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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:  Weak Gravitational Lensing
Disciplines:  Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics
Mentor:  Jason Rhodes, (JPL), Jason.D.Rhodes@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-3304
Mentor URL:  https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/JRhodes/  (opens in new window)
Background:  Weak gravitational lensing is a technique used explore dark matter and dark energy. Through statistical measurements in large data sets (such as existing data sets from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Space Telescope, and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and upcoming data sets from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST)) we can detect the distortion of light by gravitational fields, which allows us to probe the distribution of matter in the universe. This technique is equally sensitive to ordinary matter and to dark matter. Because of these unique and powerful capabilities, weak lensing is one of the primary goals of upcoming missions such as LSST and WFIRST.
Description:  The successful applicant will join our group at JPL working on weak gravitational lensing. The applicant will have the opportunity to work on measurements of gravitational lensing by specific structures, loosely called galaxy-galaxy lensing but also encompassing other structures such as cosmic voids; alternately, the applicant may choose to work on the characterization and mitigation of systematic errors in weak lensing for upcoming missions, investigating the subtle ways our data analysis may be biased.
Student Requirements: 
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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