April 28, 2012

URSS Action Plan

Summary

My project will involve developing an algorithm that will simulate neutrino creation events.

These events are made by firing a beam of protons at a liquid argon target, creating neutrinos in the process. However in this process the target is vaporised and so it is hard to analyse specific things like the exact moment the neutrino was created.

The algorithm I develop will simulate these creation events and therefore help to pin-point the exact moment of neutrino creation.

Actions

Researcher Development Goal 1

What is the challenge or skill that I would like to develop?

My project will require to have a good working knowledge of the python programming language so I will need to learn this language before hand

What am I going to do to achieve this?

Practice writing programmes in this language.

Why have I chosen this particular objective?

I've chosen this because it is key to my project and a very transferable skill in the future

Is this achievable within the timeframe and resources available?

I intend to start learning the language 2 weeks before I start my work for the physics department so hopefully I will have a strong working knowledge of it by then.

When will I achieve this by?

I will have achieved this by the time I start my work for the physics department

How am I going to know that I have been successful?

When I am competent using the python programming language

Researcher Development Goal 2

What is the challenge or skill that I would like to develop?

I guess my second challenge would be to succeed in making the simulation in some way better ie. faster or more accurate.

What am I going to do to achieve this?

Spend 10 weeks sitting in front of a computer pulling my hair out trying to work out how to fix the programme that I just broke.

Why have I chosen this particular objective?

It more or less is the objective of the project

Is this achievable within the timeframe and resources available?

Hopefully, it may turn out to be easier than I realise

When will I achieve this by?

The end of the 10 week period

How am I going to know that I have been successful?

Programme still works and works slightly better than it did before


My Researcher Profile

Name: William Simpson

Department: Physics

Project Department: Physics

Supervisor: Gary Barker

Why does your URSS project interest you?

Allows me to get experience doing real research on an international project and gives me 10 weeks to help develop my computer programming skills

What are you hoping to achieve through your URSS project?

Hopefully by the end I will have make a tangible improvement to the software that I will be helping to develop.

What new skills are you hoping to develop?

Develop my programming skills and hopefully make a significant difference to the software that I will be helping to develop.

What contribution to knowledge could your URSS project make?

My work will hopefully allow a better understanding of what will be needed in the next generation of neutrino "factories".


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