Undergraduate Research

Working under the supervision of a physics faculty member, undergraduates can focus on a single research project but also gain a broad perspective on research in physics by participating in the dynamic research environment of the labs in the School of Physics.  Available projects, listed below, span the field of physics ranging from condensed matter and atomic physics to astrophysics and biophysics. There might be other unlisted projects available in research groups, so feel free to contact the faculty member to inquire about open positions.

Available Projects

Development of a position sensitive cosmic-ray detector

Faculty Sponsor: A. Nepomuk Otte (profile)
Research website: otte.gatech.edu
Earliest Start Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Based on a previous design study by an undergraduate student we want to build a position sensitive cosmic-ray detector from plastic scintillator, wavelength shifter, and siliconphotomultipliers as readout. The task is to fabricate a prototype that validates the detector concept.

Performance studies of novel photon detectors for future gamma-ray instruments

Faculty Sponsor: A. Nepomuk Otte (profile)
Research website: otte.gatech.edu
Earliest Start Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

We are looking for an undergraduate student who is interested to study the impact of novel photon detectors in future gamma-ray instruments. The work requires working with C/C++ code and running simulations on a large cluster of several thousands of cores.