Jacob Pearcy, 2018, Physics

Over the summer, I assisted in performing diagnostics and expanding theoretical explanations regarding X-ray emission from the Princeton Field-Reversed Configuration 2 (PFRC-2) device. Through a combination of data gathering, data analysis, simulation, and theoretical calculations I helped the research team gain a fuller understanding of the characteristics and some possible causes of unexpectedly high X-ray emission. As a result of the internship, I feel much more prepared to conduct scientific research in the future, and my experience has solidified my desire to pursue physics as my major.