'Making Maps of the Cosmic Microwave Background' - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form
INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").
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Supervisor's Name: Gil Holder
Supervisor's Email: holder [at] physics [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Phone: 5143987031
Supervisor's department: Physics
Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)
Term: Summer 2013
Project start date: Wed, May 1, 2013
Project end date: August 15, 2013
Project title: Making Maps of the Cosmic Microwave Background
Project description (50-100 words suggested): The Planck satellite recently released mm-wave all-sky maps. Over 8% of the sky, the South Pole Telescope (SPT) has more sensitive and higher resolution maps, but for technical reasons the large-scale (degree scale) features have been suppressed in the maps. The student will combine the Planck and SPT maps to make the best possible mm-wave map that combines the large-scale information from Planck with the fine-scale information from SPT. This will require developing new tools in signal processing to effectively deal with spatially varying scale-dependent noise. This map will be used to measure fundamental cosmological parameters and make a map of the mass distribution in the universe that will be the best map (lowest noise and highest resolution) to date.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade will be 100% based on the final report.
Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.