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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:  Planetary Broadband Seismometer Development
Disciplines:  Physics/Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mentor:  Inseob Hahn, (JPL), Inseob.Hahn@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-7999
Background:  NASA is considering launch a series of missions to explore our Moon and the ocean worlds of the solar system (e.g., Europa and Enceladus). An important objective of these missions is to gain knowledge of the structure and composition of the interiors of these bodies. For the Moon, such knowledge will allow the examination of the initial stages of planetary differentiation frozen in time some 3-3.5 billion years ago. For the ocean worlds, this knowledge will hold clues for understanding their planetary evolution, their thermal and chemical make-up and thus their habitability. One of the main instruments for these future missions is a broadband seismometer.
Description:  We are currently building a single-axis, prototype unit of Planetary Broadband Seismometer (PBBS). The key technology maturation needed in the PBBS are Electrostatic Frequency Reduction (EFR) and high-resolution displacement capacitance sensor (DCS). The summer project involves integration and testing of the prototype PBBS in relevant environments using a custom-built readout and control HW and SW.
Student Requirements:  physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software programming (Labview, FPGA based data acquisition)
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    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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


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