Spectroscopy and turns in research
At the Weizmann Institute of Science Astroparticle Physics Lab, Talya spent her weekdays tinkering with spectroscopy setups, annealing and irradiating crystals, and developing data analysis software. As Talya's internship progressed, not everything went as planned. In the middle of July, while trying to make calibration measurements, she found out that the spectroscopy laser beam was blurry and misshapen in the UV range, a discovery that put the experiment she was planning on hold until the laser was fixed the following month. In the meantime, she took the opportunity to prepare for future experiments and develop a framework for spectroscopy data analysis. Talya said of her experience: “MISTI prepared me extremely well for culture shock and the trials and tribulations of research, and my internship was an opportunity unlike any other to engage with Israeli culture.”
My internship was an opportunity unlike any other to engage with Israeli culture.
Continuing with particle physics
Talya is now seeking further opportunities in particle physics. She is interested in doing further work on dark matter with the XENON Collaboration, including possibly working on the experiment in Laboratoria Nationale Gran Sasso in Italy. She is also trying to visit Israel again, hoping to participate in Global Teaching Labs (GTL) in Israel over the next few years to share her interest in applied physics and biotech with Israeli high school students. In the meantime, Talya has been practicing her Hebrew, getting more involved in the Jewish community at MIT, taking advanced physics courses, and preparing for her next adventure.