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  • Surendra Bhatta

    It’s always a matter of pleasure to be a Hampton University Atmospheric and Planetary Science group member. It’s already been an exciting year at HU. This is my fifth year as a Ph.D. student in the atmospheric science track. I earned my M.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2016, majoring in physics. I worked on the computational study on endohedral fullerene in UTEP. 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. The information we delivered has opened lots of possibilities for the further detailed study of Lightning in Nepal.  Dr. Sharma has been the inspiration as an adviser and Dr. Baral for the Lightning research in Nepal. The encouragement provided by it motivated me to explore more about clouds and their Physics.

    Now I am working with Dr. Loughman.  Our proposed study plan is to develop the technique to discriminate aerosols and clouds in the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere (UTLS). Clouds in the UTLS are usually thin clouds and are also known as subvisual clouds. Its presence in the UTLS plays a driving force in the radiation budget, atmospheric circulation, ozone depletion, and water vapor dehydration.  These clouds’ behavior is different from that of stratospheric aerosols. The presence of such clouds contaminates aerosols data products as well. So, it is crucial to explore the existence and vertical extent of such clouds. We are currently analyzing SAGE III-ISS data products to develop a discrimination technique and compare it with CALIPSO and OMPS.

    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.