Sonoma State University
NASA Goddard Space Center Intern
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Cosmic Microwave Background Polarimetry
Recent cosmological results have indicated that the universe may have undergone a period of rapid accelerated expansion within its first fraction of a second. This expansion, known as cosmic inflation, would have produced primordial gravitational waves that imprint a faint tell-tale polarized signature on the relic cosmic microwave background radiation. NASA Goddard is currently developing technology for two pathfinder experiments to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background to search for evidence of cosmic inflation in the early universe. The enabling technologies currently under development include highly-sensitive cryogenic detectors and quasioptical polarization modulators.
Max is working with the team to further the detector and modulator development. He is testing existing devices, analyzing test data, and designing laboratory test structures.
Hi! I'm excited to be one of SPS's two NASA Goddard interns this summer. I attended Sonoma State University, getting degrees in physics and chemistry along with a math minor. While at Sonoma State, I studied torque coils to be used for attitude control onboard the next SSU satellite, the TRL6. This work provided me with the opportunity to learn a variety of skills ranging from coding and design, to physical experimentation. I also spent a summer at UC Berkeley working in a synthetic chemistry research lab.
I have enjoyed my experiences in college, but I want to take a year to work while I decide where to continue my studies. NASA Goddard is the perfect place to begin my scientific career, studying cosmic microwave background polarimetry. I will be developing improved detectors and instrumentation in the pursuit of understanding the beginnings of our universe. I am thrilled to spend this summer in Washington D.C. as an SPS intern. I'm especially looking forward to exploring the city and becoming involved at NASA Goddard.