As the effects of non-renewable energy resources (i.e. coal, oil etc) are compounding the issue of global warming, the creation of practical and manufacturable renewable energy sources is necessary for the future of humanity. This experiment group will be designing, simulating and creating solar energy storage devices using lithium ion battery cells (18650) and various solar panels. In this experiment team members will learn and use basic programming knowledge to simulate the efficiency of various solar panels and optimize a design that allows for the maximum return on investment for each solar pack. Members will also be able to engineer and build the energy storage packs for optimized use.
Manager: TBA – In-House – Learning Objectives: LabVIEW, Measurement System Design, Sensor Control
LabVIEW programming is used to control various measurement devices such as thermocouples, photosensors, strain gauges, and potentiometers to take measurements of properties of physical systems. Team members will set up these measurement device systems and program them to take such measurements. They will then test these systems to measure temperature, light, pressure, displacement, and other properties of interest.
Manager: Tony Alarcon – In-House – Learning Objectives: Programming (Python)
Cyclotron motion is the motion that charged particles undergo in a magnetic field such that they move outward in a spiral path. Team members use Python to simulate the motion of charged particles undergoing cyclotron motion. They will then apply this simulation to physical systems to predict outcomes of potential experiments, one example of which includes determining plasma wave behavior in the atmosphere using cyclotron accelerators.
Particle Collider Simulation with Mathematica
Manager: TBA – In-House – Learning Objectives: Programming (Python, Matlab, and/or Mathematica), Data Analysis
Particle colliders are used to smash together particles to produce conditions similar to that of the Big Bang. Team members will use a programming language (Python, Matlab, and/or Mathematica) to simulate particle collisions that produce phenomena such as such as quark-gluon plasmas, and analyze real data from CERN. They will test this program using a particle accelerator to determine the success of the simulation.
Manager: Wynne Turner – In-House – Learning Objectives: Programing (Python)
To meet increasing energy demands, scientists are researching electricity generation using novel methods such as thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, wave power, and other methods. Thermoelectric materials generate electricity from temperature differences between their layers, photovoltaics generate electricity using light, and wave power is a way to utilize wind waves to generate power. Team members will create simulations of these methods using Python, optimizing for maximized efficiency. These simulations can be used as a basis for actual power generators in the future.
Data Analysis (Multiple Projects)
Managers & Sponsors Vary, see Project Page for Individual Projects – Learning Objectives: Programming (Languages Vary), Writing Reports
Special note for applicants: It is important you list the individual Data Analysis project you are interested in. Please make sure to specify the sponsor and manager in your application.
Every experimental research project produces data. However, to make sense of the data and draw intelligent and interesting conclusions from a slew of numbers takes quite a bit of effort. Team members will learn many methods for analyzing a large scope of data for various projects, a skill which will be used by everyone who goes into experimental research in their future career.