UROP

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UROP

Through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) you can participate in a range of research projects and activities in the Nuclear Reactor Lab. Collaborate with research scientists or faculty over the summer or through the academic year. Contact Gordon Kohse, or visit MIT’s UROP website to learn more.

Current UROP Openings

Focusing optics for neutron diffraction

A UROP project in computer simulations of neutron optics. This project is suitable for off-campus remote work.

Neutron scattering is a widely used collection of techniques with applications in materials science, physics, and chemistry. These techniques are severely limited by relatively low neutron fluxes. Consequently, we are developing neutron diffractive focusing optics, which will enable very efficient neutron diffractometers. The sample is illuminated by a polychromatic neutron beam, and the multiplexing analyzer is reflecting the diffracted beam towards position-sensitive detectors. Such a multiplexing analyzer would allow for a novel way of measuring especially residual stress, in a compact high-resolution instrument, at a variety of neutron sources. 

The student will help developing specifications for bent Si-crystal analyzers by numerical simulations based on an existing theoretical framework, which uses matrix formalism of manipulating neutron-beam phase space. The project will require coding this analytical framework into Python or Matlab scripts and conduct simulations.

Proficiency with Python or Matlab, good linear-algebra skills and interest in optical and/or nuclear experimental techniques are required. This project is suitable for being done remotely provided a student is comfortable with doing a project largely independently while relying on relatively limited if regular communications using Skype or Zoom.

Please contact Boris Khaykovich to apply at bkh@mit.edu

Analysis of the microscopic structure and dynamics of molten salts for energy applications

Molten salts are fascinating liquids, which are important for many applications, such as nuclear and solar energy, and chemical engineering. Dr. Boris Khaykovich and his group are studying the microscopic structure of molten salts using neutron and X-ray scattering measurements and computer simulations. The student project is a part of this effort. The student will analyze the data from neutron and X-ray scattering experiments. The data has been recently collected by Dr. Khaykovich and collaborators. The raw data from experiments have to be properly normalized, filtered, and plotted for comparison with simulations. Different techniques (X-rays vs neutrons, elastic vs inelastic scattering) require different data analysis software and different approaches to the analysis. Proficiency with Python (or Matlab) and interest in materials or nuclear experimental techniques are required. This project is suitable for being done remotely provided a student is comfortable with doing a project largely independently while relying on limited if regular communications using Skype or Zoom.

Please contact Boris Khaykovich to apply at bkh@mit.edu