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Quasars quadruply imaged by gravitational lenses [First-Years OK, if ...]


Term:

Spring

Department:

8: Physics

Faculty Supervisor:

Prof. Paul Schechter

Faculty email:

schech@mit.edu

Apply by:

2021 February 8th

Contact:

Early applications are encouraged to permit offers promptly after February 8th.

Project Description

The physics behind gravitational lensing is simple, but it plays out in unexpected ways that are still being discovered. The introductions to these two papers by recent UROPS give some sense of the astronomical phenomena: http://www.arXiv.org/pdf/1711.07919 and http://www.arXiv.org/pdf/1808.06151 .

Pre-requisites

Mastery of div, grad and curl. Some programming experience. Additional prerequisite for first-years: linear algebra.