Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
University of Heidelberg
bhaskar.agarwal (at) uni-heidelberg.edu
photo credi: Claudio Dalla Vecchia
Greetings and welcome! I am Bhaskar Agarwal, an astrophysicist currently working at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Heidelberg University. I was born in India where I spent most of my life before going to the U.K. for my Masters in Astronomy which I obtained from the University of Sussex.
I also taught Classical Mechanics and Astronomy to BSc. students at Fergusson College, Pune (India), my Alma mater, for over a year before going to the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics for my doctoral studies. I then moved to Yale for my Postdoc with Priya Natarajan where I spent two years as a part of the TCAN collaboration between Yale, Georgia Tech and Maryland.
I am mostly interested in understanding how the first galaxies and black holes in our Universe formed, and evolved. My PhD. thesis was dedicated to understanding how the first supermassive black holes formed at z > 6, via direct collapse of pristine gas into massive seed black holes.Currently, my interests are understanding the evolution of massive seed black holes across cosmic time. When feeling too ambitious, I also like to think about problems concerning Boltzmann Brains.