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Prof. Archana Bhattacharyya




Emeritus scientist, J.C. Bose National Fellow
Upper Atmospheric Studies Division




Indian Institute of Geomagnetism
Room No: 205, New Panvel Campus
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra – 410 218
E-mail : abh@iigs.iigm.res.in
Phone: +91-22-2748 4147+91-22-2748 4147
Fax: +91-22-2748 0762



Academic Record:

  • M. Sc. (Physics) University of Delhi (1969)
  • Ph. D.(Physics), Northwestern University, USA (1975).


  • K. S. Krishnan Gold Medal, University of Delhi, 1969.
  • Senior Resident Research Associate of NRC, National Academy of Sciences, USA at the Air Force Research Laboratory , MA, USA, 1998 - 2000.
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences.
  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy.
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India.
  • K. R. Ramanathan Memorial Lecture and Gold medal, Indian Geophysical Union, 2008.
  • Vice-President, Indian Geophysical Union, 2005 – 2007, 2007 - 2009.
  • Chairperson, Interdivisional Commission for Developing Countries (ICDC) of the International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) 2007-2011.
  • Member, Executive Committee of IAGA, 2011- 2015.
  • Member, Joint National Committee of COSPAR-URSI-SCOSTEP, 2008 – 2011.
  • Chairperson, Joint National Committee of COSPAR-URSI-SCOSTEP, 2012 – 2015.
  • Chairperson, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Expert Committee for Technical Evaluation of Proposals received under Women Scientist Scheme – A of DST, 2005.
  • Member, Programme Advisory Committee on Atmospheric Sciences (PAC-AS) of Department of Science and Technology, 2012-.
  • Member, International Working Group on "Atmospheric coupling processes: Coupling by electrodynamics including ionospheric/ magnetospheric processes" in the SCOSTEP Program: Climate And Weather of the Sun-Earth System (CAWSES), 2004 - 2008.
  • Member, National Steering Committee for IHY (International Heliophysical Year) Program in India, 2007-2008.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research – Space Physics, published by the American Geophysical Union, 2008 -2011.
  • Member, Editorial Board of Pramana, 2008-2012.
  • Member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Radio and Space Physics, 2005-2010.
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee of Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum,  2009.
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee of National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, 2009.
  • Member, Governing Board, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun since 2011.
  • Member, Research Council of National Geophysical Research Institute, 2013 - .

Research Interests:


  • Plasma instabilities in the equatorial ionosphere
  • Probing the ionosphere with radio waves
  • Effects of space weather on the ionosphere
  • Spatio-temporal variations of the geomagnetic field

Selected Publications in Refereed Journals:


  • Bhattacharyya A., Role of E region conductivity in the development of equatorial ionospheric plasma bubbles, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L06806,doi:10.1029/2003GL018960, 2004.
  • Bhattacharyya A., S. Basu, K. M. Groves, C.E. Valladares, and R. Sheehan, Dynamics of equatorial F region irregularities from spaced receiver scintillation observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 119, doi:10.1029/2000GL012288, 2001. (Highlighted in Geophys. Res. Lett.)
  • Bhattacharyya A., and W. J. Burke, A transmission line analogy for the development of equatorial ionospheric bubbles, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 24941, doi:10.1029/1999JA000458 ,2000.
  • Bhattacharyya A., T. L. Beach, S. Basu, and P. M. Kintner, Nighttime equatorial ionosphere: GPS scintillations and differential carrier phase fluctuations, Radio Sci., 35, 209 doi:10.1029/1999RS002213, 2000.
  • Bhattacharyya A., K. C. Yeh and S. J. Franke, Deducing turbulence parameters from transionospheric scintillation measurements, Space Sci. Rev., 61, 335, doi: 10.1007/BF00222311, 1992.

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