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Hololens as a Teaching Aid for Concepts in Electricity and Magnetism

Date posted: February 16th, 2018

Max Blachman with Michael Martens
Hololens as a Teaching Aid for Concepts in Electricity and Magnetism
HoloLens, a head mounted augmented reality headset promises educational value. We plan to use HoloLens to teach college students learning introductory electricity and magnetism about polarized
light, a topic not ordinarily covered in that class. …Read more.

Spatially Varying Liquid Crystal Order: Theory and Simulations

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Spatially Varying Liquid Crystal Order: Theory and Simulations
Gavin-Rae Barnaby with Rolfe Petschek
Hard Tetrahedra and shapes close to hard tetrahedra pack well when they are oriented in ways different from their neighbors.  …Read more.

Random Lasing in Liquid Crystals Doped with Dyes and Plasmonic Nanoparticles

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Kelsey Darrah with Pino Strangi
Random Lasing in Liquid Crystals Doped with Dyes and Plasmonic Nanoparticles
Laser light is generated by merging two important physical mechanisms, amplification and optical feedback. …Read more.

Implications of Gauge Unication without Leptoquarks

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Axel Gross with Kurt Hinterbichler and Pavel Fileviez Perez
Implications of Gauge Unication without Leptoquarks
While the Standard Model has been veried on numerous occasions and has been successful in predicting several new particles, it is incomplete. …Read more.

Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of Molybdenum Trioxide Thin Films

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Yang Han with Xuan Gao
Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of Molybdenum Trioxide Thin Films
Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) materials have been widely studied in recent decades. …Read more.

Aggregation Characteristics of Conjugated Sophorolipid-(Zn)porphyrin Polymers

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

George Heidbreder with Kenneth Singer
Aggregation Characteristics of Conjugated Sophorolipid-(Zn)porphyrin Polymers
Bio-based, self-organizing molecules are of considerable interest for optoelectronic device applications due to their functionality and ability to construct sophisticated microstructures with similar motifs to those found in nature.   …Read more.

How Light from the Cosmic Microwave Background Interacts with Filters

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Jackson Kishbaugh-Maish with John Ruhl
How Light from the Cosmic Microwave Background Interacts with Filters
SPIDER and the South Pole Telescope (SPT) are two experiments that my advisor, Professor Ruhl, is involved in. …Read more.

Cut your losses: A rate-distortion-thermodynamic approach to molecular communication Benjamin Kuznets-Speck,

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Benjamin Kuznets-Speck with Michael Hinzcewski Andrew Eckford and Peter Thomas
Cut your losses:
A rate-distortion-thermodynamic approach to molecular communication Benjamin Kuznets-Speck
Molecular communication is a central facet of problems ranging from deciphering the principles governing physiological signaling (occurring constantly in cellular and neuronal transduction networks), to optimization in synthetic biology, and foundational questions in evolutionary biology. …Read more.

Deposition and characterization of ZnSnSb2 for phase transition studies

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Kevin Kwock with Kathleen Kash and Gary Chottiner
Deposition and characterization of ZnSnSb2 for phase transition studies
ZnSnSb2 (zinc tin antimonide) is predicted to have interesting crystal structures, phase transitions, and thermoelectric properties that have not yet been carefully confirmed by experiment. …Read more.

Study of the vibrational modes in BeSiN2 and BeGeN2

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Yuheng Liu with Walter Lambrecht
Study of the vibrational modes in BeSiN2 and BeGeN2
The heterovalent, ternary, II-IV-N2 compounds BeGeN2 and BeSiN2 are related to GaN. Conceptually, one can replace two of the four group-III cations surrounding each nitrogen anion by a group II element, and the other two by a group-IV element.   …Read more.

Continuous Liquid Interface Production of Gas Electron Multipliers

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

Samuel Merriman with Benjamin Monreal
Continuous Liquid Interface Production of Gas Electron Multipliers
Gas Electron Multipliers (GEMs) are detector tools used in high-energy particle physics research to detect weak ionizing radiation. …Read more.

Mechanical Topological Insulators

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

 Mechanical Topological Insulators
Jacob Moran with Harsh Mathur
In this project we will study mechanical topological insulators. Yu and Mathur [1] have found that the elastic modes of bilayer graphene are analogous to the electronic states of topological insulators. …Read more.

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