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NAI ARC Internship Opportunities Defined

Laboratory Studies of Chemical Processing in Astrophysical Ices

Description/Objective:

The student would work in the Astrochemistry and Astrophysics Laboratory and help to carry out experiments designed to study the photochemistry and catalytic chemistry that occurs in astrophysical ice analogs of cometary, planetary, and interstellar ices. Emphasis will be placed on how these processes produce organic compounds, particularly compounds that are of astrobiological interest.

Expected Opportunity Outcome:

The student will be given the opportunity to participate in real, ongoing NASA research activities.
It is anticipated that these efforts may lead to one or more reports or peer-reviewed scientific publications on which the student would be a coauthor.

Student's Computer and/or Special Skills:
Basic computer skills are required. It is preferred that the student have a physics, chemistry, mathematics, or astronomy background. Experience with a laboratory setting, cryogenic systems, and/or vacuum systems would be a plus, but is not required.

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Computer Modeling of Protoplanetary Disks

Description/Objective:

The student will work on astronomical modeling of planet-forming disks using existing computational models. The main task will be to apply these models to one or two objects and infer the physical and chemical conditions in planet-forming regions of the disk. The student will learn to compute disk models, analyze results, and compare observable signatures with available astronomical data from disks.

Expected Opportunity Outcome:

The student will be given the opportunity to participate in real, ongoing, NASA research activities.
It is anticipated that these efforts may lead to one or more reports or peer-reviewed scientific publications on which the student would be a coauthor.

Student's Computer and/or Special Skills:
Experience with computing languages (including; Fortran, IDL, Python, or any similar language)
is required. A chemistry background is preferred.

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Computational Quantum Chemistry Studies of
Astrophysical Ices and Gases

Description/Objective:

Computational quantum chemistry is an important tool to elucidate the detailed mechanisms of quantum chemical reactions in both the gas and condensed phases. The student would participate in the study of important reactions that lead to the gas and solid-state formation of biogenic molecules using computer programs. The work will include exploring molecular structures, reaction rates, spectroscopic constants, and reaction pathways of important biomolecules and their precursors.

Expected Opportunity Outcome:

The student will be given the opportunity to participate in real, ongoing NASA research activities.
It is anticipated that these efforts may lead to one or more reports or peer-reviewed scientific publications on which the student would be a coauthor.

Student's Computer and/or Special Skills:
This work will be done entirely on our in-house computers and using the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility, using state-of-the art quantum chemistry computer programs. Students with a basic knowledge of Linux is required, and experience with organic and physical chemistry courses, are preferred.

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