Max Blachman with Michael Martens
Hololens as a Teaching Aid for Concepts in Electricity and Magnetism
HoloLens, a head mounted augmented reality headset promises educational value. We plan to use HoloLens to teach college students learning introductory electricity and magnetism about polarized
light, a topic not ordinarily covered in that class....
Kelsey Darrah with Pino Strangi
Random Lasing in Liquid Crystals Doped with Dyes and Plasmonic Nanoparticles
Laser light is generated by merging two important physical mechanisms, amplification and optical feedback. Amplification is mainly due to gain materials, whereas the optical feedback is obtained through an optical cavity that allows for mode...
Axel Gross with Kurt Hinterbichler and Pavel Fileviez Perez
Implications of Gauge Unication without Leptoquarks
While the Standard Model has been veried on numerous occasions and has been successful in predicting several new particles, it is incomplete. It fails to explain many of the current problems in physics, such as the origin of...
Yang Han with Xuan Gao
Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of Molybdenum Trioxide Thin Films
Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) materials have been widely studied in recent decades. Among 2D vdW materials, transition metal oxides with 2D vdW structure have drawn the most attention because of their potential in electronic applications....
George Heidbreder with Kenneth Singer
Aggregation Characteristics of Conjugated Sophorolipid-(Zn)porphyrin Polymers
Bio-based, self-organizing molecules are of considerable interest for optoelectronic device applications due to their functionality and ability to construct sophisticated microstructures with similar motifs to those found in nature. Recently, the Singer group has discovered that conjugated sophorolipid-(Zn)porphyrin molecules self-assemble...
Jackson Kishbaugh-Maish with John Ruhl
How Light from the Cosmic Microwave Background Interacts with Filters
SPIDER and the South Pole Telescope (SPT) are two experiments that my advisor, Professor Ruhl, is involved in. Both experiments involve using telescopes to observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB). My goal in this project is...
Samuel Merriman with Benjamin Monreal
Continuous Liquid Interface Production of Gas Electron Multipliers
Gas Electron Multipliers (GEMs) are detector tools used in high-energy particle physics research to detect weak ionizing radiation. GEMs are designed small enough to generate strong electric fields in small areas, allowing them to increase the signal from...
Mechanical Topological Insulators
Jacob Moran with Harsh Mathur
In this project we will study mechanical topological insulators. Yu and Mathur have found that the elastic modes of bilayer graphene are analogous to the electronic states of topological insulators. Using a continuum elasticity model they find that the elastic waves are...
Bradley C. Odhner with Philip Feng
Black Phosphorus Field Effect Transistors: Device Physics and Performance
We are nearing the end of Moore's law. Silicon based transistors, the amazing technology that led to the huge growth of Silicon Valley, are rapidly approaching a point where they will not be able
William Spallino with David Kazdan
Informing Architectural-Acoustical Design with Musical Details
Music performance spaces are currently subject to vague design guidelines and long calibrations after their completion. However, the field of architectural acoustics is developing many new, more precise means of testing proposed designs; those new processes are best complemented by...