Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Dipankar Maitra

Dipankar Maitra

Assistant Professor of Physics/Astronomy

Ph.D. and M.S. in Astronomy, Yale University, New Haven, USA
B.S. in Physics, Presidency College, Kolkata, India

Research Interests

My main research interests are accretion inflows and outflows near compact astrophysical sources such as black holes (BH) and neutron stars (NS). Understanding the physical processes that lead to complex instabilities in these accretion flows is one of the most challenging and exciting fields in high energy astrophysics. More ...

Teaching Interests

I've taught the following courses at Wheaton:

Other Interests




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Recent Refereed Journals

Russell, D. M., Markoff, S., Casella, P., Cantrell, A. G., Chatterjee, R., Fender, R. P., Gallo, E., Gandhi, P., Homan, J., Maitra, D., Miller-Jones, J. C. A., O'Brien, K., & Shahbaz, T. 2013, "Jet spectral breaks in black hole X-ray binaries'', MNRAS.

Reis, R. C., Miller, J. M., Reynolds, M. T., Gultekin, K., Maitra, D., King, A. L., & Strohmayer, T. E 2012, "A 200-Second Quasi-Periodicity After the Tidal Disruption of a Star by a Dormant Black Hole'', Science, 337, 949.

Khoperskov, S. A., Khoperskov, A. V., Khrykin, I. S., Korchagin, V. I., Casetti-Dinescu, D. I., Girard, T., van Altena, W., & Maitra, D. 2012, ``Global Gravitationally-Organized Spiral Waves and the Structure of NGC 5247'', MNRAS.

Maitra, D., Miller, J. M., Raymond, J. C., & Reynolds, M. T. 2011, "A strong emission line near 24.8 angstrom in the X-ray binary system MAXI J0556-332: gravitational redshift or unusual donor'', ApJ Letters, 743, L11.

Miller-Jones, J. C. A., and 18 co-authors including DM, 2012, "Disc-jet coupling in the 2009 outburst of the black hole candidate H1743-322'', MNRAS, 421, 468.

King, A. L., Miller, J. M., Raymond, J., Fabian, A. C., Reynolds, C. S., Kallman, T., R., Maitra, D., Cackett, E. M., & Rupen, M. P. 2012, "An Extreme X-ray Disk Wind in the Black Hole Candidate IGR J17091-3624'', ApJ Letters, 746, L20.

Russell, D. M. and 18 co-authors including DM, 2012, "A late jet rebrightening revealed from multiwavelength monitoring of the black hole candidate XTE J1752-223'', MNRAS, 419, 1740.

Nowak, M. A., Wilms, J., Pottschmidt, K., Schulz, N., Maitra, D., & Miller, J. 2012, "Suzaku Observations of 4U 1957+11: Potentially the Most Rapidly Spinning Black Hole in (the Halo of) the Galaxy'', ApJ, 744, 107.

Recent Non-refereed Publications

Maitra, D., Miller, J., Markoff, S., & King, A. 2012, "Modeling the Broadband Spectral Energy Distributions of Nearby Seyfert-1 AGN'', AAS Meeting #219, #140.04.

Nowak, M. A., Wilms, J., Pottschmidt, K., Schulz, N., Miller, J., & Maitra, D. 2012, "Suzaku observations of 4U 1957+11: The most rapidly spinning black hole in the galaxy?'', SUZAKU 2011: Exploring the X-ray Universe: Suzaku and Beyond. AIP Conf. Proc., 1427, 48.

Sivakoff, G. R. et al. 2012, ``Caught In The Act: Disc-jet Coupling In The 2009 Outburst Of The Black Hole Candidate H1743-322'', AAS Meeting #219, #249.02.

Reynolds, M., Miller, J., Maitra, D., Gultekin, K., Kennea, J., Siegel, M., Gehrels, N., Gelbord, J., & Kuin, P. 2011, ``The Swift Galactic Plane Survey'', AAS, HEAD meeting #12, #27.01.

Popular Science Articles

Maitra, D. 2012, ``Are black holes spinning really, really fast?'', Sky Watching Guide, 49, 34.
Maitra, D. 2006, ``Testing Einstein's Theory of General Relativity with Binary Pulsar'', Sky Watching Guide, 37, 19.
Maitra, D. 2005, ``The Mystery of Gamma-Ray Bursts'', Sky Watching Guide, 35, 22.
Maitra, D. 2003, ``Outburst of V4641 Sgr - An Observer's Chronicle'', Sky Watching Guide, 31, 22.
Maitra, D. 2002, ``Accelerating Universe and Revival of the Cosmological Constant'', Sky Watching Guide, 29, 19.
Maitra, D. 2001, ``Anisotropy in the Orientation and Polarisation Axes of Quasars : An Unresolved Mystery'', Sky Watching Guide, 27, 15.
Maitra, D. 2000, ``Introduction to High-Resolution Imaging'', Sky Watching Guide, 25, 12.
Maitra, D. 1998, ``Gravitational Lensing: A Tool in the Search for Cosmic Dark Matter'', Sky Watching Guide, 21, 10.