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Spatially Varying Liquid Crystal Order: Theory and Simulations

Date posted: October 17th, 2017

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.

Connecting Optical, Structural and Spin-dependent Properties for Films of Quantum Dots

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Zaarah Mohamed with Jesse Berezovsky
Connecting Optical, Structural and Spin-dependent Properties for Films of Quantum Dots
The project aims to discern the connection between structural, optical, and spin-dependent properties for films of semiconductor nanoparticles. …Read more.

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.

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.

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.

Design and Implementation of a Low Cost Malaria Diagnosis Device

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Gregory Stephen with Robert Brown and Bob Deissler
Design and Implementation of a Low Cost Malaria Diagnosis Device

A major challenge in malaria diagnosis is the need for a cheap, portable device capable of detecting low concentrations of the malaria pigment, hemozoin. …Read more.

The Relativistic Hofstadter Problem

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Evan Telford with Harsh Mathur
The Relativistic Hofstadter Problem

Hofstadter studied electrons in a strong magnetic field perturbed by a weak periodic potential on a square lattice. He found that the energy levels plotted as a function of the magnetic field formed a beautiful pattern with a recursive structure now Hofstadter butterfly. …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
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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.

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.

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.

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