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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:  Explosion Mechanism of Type Ia Supernovae
Disciplines:  Astrophysics, Astronomy
Mentor:  Syed Uddin, Postdoctoral Fellow, (PMA),, Phone: 6263040270
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Type Ia Supernovae (SNe Ia) are standardizable candles used to measure distances across the universe. Astronomers used these SNe Ia to discover mysterious dark energy - the nature of which is still unknown. Still there is room for better standardization of SNe Ia, which will help to improve measurements of cosmological parameters. One way to improve SN Ia standard candles is to understand the explosion mechanism of SNe Ia.

SNe Ia explode when carbon-oxygen white dwarf stars undergo runway thermonuclear explosions. It is not yet clear if the explosion scenario involves just a single white dwarf star or if both stars in the binary system are white dwarfs. Analysis of high cadence light curve and spectra may shed light on the explosion mechanism of SNe Ia.
Description:  We have collected images for a number of SNe Ia from Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) network. The student will work with the images of SNe Ia to perform multiband aperture photometry using a Python based tool photutils. The student will develop computer codes to create light-curves from photometry that will be extracted from images. With these multiband light-curves, the student will be able to diagnose the properties of SNe Ia and will be able to understand how SNe Ia explode.
Student Requirements:  Python Programming Language.
Position available to Caltech students only. Research will be conducted at Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena as part of the summer student program which runs from June 17 - Aug 23. Students must be present for the full duration of the program.

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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