Existence of strong and large scale magnetic fields on planets and stars is one of the most fundamental problems in planetary and stellar physics. The turbulent motions of the electrically conducting fluids in planets and stars twist and churn the pervasive tiny magnetic field perturbations and give rise to much stronger and large scale magnetic fields. This process is called the Dynamo mechanism. Rakesh uses some of the worlds fastest supercomputers to simulate these physical processes and tries to understand how Dynamo works in stars and planets. The results from these complex magnetohydrodynamic simulations help us to better interpret the observations. Rakesh has extensively worked on modelling the dynamo in the Earth's core and in relatively tiny stars called M-stars (Proxima Centauri is one of them). At EPS, Rakesh is working to understand the geodynamo in greater details as well as to connect theoretical dynamo models for Jupiter with the incoming observations from the Juno space mission.
Rakesh finished his BSc and MSc (physics) in 2011 at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India). He moved to Germany in 2012 to pursue a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research and at the University of Göttingen. After finishing his PhD in 2015 he joined the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as a Post Doctoral scientist. In June 2017, he joined the Bloxham group at EPS as a Research Associate to continue his research.