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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:  Spaceflight Photon Counting Detector Analysis and Simulation
Disciplines:  Physics/Applied Physics, Astronomy
Mentor:  Patrick Morrissey, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-6895
Background:  We are developing detectors for the WFIRST coronagraph instrument. This instrument is designed to directly image point sources (such as exoplanets) that are orbiting around nearby stars. The instrument is a technology demonstration planned for launch around 2025. The expected source fluxes will be very low and require ultra-low-noise detectors. For this reason we are developing photon counting sensors in our lab and optimizing them for space flight.
Description:  The successful applicant will work in the electron multiplying CCD (EMCCD) lab at JPL. There are two projects our lab is currently interested in investigating. The first is the development of a Python software simulator that generates photon counted EMCCD images with appropriate noise characteristics for use by the science team to help evaluate performance. The second project will be a study of image contamination by cosmic rays with a focus on mitigation, since these are potentially a significant noise source in flight.
Student Requirements:  We are looking for a student with an interest and background in astronomy, instrumentation and Python programming.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: Yes.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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

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