Space Research & Planetary Sciences (WP)

Master thesis: Analysis of new materials for space detectors

In this Master thesis, you will be working on the space mission IMAP ( of NASA. IMAP aims at studying the boundaries of our solar system with the local interstellar cloud. IMAP will have particle instruments on board to measure neutral oxygen and hydrogen. To measure these neutral particles, they have to be ionised by scattering of a charge state conversion surface. With the ILENA test facility, we investigate and calibrate such conversion surfaces for space application. During the Master thesis you will:  

  • test and calibrate the charge state conversion surfaces for the IMAP instrument
  • test new charge state conversion surfaces for future space missions
  • hardware installation of the new detector into the vacuum chamber
  • connection and initiation of the detector
  • write data analysis software

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Peter Wurz,

Dr. André Galli,