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School of Mathematics and Physics

2019 Projects

Lightcurves of Near-Earth Objects from ATLAS

The ATLAS project discovers >100 Near-Earth Objects each year, and observes many others in its wide-field imaging survey. Astrometry and photometry is automatically reported to the Minor Planet Centre, but little photometric analysis of the NEOs have been done to date. This project will involve analysing the ATLAS photometry of NEOs, to investigate whether measurement of NEO spins with ATLAS will be worthwhile to pursue.

Previous computational experience and familiarity with Python programming is required.

Supervisor: Alan Fitzsimmons, Michele Bannister (contact: a.fitzsimmons@qub.ac.uk)

Measuring the transverse extent of solar coronal loops

Abstract: Bright arc-like structures extending away from the Sun, when seen in extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths, are called coronal loops. The plasma within the loops is denser giving them a brighter appearance, as compared to their surroundings. It is often believed that there are sub-resolution strands within the coronal loops. The transverse extent of a coronal loop is an important parameter to understand its collective behaviour. This project involves dealing with state-of-the-art imaging data from both space-based missions (e.g., SDO) and rocket-borne experiments (e.g., Hi-C), mainly to identify distinct coronal loops and measure their widths. Different statistical distributions that may be obtained from the results, are expected to have interesting implications on coronal heating scales.

Any previous experience with programming, especially in IDL, will be useful.

Supervisor: Krishna Prasad (krishna.prasad@qub.ac.uk)

Supernova surveys - coding projects

We run several major sky survey projects - including the ATLAS sky survey and the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects. We process terabytes of data per day, in a massive database, apply machine learning tools and algorithms for classification. The summer project requires a competent undergraduate programmer who can write some of code to enhance our analysis. There are several specific goals and the student will be given guidance and direction. However a competent coding ability in python and or C is desired. Demonstrable proficiency in other languages, as a means of illustrating general coding ability would also be sufficient. Suitable for undergrads in physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering.

Supervisor: Stephen Smartt (s.smartt@qub.ac.uk)

Astrophysics Research Centre website

The ARC website provides vital information to the staff and students of the Astrophysics Research Centre, and is the first port of call for visitors to ARC and astronomer colleagues around the world who wish to contact the Centre or understand its research. This project will involve updating and improving the site. The project will provide skills in project management and website design, together with familiarity with a wide range of astronomy research activities, their management needs, and their interactions with the wider astronomical community. A basic familiarity with wiki syntax and html is helpful, but can be acquired.

Supervisor: Robert Ryans (r.ryans@qub.ac.uk)

public/summer_studentships2019/projects.txt · Last modified: 2019/02/08 10:54 by Michele Bannister

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