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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:  Hydride Molecules in Nearby Galaxies
Disciplines:  Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science
Mentor:  Raquel Rodriguez Monje, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-8345
Background:  Several atomic and ionic fine structure lines and many molecular rotational lines lie at sub-millimeter and far-infrared wavelengths. Since the chemical composition of the gas depends mostly on density, temperature, radiation field and elemental abundances of the gas, astrochemistry of the interstellar medium (ISM) is an excellent tool to probe the physical structure and evolution of the gas.
Description:  The goal of this research project is to conduct a comprehensive survey of two molecular lines - hydrogen fluoride (HF) and water (H20) - in nearby galaxies obtained with reliable archival form the Herschel Space Observatory. The objective of this survey is to probe the chemistry of fluorine and oxygen-bearing molecules and to determine to what extent both species can be used as diagnostics of the physical process at play in the ISM of the host galaxy.
Student Requirements:  Student should be familiar with basic principles of atomic and molecular spectroscopy and the interstellar medium.
Some knowledge of UNIX/Linux and computer programming.
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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