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Incorporation of plasma into CVD graphene growth

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Jake Arwe with Xuan Gao
Incorporation of plasma into CVD graphene growth
[paper]
Graphene is a 2D crystalline sheet of Carbon bonded together in a hexagonal lattice. …Read more.

Removal of trace krypton from xenon using charcoal chromatography in the saturated regime

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Dan Baxter with Dan Akerib and Tom Shutt
Removal of trace krypton from xenon using charcoal chromatography in the saturated regime
[paper]
Liquid xenon experiments are becoming more prominent as a viable way to search for dark matter.  …Read more.

Capacitive level sensors for use in liquid xenon detectors

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Jake Bell with Dan Akerib and Tom Shutt
Capacitive level sensors for use in liquid xenon detectors
[paper]
The LUX dark matter experiment liquid xenon detector uses an electric field created by grids to increase the drift velocity of electrons into xenon gas causing them to produce additional scintillation photons. …Read more.

Consequences of random ion channel gating for irregularity of Purkinje cell firing patterns

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Casey Bennett with Peter J. Thomas, Dept. of Mathematics, and David Friel, Dept. of Neurosciences
Consequences of random ion channel gating for irregularity of Purkinje cell firing patterns
Purkinje cells (PC) are neurons located in the cerebellum, which are understood to play a fundamental role in motor control in humans and mice. …Read more.

Creating an “on-sky” test environment for CMB detector arrays

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Alexander Cluff with John Ruhl
Creating an “on-sky” test environment for CMB detector arrays
[paper]
Measuring Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation polarization anisotropies requires that detectors be held at extremely low temperatures (~.3K) in order to prevent noise. …Read more.

Conductors as a model for elliptical coffee stains

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Mason Eastman with Harsh Mathur
Conductors as a model for elliptical coffee stains

In electrostatics, conductors exhibit a number of interesting properties. Among these is the ‘lightning rod’ effect, whereby electric fields are significantly greater near areas of high curvature. …Read more.

Observing lake Erie algae blooms via hyper spectral imaging on CubeSat

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Chris Emr with Paul Barnhart, Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Observing lake Erie algae blooms via hyper spectral imaging on CubeSat
[paper]
The goal of this project is to develop a miniaturized multi/hyper-spectral imaging instrument that could be integrated within a CubeSat to provide orbital observations of Lake Erie algae blooms in late summers. …Read more.

Photobleaching of fluorescent dyes in polymer films

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Jonathon Frey with Cory Christensen and Ken Singer
Photobleaching of fluorescent dyes in polymer films
[paper]
Recently, optical data storage has been achieved via photobleaching of a fluorescent dye in co-extruded, multilayer, polymer films. …Read more.

Computer Controlled Temperature Programmed Desorption from Noble Metal Surfaces

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Neel Lynn Giltinan with Gary Chottiner
Computer Controlled Temperature Programmed Desorption from Noble Metal Surfaces
[paper]
Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD) provides insight that no other spectroscopy can give into the interactions between molecules and the surfaces on which these molecules are adsorbed.  …Read more.

Aluminum zinc oxide transparent conductors for optical cavity enhanced polymer photovoltaics

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Emily Griffin with Ken Singer
Aluminum zinc oxide transparent conductors for optical cavity enhanced polymer photovoltaics
[paper]
Indium tin oxide is the ubiquitous transparent conductor used in all liquid crystal displays and thin film photovoltaic devices.  …Read more.

Fabrication and characterization of integrated optical cavities for enhanced spin measurements

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Tadeas Liska with Jesse Berezovsky
Fabrication and characterization of integrated optical cavities for enhanced spin measurements
[paper]
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.

The epitaxial growth of topological insulator thin films using chemical vapor deposition

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Jacob Marx with Xuan Gao
The epitaxial growth of topological insulator thin films using chemical vapor deposition
[paper]
Topological insulators are a class of quantum materials with metallic surface states existing inside the bulk band gap. …Read more.

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