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Prajwal Kafle

Dr Prajwal Kafle

Research Associate
Radio Astronomy Research, International Centre for (ICRAR)

Contact details
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
The University of Western Australia (M468)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7203
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PhD Syd.
Dr. Kafle was born in Nepal, diverse and beautiful nation in the South-Asia. He received his BSc and MSc in Physics from the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu where he received research grant from Ministry of Science (Nepal). He conducted post-graduate studies in astrophysics at the University of Sydney and received his PhD in 2013 with a thesis dissertation on the mass modeling of our own the Milky Way Galaxy. His finding about the lighter Milky Way, compare to what have been thought for decades, led him to the best PhD thesis in Physics 2013, University of Sydney and Postgraduate Excellence award by Australian Institute of Physics, NSW. He is currently a postdoc in Galaxy and Mass Assembly(GAMA) group in ICRAR(UWA). His major research interests are near field cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution.
Key research
Galaxy Formation, Galactic Dynamics, Milky Way Galaxy
5.THE GALAH SURVEY: SCIENTIFIC MOTIVATION, G. De Silva G.,..,P. R. Kafle et al. 2015, Monthly Notice of the Royal Astronomical Society, 449, 2604-2617, 2015

4.ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: PROPERTIES OF THE STELLAR HALO AND THE MILKY WAY MASS DISTRIBUTION, P. R. Kafle, S. Sharma, G. F. Lewis, J. Bland-Hawthorn, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 794, Issue 1, article id 59, 2014

3.METALLICITY BIAS IN THE KINEMATICS OF THE MILKY-WAY STELLAR HALO, P. R. Kafle, S. Sharma, G. F. Lewis, J. Bland-Hawthorn, 2013, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 430, Issue 4, pp. 2973

2.KINEMATICS OF THE STELLAR HALO AND THE MASS DISTRIBUTION OF THE MILKY WAY USING BHB STARS, P. R. Kafle, S. Sharma, G. F. Lewis, J. Bland-Hawthorn, 2012, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 761, Issue 2, article id. 98, pp. 17

1.RADIAL VELOCITY DEPENDENCE IN THE SPATIAL ORIENTATIONS OF GALAXIES IN AND AROUND THE LOCAL SUPERCLUSTER, B. Aryal, P. R. Kafle, W. Saurer, 2008, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 389, Issue 6, pp. 741-748
Funding received
2010-2013: University of Sydney International Scholarship
2010-2013: Various International Astronomical Union (IAU) travel grants
2014: Galaxies Joining a Party: Finding a Group Research Collaboration Awards
Nepali (mother tongue)
English (professional)
Nepal Physical Society (Lifetime Member)
American Astronomical Society
Astronomical Society of Australia
Honours and awards
Postgraduate Excellence Award in Physics, 2013, Australian Institute of Physics, NSW
1. University Lab Demonstrator and Supervisor, 2010-2014, School of Physics, University of Sydney

2. Lecturer, National School of Sciences, Kathmandu, 2009
New and noteworthy
Dark matter half what we thought


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