Terehertz Intensity Mapper (TIM): Studying Cosmic Star Formation History with a Balloon-Borne Telescope
TIM is an experiment designed to map the universe's star formation throughout history. This balloon-borne telescope is launched above the atmosphere to detect far-infrared waves emitted from atoms and ions in the interstellar medium. The strength of these waves give us clues on how galaxies are formed and how star production has increased and decreased since the Big Bang. My role in this project is to research the elevation motor, which is responsible for controlling the inner frame of TIM which houses the telescope. This highly precise device allows us to point exactly where our telescope should be looking up in space. The next step for TIM researchers is to get in the lab, purchase these sensors, and begin testing them for operability and orientation on TIM itself.