling Multiscale Phenomena
  • Thin Current Sheet Equilibrium and Dynamics
  • Sawtooth Oscillations in the Inner Magnetosphere
  • Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes : A Confluence of Cosmic Ray 
  • Showers and Thunderstorms
  • Global MHD Simulations
  • Space Weather Forecasting
  • Magnetic Reconnection and Thin Current Sheets
  • Computer Simulation of Plasmas
Teaching: 
  • ASTR 698: Special Topics in Modern Astronomy (1-3)
  • ASTR 690: Research Project I (3)
  • ASTR 695: Introduction to Research (1)
  • ASTR 699: Special Problems in Advanced Astronomy (1-6) 
  • ASTR 788: Selected Topics in Modern Astronomy (1-3)
  • ASTR 799: Master's Thesis Research (1-6)
  • ASTR 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-6)
Background: 
 
My main interests are Space Plasma Physics and Nonlinear Dynamics. Current efforts include magnetospheric physics, comets and stellar variability. Previously I have contributed to the theories of laboratory plasma devices at Cornell University, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, and Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, India.