France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Applications closed on February 6, 2019
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The Nonequilibrium Plasma group studies physical phenomena related to the reentry of space vehicles into the atmosphere of various planets and moons. Our group has developed a strong expertise in the prediction of plasma radiation under reentry conditions. In addition, we operate a 50kW plasma torch facility that can reproduce conditions representative of typical space missions.
Internship: Undergraduate Student Internship in Space Reentry Physics
Dates: Between 6/17 & 7/31/19 (6 weeks)
Funding: Up to $4,500. Recipients for this internship must be enrolled at Stanford the quarter following the completion of the project for which they received funding. Thus, students who wish to pursue a fellowship the summer after their senior year may do so, but only if they apply for and receive permission from the University Registrar to enroll for a “graduation quarter” the following fall. For more information on graduation quarters, please visit: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/registrar/bulletin1011/4941.htm
Description: The visiting student will be involved with the measurement of spectral radiation from high temperature gases in the presence of ablating materials. The results will be used in our ongoing Space Act program with NASA Ames research center and in collaboration with the University of Queensland (Australia). Typical tasks involve setting up the spectrometer, performing intensity calibration with standards of radiance, and analyzing the experimental results with Matlab or Python codes. The student may also be involved with CubeSat activities related to this field. No prior knowledge of plasmas or radiation is necessary, but the applicant should be strongly motivated to pursue experimental work in physical sciences related to aerospace engineering and should be teamwork-oriented. During this internship, the student will work with two Ph.D. students and under the supervision of Prof. Sean McGuire (Ph.D. Princeton 2014) and Prof. Christophe Laux (Ph.D. Stanford, 1993). The student will also interact closely with the rest of the plasma group, which includes 9 Ph.D. students, 2 M.Sc. students, 2 post-doctoral students and additional faculty members.
Location: Gif-sur-Yvette (15 miles from Paris, less than one hour via public transportation)
Language requirement: English is spoken in the lab. French is helpful, but not required
Prerequisites: This internship is open to undergraduate students (Junior, Senior, and Coterm levels). The work will be adjusted depending on the background of the student. The topic of the internship is particularly well suited for students with a strong interest in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or applied physics.
Application: Applicants should prepare to submit the following documents:
Completed application form.
Letter to be addressed to the France-Stanford Center Director describing your research interests and why you are applying for the position. Please explain the nature of your background and skills in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and/or applied physics. Where and how did you acquire the relevant training? Are there particular courses you took, particular research projects you pursued, etc.? (1 page, ~ 800 words)
Recommendation letter from the applicant’s advisor, discussing the applicant and the merits of the proposed visit (1 page). Request this recommendation on your application form.