BNL Internships

Summer 2011 Internship

This summer myself and my students participated in an Intensive Observational Period (IOP) measurement campaign of atmospheric aerosols’ optical, physical and chemical properties at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton,  NY, USA. Since we participated in the program as a Faculty and Student Team we were supported by the FaST program/ Office  of Educational Programs at BNL and LSAMP (Louis Stokes Allince for Minority Program) at CUNY.

During this campaign more than 2o instruments collected aerosol properties simultaneously for more than 10 weeks. The data collected from these instruments will be made available to the scientific community on the Atmospheric Radiation Measurements site(ARM) site within 6 months from the end of the campaign.

Some of the instruments used in the IOP are shown in the short movie below:

On the roof of the Earth Sciences Building

The NYCCT team has worked hard to measure optical properties (aerosol optical depth and Angstrom coefficients) of aerosols at BNL between June 6th and August 13th, 2011.

Working at the Brookhaven National Laboratory during the summer of 2011 with Agossa Segla

Agossa Segla’s research at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)  involved solar radiation measurements with Microtops II Sunphotometer and intercomparison with the Multifilter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer (MFRSR) and Cimel Sunphotometer. The data collected from these instruments resulted in aerosol optical depth (AOD) levels at different wavelengths over the entire summer.

See his research paper here: Agossa Segla Research Paper 2011-08-11

See his presentation here:Agossa Segla’s Poster 2011-08-10

Working with Antonio Aguirre on data reduction of the MFRSR at BNL during the summer of 2011

During the BNL internship Antonio Aguirre was involved in data collection and analysis of the solar irradiance as measured by a MFRSR instrument. The results of the AOD and Angstrom exponent at different wavelengths measured by this instrument were compared with Cimel and Microtops II Sunphotometer AOD.

See Tony’s research paper: AAguirre_Research Paper_BNL_2011

See Tony’s presentation here:Tony BNL_Poster_2011

The Microwave Rotating Shadowband Radiometer

Tony and Agossa collecting data with the Microtops II instruments

The anatomy of the MFRSR is shown on the left. This instrument was configured and  installed on the roof of the Earth Sciences Department . On the right side Tony and Agossa are collecting solar irradiance using Microtops II Sunphotometers and Ozone meters. These instruments were used for solar irradiance measurements at different wavelenghts.

Some of our friends at BNL:

Frederic Jones, an ETET/ NYCCT student, graduated in June 2010 and went on to do radioactive detector research in the summer of 2010 at Brookhaven National Lab before starting the next phase of his education at SUNY Stony Brook.
The interview took place on August 26th, 2010 and appeared on

Frederic Jones presenting his summer research at BNL

Frederic’s research was focused on detecting radioactive material using gamma ray sensors. See his presenation here.

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