PEOPLE Associates (Former)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA
Area of Research:  Circumstellar Interaction in Supernovae, Gamma Ray Bursts Afterglows, Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Sources, Radio Magnetospheres of Massive Stars; Acceleration Mechanisms in Supernova Remnants.

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Poonam’s research interests range from magnetic massive stars to supernova remnants. She and her team has been working on the aspects of non-thermal radio emission  in magnetic massive stars, including the exotic electron cyclotron maser emission (ECME), which allows one to constrain the plasma and magnetospheres of these stars, unavailable via any other means. Her research also focuses on the cosmic explosions like supernovae and gamm-ray bursts and identifying their progenitor evolution via long term radio and X-ray monitoring. Her team has the credit to discover the radio emission from the farthest GRB so far (GRB 090423 at redshift 8.3). She is also interested in studying the electromagnetic coun terparts (EM) of gravitational waves. Their sub-GHz frequency work on GW 170817 via the GMRT has brought fundamental contributions to the field by unraveling cocoon emission, and establishing connection of these events with the short gamma-ray bursts.