Cornell University Research Experience for Undergraduates
LEPP operates the Cornell Electron-positron Storage Ring (CESR). An active program in accelerator physics research, called CESRTA, is aimed at developing ideas for future higher luminosity electron-positron colliders, especially the International Linear Collider (ILC). The accelerator physics program also includes research and development of microwave superconducting cavities, devices for more efficiently delivering energy to particles in accelerators. Research opportunities in developing instrumentation are also possible.
Each student will work in a research group which typically involves a professor, postdoctoral research associates, and graduate students. These mentors will define the nature of the research project. The student projects are always important elements of the overall research program of the Laboratory. The areas of research will be:
Synchrotron Radiation in Scientific Research
The Laboratory is engaged in developing a new form of x-ray facility known as an Energy Recovery Linac (ERL), which could improve the capabilities of synchrotron radiation science by orders of magnitude. Recent years' programs have had projects on aspects of the ERL as varied as ultra-high vacuum technology, electron gun design, superconducting RF (SRF) cavity performance, and beam dynamics via simulation.
CHESS, the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source provides facilities to utilize the high energy x-rays (synchrotron radiation) produced by CESR for a wide variety of research projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, materials science, and physics.
Participants will receive a stipend of $4650, a housing allowance, and a travel allowance for a round trip to/from Ithaca. Cornell Dining also has meal plans available at its various dining facilities.
This CLASSE program is intended primarily for sophomore and junior students in science and engineering. First offers will be made by March 1, 2011.