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  • Surendra Bhatta

    It’s always a matter of pleasure to be a member of Hampton University Atmospheric and Planetary Science group. It’s already been a exciting year at HU. This is my second year as a  PhD. student in atmospheric science track. I earned my M.S. from University of Texas at El Paso in 2016, majoring in physics. I worked on the computational study on endo-hedral fullerene in UTEP where I analyzed the electronic and optical properties of VSc2N@C68 . I also earned my B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Tribhuvan University, Nepal where I choose “Lightning” for my thesis and we studied the trends of  Lightning activity in Nepal. I believe that the information we delivered has opened lots of possibilities for the further detailed study  of Lightning in Nepal.  Dr. Sharma has been the source of inspiration  as a adviser along with Dr. Baral for the Lightning research in Nepal. The encouragement provided by it really motivated me to explore more about clouds and its Physics.

    Now I am working with Dr. Loughman.  Our  purposed plan of study is Aerosol Characterization Through the Combination of Occultation (SAGE III which is recently launched) and Limb Scattering Observation. We are planning to use Solar Occulatation data to get the aerosol extinction coefficient  and then determine the aerosol Phase function from Limb Scattering . We believe that  the combined analysis definitely gives a better picture of ASD (Aerosols Size Distribution).

    Publications & Presentations

    [1] Loughman. R.L., Bhartia P. K., Nyaku.E.,Taha.G., Bhatta. S., and Chen.Z. (2017) Aerosol Characterization Through the Combination of Occultation and Limb Scattering Observation. Presented at the 9th Atmospheric Limb Workshop,12-14 June 2017, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    [2]  Bhusal S., Zope R., Bhatta S. and Baruah T. (2016)  “Electronic and Optical Properties of VSc2N@C68 Fullerene” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (49), pp  27813–27819.                    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b08904.

    [3]  Bhatta S. and Sharma S. (2011) “Trens of Lightning activities in Nepal“. Lightning Protection. NAM S&T Centre.