CHAMP: Arizona State University

ASU team members

PHOTO (above): ASU and MIT team members pose for a photo during prototype tests of the ECHO drone for measuring HERA antenna patterns.

Radio Astronomy Research at Arizona State University

The ASU team is heavily involved with the commissioning of HERA, data analysis, and developing simulation software. In particular, we are interested in how details of the instrument design and its operational performance can influence the final cosmological measurement. We investigate these issues through close examination of data from its raw state all the way through the analysis pipeline, and by simulating realistic instrumental responses. What we learn from data and simulation is fed back into the design and construction of the telescope, ensuring we build the best instrument possible to achieve our scientific goals.

CHAMP students will be immersed in our Low-frequency Cosmology (LoCo) Lab of several postdocs and graduate students, along with undergraduate researchers. As new HERA dishes are constructed, there will be plenty of engaging projects. Examples include assisting with HERA observing, executing large instrumental simulations on supercomputers, and exploring the sensitivity of our array to other cosmological phenomena. Participants will engage in frequent discussions and meetings to collaborate on research problems.

measuring HERA antenna patterns
Dr. Danny Jacobs works with a group of ASU undergraduates to prepare drones for measuring the HERA antenna patterns.

Program Details

What is it?

Students will begin the summer attending a one week radio astronomy “boot camp” designed to give them some of the skills they will need to succeed in their research. They will then work for the next 9 weeks with faculty and staff at ASU on HERA-related projects.
Selected students will receive a $6000 stipend for the full 10 weeks. In addition, participants will be provided with housing and will be reimbursed for travel from home or campus to Tempe, Arizona.

Who should apply?

measuring HERA antenna patterns
A recent group photo of the LoCo Lab team at ASU.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. They must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. Participants should not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship. Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply.

All applicants must have completed a minimum of one full year of college-level physics by the start of the program.

When and How to Apply

Applications are due February 1, 2022. To apply to the program, follow the  Application Instructions

In addition, you must ask two faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) to submit letters of reference using the link on the application instructions page. Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. It is your responsibility to confirm that these letters have been sent and failure to obtain these two letters will render your application incomplete and lead to its rejection without review.

Successful students will be notified in March. The research program runs Monday, June 6, to Friday, August 12, 2022 (10 weeks). Participants must be available during the entire 10-week period of the program.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants DUE-1741863, AST-1636646, and AST-1836019.