Tuesday, 17 April 2012


So as you know, I have been working hard at my master's thesis. Well, recently, there was a break through...I think. I found a dependence of electron temperature on RAM angle (the angle between the Cassini spacecraft and the ram point on Titan). It is quite linear and it exists for a certain range covering most of Titan. You can see this below:
If you look at the plot on the top right, you will see the linear dependence from about 40 to 130 degrees ram angle. This was an interesting result. Many more plots were made to attempt and reject this but it seems to show up in most of them. Now this is where it gets a little more interesting. While making all these other plots, I seem to have stumbled upon information that confirms the work of two others that are also working on Titan data, mainly that there is a 'hump' in density around 1050km and that density and temperature have an inverse relationship. The positive note from this is that my data gathering methods are correct and that this phenomenon isn't due to me biasing the data  or making plots of the wrong thing. So...yay me! But now I have a few more things to this week to attempt to investigate this result and see if anything can explain this phenomena. So one hurdle past, another lays before me. Oh well, that is science...always more to do.

In other news, I found four more PhD positions to apply for in Stockholm so that brings the total that I will apply for to eight. So far two are finished, I am waiting on one recommendation letter to complete two more and then these other four are not due until the beginning of next month. Which reminds me, I need to ask one of my references to remove specific information from the recommendation he wrote so that I can use it to apply for these new positions that I have found.So if we were to number the positions that I am applying for (by way of due date) and then place them in order of preference, you would get:
1 3 2 5 6 7 8 4.

Now that shouldn't make too much sense, but more or less means I want to stay in Uppsala...if they will have me. For any that are thinking of applying against me...good luck, but don't try too hard, I really want the position. :)

Anyway, I have enough work to last me until the end of June and the longer I wait, the more I will have to do later. Have a good day and see you around Ångstrom.

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