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Subramania Athiray Panchapakesan

Postdoctoral Associate

University of Minnesota

Research Interests : My prime research interests are in the study of high energy phenomena of star- planet systems and associated space-science instrumentation development for space borne experiments.


PhD - Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) / Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore, India. - 2015

Thesis Title : Study of lunar surface chemistry using Swept Charge Devices

Projects and Missions : Roles and responsibilities

Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI)FOXSI-3 : Sounding rocket experiment to perform imaging and spectroscopy of the Sun in hard X-rays (HXR) using direct focusing X-ray optics

Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS) ESA/RAL, UK, ISRO, India : X-ray fluorescence (XRF) experiment on India's first Moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, to study the surface chemistry of the Moon.

  • Lunar X-ray studies : I played a major role in the X-ray spectral analysis of C1XS data and determination of lunar surface elemental abundances. I have developed a new XRF inversion algorithm “x2abundance” and rigorously validated it using laboratory XRF experiments. My thesis work describes the first direct evidence of enhanced Sodium surface abundances on the Moon

Chandrayaan-2 X-ray Spectrometer Collaboration


Awards and fellowships

  • National Merit Scholarship, University Grants Commission, India : 2003-2005
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST) Research Fellowship : 2008-2009
  • ISRO - IIA Research Fellowship : 2009-2015
  • LPI Career Development Award : Lunar & Planetary Institute, NASA, USRA : 2014
  • K. D. Abhyankar Best Thesis Presentation Award : Astronomical Society of India. : 2016

List of publications - source Google Scholar

Publications feed from Google Scholar

Email: spanchap@.umn.edu, athray@gmail.com

Phones: (612) 814-5739

Office : Tate Building, Room 264 (office), 255 (lab)

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