Physics Senior Projects

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Advanced Undergraduate Acoustics Experiment

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Michael Anderson with Jesse Beresovsky
Advanced Undergraduate Acoustics Experiment

Acoustics represents a body of science that is rich in theory and new concepts and has many applications in everyday life. …Read more.

Optimization of the Static First Hyperpolarizibility of Many Non-Interacting Fermions

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Edwin Bernardoni with Rolfe Petschek
Optimization of the Static First Hyperpolarizibility of Many Non-Interacting Fermions

Large non-linear electronic polarizabilities would be advantageous for a variety of devices and have been intensely studied for around three decades. …Read more.

Polarization Properties of Half-wave Plates

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Nicholas Clyde with John Ruhl
Polarization Properties of Half-wave Plates

Millimeter wave optical components are useful for current Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMB) experiments in the field of astrophysics. …Read more.

Analysis of Single-Electron/Few-Electron Background in LUX S2 Data

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Calvin Gao with Dan Akerib and Tom Shutt
Analysis of Single-Electron/Few-Electron Background in LUX S2 Data
The LUX dark matter experiment consists of a two-phase xenon detector which detects interactions between particles and the xenon nuclei and electrons. …Read more.

Evaluation of US Renewable Portfolio Standards in Terms of Effectiveness and Intention

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Jacob Derzon with Justin Gallagher
Evaluation of US Renewable Portfolio Standards in Terms of Effectiveness and Intention

In the past several decades, there have been several attempts by lawmakers to increase the use of renewable resources in various states through legislation known as the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which mandates increased production or consumption of energy from renewable sources. …Read more.

Optimal Current Patterns and Resolution Limitations of the Bayesian Methodology in EIT

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Oliver Ernst with Erkki Somersalo
Optimal Current Patterns and Resolution Limitations of the Bayesian Methodology in EIT

One of the applications of the Bayesian methodology is to the determination of the electrical admittivity distribution from measurement data in Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). …Read more.

Improved Photometry of Metal-Poor Giants in the Kepler Field

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Nathan Harmon with Paul Harding
Improved Photometry of Metal-Poor Giants in the Kepler Field

Astroseismology is capable of measuring the properties of the interior of stars, for red giants an accurate measure of their age can then be derived.  …Read more.

Nanoscale Membrane Structures for Radiation Detection

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Matthew Krupcale with Philip Feng
Nanoscale Membrane Structures for Radiation Detection

Radiation detectors are used in a wide range of environments from medical to nuclear and research facilities. The use of nanoscale membranes for radiation detection has largely been unexplored, despite having interesting optoelectronic properties. …Read more.

Photovoltaic Degradation Analysis and Two Diode Simulated Models

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Shay Mathews with Roger French, Timothy Peshek, and Yang Hu
Photovoltaic Degradation Analysis and Two Diode Simulated Models

An understanding of the degradation process of photovoltaic modules during real world use is crucial to extending their lifetime and reliability. …Read more.

Measuring Scattering, Absorption, and Reflection Properties for Filters in the South Pole Telescope

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Kristen McKee with John Ruhl
Measuring Scattering, Absorption, and Reflection Properties for Filters in the South Pole Telescope

A current problem with many ground-based telescope experiments, such as the South Pole Telescope, is that the optical loading on the detectors is undesirably high. …Read more.

Significance of Image Heterogeneity in Multi-Modality Medical Imaging

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Devin Miles with David Jordan
Significance of Image Heterogeneity in Multi-Modality Medical Imaging

Heterogeneous features have been observed in clinical PET-CT and PET-MRI imaging of tumors.  The significance of this heterogeneity is not well understood but may have prognostic value for clinicians.  …Read more.

Physics and Instrumentation of Growing MoS2 Crystals

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Christopher Miller with Philip Feng
Physics and Instrumentation of Growing MoS2 Crystals

This senior project is aimed at developing physical vapor deposition, transfer printing, and other related techniques for making ultra thin semiconducting membrane structures, which have potential to be engineered into transducers and sensors (e.g., gas sensors or single-particle detectors) on chip to enable functional integrated microsystems. …Read more.

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