Summer 2018 exchange program
During the summer of 2018 the Jung group hosted for the first time two exchange students from the TU Dortmund, Germany, to carry out a 3-month research project at Purdue University. We hope to offer this opportunity in future years. Here is what the two students report:
We, Sebastian and Steven, are undergraduate students in physics from the TU Dortmund in Germany. Over the summer of 2018, we worked in Prof. Jung's group on a research project with the goal of writing our bachelor thesis as required by our bachelor program in Germany. Therefore, Sebastian analyzed the thermal properties of the phase 2 support structure of the CMS Inner Tracker. The commissioning of a laser based test system for phase 1 CMS pixel sensors was accomplished by Steven. During our stay, we enjoyed being a part of Prof. Jung's team. In weekly meetings, we discussed issues which occurred in our projects with our supervisor and other students. This helped to make continuous progress and to complete our theses.
Besides our research projects, we participated at various seminars in the context of the "Research Experience for Undergraduates, REU" summer program organized within the physics department. In this regard, we also visited the national labs Argonne and Fermilab near Chicago. Purdue's campus is amazing, there was so much to see and explore. The stunning/calm atmosphere invited to study outside next to a fountain or in one of the buildings. The COREC gym allowed us to get a clear mind and a good workout.
All in all, it was an amazing summer for us at Purdue University carrying out research in high energy physics in Prof. Jung's group.Sebastian & Steven