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IPST offers a variety of research projects that welcome undergradute participation. Interested students are encouraged to make direct contact with sponsoring faculty.

Professor Michael A. Coplan
CSS Rm. 3239
301-405-4858
coplan@umd.edu

Research Topics

  • Development of instrumentation for the efficient detection of energetic neutral atoms in space
  • Solar wind turbulence
  • Investigation of efficient cold neutron detectors

Positions Available

  • Summer
  • Academic year

Compensation

  • Course credit
  • Hourly pay

Course and other Prerequisites

  • Some experience with data analysis software
  • Laboratory experience, electronics

Specific Projects Available

Undergraduate students who have worked in my laboratory over the last few years and their projects

  • Matthew Dantas-McCutcheon: Numerical models of spacecraft instrumentation
  • Evan Ulrich: Development of high mass resolution spectrometers for space applications
  • Debjani Roy: Analysis of solar wind coherence using data from the SoHO and Wind spacecraft
  • Kelly Sittler: Properties of the solar wind at 1 a.u.
  • Alex Gross: Design and construction of an ion spectrograph for investigation of the polar cusp
  • Elena Zeitsev: Calibration of an ion spectrograph for investigation of the polar cusp

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Professor James F. Drake
A.V. Williams Rm. 3311
301-405-1471
drake@plasma.umd.edu
http://www.physics.umd.edu/dsat/

Research Topics

  • Dynamical systems and accelerator theory

Positions Available

  • Summer
  • Academic year

Compensation

  • Pay
  • Course credit

Course and Other Prerequisites

  • Some knowledge of FORTRAN

Specific Projects Available

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Professor Wendell T. Hill, III
IPST Rm. 2120
301-405-4813
wth@umd.edu
http://hillslab.umd.edu

Research Topics

  • Freesing ultrafast dynamics with light
  • Intense laser interaction with matter
  • Atom optics and quantum information

Positions Available

  • Summer
  • Academic year

Compensation

  • Pay
  • Course credit

Course and other Prerequisites

  • Ability to work with others and learn quickly

Specific Projects Available

  • Computer simulations
  • Hardware development: assembling optics, fabricating components
  • Assisting with data collection and analysis

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Professor Rajarshi Roy
AV Williams Rm. 3347
301-405-1636
rroy@umd.edu http://www.ipst.umd.edu/researchandfaculty/rroy.php

Research Topics

  • Fiber Laser Dynamics and Communication with Chaotic Waveforms
  • Spatial Light Modulators and Spatio-Temporal Chaos and Patterns
  • Semiconductor lasers with external feedback
  • Applications to laser ranging and sensing, delay differential equations

Positions Available

  • Summer
  • Academic year

Compensation

  • Course credit

Course and other Prerequisites

  • Must be willing to work 10 hours/week
  • Some experience working with electronics and computers, interest in data acquisition and analysis, numerical modelling

Specific Projects Available

  • Data analysis and processing
  • Simulations
  • Hardware development

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Professor Eun-Suk Seo
CSS Rm. 3203
301-405-4855
seo@umd.edu
http://cosmicray.umd.edu/homepage/

Research Topics

  • Cosmic ray physics; balloon-borne and space-based measurements of very high-energy particles from outer space

Positions Available

  • Summer
  • Academic year

Compensation

  • Pay
  • Course credit

Course and other Prerequisites

  • Must be willing to work 20 hours/week
  • Some experience working with adhesives and plastics, electronics; shop equipment; computerized data analysis and presentation

Specific Projects Available

  • Data analysis and processing
  • Simulations
  • Hardware development

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