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Sukanya Chakrabarti

Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

585-475-5352
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Sukanya Chakrabarti

Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

Education

B.Sc., North Carolina State University; MS, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

585-475-5352

Currently Teaching

ASTP-790
1 - 3 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-890
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-791
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
ASTP-851
3 Credits
This course will cover the evolution of the universe from the big bang to the present, with an emphasis on the synergy between theory and observations. Topics will fall under three general headings: classical and relativistic cosmology, the early universe, and structure formation.
PHYS-104
2 Credits
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of stellar astronomy including the celestial sphere, constellations, nomenclature, physical properties of stars, principles of spectroscopy as applied to astronomy, double stars, variable stars, star clusters, stellar evolution, gaseous nebulae, stellar motions and distribution, the Milky Way system, external galaxies, and cosmology.

Latest News

  • June 19, 2019

    Galaxy simulation

    Did a Dwarf Galaxy Crash into the Milky Way?

    Sky & Telescope reports that a recent study by RIT suggests the dwarf galaxy Antlia 2 had a long-ago run-in with our galaxy, rippling and warping its disk. But not everyone agrees with that scenario.

  • June 18, 2019

    Illustration of the Milky Way

    A 'Ghost Galaxy' May Have Given the Milky Way Its Signature Swirl

    Though direct observational evidence of Antlia 2 was not obtained until last year, one scientist has had a decade-long hunch that it was there. Sukanya Chakrabarti, an astrophysicist at RIT predicted in 2009 that an object packed with dark matter was causing tidal effects at the edge of the Milky Way.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Chakrabarti, Sukanya and Andrew Lipnicky. "Is the Vast Polar Structure of Dwarf Galaxies A Serious Problem For Cold Dark Matter?" MNRAS. (2016): 1-14. Web.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "The AGORA High-resolution Galaxy Simulations Comparison Project. II. Isolated Disk Test." ApJ 833. (2016): 1-28. Web.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya, et al. "Galactoseismology: Discovery of a Cluster of Receding, Variable Halo Stars." ApJ. (2016): 1-5. Web.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "A New Probe of the Distribution of Dark Matter in Galaxies." Astrophysical Journal 771. 2 (2013): 98-107. Print.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya, et al. "Photometric Redshifts of Submillimeter Galaxies." Astrophysical Journal 773. 2 (2013): 113-123. Print.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya, et al. "The Void of NGC 247." Astrophysical Journal. (2013) Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "Galactoseismology in the GAIA Era." Proceedings of the Galaxy Outskirts. IAU, 2016. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "Strongly Lensed Spirals in HI." Probes of Dark Matter on Galaxy Scales. American Astronomical Society. Monterey, CA. 14 Jul. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "Characterizing the Dark Matter Distribution in Spirals Using Extended HI Disks." UC Berkeley Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar. UC Berkeley. Berkeley, CA. 16 Dec. 2013. Lecture.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "A New Probe of the Distribution of Dark Matter in Galaxies." Rutgers Astrophysics Seminar. Rutgers University. Newark, NJ. 3 Oct. 2013. Lecture.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "A New Probe of Dark Matter in Spirals." Astronomy Colloquium. Royal Military College. Kingston, Canada. 6 Nov. 2013. Lecture.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "Analyzing the Dark Matter Distribution in Spirals." Queen's University Astronomy Colloquium. Queen's University. Kingston, Canada. 7 Nov. 2013. Lecture.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "The Role of Gas in Spiral Galaxies." Lin-Shu Spiral Structure Symposium. Zou Pei Yuan Center for Applied Mathematics. Beijin, China. 24 Jun. 2013. Lecture.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "Deciphering the Dynamical Echoes of Dwarf Galaxies on the Milky Way Disk." American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #222. AAS. Indianapolis, IN. 2 Jun. 2013. Lecture.
Chakrabarti, Sukanya. "Characterizing the Dark Matter Distribution in Spirals Using Extended HI Disks." Ohio State University CCAP Seminar. Ohio State Univ. Columbus, Ohio. 12 Mar. 2013. Lecture.
Book Chapter
Chakrabarti, Sukanya and Ari Maller. "The Unsolved Problem of Galaxy Formation." Green Book for NYSE 10-m Telescope. : , 2013. Print.