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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  multi-wavelength studies of magnetars
Disciplines:  Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science
Mentor:  Walid Majid, (JPL), Walid.A.Majid@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-6621
Background:  Magnetars are young neutron stars with very strong magnetic fields. They typically have longer rotational periods and larger than average spin-down rates compared to other pulsars. Magnetars are primarily powered by the decay of their magnetic fields and are believed to make up at least 10% of the young neutron star population.
Description:  The project involves analysis of radio and X-ray data obtained from multi-wavelength observation of radio-loud magnetars in the Milky Way galaxy. The candidate will characterize the nature of the broadband emission, pulse morphology, flux variability, and irregular timing behavior, including glitches (sudden increases in pulsar's rotation frequency).
References:  https://arxiv.org/pdf/1309.4167.pdf
Student Requirements:  Good computing skills, particularly expertise in Python is desirable. The candidate should have taken basic physics courses and have familiarity with basic statistical techniques.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: .
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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