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Department of Earth and Space Sciences
Sarita Vig, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Physics from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India,
  • M.Sc. in Physics from Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad, India

  • Post-doctoral fellow at INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy (2006-2008)
  • Principle Investigator of a DST project at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India (2009-2010)

Research Work / Area

Early phases in Massive Star Formation, Embedded Galactic clusters, Interstellar medium, Galactic structure, Complex molecules in Star Forming Regions, Laboratory experiments with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).

International Refereed Publications
  1. Multiwavelength investigation of extended green object G19.88-0.53: revealing a protocluster, Isaac, N.; Tej, A.; Liu ,T,; Varricatt, W,;Vig, S. et al. 2020, MNRAS, v497, p5454
  2. A classifier to detect elusive astronomical objects through photometry, Bhavana, D.; Vig, S.; Ghosh, S.K.; Gorthi, Rama Krishna Sai S.; 2019, MNRAS, v488, p2263
  3. High Velocity HI jet-like feature towards the SNR candidate G351.7-1.2, Veena, V. S.; Vig, S.; Roy, Nirupam;Roy; Jayanta, 2019, MNRAS Letters, v488, pL59

  4. Investigation of the globular cluster NGC 2808 with the Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescope, Jain, Rashi; Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K. 2019, Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), 485, p2877

  5. Investigating particle acceleration in the Wolf-Rayet bubble G2.1+1.4, Prajapati, P; Tej, A; del Palacio, S; Benaglia, P; CH, Ishwara-Chandra, Vig, S.; Mandal, S.; Ghosh, S. K., 2019, ApJL, v884, pL49

  6. Initial phases of high-mass star formation: a multiwavelength study towards the extended green object G12.42+0.50, Issac, Namitha; Tej, Anandmayee; Liu, Tie; Varricatt, Watson; Vig, Sarita; Ishwara Chandra, C. H.; Schultheis, Mathias, 2019, MNRAS, 485, p1775

  7. Particle acceleration in the Herbig-Haro objects HH 80 and HH 81, Rodríguez-Kamenetzky, Adriana;Carrasco-González, Carlos;González-Martín, Omaira;Araudo, Anabella T.; Rodríguez, Luis Felipe; Vig, Sarita; Hofner, Peter, 2019, MNRAS, 482, p4687

  8. Non-thermal emission from massive star-forming regions: a possible SNR candidate G351.7-1.2? Veena, V. S.; Vig, S.; Sebastian, B.; Lal, D. V.; Tej, A.; Ghosh, S. K. 2019, MNRAS, 482, p4630

  9. Star cluster detection and characterization using generalized Parzen density estimation, Nambiar, Srirag; Das, Soumyadeep; Vig, Sarita; Gorthi, Ramakrishna Sai S. 2019, MNRAS, 482, p3789

  10. Plasmon excitation and subsequent isomerization dynamics in naphthalene and azulene under fast proton interaction, Vinitha, M. V.; Najeeb, P. K.; Kala, A.; Bhatt, P.; Safvan, C. P.; Vig, S.; Kadhane, U. 2018, Journal of Chemical Physics, 149, p4303

  11. Chasing discs around O-type (proto)stars. ALMA evidence for an SiO disc and disc wind from G17.64+0.16, Maud, L. T. and 30 co-authors including Vig, S. 2018, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 620, p31

  12. The feedback of an HC HII region on its parental molecular core. The case of core A1 in the star-forming region G24.78+0.0, Moscadelli, L. and 22 co-athors including Vig, S. 2018, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 616, p66

  13. Excitation Mechanism of O I Lines in Herbig Ae/Be Stars, Mathew, Blesson; Manoj, P.; Narang, Mayank; Banerjee, D. P. K.; Nayak, Pratheeksha; Muneer, S.; Vig, S.; Pramod Kumar, S.; Paul, K. T.; Maheswar, G. 2018, Astrophysical Journal, 857, p30

  14. Radio and infrared study of southern H II regions G346.056-0.021 and G346.077-0.056, Das, S. R.; Tej, A.; Vig, S.; Liu, T.; Ghosh, S. K.; Chandra, C. H. I. 2018, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 612, p36

  15. Detection of non-thermal emission from the massive protostellar jet HH80-81 at low radio frequencies using GMRT, Vig, S.; Veena, V. S.; Mandal, S.; Tej, A.; Ghosh, S. K. 2018, MNRAS, 474, p3808

  16. Probing the Massive Star-forming Environment: A Multiwavelength Investigation of the Filamentary IRDC G333.73+0.37, Veena, V. S.; Vig, S.; Mookerjea, B.; Sánchez-Monge, Á.; Tej, A.; Ishwara-Chandra, C. H. 2018, Astrophysical Journal, 852, p93

  17. Infrared dust bubble CS51 and its interaction with the surrounding interstellar medium, Das, Swagat R.; Tej, Anandmayee; Vig, S.; Liu, Hong-Li; Liu, Tie; Ishwara Chandra, C. H.; Ghosh, Swarna K, 2017, MNRAS, 472, p4750

  18. Exploring metastable decay dynamics of polycyclic aromatic nitrogen containing hydrocarbons upon HCN evaporation, Najeeb, P. K.; Sairam, T.; Vinitha, M. V.; Kala, Anudit; Vig, S.; Bhatt, Pragya; Safvan, C. P.; Kadhane, U. 2017, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 875, p2004

  19. Chasing discs around O-type (proto)stars: Evidence from ALMA observations, Cesaroni R. and 29 co-authors including Vig, S., 2017, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 602, p59

  20. Radio and infrared study of the star-forming region IRAS 20286+4105, Ramachandran, Varsha; Das, S. R.; Tej, A.; Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K. 2017, MNRAS, 465, p4753

  21. Gas kinematics in the H II regions G351.69-1.15 and G351.63-1.25, Veena, V. S.; Vig, S.; Tej, A.; Kantharia, N. G.; Ghosh, S. K., 2017, MNRAS, 465, p4219

  22. Dust and gas environment of the young embedded cluster IRAS 18511+0146, Vig, S.; Testi, L.; Walmsley, C. M.; Cesaroni, R.; Molinari, S. 2017, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 599, p38

  23. Interstellar Medium and Star Formation Studies with the Square Kilometre Array, Manoj, P.; Vig, S.; Maheswar, G.; Kamath, U. S.; Tej, A. 2016, Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 37, p38

  24. High-mass Star Formation Toward Southern Infrared Bubble S10, Ranjan Das, Swagat; Tej, Anandmayee; Vig, Sarita; Ghosh, Swarna K.; Ishwara Chandra, C. H. 2016, Astronomical Journal, 152, p152

  25. Star-forming Activity in the H II Regions Associated with the IRAS 17160-3707 Complex, Nandakumar, G.; Veena, V. S.; Vig, S.; Tej, A.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K. 2016, Astronomical Journal, 152, p146

  26. Star formation towards the southern cometary H II region IRAS 17256-3631, Veena, V. S.; Vig, S.; Tej, A.; Varricatt, W. P.; Ghosh, S. K.; Chandrasekhar, T.; Ashok, N. M. 2016, MNRAS, 456, p2425

  27. Coupling of collective excitation in proton and photon interaction with PAHs, Mishra, P. M.; Avaldi, L.; Bolognesi, P.; Prince, K. C.; Rajput, J.; Richter, R.; Safvan, C. P.; Vig, S.; Kadhane, U. R. 2015, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 635, p2059

  28. Monte Carlo simulation for ion-molecule collisions at intermediate velocity, Kadhane, U. R.; Mishra, P. M.; Rajput, J.; Safvan, C. P.; Vig, S. 2015, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 635, p2075

  29. Filamentary structure and Keplerian rotation in the high-mass star-forming region G35.03+0.35 imaged with ALMA, Beltrán, M. T. and 15 co-authors including Vig, S. 2014, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 571, p52

  30. A necklace of dense cores in the high-mass star forming region G35.20-0.74 N: ALMA observations, Sánchez-Monge, Á and 15 co-authors including Vig, S. 2014, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 569, p11

  31. Star formation activity in the southern Galactic H II region G351.63-1.25, Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K.; Verma, R. P.; Tamura, M. 2014, MNRAS, 440, p3078

  32. Velocity dependence of fragmentation yields in proton-naphthalene collision and comparison with electronic energy loss calculation, Mishra, P. M.; Rajput, J.; Safvan, C. P.; Vig, S.; Kadhane, U. 2014, Journal of Physics B, 47, p5202

  33. Electron emission and electron transfer processes in proton-naphthalene collisions at intermediate velocities, Mishra, P. M.; Rajput, J.; Safvan, C. P.; Vig, S.; Kadhane, U. 2013, Physics Review A, 88, p2707

  34. A candidate circumbinary Keplerian disk in G35.20-0.74 N: A study with ALMA, Sánchez-Monge, Á and 15 co-authors including Vig, S. 2013, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 552, p10

  35. Infrared Study of the Southern Galactic Star-Forming Regions Associated with IRAS 10049-5657 and IRAS 10031-5632, Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K.; Verma, R. P. 2008, Astronomical Journal, 136, p1427 P

  36. A multiwavelength investigation of G24.78+0.08 A2 using observations from VLA and VLT-VISIR, Vig, S.; Cesaroni, R.; Testi, L.; Beltrán, M. T.; Codella, C. 2008, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 488, p605

  37. IRAS 18511+0146: a proto Herbig Ae/Be cluster? Vig, S.; Testi, L.; Walmsley, M.; Molinari, S.; Carey, S.; Noriega-Crespo, A. 2007, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 470, p977

  38. A multiwavelength study of the ultracompact HII region associated with IRAS 20178+4046, Tej, A.; Ghosh, S. K.; Kulkarni, V. K.; Ojha, D. K.; Verma, R. P.; Vig, S. 2007, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 468, p1001

  39. Infrared study of the southern Galactic star-forming region associated with IRAS 14416-5937, Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K.; Verma, R. P. 2007, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 463, p175

  40. A multiwavelength study of the massive star-forming region IRAS 06055+2039 (RAFGL 5179), Tej, A.; Ojha, D. K.; Ghosh, S. K.; Kulkarni, V. K.; Verma, R. P.; Vig, S.; Prabhu, T. P. 2006, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 452, p203

  41. Post-outburst phase of McNeil's nebula (V1647 Orionis), Ojha, D. K.; Ghosh, S. K.; Tej, A.; Verma, R. P.; Vig, S.; Anupama, G. C.; Sahu, D. K.; Parihar, P.; Bhatt, B. C.; Prabhu, T. P.;Maheswar, G.; Bhatt, H. C.; Anandarao, B. G.; Venkataraman, V. 2006, MNRAS, 368, p825

  42. Post-outburst radio observation of the region around McNeil's nebula (V1647 Orionis), Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Kulkarni, V. K.; Ojha, D. K., 2006, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 446, p1021

  43. Infrared and Radio Study of Star-forming Regions Associated with IRAS 19111+1048 and IRAS 19110+1045, Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Kulkarni, V. K.; Ojha, D. K.; Verma, R. P. 2006, Astrophysical Journal, 637, p400

  44. Warp signatures of the Galactic disk as seen in mid infrared from Midcourse Space Experiment, Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K. 2005, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 436, p867

  45. Erratum: A study of the Galactic star forming region IRAS 02593+6016/S 201 in infrared and radio wavelengths, Ojha, D. K.; Ghosh, S. K.; Kulkarni, V. K.; Testi, L.; Verma, R. P.; Vig, S. 2005, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 429, p961

  46. A Near-Infrared Study of the NGC 7538 Star-forming Region, Ojha, D. K.; Tamura, M.; Nakajima, Y.; Fukagawa, M.; Sugitani, K.; Nagashima, C.; Nagayama, T.; Nagata, T.; Sato, S.; Vig, S., Ghosh, S. K.; Pickles, A. J.; Momose, M.; Ogura, K. 2004, Astrophysical Journal, 616, p1024

  47. V1647 Orionis = IRAS 05436-0007, Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K.; Kulkarni, V. K. 2004, International Astronomical Union Circular, 8352, 2

  48. A study of the Galactic star forming region IRAS 02593+6016/S 201 in infrared and radio wavelengths, Ojha, D. K.; Ghosh, S. K.; Kulkarni, V. K.; Testi, L.; Verma, R. P.; Vig, S. 2004, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 415, p1039

  49. Photoion imaging spectrometry in intense laser fields, Vig, Sarita; Krishnamurthy, M.; Kumarappan, V.; Mathur, D. 2002, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 215, p16


Book Chapters

  1. Infrared Study of IRAS 10049-5657, Vig, S.; Ghosh, S. K.; Ojha, D. K.; Verma, R. P., Cores to Clusters – Star Formation with Next Generation Telescopes, 2005, Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Eds M. S. N. Kumar, M. Tafalla, P. Caselli, Springer, Vol 234, p197

  2. Collision of Naphthalene with energetic protons, Mishra, P. M.; Rajput, J.; Safvan, C. P.; Vig, S.; Kadhane, U., Electron Collision Processes in Atomic and Molecular Physics, 2014, Ed. P.C. Minaxi Vinodkumar, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, p88 P



2010 - Astronomical Techniques, Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astrophysical Concepts, Modern Physics Laboratory

2011 - Diffuse Matter in Space, Astronomical Techniques, Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics, Planetary Explorations, Astronomy Lab

2012 - Astronomical Techniques

2013 - Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Techniques, Introduction to Space science and Applications

2014 - Structure and Evolution of Stars, Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Introduction to Space science and Applications, Observational Astronomy Lab

2015 - Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Observational Astronomy Lab

2016 - Structure and Evolution of Stars, Planetary Science, Observational Astronomy Lab

2017 - Astrophysical Concepts, Introduction to Space science and Applications, Observational Astronomy Lab

2018 - Structure and Evolution of Stars, Computational Astrophysics, Observational Astronomy Lab

2019 - Astrophysical Concepts, Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics, Observational Astronomy Lab

2020 - Galaxies (Structure, Dynamics and Evolution), Astronomical Techniques, Observational Astronomy Lab

2021 - Galaxies (Structure, Dynamics and Evolution), Observational Astronomy Lab

 -  National Astronomy Education Co-ordinator (NAEC), India to liase with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Office of Astronomy Education (OAE).

 -  Member of Public Outreach and Education Committee of Astronomical Society of India (2019-2021)

 -  Represented India as a team leader at the XII International Astronomy Olympiad at Beijing, China in 2018

 -  Taken a module of lectures for the course Stars and Stellar systems for Swayam-MHRD under the Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) category

 -  Resource person at International Astronomy Olympiad camps held at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE-TIFR)

 -  Past member of AstroSat Training and Outreach Team (TOT)

 -  Author of articles in India Science Wire by Vigyan Prasar and for AstroSat Picture of the Month (APOM)

 -  Given numerous talks and demonstration workshops at various levels (high-school students, college students, teachers)

 -  Organised night-sky sessions in colleges

Doctoral Theses

1. Dr. Veena V. S. - IRDCs to Star clusters: In-Depth study of the Structure, Evolution and Kinematics of few Southern star-forming regions, 2018, Awarded the Abhayankar Best Thesis award by the Astronomical Society of India in 2019

2. Sreelekshmi Mohan (Ongoing)

3. Arun Seshadri (Ongoing)

Masters Theses

1. Nikitha Jithendran (Ongoing)

2. Shashank Mamgain (Ongoing)

3. D. Bhavana (Completed June 2020) - A Study of Red Horizontal Branch Stars in the Globular Cluster NGC 2808

4. Vipin Kumar (Completed June 2020) - A Multiwavelength investigation of the southern star-forming region RCW 42

5. Swapnil Singh (Completed 2019) - Low frequency radio observations of star-forming dusty galaxies

6. Chithra Raghavan (Completed 2019) - Star-formation using UVIT of the ring galaxy NGC1433

7. Ayisha Ashraf (Completed 2019) - [CII] mapping observations of massive star- forming regions

8. Rashi Jain (Completed 2018) - ASTROSAT-UVIT investigation of the globular cluster NGC2808.

9. Ashish Devaraj (Completed 2017) – Star-formation in ring galaxies

10. Govind Nandakumar (Completed 2015) – Star-forming activity towards HII region complex in IRAS 17160-3707

BTech Project Theses 

1. Prateeksha Naik - OI lines in Herbig Ae/Be stars

2. Srirag Nambiar - Embedded star cluster detection using Advanced Pattern Recognition Algorithms

3. Tanul Gupta - Simulations of Young Embedded Clusters

4. Saurabh Bansal - Radio Signatures of Galactic Infrared Bubbles