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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
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Project:  Astrophysics of Massive Stars
Disciplines:  Astronomy, Physics
Mentor:  Jim Fuller, Assistant Professor, (PMA),, Phone: 7208409559
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Jim Fuller,
Background:  Internal processes at the cores of massive stars have a profound impact on the supernova explosion and compact object remnants these stars leave behind. In the last millenium of a massive star's life, angular momentum transport processes determine the spin rate of its neutron star or black hole descendant. Pre-supernova outbursts may be driven by vigorous convection during late stage nuclear burning phases. We will investigate these processes from a theoretical perspective in order to make observational predictions.
Description:  The project will employ a combination of numerical and analytical calculations. The analytical work will center around stellar structure, MHD instabilities, and hydrodynamic waves. We will then implement analytical results into the MESA stellar evolution code to make predictions for compact object spin rates and/or pre-supernova outburst properties.
Student Requirements:  Ay101, Ph136 recommended
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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