I am pursuing a bachelor degree in engineering physics- mechanical engineering, with a minor in math. I am currently working with MATLAB to analyze multidimensional integrals and create multidimensional plots to determine the validity of approximations proposed in the literature my professor and I are reading. My career plans are to attend graduate school, and attain my PhD. in high energy physics, and maybe conduct research at a lab afterwards. I like to read books relating to physics, along with play soccer whenever I can, and take a ride on my motorcycle around the city to enjoy the scenery along with clearing my head.
I am studying models for quark-gluon correlations in nucleons (protons or neutrons), which are relevant to describe angular distributions of particles that are produced by the collision of nucleons with other particles at high energies, such as electrons. In literature, there are proposed models to describe how the quark-gluon correlations change with the energy of the collision. I am taking a Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) inspired model where everything may be calculated exactly and testing whether assumptions other researchers have made regarding this energy dependence are valid. I am using a programming language called MATLAB to evaluate multidimensional integrals and generating multidimensional plots to determine how well, or poorly, the approximations proposed are when compared to the exact calculation.
- Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
- Complete half of project milestones
- Complete project
- Present scholarly work at URCAS
- Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
- Take the GRE
- Author or co-author a manuscript submitted for publication
- Apply for the NSF GRF program
- Apply for graduate or professional school
Completed benchmarks listed in italics
Jaime’s Mentor: Dr. Burkardt:
Distinguished achievement professor at New Mexico State University Ph.D. Physics in 1989 at the Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany. Chair of the NMSU physics undergraduate program, a cureent member of the American Physical Society, and Chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group of Hadron Physics. Some honors and awards are George Southgate Visiting Fellowship, 2014, Promotion to distinguished professor in 2012, and College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award in Scholarship, 2007. Also, was a visiting scientist at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Award in Scholarship, 2007. Also, was visiting scientist at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, University of Maryland, Center for the Subatomic Structure of Matter and many more distinguished facilities and Universities. Research Interests is the study of quark-gluon structure of hadrons in Quantum Chromo Dynamics (QCD). He likes to go hiking, swimming and snorkeling for fun.