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Project:  Hydride Molecules in Nearby Galaxies
Disciplines:  Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science
Mentor:  Raquel Rodriguez Monje, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-8345
Background:  Several atomic and ionic fine structure lines and many molecular rotational lines lie at sub-millimeter and far-infrared wavelengths. Since the chemical composition of the gas depends mostly on density, temperature, radiation field and elemental abundances of the gas, astrochemistry of the interstellar medium (ISM) is an excellent tool to probe the physical structure and evolution of the gas.
Description:  The goal of this research project is to conduct a comprehensive survey of two molecular lines - hydrogen fluoride (HF) and water (H20) - in nearby galaxies obtained with reliable archival form the Herschel Space Observatory. The objective of this survey is to probe the chemistry of fluorine and oxygen-bearing molecules and to determine to what extent both species can be used as diagnostics of the physical process at play in the ISM of the host galaxy.
Student Requirements:  Student should be familiar with basic principles of atomic and molecular spectroscopy and the interstellar medium.
Some knowledge of UNIX/Linux and computer programming.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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Problems with or questions about submitting an AO?  Call Jen Manglos of the Student-Faculty Programs Office at (626) 395-2885.
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