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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 2018 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:  Polarimetric precipitation scattering simulator
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics/Applied Physics
Mentor:  Robert Beauchamp, (JPL), robert.m.beauchamp@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-1810
Background:  The physical characteristics of precipitation determine its polarization state observed in scattered electromagnetic fields. By measuring the polarimetric signatures of rain and snow, the differences between orthogonal polarizations allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the type of precipitation observed. To further development active and passive remote sensing instruments, an electromagnetic simulator capable of modeling the dual-polarization signature is under development.
Description:  This position is for a student to develop a simulator for electromagnetic scattering from particles in the atmosphere (i.e., precipitation, aerosols, and molecules) which accurately models the polarimetric and Doppler scattering response from an observer at an arbitrary position and velocity. In addition, a key part of this work includes development of a test framework suitable for validating the results and confirm the simulators accuracy. The test framework should be general purpose and designed to evaluate a range of simulator modules designed with a common interface.
References:  Tanelli, S., Im, E., Durden, S. L., Facheris, L., & Giuli, D. (2002). The effects of nonuniform beam filling on vertical rainfall velocity. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 19(7), 10191034.

Mishchenko, M. I., Travis, L. D., & Mackowski, D. W. (1996). T-matrix computations of light scattering by nonspherical particles: A review. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 55, 535575.

Ulaby, F. T., Sarabandi, K., & Nashashibi, A. (1992). Statistical properties of the Mueller matrix of distributed targets. IEE Proceedings F Radar and Signal Processing, 139(2), 136146.
Student Requirements:  A suitable candidate must be self-motivated, have programming experience with numerical simulations (ideally including Matlab, Python, C, and Fortran), and a functional understanding of polarimetric electromagnetic scattering principles.
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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