CWRU Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: “Studying Astrophysics in Antarctica” with Allen Foster, graduate researcher at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Photo of Allen Foster standing on the station deck looking out at the auroras overhead in the night sky
In this 10s exposure photo, Allen Foster stands on the observation deck looking out at the Dark Sector, with the temperature at about -80F. Foster was in shorts and a T-shirt because he had just come from the gym to look at the auroras. Photo by Zach Tejral.

Join the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship for a Case Western Reserve University Entrepreneurship Speaker Series conversation with Allen Foster, graduate researcher at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Sept. 15 at noon ET in person or via Zoom.

Foster will discuss his time studying astrophysics in Antarctica.

Foster is a fifth-year PhD student in the physics department at CWRU working with professor John Ruhl. He is analyzing data from the South Pole Telescope (SPT) to look for astrophysical transients and monitor the variability of active galactic nuclei (supermassive black holes at the center of far-away galaxies). He has been to the South Pole several times over the past few years to install and calibrate the newest camera on the SPT, SPT-3G, and most recently to maintain the telescope’s continued operation over the long nine-month Antarctic winter.

Register for the discussion through CampusGroups.