National Workshop on Astronomy & Astrophysics (NWAA2013), Kathmandu, Nepal

The Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University has been helping to bring the world of Astronomy & Astrophysics to interested Nepalese students since 2008 by offering Astrophysics as an elective course in the Master’s level. No separate department or institute of A&A is established till date in Nepal. In spite of this, more than 250 M.Sc. (Physics) students have chosen “ËœAstrophysics’ as an elective paper. These students are studying in the eight different colleges all around the country. All these colleges are affiliated with Tribhuvan University. Till date 74 masters’ thesis have been completed in Astrophysics. A few of masters’ theses are published in the Journals MNRAS, A&A, and Ap&SS (detail below). At present, three graduates are involved in Ph.D. and 16 are doing research work for their master’s thesis in the department. The research areas are galaxy evolution, dust structures around PNe, White Dwarfs and Pulsars, chirality of large scale structure, modeling galaxy rotation curve and observational work (16 inch Schmidt Telescope). Additional Information regarding publications, past and present on-going Ph.D. research and M.Sc. dissertation work are available in We also have a few experiences of collaborative work and organizing/hosting conferences in the various aspects of A&A in the past. Keeping aspiration of young students in mind, we have decided to organize a workshop in order to provide an extensive learning environment. We intend to provide an exposure to the virtual observatories, database, software and basic programming language which is commonly used in astrophysical research. Our aim is to make students familiar with the process of problem identification as well as problem solving procedure. The workshop is mainly for photometry and spectrometry. For this, we use the data available in the ADS/SIMBAD/NED/SkyView. We will focus on infrared and X-ray astronomy and use IRAS images and XMM Newton spectra using software AstroLinux, ALADIN and MATLAB (below for details). This workshop will be organized by the Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University in its premises at Kirtipur, Kathmandu during 14-18 April 2013 and supported by Ministry of S&T National Academy of S&T, Nepal Physical Society and Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Group. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experienced as well as young students who are interested in working actively on various important aspects of Astronomy & Astrophysics using the data available in the internet.


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