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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
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  All-sky survey for radio transients
Disciplines:  Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics
Mentor:  Walid Majid, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-6621
Background:  Over the past decade, astrophysicists have been mystified by previously undetected very short bright bursts of radio waves, which have led to intense observational and theoretical attention around the world. There are now over 20 confirmed detections of these Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) but astronomers have so far not been able to identify their origins, although a large number of exotic possibilities have been hypothesized.
Description:  The goal of this project is to develop an efficient processing pipeline to search for FRBs using archival data from radio telescopes. The candidate events from this pipeline will be flux calibrated and further examined to ensure their astrophysical nature. Given the unique attributes of the large archival dataset, this survey is expected to make a significant contribution to the FRB studies that are currently underway around the globe.
References:  Lorimer et al., A Bright Millisecond Radio Burst of Extragalactic Origin,

Thornton et al., A Population of Fast Radio Bursts at Cosmological Distances,
Student Requirements:  Individuals interested in applying should have a familiarity with python and C programming languages. Exposure to basic statistical analysis techniques would be helpful.
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 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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