Week 4: Walking, Walking, Walking

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Sunday, June 22, 2014


Kirsten Randle

This week, I continued with my code, which is building in complexity under the guidance of my advisor Dr. Chuss and a postdoc named Karwan. I'm preparing the code to be used for bandwidth selection on the criteria that it will allow the most signal from the CMB through to the detector but will keep out as much signal from the atmosphere as possible. The work is definitely challenging, and it will have an impact on the CLASS detector design at Johns Hopkins University. I've designed the code to be weighted for the most common amount of humidity in the air based on a Rayleigh probability distribution. I've been tasked with writing up my work so that the methods and decisions will be understandable when I'm gone.

While work was mostly uneventful, I got a chance to explore a lot this weekend. Mark and I went up to the National Arboretum, which is a huge piece of property in the city full of labeled trees and USDA experimental farms and gardens. We were there for about 3 hours and only saw about half of the Arboretum. Deciding that we were hungry and definitely up for an adventure, we walked another 2 miles to a place called TaKorean. As the name implies, it's a Korean barbeque taco joint in the middle of Union Market, a place we didn't know existed, but has a lot of cool counters inside, including a cheese counter and a dairy that sells fresh milk and their own ice cream. Sunday, several of us headed to the Botanical Gardens and relax in the sculpture garden. We followed this up with a carousel ride and frozen yogurt, which was the perfect course of action.

Kirsten Randle