So I arrived back in Germany on Sunday morning. I had a great time in the US where I finished two projects at Duke: I investigated Super-K's capabilities to detect supernovae (with special regard to correlation with a Gravitational Wave signal), and I investigated whether and under which circumstances a supernova location can be determined from neutrino oscillation in Earth matter. There is a report for the former and a paper (my first \o/) for the second. I learned about and used the ROOT data analysis toolkit for these. It's very powerful, but also very ugly API-wise.
I also travelled a bit. Major visits include the Great Smokies, Kitty Hawk at the Outer Banks, Raleigh, Norfolk, Washington D.C and Pleasure Island/Wilmington. Until I find a good place to put the photos on (I tried flickr, though I probably need to resize the pictures and make a selection to get things up there in one month or two because of the 100MB/month limit, and I'm also not sure how this 200 Pictures/Photostream limitation actually works) you can also have a look at somealbums of Ruggero Golini who, amogst others, accompanied me on some of the trips.
Looking forward, my seventh semester at the KIT (formerly Universität Karlsruhe) has begun. I take courses on statistics and data analysis, experimental particle physics and cosmology. Luckily there was nothing on Monday so I could recover from jetlag. Being in the US also meant I was not able to take any exams at that time but I'm still pretty confident I can take all three remaining exams (Experimental physics, Theoretical physics and another more specialized physical major) during the next 10 or so months so I can start with my diploma thesis in Fall 2010.
naja, ist ja auch nicht so, als ob flickr pro (unlimited data) wirklich geld kosten würde... 1.5 kinobesuche für ein jahr geht wirklich - besonders wenn man es gleichzeitig als bilderbackup nutzt und wirklich alles hochlädt