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Development of a new gas mixture thermal demagnetizer

Advisor’s Name





Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT





Research Interests and Current Projects

I am interested in early solar system magnetism, planetary dynamos and planetesimal differentiation and evolution. My work involves recovery of high-fidelity paleomagnetic field intensity records from meteorites and lunar rocks. Through the development of experimental techniques to measure paleomagnetic intensity, my work seeks to analyze global paleomagnetic data, characterize magnetic nanoparticles (by combining rock magnetic techniques with synchrotron X-ray microscopy), and lead to the design and manufacture of paleomagnetic experimental instruments

Title of the URP

Development of a new gas mixture thermal demagnetizer

URP Host

□*  Advisor’s Institution          USTC

URP Financial Support

□*  No       Living Cost       Traveling Cost     

 Living and Traveling Cost

 Others (please specify):

URP Start Time

~ 06/27/2016



~ 08/19/2016

Brief Description of the URP

This URP focuses on developing and testing a new oxygen fugacity controlled gas mixture thermal demagnetizer for paleomagnetic studies. Student and I are going to work together on constructing and testing the new instrument, as well as conducting paleomagnetic studies on meteorites using this new thermal demagnetizer. Student will learn the basics of instrument developing and the essentials of paleomagnetism.

Requirements for Students

and Prerequisite Courses



1.      Basics of Electromagnetism

2.      Physics lab

3.      General programming and data analyzing skills for science


1.      Basic knowledge of LabView

2.      Satisfactory English speaking, reading and writing skills


Some Information:

1.      The School of Earth and Space Sciences (SESS), USTC recruits ~100 undergraduate students each year in five academic programs: solid Earth geophysics, space physics, atmospheric sciences, geochemistry, and environmental sciences.  About 20-30% of senior undergraduate students will choose to pursue their PhD in top foreign institutions in the US, Canada, or European countries. The URP summer project is designed for the 3rd year undergraduate students who have already accomplished a few core courses in each program.

2.      For “URP Location”, if you prefer to supervise the student in your institution, please choose “Advisor’s Institution”; if you want to remotely supervise the student at USTC, please choose ‘USTC’. For each student who conducts the URP, we will assign one contact advisor in SESS, USTC to help the foreign advisor more effectively communicate with the student if needed.

3.      For “URP Financial Support”, about 20 excellent undergraduate students in SESS received full financial support from USTC to conduct the URP in top foreign institutions in 2015, including MIT and Caltech. Some other students may have partial financial support from USTC. If you do have some funding to support or partially support the student who takes the URP in your institution, please mark your choice by underlining the corresponding texts.

4.      For “URP Start Time” and “URP End Time”, the preferred UPR time for USTC students is between late June and early September, normally about 8 weeks.  

5.      If a foreign advisor has multiple projects, please fill out a separate form for each project.

6.      We will interview all students who intend to conduct the URP with the foreign advisors to make sure that they are well qualified, including English communication skills. We encourage foreign advisors have separate interview with the students who are interested in his/her projects if necessary.

7.      Please submit this form to Ms. Chanjuan Sun ( is in charge of international exchange affairs in SESS, USTC.

8.      The submission deadline for the URP form is March 10, 2016. We will organize the students’ interview in mid March.

9.      If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Huajian Yao (, the vice dean in charge of educational affairs in SESS, USTC.