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Saloni Bhatiani

Saloni Bhatiani

Postdoctoral Researcher

Astrophysics & Cosmology


My research falls in the realm of extragalactic astrophysics, particularly focused on Galaxy clusters and Gravitational Lensing of Active galactic nuclei (AGNs).

I detect galaxy clusters using Optical/NIR data from Kitt Peak Mayall 4m telescope and the APO 3.5m telescope to learn about how galaxies evolve with time.

I also use a cool technique called quasar microlensing using Chandra X-ray telescope to hunt for planet mass objects in galaxies billions of light-years away. These mysterious planet-scale objects are expected to be either primordial black holes that are born in the early universe or possibly free-floating planets that are abandoned by their parent stars.