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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 2019 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:  Simulations of the Response of the EPI-Hi Instrument on the Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft
Disciplines:  Physics, Computer Science
Mentor:  Mark Wiedenbeck , Visiting Associate in Physics, (PMA), Caltech (I am also Principal Research Sc, Phone: 626-395-3054
Background:  .
Description:  The student will simulate the response of the EPI-Hi instrument on the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft (McComas et al., Space Sci. Revs. 204, 187, 2016) to energetic positrons accelerated at the Sun, determine how to distinguish events produced by positrons from those produced by other energetic particles (electrons, protons, gamma rays, etc.), and quantitatively estimate the backgrounds that will affect the measurement. The analysis will be done using the widely-used Geant4 simulation package available from CERN.
References:  McComas et al., Space Sci. Rev. 204, 187, 2016
Wiedenbeck et al., Proceedings of Science, 2017ICRC, 35, 16, 2017
Agostinelli et al., Nucl. Instr. & Meth. In Phys. Res. 506, 250, 2003
Student Requirements:  Knowledge of c++ programming language or proficiency in another programming language (e.g. c, Fortran) and an interest in learning c++
Some knowledge of how energetic particles interact with matter would be helpful.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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