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Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Optical Sensor Development for Astrophysics

Location

Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Space Science

RO# Location
64.15.89.C0632 Washington, DC 203755321

Advisers

name email phone
Teddy CC Cheung teddy.cheung@nrl.navy.mil 202.404.7202
Marc Christophersen marc.christophersen@nrl.navy.mil 202.404.2884

Description

This opportunity combines NRL Space Science Division programs in nano-fabrication and observational astrophysics being pursued in parallel to develop optical sensors for astronomy applications. Sensors combining multi-spectral imaging, polarization, and/or high-timing resolution capabilities are particularly desirable, in order to characterize astrophysical variables and transient sources. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in any or all aspects from design, fabrication, and data acquisition and analysis.

Prospective candidates interested in nano-fabrication can participate in the following. Focal plane devices fabricated using facilities at the NRL NanoScience Institute (NSI) include Fabry-Perot etalons for multi-spectral imaging and on-chip micropolarizers. The candidate can contribute to filter design, numerical modeling of device performance, and in-lab data acquisition from prototype devices and commercially-available sensors. Methods utilized include electron beam lithography, metal reactive ion etching, and use of optical scanning equipment. Experience in these or similar methods are desirable though not required; if needed, the candidate can gain experience in these skills as an NRC associate.

Optical high-energy astrophysics research being pursued as part of this program involve monitoring and characterization of galactic and extragalactic variables and transients. Prior experience in astronomical data acquisition, calibration, and analysis, involving spectroscopy, multi-band photometry, or polarimetry are desirable, particularly in an observatory setting. The candidate can participate in acquiring data from and testing prototype devices and related (multi-spectral, spectrometers, event-based, polarization, and/or high-timing resolution) commercially-available sensors mounted on small (8-inch and 12-inch) telescopes, ultimately aimed for remote operation.

Keywords:
Astronomy; Astrophysics; Nano-fabrication; Optical astronomy; Telescopes; Spectral Imaging; Spectroscopy; Event-based Sensing; Polarimetry; Active galactic nuclei; Extragalactic astronomy; Gamma-ray bursts; Galactic astronomy; Novae; High-energy Astrophysics; Software

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$87,198.00 $3,000.00
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