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Fabrication and characterization of ferromagnetic vortices for spintronics

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Robert Badea with Jesse Berezovsky
Fabrication and characterization of ferromagnetic vortices for spintronics
Poster Paper
The proposed project involves creating thin ferromagnetic films which behave with reduced dimensionality to create concentrated localized magnetic fields. …Read more.

Understanding Quasicrystals

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Brian Cox with Rolfe Petschek
Understanding Quasicrystals
Poster Paper
Quasicrystals have been observed in a variety of metallic systems and recently also in simulations of hard tetrahedral[1]. …Read more.

Accounting for the sun’s gravity in dark matter detection

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Bill Flaherty with Glenn Starkman
Accounting for the sun’s gravity in dark matter detection
Poster Paper
Dark matter is thought to compose a large fraction of the energy density of the universe, and in particular of our galaxy. …Read more.

Plasmoidium Falciparum Response to Oscillating Magenetic Fields and the Influence of Disruptive Measures

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Rebecca Gilson with Brian Grimberg and Robert Brown
Plasmoidium Falciparum Response to Oscillating Magenetic Fields and the Influence of Disruptive Measures
Malaria causes over one million deaths per year and Plasmodium falciparum is the most deadly of the five types of human malaria. …Read more.

The effects of flexible side chains on the behavior of ions within a Nafion membrane

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Wesley Gould with Philip Taylor
The effects of flexible side chains on the behavior of ions within a Nafion membrane
Poster Paper
NafionTM membranes have been known for years to hold potential for use in hydrogen fuel cells, as well as in some battery technologies. …Read more.

Model of Neural Networks: Centralized Pattern Generator Comparator

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Jessica Marie Hatch with Roger Quinn, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Model of Neural Networks: Centralized Pattern Generator Comparator
Poster Paper
Dr. Roger Quinn’s robotic’s laboratory is creating a robot controller capable of gait control and adaptation based on biological principles. …Read more.

Studying the Magnetic and Optical Properties of Malaria for Use in Early Detection

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Jason Jones with Robert Deissler and Robert Brown
Studying the Magnetic and Optical Properties of Malaria for Use in Early Detection
Poster Paper
When the Malaria parasite ingests the hemoglobin of the red blood cell, it sequesters the toxic iron inside of its abdominal vacuole for safety. …Read more.

Genetic Factors in the Progression of Liver Fibrosis

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Peter Lee with Colleen Croniger, Dept. of Nutrition
Genetic Factors in the Progression of Liver Fibrosis
Poster Paper
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is the leading cause of illness and death from liver complications in the United States. …Read more.

Optimization of the Static First Hyperpolarizibility of One or Many Non-Interacting Fermions in One Dimension

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Joseph Lesnefsky with Rolfe Petschek
Optimization of the Static First Hyperpolarizibility of One or Many Non-Interacting Fermions in One Dimension
Started Fall 2011, Finished Summer 2012
Poster Paper
Large non-linear electronic polarizabilities would be advantageous for a variety of devices and have been intensely studied for around three decades. …Read more.

Integrated Optical Cavities

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Integrated Optical Cavites
Tadeus Liska with Jesse Berezovsky

Liska Berezovsky 2013
Spintronics is an emerging field with numerous applications including quantum computing of which a key component is the ability to monitor the spin state of a system. …Read more.

Properties of Cosmic Ray Air Showers as Measured by a Prototype Cherekov Detector System

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Elizabeth McNany with Corbin Covault
Properties of Cosmic Ray Air Showers as Measured by a Prototype Cherekov Detector System
Poster Paper
When high energy cosmic rays interact with the upper atmosphere, a shower of particles is created that generate Cherenkov radiation as their travel towards the surface of the earth. …Read more.

Optical Mapping of Embryonic Heart Electrophysiology

Date posted: May 1st, 2012

Matthew McPheeters with Andrew Rollins and Michael Jenkins, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Optical Mapping of Embryonic Heart Electrophysiology  
 
Poster Paper
Optical Mapping is a powerful technique used to map conduction in the heart, and has recently been proven in the embryonic heart. …Read more.

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