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Pawan Kumar
University of Texas
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High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (32)
Physics - Materials Science (6)
Astrophysics of Galaxies (4)
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Publications Authored By Pawan Kumar

We use the observed properties of fast radio bursts (FRBs) and a number of general physical considerations to provide a broad-brush model for the physical properties of FRB sources and the radiation mechanism. We show that the magnetic field in the source region should be at least 10^{14} Gauss. This strong field is required to ensure that the electrons have sufficiently high ground state Landau energy so that particle collisions, instabilities, and strong electric and magnetic fields associated with the FRB radiation do not perturb electrons' motion in the direction transverse to the magnetic field and destroy their coherent motion; coherence is required by the high observed brightness temperature of FRB radiation. Read More

Many black hole (BH) candidates have been discovered in X-ray binaries and in the nuclei of galaxies. The prediction of Einstein's general relativity is that BHs have an event horizon --- a one-way membrane through which particles fall into the BH but cannot exit. However, except for the very few nearby supermassive BH candidates, our telescopes are unable to resolve and provide a direct proof of the event horizon. Read More

On November 08, the sudden announcement to demonetization the high denomination currency notes sent tremors all across the country. Given the timing, and socioeconomic and political repercussions of the decision, many termed it a financial emergency. Given high proportion of these notes in circulation, over 86 percent, it led to most economic activities, particularly employment, affected in a big way. Read More

We present hydrodynamic simulations of the hot cocoon produced when a relativistic jet passes through the gamma-ray burst (GRB) progenitor star and its environment, and we compute the lightcurve and spectrum of the radiation emitted by the cocoon. The radiation from the cocoon has a nearly thermal spectrum with a peak in the X-ray band, and it lasts for a few minutes in the observer frame; the cocoon radiation starts at roughly the same time as when $\gamma$-rays from a burst trigger detectors aboard GRB satellites. The isotropic cocoon luminosity ($\sim 10^{47}$ erg s$^{-1}$) is of the same order of magnitude as the X-ray luminosity of a typical long-GRB afterglow during the plateau phase. Read More

We study the spectra of photospheric emission from highly relativistic gamma-ray burst outflows using a Monte Carlo (MC) code. We consider the Comptonization of photons with a fast cooled synchrotron spectrum in a relativistic jet with photon to electron number ratio $N_{\gamma}/N_e = 10^5$. For all our simulations, we use mono-energetic protons which interact with thermalised electrons through the Coulomb interaction. Read More

Assuming: fast radio bursts (FRBs) are produced by neutron stars at cosmological distances; FRB rate tracks core-collapse supernova rate; and all FRBs repeat with a universal energy distribution function (EDF) dN/dE ~ E^(-beta) with a high-end cutoff at burst energy E_max. We find that observations so far are consistent with a universal EDF with a power-law index 1.5 < beta < 2. Read More

Within the first 10 days after Swift discovered the jetted tidal disruption event (TDE) Sw J1644+57, simultaneous observations in the radio, near-infrared, optical, X-ray and gamma-ray bands were carried out. These multiwavelength data provide a unique opportunity to constrain the emission mechanism and make-up of a relativistic super-Eddington jet. We consider an exhaustive variety of radiation mechanisms for the generation of X-rays in this TDE, and rule out many processes such as SSC, photospheric and proton synchrotron. Read More

The recent discoveries of Swift J1644+57 and J2058+05 show that tidal disruption events (TDEs) can launch relativistic jets. Super-Eddington accretion produces a strong radiation field of order Eddington luminosity. In a jetted TDE, electrons in the jet will inverse-Compton scatter the external radiation field from the accretion disk and wind. Read More

The phase separation processes are typically modeled by Cahn-Hilliard equations. This equation was originally introduced to model phase separation in binary alloys, where phase stands for concentration of different components in alloy. When the binary alloy under preparation is subjected to a rapid reduction in temperature below a critical temperature, it has been experimentally observed that the concentration changes from a mixed state to a visibly distinct spatially separated two phase for binary alloy. Read More

The composition-driven structural transition from the R3c to Pbnm symmetry was observed. Highest dielectric constant was observed for Bi0.95Nd0. Read More

We present a Monte Carlo (MC) code we wrote to simulate the photospheric process and to study the photospheric spectrum above the peak energy. Our simulations were performed with a photon to electron ratio $N_{\gamma}/N_{e} = 10^{5}$, as determined by observations of the GRB prompt emission. We searched an exhaustive parameter space to determine if the photospheric process can match the observed high-energy spectrum of the prompt emission. Read More

Recent UV-optical surveys have been successful in finding tidal disruption events (TDEs), in which a star is tidally disrupted by a supermassive black hole (BH). These TDEs release a huge amount of radiation energy ~ 10^51-52 erg into the circum-nuclear medium. If the medium is dusty, most of the radiation energy will be absorbed by dust grains within ~ 1 pc from the BH and re-radiated in the infrared. Read More

Observations of X-ray flares from Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) imply strong constraints on possible physical models. We provide a general discussion of these. In particular, we show that in order to account for the relatively flat and weak optical flux during the X-ray flares, the size of the emitting region should be $\lesssim 3\times 10^{14}$cm. Read More

We provide estimates for the flux and maximum frequency of radiation produced when the magnetic field in a relativistic, highly magnetized, jet is dissipated and particles are accelerated using general considerations. We also provide limits on the jet Lorentz factor and magnetization parameter from the observed flux. Furthermore, using the Lorentz invariance of scalar quantities produced with electromagnetic tensor, we provide constraints on particle acceleration, and general features of the emergent radiation. Read More

The collimation and evolution of relativistic outflows in $\gamma$-ray bursts (GRBs) are determined by their interaction with the stellar envelope through which they travel before reaching the much larger distance where the energy is dissipated and $\gamma$-rays are produced. We consider the case of a Poynting flux dominated relativistic outflow and show that it suffers strong inverse-Compton (IC) scattering drag near the stellar surface and the jet is slowed down to sub-relativistic speed if its initial magnetization parameter ($\sigma_0$) is larger than about 10$^5$. If the temperature of the cocoon surrounding the jet were to be larger than about 10 keV, then an optically thick layer of electrons and positrons forms at the interface of the cocoon and the jet, and one might expect this pair screen to protect the interior of the jet from IC drag. Read More

The external forward shock (EFS) models have been the standard paradigm to interpret the broad-band afterglow data of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). One prediction of the models is that some afterglow temporal breaks at different energy bands should be achromatic. Observations in the Swift era have revealed chromatic afterglow behaviors at least in some GRBs, casting doubts on the EFS origin of GRB afterglows. Read More

Long Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) are produced by ultra-relativistic jets launched from core collapse of massive stars. Most massive stars form in binaries and/or in star clusters, which means that there may be a significant external photon field (EPF) around the GRB progenitor. We calculate the inverse-Compton scattering of EPF by the hot electrons in the GRB jet. Read More

The merger of a binary of neutron stars provides natural explanations for many of the features of short gamma-ray bursts (SGRBs), such as the generation of a hot torus orbiting a rapidly rotating black hole, which can then build a magnetic jet and provide the energy reservoir to launch a relativistic outflow. Yet, this scenario has problems explaining the recently discovered long-term and sustained X-ray emission associated with the afterglows of a subclass of SGRBs. We propose a new model that explains how an X-ray afterglow can be sustained by the product of the merger and how the X-ray emission is produced before the corresponding emission in the gamma-band, although it is observed to follow it. Read More

We provide a comprehensive review of major developments in our understanding of gamma-ray bursts, with particular focus on the discoveries made within the last fifteen years when their true nature was uncovered. We describe the observational properties of photons from the radio to multi-GeV bands, both in the prompt emission and the afterglow phases. Mechanisms for the generation of these photons in GRBs are discussed and confronted with observations to shed light on the physical properties of these explosions, their progenitor stars and the surrounding medium. Read More

We present a detailed analysis of coherence creation in a four level double lambda-like atomic system using a train of ultra-short few-cycle Gaussian pulses. The effect of the Doppler broadening has been analyzed. It is possible to create high coherence across all the velocity groups in the atomic ensemble using pulses with low repetition frequency. Read More

Polycrystalline La and Ti co-substituted ceramics were synthesized by the tartaric acid modified sol-gel technique. It was observed that the co-substitution of La & Ti at Bi & Fe sites in BiFeO3 suppress the impurity phase formation which is a common problem in bismuth ferrite. The quantitative crystallographic phase analysis was performed with the help of FULLPROF program which suggests the existence of compositional driven crystal structure transition from rhombohederal (space group R3c) to the orthorhombic (space group Pbnm). Read More

Bi1-xLaxFe1-xMnxO3 (x = 0.000 - 0.300) ceramics prepared by the tartaric acid modified sol-gel technique have been studied to analyze the effect of composition driven structural transition on the magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3). Read More

Here we propose a new gamma-ray burst (GRB) mission, the Next Generation Rapid-Response GRB Observatory (NGRG). As with Swift, GRBs are initially located with a coded-mask X-ray camera. However, the NGRG has two new features: First, a beam-steering system to begin optical observations within ~ 1 s after location; second, a near-IR (NIR) camera viewing the same sky, for sensitivity to extinguished bursts. Read More

We report on the electrical properties of current annealed graphene and few layer graphene devices. It is observed that current annealing for several hours results the n-type doping in the graphene layers. After current annealing Dirac point start to shift toward positive gate voltage and saturate at some fixed gate voltage. Read More

Long Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB) relativistic jets are surrounded by hot cocoons which confine jets during their punch out from the progenitor star. These cocoons are copious sources of X-ray photons that can be and are inverse-Compton (IC) scattered to MeV--GeV energies by electrons in the relativistic jet. We provide detailed estimates for IC flux resulting from various interactions between X-ray photons and the relativistic jet, and describe what we can learn about GRB jets and progenitor stars from the detection (or an upper limit) of these IC scattered photons. Read More

Composition-driven structural transitions in Bi1-xCaxFe1-xMnxO3 ceramics prepared by the tartaric acid modified sol-gel technique have been studied to analyze its effect on the magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3). It was observed that the co-substitution of Ca & Mn at Bi & Fe sites in BiFeO3 (BFO) significantly suppress the impurity phases. The quantitative crystallographic phase analysis has been carried out by double phase Rietveld analysis of all the XRD patterns which indicates the existence of compositional driven crystal structure transformation from rhombohederal (R3c space group, lower crystal symmetry) to the orthorhombic (Pbnm space group, higher crystal symmetry) with the increase in substitution concentration due to excess chemical pressure (lattice strain). Read More

We have demonstrated that near complete coherence can be achieved in a four level double lambda-like systems using a train of ultra-short optical pulses. The effect of the Doppler broadening has been analyzed and a scheme has been proposed for establishing high and uniform coherence across different velocity groups in the atomic ensemble. We have also presented a novel scheme of excitation using chirped pulses and shown that in addition to generating coherence in the system it is possible to alter the translational states of the atoms. Read More

The radio flux from the synchrotron emission of electrons accelerated in the forward bow shock of G2 is expected to have peaked when the forward shock passes close to the pericenter from the Galactic Center, around autumn of 2013. This radio flux is model dependent. We find that if G2 were to be a momentum-supported bow shock of a faint star with a strong wind, the radio synchrotron flux from the forward-shock heated ISM is well below the quiescent radio flux of Sgr A*. Read More

We report a study on the optical dipole force on a beam of neutral three-level like atomic system induced by a femtosecond super-Gaussian pulse. We show that maximum coherence between the ground state |1> and the excited state |2> could be achieved using a train of femtosecond pulses. In addition, it is possible to control the trajectory of the atoms in an atomic beam by using the same scheme. Read More

We present a systematic study on magnetic fields in Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) external forward shocks (FSs). There are 60 (35) GRBs in our X-ray (optical) sample, mostly from Swift. We use two methods to study epsilon_B (fraction of energy in magnetic field in the FS). Read More

The radio flux from the synchrotron emission of electrons accelerated in the forward bow shock of G2 is expected to peak when the forward shock passes pericenter, possibly 7 to 9 months before the center of mass of G2 reaches pericenter ~3x10^15 cm from the Galactic Center (Narayan et al. 2012; Sadowski et al. 2013a,b). Read More

This paper examines the possibility that hadronic processes produce the >100 MeV photons in the prompt phase of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) observed by the Fermi-LAT. We calculate analytically the radiation from protons and from secondary electron-positron pairs produced by high energy protons interacting with gamma-rays inside of the GRB jet. We consider both photo-pion and Bethe-Heitler pair production processes to create secondary electrons and positrons that then radiate via inverse Compton and synchrotron processes. Read More

The IceCube Collaboration recently reported a stringent upper limit on the high energy neutrino flux from GRBs, which provides a meaningful constraint on the standard internal shock model. Recent broad band electromagnetic observations of GRBs also challenge the internal shock paradigm for GRBs, and some competing models for gamma-ray prompt emission have been proposed. We describe a general scheme for calculating the GRB neutrino flux, and compare the predicted neutrino flux levels for different models. Read More

Nanostructured Zinc oxide (ZnO) was synthesized via a ball milling for 10 hours using high energy planetary ball mill. Phase purity and homogeneity of all the samples have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM). All the diffraction peaks can be indexed to the hexagonal phase ZnO with hexagonal symmetry (space group P63mc). Read More

In this paper, we study a hierarchical SSOR (HSSOR) method which could be used as a standalone method or as a smoother for a two-grid method. It is found that the method leads to faster convergence compared to more costly incomplete LU (ILU(0)) with no fill-in, the SSOR, and the Block SSOR method. Moreover, for a two-grid method, numerical experiments suggests that HSSOR can be a better replacement for SSOR smoother both having no storage requirements and have no construction costs. Read More

In this paper, we use the Poincare separation theorem for estimating the eigenvalues of the fine grid. We propose a randomized version of the algorithm where several different coarse grids are constructed thus leading to more comprehensive eigenvalue estimates. The proposed algorithm is suited for modern day multicore and distributed processing. Read More

Observational evidence suggests a link between long duration gamma ray bursts (LGRBs) and Type Ic supernovae. Here, we propose a potential mechanism for Type Ic supernovae in LGRB progenitors powered solely by accretion energy. We present spherically-symmetric hydrodynamic simulations of the long-term accretion of a rotating gamma-ray burst progenitor star, a "collapsar," onto the central compact object, which we take to be a black hole. Read More

Many previous studies have determined that the long lasting emission at X-ray, optical and radio wavelengths from gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), called the afterglow, is likely produced by the external forward shock model. In this model, the GRB jet interacts with the circum-stellar medium and drives a shock that heats the medium, which radiates via synchrotron emission. In this work, we carried out a detailed analysis of the late time afterglow data of GRB 090902B using a very careful accounting of the Inverse Compton losses. Read More

A graph based matching is used to construct aggregation for algebraic multigrid. Effects of inexact coarse grid solve is analyzed numerically for a highly discontinuous convection diffusion coefficient matrix and problems from Florida matrix market collection. The proposed strategy is found to be more robust compared to a classical AMG approach. Read More

We consider a model in which the ultra-relativistic jet in a gamma-ray burst (GRB) is cold and magnetically accelerated. We assume that the energy flux in the outflowing material is partially thermalized via internal shocks or a reverse shock, and we estimate the maximum amount of radiation that could be produced in such magnetized shocks. We compare this estimate with the available observational data on prompt gamma-ray emission in GRBs. Read More

In the context of non overlapping domain decomposition methods, several algebraic approximations of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann (DtN) map are proposed in [F. X. Roux, et. Read More

The association of long-duration gamma-ray bursts (LGRBs) with Type Ic supernovae presents a challenge to supernova explosion models. In the collapsar model for LGRBs, gamma rays are produced in an ultrarelativistic jet launching from the magnetosphere of the black hole that forms in the aftermath of the collapse of a rotating progenitor star. The jet is collimated along the star's rotation axis, but the concomitant luminous supernova should be relatively--though certainly not entirely--spherical, and should synthesize a substantial mass of 56Ni. Read More

In recent work we suggested that photons of energy >100 MeV detected from GRBs by the Fermi Satellite are produced via synchrotron emission in the external forward shock with a weak magnetic field - consistent with shock compressed upstream magnetic field of a few tens of micro-Gauss. Here we investigate whether electrons can be accelerated to energies such that they radiate synchrotron photons with energy up to about 10 GeV in this particular scenario. We do this using two methods: (i) we check if these electrons can be confined to the shock front; and (ii) we calculate radiative losses while they are being accelerated. Read More

This paper introduces and motivates the use of hybrid robust feature extraction technique for spoken language identification (LID) system. The speech recognizers use a parametric form of a signal to get the most important distinguishable features of speech signal for recognition task. In this paper Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC), Perceptual linear prediction coefficients (PLP) along with two hybrid features are used for language Identification. Read More

We consider the effects of supernovae (SNe) on accretion and star formation in a massive gaseous disk in a large primeval galaxy. The gaseous disk we envisage, roughly 1 kiloparsec (kpc) in size with >~ 10^8 M_Sun of gas, could have formed as a result of galaxy mergers where tidal interactions removed angular momentum from gas at larger radius and thereby concentrated it within the central ~ 1 kpc region. We find that SNe lead to accretion in the disk at a rate of roughly 0. Read More

Late X-ray flares observed in X-ray afterglows of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) suggest late central engine activities at a few minuets to hours after the burst. A few unambiguously confirmed cases of supernova associations with nearby long GRBs imply that an accompanying supernova-like component might be a common feature in all long GRB events. These motivate us to study the interactions of a late jet, responsible for a x-ray flare, with various components in a stellar explosion, responsible for a GRB. Read More

We analyze the >100MeV data for 3 GRBs detected by Fermi (GRBs 080916C, 090510, 090902B) and find that these photons were generated via synchrotron emission in the external forward shock. We arrive at this conclusion by four different methods as follows. (1) We check the light curve and spectral behavior of the >100MeV data, and late time X-ray and optical data, and find them consistent with the closure relations for the external forward shock radiation. Read More

We present axisymmetric hydrodynamical simulations of the long-term accretion of a rotating GRB progenitor star, a "collapsar," onto the central compact object. The simulations were carried out with the adaptive mesh refinement code FLASH in two spatial dimensions and with an explicit shear viscosity. The evolution of the central accretion rate exhibits phases reminiscent of the long GRB gamma-ray and X-ray light curve, which lends support to the proposal that the luminosity is modulated by the central accretion rate. Read More

Observations of gamma-ray bursts by the Fermi satellite, capable of detecting photons in a very broad energy band: 8keV to >300GeV, have opened a new window for the study of these enigmatic explosions. It is widely assumed that photons of energy larger than 100 MeV are produced by the same source that generated lower energy photons -- at least whenever the shape of the spectrum is a Band function. We report here a surprising discovery -- the Fermi data for a bright burst, GRB 080916C, unambiguously shows that the high energy photons (>= 100MeV) were generated in the external shock via the synchrotron process, and the lower energy photons had a distinctly different source. Read More