Student: Dani Lipman, Undergraduate Student in Physics & Astronomy, University of Iowa
Research Mentor: Jasper Halekas
Characterizing the structure of the Martian bow shock
This project focuses on characterizing the structure of the Martian bow shock using data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN). I am investigating the structure of the density, velocity, and magnetic field across the shock, as observed by MAVEN
and fitting simple functions to the profile of the shock. The end goal of the project is to develop a computer algorithm to fit simple functions to bow shock profiles.