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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.

Constraining the Topology of the Universe: A Generalization of Flat Manifold Parameter Spaces

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

Tyler McMaken with Glenn Starkman
Constraining the Topology of the Universe: A Generalization of Flat Manifold Parameter Spaces
An open question for cosmologists concerns whether the universe is infinite or finite. …Read more.

Optimizing the Search for Order Parameters in Quasicrystals

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

Philip Smith with Rolfe Petschek
Optimizing the Search for Order Parameters in Quasicrystals
This research seeks to apply existing phase transition theory to quasicrystals in order to develop a better understanding for their underlying physical theory. …Read more.

Low Temperature Suspension of Shear Thickening non-Newtonian Fluids

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Nicholas Barron with Jaoa Maia and Ed Caner
Low Temperature Suspension of Shear Thickening non-Newtonian Fluids
There are a variety of useful applications in industry for shear thickening non-Newtonian fluids. …Read more.

Hearing the Shape of the Universe

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

John Dulin with Glenn Starkman
Hearing the Shape of the Universe
The past few years of work on discerning the topology of the universe have focused on methods like cosmic crystallography and circles-in-the-sky searches, as well as examinations of the correlation matrix to uncover manifolds with non-trivial topology.   …Read more.

Dirac theory of topological insulator boundaries

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Joseph Flannery with Harsh Mathur
Dirac theory of topological insulator boundaries
A topological insulator is a material that behaves as an insulator in its interior but whose surface contains bound conducting states.  …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.

Can We Use Sound Perception to Identify Rupture Patterns in Earthquakes?

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Matt Vaughan with Ben Holtzman, Felix Waldhauser, and Lapo Boschi
Can We Use Sound Perception to Identify Rupture Patterns in Earthquakes?

The processes by which earthquakes occur is poorly understood. …Read more.

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