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IIP-Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile; Santiago, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Field Work, Research
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international partnership of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan, together with NRC (Canada), NSC and ASIAA (Taiwan), and KASI (Republic of Korea), in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA -the largest astronomical project in existence- is a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile.

Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
  • Project 1 - Analyzing an displaying ALMA polarization observations from high mass star forming regions
  • Project 2 - ALMA archive data mining in scope of a survey of interacting Galaxies and a high dynamical range imaging of AGN
  • Project 3 - The project will include working on VLA data with the aim of looking for water emission in high redshift galaxies. The IIP intern will familiarize her/himself to the scientific background of this project, but also interferometry, data analysis and imaging. The data was also partially reduced in a pipeline, and so part of the goals will be to run this pipeline again. Finally we will interpret the results together. It will also be possible to look at some related, archival ALMA data, time permitting. 
  • Project 4 - Studying submm/mm variability of ALMA Flux Calibrator sources using the ALMA Source Catalogue Archive.
Qualifications: Coding abilities in Python would be an asset, as would an interest and knowledge in astronomy. 

Work experiences (in the words of a past IIP intern): I worked on two projects. The first one included plotting the position histories of ALMA pads and antennas and extracting statistics from the plots. The second project was more connected to astrophysics as opposed to ALMA operations and involves fitting physical models to the observed ALMA data of FuOri (Young stellar object which had a dramatic increase in observed luminosity in the past century)...This experience, firstly was very useful in terms of enhancing my general research experience, particularly programming and interacting with the ALMA networks. My Python coding improved as well as my ability to interact with a UNIX terminal, write basic bash and html scripts, and use a more extensive text editor such as Emacs. From my first project with the antenna and pad position histories I learned some of the basics of how ALMA antennas operate which I found really fascinating. From my second project, I learned more about variable protostars and their disks which is currently a very active field in astronomy.

View a Power Point Presentation by a past IIP intern:
ALMA(Chile), Tavakalov_Suren.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.