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Other Astroparticle Physics Paper idea

  1. Apr 19, 2017 #1
    Hello, I'm doing this year (and the next one) a paper for Physics. I know you guys think is no big deal, because I'm in high school and so. But currently the level of my school is really high and most of the people are doing real research papers.

    The thing is I have no idea what to be the topic. I'm reading some Dark matter papers and CMB too. I think it may be interesting to do it about the relationship between CMB and Dark matter, and maybe a fancy simulation will fit good too. Otherwise, I could do it about the relationship between the wave of the universe and dark energy. I've also consider the holographic principle applied to dark energy.

    I have no idea what to do, whether I'm saying some nonsense ideas, whether this is too much hard... I'll appreciate your answers :)

    My background is intermediate differential equations (partial included too) & 1st year of Astronomy.
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  3. Apr 19, 2017 #2
    Hello. I'm confused, your profile says you're a professor with a PhD?
  4. Apr 19, 2017 #3
    Oh sorry my mistake, I'm working towards it.
  5. Apr 19, 2017 #4
    How is it a mistake?
  6. Apr 19, 2017 #5
    I don't know how it says I'm a professor, but if you actually had watched my last threads you would really realize I'm not PhD and that this is a mistake (;as I'm asking whether I should be an engineer, and some high school homework...)

    Anyway it's now edited. Thanks for telling, though :)
  7. Apr 19, 2017 #6
    Anyway, is this paper for HW or are you trying to do research, as you referenced? If it's HW, what is the assignment?
  8. Apr 19, 2017 #7
    It's both. I'm in a program that requires me to do a research on my own, so it's homework. The thing is I want to make something worth and maybe bring it to some science fairs.
  9. Apr 19, 2017 #8
    I understand. Well, astrophysics is not my specialty, but I can try to offer a strategy to help narrow your choices.

    1) Find a question that has not been answered. The "relationship between CMB and dark matter" is not really a research question, but it could make a good highschool paper, if that's what you want. However, if you want to do *new* research, start by figuring out what has already been done and try to see if there are any open questions.

    2) Reach out to your local university for help. It would be beneficial for you to find someone with more expertise, who could guide you towards a doable project and keep you on track. This is not necessary, and I suppose guidance is what you are seeking from this forum, but it would help you a great deal. It would also help you in the future to have connections with someone outside of your highschool, e.g. when you're applying to colleges.
  10. Apr 19, 2017 #9
    Sure, the thing is I don't know whether something is new or not. I mean, for example, some days ago I thought I had discovered something knew. But I didn't, the "chirp" function is alredy discovered, as my last post, yesterday, showed. So, could you any confirm those, the ideas of :"the relationship between the wave of the universe and dark energy" & "the holographic principle applied to dark energy" has not been alredy studied in great detail?
  11. Apr 19, 2017 #10
    When thinking of potential research directions, it is important to really understand the questions that you are asking. So what do you mean by "the wave of the universe"? Can you explain the holographic principle? The way you phrased your ideas may sound interesting, but what do they mean?

    I suggest that instead of posing a question and seeing whether it has been addressed before, try to study a topic and learn more about the outstanding questions in that field.

    So where to start? Well arxiv.org is a free repository of physics/astronomy/mathematics research papers. They are not necessarily peer-reviewed, meaning the research may not be valid, but you could peruse topics and see what people are writing about. Try to learn about a topic and then form your questions.
  12. Apr 19, 2017 #11
    Ok, thank you ! I'll try, but I don't know whether I'm going to understand anything about a research paper (I'm still in High School). Another query is that, for example "Plasma Constraints on the Cosmological Abundance of Magnetic Monopoles and the Origin of Cosmic Magnetic Fields" is not really going to tell me anything, is it? Thanks anyway, as hard job needs hard work :)
  13. Apr 19, 2017 #12
    I understand and empathize with your conundrum. The titles alone can be so esoteric that's it's hard to tell what they're talking about. Try posting other ideas and hopefully someone with an astrophysics background can give you more specific guidance. Good luck.
  14. Apr 19, 2017 #13
    Google scholar is your friend. It takes some skill and practice in usage to develop a high level of confidence that something has really never been done and isn't buried deep in an obscure journal. But stuff that has been done thoroughly and well known is usually easy to find with a few well-directed searches. This is the kind of thing a research mentor can walk you through and help you gain confidence in.

    I'd start simply by typing a phrase like

    relationship between the wave of the universe and dark energy

    into Google Scholar and reading the abstracts of the first 20 or so papers that pop up.

    Then try again with a little bit of variation on your search terms.

    Then try again ...
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