Dear Stanford SOLAR Center,
Hi! I'm Arun Sharma, an Alabama high school student who recently partipated in a SID monitor program through Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. I'm also a prospective Stanford undergrad applicant. During the summer of 2007, following my junior year in high school, I participated in Alabama A&M University Physics Department’s Astrophysics Summer Research Program. My task for the summer was to analyze SID data from monitors around the world, including the one on top of the Alabama A&M Physics building. By taking raw SID data and generating more visual-friendly graphs using a Linux program, I was able to identify the signatures associated w
ith solar flares, the most noticeable of these being “spikes” in SID graphs. I was then able to document these solar events and measure their intensities using the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) database. I also researched the effects of local events, such as thunderstorms and daily sunrise, on VLF waves.
I recently made a website compiling my research, and I was interested in seeing what you thought of it.I hope it serves as a useful resource for other students interested in knowing more about SID monitors.