Ravindra's research into astrophysical plasmas focus on particle-scale kinetic physics and large system-scale phenomena, and the interplay between these. To this end he develops and uses a range of magnetohydrodynamic, particle-in-cell, hybrid and test-particle simulation codes to study fundamental plasma phenomena across the solar system and beyond. He is involved in a number of current and upcoming space missions including the Lunar Gateway Space Station, the Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (SMILE) mission and Solar Orbiter as well as proposing new mission concepts. He is working with the UK MET Office to develop new space weather forecasting capabilities.
Ravindra welcomes enquiries from prospective research students. In 2023, he was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Higher Education Award for outstanding supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate student.
Desai R, Zhang Z, 2023, Simulating secondary electron and ion emission from the Cassini spacecraft in Saturn's ionosphere, The Planetary Science Journal, Vol:4, ISSN:2632-3338
et al., 2023, Quantifying the global solar wind-magnetosphere interaction with the Solar-Terrestrial Observer for the Response of the Magnetosphere (STORM) mission concept, Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Vol:10
et al., 2022, Successive interacting coronal mass ejections: How to create a perfect storm?, The Astrophysical Journal: an International Review of Astronomy and Astronomical Physics, Vol:941, ISSN:0004-637X