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Prakamya A

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, physics, planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

To the nearest Pulsar and Beyond

Have you ever wondered about how astronomers study neutron stars? In this project, you will learn what a neutron star is and one way astronomical observers can study them! Using this website, you have a whole database of neutron stars at your disposal. With it, you will learn about a specialized type of neutron star called a pulsar and about how we can measure the distances to these objects. Choose up to 10 pulsars from this database and follow the procedure to find their distances. Then, you can plot their distances vs their pulse rate to notice any trends in the data. Do pulsars that are farther away spin faster or slower than ones that are closer to Earth? As an extra challenge, you can find how luminous the pulsar is in the sky and compare that to how bright it looks to us on Earth! All of this information and data about pulsars and their distances will be synthesized in a scientific research paper. That will be your opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and develop skills that researchers use to convey their own findings.

Coding skills

python, SQL, Linux, Verilog

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