Mukul Bhattacharya - Eberly Research Scholar - Postdoc - Member
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I am an Eberly Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics at Penn State. My research involves theoretical modelling of physical processes operating in high-energy transients (e.g. GRBs, FRBs, BNS/BHNS mergers) and predicting future observations from the next-generation telescopes. I obtained my Ph.D. in Physics from UT Austin in 2020, where my dissertation focussed on modelling source properties and population distributions of FRBs. Prior to joining Penn State, I was a postdoctoral research associate at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. I have been actively developing theoretical models and computational tools necessary to address questions like: What are the sources and composition for ultra-high-energy cosmic ray particles? How can we efficiently follow-up the EM counterparts from GW signals? How do we constrain the source properties of FRBs directly from their observables? What is the radiation mechanism for the GRB prompt emission spectrum? Please visit for links to my CV, list of publications and detailed explanation of my research work. I may be reached at


  1. Pawan Kumar, Wenbin Lu, Mukul Bhattacharya, "Fast radio burst source properties and curvature radiation model." MNRAS 468 3 (2017)
  2. Mukul Bhattacharya, Banibrata Mukhopadhyay, Subroto Mukerjee, "Luminosity and cooling of highly magnetized white dwarfs: suppression of luminosity by strong magnetic fields." MNRAS 477 2 (2018)
  3. Mukul Bhattacharya, Pawan Kumar, George Smoot, "Mergers of black hole-neutron star binaries and rates of associated electromagnetic counterparts." MNRAS 486 4 (2019)
  4. Mukul Bhattacharya, Pawan Kumar, "Population Modeling of Fast Radio Bursts from Source Properties." ApJ 899 2 (2020)
  5. Mukul Bhattacharya, Pawan Kumar, "Explaining GRB prompt emission with sub-photospheric dissipation and Comptonization." MNRAS 491 4 (2020)
  6. Mukul Bhattacharya, Pawan Kumar, Eric Linder, "Fast radio burst dispersion measure distribution as a probe of helium reionization." PRD 103 10 (2021)
  7. Mukul Bhattacharya, Shunsaku Horiuchi, Kohta Murase, "On the synthesis of heavy nuclei in protomagnetar outflows and implications for ultra-high energy cosmic rays." arXiv e-prints (2021)
  8. Mukul Bhattacharya, Alexander Hackett, Abhay Gupta, Christopher Tout, Banibrata Mukhopadhyay, "Evolution of Highly Magnetic White Dwarfs by Field Decay and Cooling: Theory and Simulations." ApJ 925 2 (2022)
  9. Nick Ekanger, Mukul Bhattacharya, Shunsaku Horiuchi, "Systematic exploration of heavy element nucleosynthesis in protomagnetar outflows." MNRAS (2022)