A Partnership in Observational and Computational Astronomy

Physics Major to Intern at Space Telescope Science Institute
Summer 2015
Baltimore, MD

Myles McKay a Senior Physics/Astronomy Major at SCSU will be interning this summer (2015) at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

Myles describes the radio project he will be working on as part of a multi-wavelength effort to understand the magnetic activity from ultracool dwarfs - very low mass stars and brown dwarfs. His research mentor has a small sample of objects for which he has both radio and X-ray observations. The radio observations are crucial to understanding the atmospheres of these objects because for the coolest objects they are the only way we can probe magnetic field strengths in a mass regime intermediate between true stars and true planets. The radio observations were taken with the JVLA and they are interferometric data point sources. The first objective of the summer project will be to reduce the data and determine if there is a detection. If so, then characterization of its time variability and any frequency dependence to the emission will take place.

This is Myles’ second major research internship in as many years. In the summer of 2014 he interned at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia.