ASTRO-3D fellow at ICRAR upto Feb. 2020. The main focus of Mahavir’s research has been in the area of galaxy formation and reionization. Galaxies are the building blocks of the Universe, and his ultimate goal is to understand how the first galaxies were formed and how they impacted the ionization state of the Universe, which are the fundamental and as yet unsolved problems in astrophysics.
Telescopes worldwide, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), are revealing snapshots of galaxies at high redshift; and the surveys such as the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) reveal the state of the Universe during the epoch of reionization when first galaxies were born. Moreover, the missions such as GAIA, GALAH and SkyMapper provide a gold mine of data on the locations and abundances of early stars, that helps in reconstructing the formation history of our own Galaxy, the Milky Way.
His recent research was on understanding the star formation in early galaxies and its impact on the epoch of reionization.
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