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Search for Magnetic Monopoles: from the Large Hadron Collider to Space

Student can get involved in the following aspects of the project: 1. Development of a Citizen Science web and mobile platform to allow general public to participate in the analysis of the MoEDAL experiment. 2. Development of novel radiation detectors optimized for the magnetic monopole searches. The detectors are to be deployed at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, and in the Low Earth Orbit using CubeSat satellites. No prior experience with detector development required. 3. Applying Deep Learning techniques to the data analysis of the MoEDAL experiment at the LHC. The work involves operation of a GPU based computing system, application of convolutional neural networks for event classification. No prior experience with machi...

Required Availability
Summer 2018 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - PH495
Paid Position?
No

Fast photon tracking using GPU-computing for the EXO neutrinoless double beta decay experiment

Students can work on the following aspect: 1. Understanding light propagation in the EXO-200/nEXO detectors using novel GPU based photon tracking software. Familiarity with programming languages (Python and/or C) and CAD software (SolidWorks, AutoCAD) is advantageous. Position is initially unpaid....

Required Availability
Summer 2018 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - PH495
Paid Position?
No

Scientific Visualization using OpenGL

Commercial platforms for visualization (static or animated) of physical phenomena allow little flexibility in display. The student will learn the basics of computer animation at a low level (OpenGL), as one would use for computer games, but apply it to animated visualization of time-dependent phenomena. The particular application is to switching phenomena in magnetic systems, but the methods apply to a wide range of time-dependent phenomena. ...

Required Availability
Spring 2017
Course Credit?
No
Paid Position?
No
Preferred Majors
Physics
Keywords
Animation, OpenGL
Faculty
Pieter Visscher

Burning Processes in Supernova Explosions

Student will perform computational simulations of burning processes which release energy during a supernova explosion. Tasks include analysis and verification of simulation results, including study of dependence on adopted resolution, reaction pathways considered, and comparison to other methods. The simulations undertaken by the student will inform the performance of large-scale simulations of supernovae used to understand observed transients on the sky, supernova remnant structure, and the synthesis of elements in stellar explosions, as well as explore the necessary physics for understanding these explosions and the stars that lead to them....

Required Availability
Fall 2018 | Spring 2019 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - AY 491, PH 495
Paid Position?
No
Preferred Majors
Physics
Keywords
astrophysics | numerical analysis
Faculty
Dean Townsley

Computational peptide chemistry

Advanced computational electronic structure methods will be used to calculate the geometries, vibrational frequencies, energetics, and excited state properties of important compounds of biological interest. Both correlated molecular orbital theory and density functional theory will be used. The focus of the work is on charging of peptides for explaining mass spectrometry results for both cationic and anionic peptides. The cationic work will focus on transition metal ion charging. Both types of studies are relevant to the study of the Human proteome....

Required Availability
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - CH396:398
Paid Position?
No

computational catalysis

The control of chemical transformation via catalysis is both an exceptional intellectual challenge and critically important to the Nation. Catalysis is central to energy production and utilization, to chemical manufacturing, to the minimization of environmental impact, and it has been arguably the single most important agent for sustainable development in the developing world. The revolutions in nanotechnology and high performance computing provide unprecedented new opportunities to elucidate the fundamental principles governing the control of chemical transformation by catalysts. Indeed, the coupling of theory, modeling and simulation with experiment will provide the most profound insights into catalyst behavior and thus enable the design ...

Required Availability
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - CH396:398
Paid Position?
No

Development and Application of Techniques for the Experimental Detection of Dark Matter

Faculty and students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are collaborating on the LZ dark matter search experiment to test the hypothesis that dark matter, comprising more than 85% of the total mass of the universe, is comprised of weakly interacting massive particles. The main contributions of the UA group to this effort are in the areas of carrying out sensitive radio-assays to select materials which are low in radioactivity, calibrating the response of the LZ detector to WIMP interactions, and developing algorithms based on the raw detector signals to discriminate between WIMP interactions and backgrounds. There are opportunities for undergraduates to build and evaluate prototypes, operate sensitive particle detectors and analy...

Required Availability
Summer 2018 | Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - PH490
Paid Position?
No

Computaitonal heavy element chemsitry

We are interested in developing a fundamental and predictive understanding of actinide chemistry in aqueous solution under conditions relevant to nuclear-waste storage and reprocessing of spent fuel to address aggregate and colloid formation. Intractable, small aggregates in nuclear-waste streams can impair clean-up, forcing a low-level waste stream to be treated as high-level waste, thereby increasing treatment costs. Metal oligomers, aggregates, clusters, nanophases and colloids are ubiquitous in aqueous chemistry. Thought to form via the condensation reactions of hydrolyzed metal ions, intrinsic dissolved aggregates or colloids are generally described as poly-dispersed hydroxides or hydrous oxides with varying stoichiometry and no well-d...

Required Availability
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - CH396:398
Paid Position?
No

Development of Data Acquisition Systems for a Novel Gamma-Ray Telescope.

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a next-generation ground-based gamma-ray observatory that will provide unique observations of extreme astrophysical objects such as supermassive black holes at the centers of distant galaxies and the remnants of supernova explosions in our own galaxy. The main US contribution to the CTA project is a proposed array of Schwarzschild-Couder Telescopes (SCTs) which have superior performance with respect to more traditional designs due to its improved optics and camera. The first prototype SCT is being built at the Whipple Observatory site in southern Arizona and the UA group led by Prof. Santander is responsible for providing data acquisition and control software for the telescope camera. A live view of...

Required Availability
Fall 2018 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - PH495
Paid Position?
No
Preferred Majors
Physics | Engineering | Computer Science
Keywords
physics | data | astrophysics | Coding

Development of an Early Alert System to Identify Astrophysical Sources of High-Energy Neutrinos

The IceCube neutrino observatory (http://icecube.wisc.edu/) is a cubic-kilometer, glacial ice neutrino detector located at the geographic South Pole. IceCube identifies high-energy neutrinos from the universe at a rate of about 10 per year, but the sources of these neutrinos remains unknown. A possible way to identify the sources is to correlate the position of the neutrinos in the sky with known astrophysical objects or with observations taken by ground- or space-based telescopes. The goal of this project is to develop software that will automatically compile available observations of a particular point in the sky every time a neutrino from that direction is detected. In this way, were a neutrino found to be correlated with, for instan...

Required Availability
Fall 2018 | Spring 2018
Course Credit?
Yes - PH495
Paid Position?
No