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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
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  The prominence of OD/OH in the Solar System Formation and Evolution: a closer look into comets
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Chemistry, Physics,
Mentor:  Seyedeh Sona Hosseini, (JPL), Sona.Hosseini@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (626) 660-5447
Mentor URL:  https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Hosseini/  (opens in new window)
Background:  Water is important for us! We drink water but also, in general life, as we know it, depends on water. Studying about the creation of water and it's transfer in the Solar System contains information about the evolution of Solar System and how did water end up on the Earth. One of the approaches to study where the water on Earth came from is by studying OD/OH ration on various objects in the Solar System. However, the OD/OH emission in 308nm is very faint and a very difficult measurement to make, often required in situ mass spectrometers to be sent to the astronomical bodies with spacecraft. In my lab at JPL, we have developed a new technology that has the can potentially make these measurements remotely using small aperture telescopes.
Description:  There is many simulated and models of OH and OD/OH in Solar Systems and planets but this projects is to identify and review all the papers and the references of any OH and OD "measurements" with Solar System bodies. Using these measurements we will analyze the instruments that have been used, the error bars and suggest future missions to increase our data points for targeted science returns.
Student Requirements:  Chemistry of water, water molecule and hydrogen isotopes.
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    Caltech students only 

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