CHAMP: Arizona State University
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.
What is it?
Who should apply?
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, 2020. 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 1st to Friday, August 7th 2020 (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 Grant No. AST-1636646.