Imke de Pater, Professor

Open (1) Exploring our Solar System through observations at radio, infrared and visible wavelengths.

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

Over the past years our research group has focused on observations of the solar system using ground-based telescopes equipped with Adaptive Optics systems, in particular the 10 meter Keck telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the 8-m VLT telescope in Chili. Adaptive Optics is a cutting edge technology, based on the real-time correction of distortions introduced by atmospheric turbulence, and yields images close to the diffraction limit of the telescope. For instance, images of Io, a satellite of Jupiter and the most volcanically active body in the solar system, reveal details as small as 100 km, making our data comparable with those provided by Space missions.
We routinely observe a wide range of targets, use different observing techniques (and wavelengths) and a broad range of physical principals in our data analysis. Examples include: high temperature volcanoes on Io, weather on Titan, Neptune and Uranus and their ring+satellite systems, and searches for moonlet companions of asteroids. The applicant will choose a topic together with the advisor; all projects will involve image processing and analysis of data with simulations.


Qualifications: Students with solid bases in mathematics and physics will be appreciated. Knowledge in UNIX/Linux OS and IDL will be a plus.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

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