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Methods for the Improvement of High Energy Cosmic Ray Shower Simulations

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Methods for the Improvement of High Energy Cosmic Ray Shower Simulations
Johnathan Harper with Corbin Covault
Exotic forms of matter such as Quark Gluon Plasma and Dark Matter are difficult to detect. …Read more.

Analysis and processing of hyperspectral data with the purpose of classification

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Logan Smith with Julia Dobrosotkaya
Analysis and processing of hyperspectral data with the purpose of classification
Hyperspectral imaging is an advanced imaging technique that measures visible and near-infrared light reflecting off a surface. …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.

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.

Stochastic Differential Equations Driven by Compound Poisson and Lévy Processes

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Thomas Norton with Wojbor A. Woyczyński
Stochastic Differential Equations Driven by Compound Poisson and Lévy Processes

Stochastic differential equations (SDEs) provide a rigorous setting for investigating the dynamics of systems subject to “noise,” by which we mean source terms whose behavior is not deterministic, but governed by a probability distribution.  …Read more.

Dynkin Diagrams and the Groups of Umbral Moonshine

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Andrew O’Desky with John F. R. Duncan
Dynkin Diagrams and the Groups of Umbral Moonshine

Elliptic curves are number theoretic objects with many important applications in mathematics, cryptography, string theory and beyond. …Read more.

The Accelerating Universe and Vacuum Energy

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Daniel Pfeffer with Claudia de Rham
The Accelerating Universe and Vacuum Energy

During his senior project, Daniel Pfeffer will investigate the acceleration of the Universe.  He will explore whether or not it is possible to screen the effect of a large vacuum energy and give rise the amount of acceleration currently observed by supernovae and other probes.  …Read more.

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