Bachelor and Master Thesis

Below we list ideas for Bachelor and Master thesis. Please also view the Doctoral Thesis topics we offer, most of  which can also be scaled to Master thesis topics. We are glad to explain in more detail and define a project that suits your interests and technical background. You could also work on any of the projects within an (formal or informal) internship, to get to know us and the subject.

Galaxy Clusters and Cosmology

  1. Galaxy cluster velocities from Planck data: we will use the available all sky data for some well-known clusters and see what can be inferred on their cosmic velocities, under various assumptions on mass, temperature, dust content, etc.
  2. Sub-mm cluster maps: we will use snapshots from a cosmological hydrodynamic simulation and "paint" clusters with star forming galaxies, to simulate how future instruments like CCAT-p will observe them.
  3. Inverse Compton signals from radio relics: we will use available models for radio synchrotron emission for a few well known relics and predict how their intra-cluster gas X-ray emission appears, and whether this would be observable with Chandra.
  4. Mapping radio halo clusters: we can choose one of the known clusters from our (tons of!) VLA data and use the existing VLA pipeline to try to make a radio halo map.
  5. Analyze NIKA-2 data for a radio relic: we will analyze our preliminary NIKA-2 data on a radio relic with a custom-built IDL pipeline.
  6. ALMA SZ image of a cluster: we will combine all the ALMA Compact Array data of the El Gordo cluster that we have (over 40h) and make a map, to see if there is any hint of a shock or other structure.
  7. Lensed CIB profile for a cluster: we will use a simple lensing model for a cluster for analytically predict how the flux amplification profile will look like from lensing the Cosmic Infrared Background.

Galaxy evolution, ISM and Star Formation

  1. Hydrogen Recombination Lines  (H-RL).  Search the ALMA archive for observations of mm-wavelength hydrogen recombination lines (H-RL), determine their line fluxes and relate to the infrared-flux, in order to establish H-RLs as reliable tracers of the massive star formation rate. 
  2. JWST MIRI.  To study star formation and the dense ISM, through their PAH and line emission, in a representative sample of high-redshift (z=1-3) galaxies, we plan to propose for integral field spectroscopy (5 to 29 micron) observations with the MIRI instrument on JWST. The galaxies are selected from our ALMA spectroscopic deep field observations. The project supports the target selection and observation planning.