Claremont Colleges Joint Science Department
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.
Rachel is working with the team to further the detector and modulator development. She is testing existing devices, analyzing test data, and designing laboratory test structures.
Currently, I am a rising junior at Scripps College studying physics. I'm interested in optical physics and astrophysics and I'm hoping this summer will help give me some insight into what I might do beyond college--as of now I have no idea except that I'd love to travel around the world some day.
At school, I'm involved in an online platform to connect the campus community through art; in addition, I tutor other students in math and science and I love afternoons reading by the pool. Although I am in school in Southern California, I'm originally from Silver Spring in the DC area and I can't wait to rediscover the city after such a long time away.