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UC Berkeley HERA Project

Hello everyone!

I am seeing a lot of new faces on this page, so like everyone else who has posted, I will first introduce myself. My name is Jeffrey Salazar and CSUSB is my home institution. This upcoming year will be my last as an applied physics major. It is an exciting time for me right now! This will be my last internship but my last year waiting to go to graduate school. My dream is to become a professor at a teaching university and help create opportunities for minorities in the sciences (much like CAMPARE HERA Astronomy Minority Partnership, CHAMP).

The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) project deals with a combination of cosmology and radio astronomy. This project is making me realize how interested I am in radio astronomy. One of the best parts of this program is that my mentors here sit down with us once a week and teach us extremely interesting topics in cosmology and radio astronomy. We have learned a small bit about the cosmic microwave background, Friedman’s equation, Baryon acoustic oscillations, and how these topics have motivated HERA!

My task is to simulate a correlator that can be used for the ”beefed up” HERA telescope that will soon be implemented. I have much to thank to my professors at my home institution for preparing me. Here I am being exposed various tools that I know I will use in the future!

I don’t have many pictures (my phone’s camera is horrible!).

The only picture I have of myself:). The exploratorium is an awesome place to go to!

The only picture I have of myself:). The exploratorium is an awesome place to go to!

This is where I come to work. GRE and grad school apps are coming very soon! Winter is coming. (Sorry this is sideways but I can't rotate it.)

This is where I come to work. GRE and grad school apps are coming very soon! Winter is coming. (Sorry this is sideways but I can’t rotate it.)

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