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Quantitative Metrics for Describing Topographic Organization in Individuals

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Cody Allen with Prof. Anthony Jack (Dept. of Cognitive Science)
Quantitative Metrics for Describing Topographic Organization in Individuals
Visual areas in the brain of both monkey and man contain organized maps of the visual field. …Read more.

Controlling Eclipses to Improve X-Ray Angular Resolution

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Andrew Balko with Glenn Starkman
Controlling Eclipses to Improve X-Ray Angular Resolution
To improve X-ray angular resolution of existing and future telescopes, it is possible to use the properties of natural eclipses.  …Read more.

Surface Memory Effect for Liquid Crystals

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Frederick Davey with Charles Rosenblatt
Surface Memory Effect for Liquid Crystals
Samples of liquid crystals are prepared by sandwiching two pieces of glass coated with a polymer, and inserting the liquid crystals in between. …Read more.

Liquid Crystal Configurations from Conformal Mapping

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Michael Ding with Timothy Atherton
Liquid Crystal Configurations from Conformal Mapping
The method of conformal mapping can be applied to solve Laplace’s equation in complicated 2-D geometries. First approximations for nematic liquid crystals obey Laplace’s equation and so we may apply a conformal map to determine the configuration of liquid crystal, and hence obtain the energy and consequently the phase diagram. …Read more.

Role of Cellular Mg2+ in Modulating Collagen Deposition and Interleukin Release in Ito and Kupffer Cells

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Steven Ewart with Andrea Romani (SOM, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics)
Role of Cellular Mg2+ in Modulating Collagen Deposition and Interleukin Release in Ito and Kupffer Cells
Introduction: Magnesium ion (Mg2+) is the second most abundant cation after potassium within mammalian cells, including liver cells. …Read more.

Design and Construction of Optical Concentrators

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Matthew Hakes with Corbin Covault
Design and Construction of Optical Concentrators
When ultra high energy particles strike the upper atmosphere, they emit Cherenkov radiation.  By studying the radiation, we hope to determine the direction of their travel and ultimately where they come from which is currently unknown.  …Read more.

Self-Assembled Solar Cells of Nanostructured Architectures

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Michal Usowicz with Volodimyr Duzhko

Self-Assembled Solar Cells of Nanostructured Architectures
(started in spring 2009 for completion in fall 2009)
Currently the most efficient solar cells are made of silicon and are not a viable technology due to high device fabrication costs. …Read more.

Sapphire Half-Wave Plate Characteristics

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Kyle Helson with John Ruhl
Sapphire Half-Wave Plate Characteristics
The polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) contains imprints of gravity waves from the early universe. The Spider telescope is a balloon-borne telescope designed to extensively investigate this polarization. …Read more.

Exploring barrier properties of liquid crystalline multilayer films

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

David Jones with LeShanda Korley (Macromolecular Science & Engr.)
Exploring barrier properties of liquid crystalline multilayer films
(started in spring 2010 and finishing in fall 2010)
The objective of this project is to examine the gas barrier properties of co-extruded polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs). …Read more.

Imaging by Magnetic Particles with a Nonlinear Field Response

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Gareth Kafka with Robert Brown
Imaging by Magnetic Particles with a Nonlinear Field Response
Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is a procedure akin to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with a key fundamental difference. …Read more.

Spectroscopic Studies of Charge and Energy Transfer Processes in Self-Organizing Heterogeneous Photovoltaic Materials

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Michael Kelley with Volodimyr Duzhko
Spectroscopic Studies of Charge and Energy Transfer Processes in Self-Organizing Heterogeneous Photovoltaic Materials
In response to growing needs for renewable and pollutant-free energy resources, conversion of sunlight into electricity by solar cells is one of the most promising alternatives. …Read more.

Prototype Cherenkov Detector Design & Deployment

Date posted: May 1st, 2010

Guozhi (Joe) Liang with Corbin Covault
Prototype Cherenkov Detector Design & Deployment
The High Energy Astrophysics lab at the university focuses much of its efforts in the Pierre Auger Observatory collaboration. …Read more.

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