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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 2017 can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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.

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Project:  Research in atomic, optical, and quantum areas
Disciplines:  Physics/Applied Physics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Mentor:  Nan Yu, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-4093
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Students highly motivated in science and technology to work with Quantum Sciences and Technology group teams on various atomic, optical and quantum research tasks under the supervision of the group supervisor. Emphasis will be on experimental efforts including computer interface and programming. Provide help and assistance in vacuum systems, optical setups, electronics, computer control, lab testing, data collection and analysis, as well as general assistance in experiments and labs.
Description:  There are several active research and development projects in the group. The activities range from basic concept studies, proof-of-principle demonstrations in the laboratory, and instrument implementation. We develop novel frequency standards and clocks, related precision sensor technologies, as well as cold atom physics facility in space. Current research areas include: 1) micro sized trapped ion atomic clocks, 2) optical lattice clocks; and 3) Atomic inertial sensor development 4) dark energy and dark matter detection with precision measurements, and 5) laser interferometer and noise suppression in gravitational wave detection, 5) Cold Atom in space, and 6) Planetary gravity measurements and tests of fundamental physics with atomic clocks and sensors.
Student Requirements:  Course works and first hand experience in physics, analysis, laboratory skills including electronics and programing are highly desirable.
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 

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