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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
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Project:  Radio Astronomy Instrumentation
Discipline:  Electrical Engineering
Mentor:  Sandy Weinreb, Visting Associate, Electrical Engineering, (EAS),, Phone: 626-665-9307
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Caltech operates the Owens Valley Radio Observatory(OVRO)in nothern California about 4 hours drive from Pasadena. Hot topics of current interest are obsevations of transient radio source which occur from cataclismic events such as collisions of black holes, neutron stars, radio bursts from cosmic rays, and detecition of radio emissions from exoplanets. Two radio arrays at OVRO and planned for major upgrades starting this summer and student help with tests, design, and construction would be most welcome.
Description:  Work will be both in a lab in the Moore EE building and OVRO. Help is needed with tests of the existing radio astronomy arrays at OVRO to improve performance and plan future development. These involve tests with a spectrum analyzer to locate sources of RFI (such arcing power lines) and cross talk of signals from small radio telescopes in the array. I project to motor drive one of the 4.5m telescopes is also of interest if a student with interest and ability becomes available.
References:  There are many reports and documents at the URL above. Particularly relevant is the presention, "Monitoring All the Sky All the Time" by Hallinan.
Student Requirements:  Assigned taaks will be dependent upon the knowledge and skills,hardware and software, of the students. There are needs for RF measurements using a spectrum analyzer, testing of circuits, integration of new assemblies into the system, tests to determine proper system operation, and use of RF computer-aided design software for antenna design. Desireable attributes are experience using RF test equipment, ham radio experience, and familiarity with Matlab, Python, C, PC applications,; and software packages such as Altium, Autocad, Microwave Office, GRASP, and CST Studio.
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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