Research Updates | September 2020

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This is an ongoing post of research updates during the month. Updates are provided every few days, and you can easily reach the update by clicking the link in the calendar.
9/4/20 – Floor finished, apartment arranged (not research)

My apartment is finally finished being renovated. My new flooring looks really good and brightens the room. The old flooring was a much darker brown. It was done when I got home September 2nd, but it took me a while to get up the energy to organize everything. I particularly like my idea to swap the table and the couches. The living room has always been on the other side of the room where the window is. This has allowed me to put most of my books in that room. The lighting is great for YouTube videos, and I also just like things being different. I spend most of my time with my books and a my table than on my couches, so this works out.

The view of my place coming in.
The view in the back corner to show you my book cases. Note, I’ve only read the books directly across against the wall orthogonal to the window. That shows you how many books I need to read 😐
9/8/20 – Labor Day Weekend

On another personal note, labor day weekend was Dragon Con. Of course, Covid-19 turned it virtual. It was not the same, but I did enjoy playing werewolf with friends and others.

Playing Zoom Werewolf at Virtual Dragon Con. FYI: 12AM is EARLY, not late.

Okay, I have made good progress on my HCN models. Unfortunately, the results speak to a level instabilities above 10%. I met with Jacob (Dr. Buffo) to discuss it, and we have clear plan to move forward. I’m going to work with what I have and extrapolate. The model can only do so much. If you would like to see my results, I am happy to share, but I won’t be posting it publicly. This includes good results for up 5% and okay for 10% as well as testing the affect of varying spatial increments on 1 and 5% (to use it on higher concentrations of 10% and up).

Right now I am running a few more models for 2.5% and 7.5% so we can create a detailed 3D curve of values to better extrapolate forward. These lower concentrations should not take too long. The goal is still up to 25% concentration to ~25m depth pond. I am going to start working on Figures for my paper. Initial figures are set for September 14th, and hopefully by September 16th I can get an extrapolated figure to produce with a paper draft to be sent to Catherine. Then I’d give myself another week to run 2D model (maybe a little ambitious) followed by a final (1st?) draft on September 28th.

Simultaneously, I am working on mapping Pluto. There was no progress with this in August, and the first bit of September I’ve been focused on producing results. That said, I’ve begun mapping. My goal here is to have the entire surface mapped September 18th and the craters depths processed by the end of the month (September 30th). With this timeline, it might be a good idea to set up a meeting with Dr. Bray in mid October.

My initial results of mapping craters over the N2 content on Pluto.
9/22/20 – Progress Update

The last couple weeks were fairly productive, but I did not achieve my goals. The goal was to have my HCN Concentration in the ice vs depth (thermal gradient) completed by the 16th. I have not. They are in working condition, but I need more data for 5% and 7.5%. This is going to take time because I have to start at shallower depth due to stability issues. On a positive note, I have verified that I can increase the dt with negligible effects on the results. This should allow the models to run to a deep enough depth by the time the paper is finished and needs the finalized figures (~mid October?). I am working on extrapolating the data I have, but it is proving to be more difficult than I realized. It is a new task for me, interpolating and extrapolating in 3D in MATLAB. It is just taking time. I have made progress on the paper. Is virtually good to go minus the results and discussions.

I haven’t worked on the Pluto work because it doesn’t feel as urgent. I honestly don’t know if I ought to give this any time until I get the paper done. The goal now is finish mapping by October 9th with the data processed by ~mid October (14th). I am doing that because I need to get the HCN results done for DPS in October.

I start TAing Thursday, but luckily all my labs are on the same day. The goal is to make those days the day to work on labs. Other days will stay for research.

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