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James Mason

James Mason

Graduate Research Assistant

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Graduate Research Assistant at Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

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Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Graduate Research Assistant

Solar physics and small satellite development.
My PhD is focused on understanding the connection between transient coronal dimming and coronal mass ejections. The objective is to develop a space weather forecasting product that is dependent only on spectral observations of the Sun's extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) / EUV Variability Experiment (EVE). The process of developing this also involves analysis of SDO / Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) data.
I'm heavily involved in the development of the Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat (www.thesciencecollective.com/minxss). I've been the project manager, instrument lead, and thermal lead, as well as a contributing member on various subsystems (e.g., structures, electronics, and orbit analysis).

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Stanford University

Research Assistant

Solar physics.
I performed a statistical study on the solar-flare-predictive capabilities of various photospheric magnetic field complexity proxies. Using 13 years of data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) / Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI), I derived these complexity proxies for 1075 active regions. This was the topic of a publication in The Astrophysical Journal (see publications below).

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University of California, Santa Cruz

Astrophysics Grader

Grading homework and exams for classes in introductory astrophysics and the history of astronomy.

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Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

Summer Research Assistant

I created a data pipeline in IDL for processing coronagraph data obtained at the Norikura Solar Observatory. Each observation included 1-9 scans per day with 4 emission lines measured simultaneously. The data pipeline automatically selected the proper disk, flat, and dark exposure data to do dark correction and flat fielding, minimized the need for user input for sky subtraction, wavelength calibration and creating a heliogram, and finally automatically co-registered the heliograms and saved these data as an IDL saveset. Preliminary data analysis was also performed.

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Society of Physics Students (SPS)

Vice President

Organized weekly talks from various physicists around the area (e.g., UCSC, Stanford), arranged field trips to interesting locations (e.g., the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), and, as one of the most active chapters in the multi-state area, hosted the 2008 regional SPS meeting.

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University of Colorado at Boulder

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Aerospace Engineering

University of Colorado at Boulder

Master of Science (M.S.), Aerospace Engineering

University of California, Santa Cruz

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Astrophysics