The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Stefanie Unterguggenberger for the poster entitled:
Investigating metals in the MLT using astronomical facilities (Unterguggenberger, S.; Noll, S.; Feng, W.; Plane, J. M. C.; Kausch, W.; Kimeswenger, S.; Jones, A.)
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I have recently received my PhD from the University of Innsbruck, where I have been working at the Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics. My main scientific interest is the study of airglow utilizing large astronomical facilities like the Very Large Telescope (VLT) operated by the European Southern Observatory in the Chilean Atacama desert. I have used data from the VLT X-shooter spectrograph, which allowed me to investigate chemiluminescent emission lines such as those originating from OH and Na as well as the faint pseudo-continuum contribution to the optical night-sky spectrum. For the first time, the latter work presents a comprehensive study of the emission by FeO, its seasonal and diurnal variation as well as the quantum yield of the Fe + O3 reaction.