Sarah Bruce
George Ellery Hale Fellow

I am working at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) on an instrumentation project with Dr. Kevin Reardon to take spectra of the solar corona in the visible and near UV during the total solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024. This project includes assembling a spectrograph, telescope, polarization detector, and control software. Prior to my work at CU Boulder, I completed a project calibrating & modeling a visible-light prototype for the polarimeter to be included on the Coronal Spectropolarimeter for Airborne Infrared Research (CORSAIR) instrument to study the coronal magnetic field with Dr. Jenna Samra at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I graduated with a BS in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, where I studied Lyman-alpha emitters and high-redshift galaxy detection algorithms with Dr. Steven Finkelstein. My work currently involves solar physics instrumentation, but I would also like to learn more about CubeSats and sounding rockets.

In my free time, I enjoy playing hockey, volleyball, piano, video games, drawing, and hiking.