Graduate Research Projects

Graduate research projects by year, including Ph.D./M.S. theses, Independent Study courses, and other research projects.
Name Title
Ramesh Adhikari
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Study of Charge Transport Mechanism in Microbial Nanowires.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Yiming Chen
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Observation of tunneling-assisted highly forbidden single-photon transitions in a Ni4 single-molecule magnet.

Advisor: Jonathan Friedman
Basem Mahmoud El-Menoufi
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Prospects For Infrared Quantum Gravity: From Cosmology to Black Holes.

Advisor: John Donoghue
Huaike Guo
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Chasing New Physics: From Electroweak Baryogenesis To Dark Matter.

Advisor: Michael Ramsey-Musolf
Jaime Hopkins
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Material and Morphological Effects in van der Waals Interactions.

Advisor: Adrian Parsegian
Sereres Johnston
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

A Search for Double Beta Decay of Xenon to Excited States of Barium with EXO-200.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Christopher Olson
M.S. Thesis, 2016

Designing Active Granular Squares.

Advisor: Narayanan Menon
Preema Pais
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Search for long-lived, weakly interacting particles that decay to displaced hadronic jets in proton–proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.

Advisor: Benjamin Brau
Zhanlong Qiu
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Morphology Of The Thin Sheets In the Lame Setup and Beyond.

Advisor: Benny Davidovitch
Sheema Rahmanseresht
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Structural changes of RNA kissing complexes using Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer.

Advisor: Lori Goldner
Chien Yeah Seng
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Hadron Physics in Tests of Fundamental Symmetries.

Advisor: Michael Ramsey-Musolf
Yipeng Yang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

Evaporation induced self-assembly and characterization of nanoparticulate films: a new route to bulk heterojunctions.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Mustafa Selcuk Yasar
Ph.D. Thesis, 2016

X-Ray Characterization of Mesophases and Phase Transitions of DNA Analogues in Solutions.

Advisor: Adrian Parsegian
Thomas Alexander
M.S. Thesis, 2015

Validation of Argon From Underground Sources For Use In The Darkside-50 Detector.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Amir Azadi
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Emergent structure of multi-dislocation ground states in frustrated assemblies.

Advisor: Gregory Grason
Luis Cajamarca
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Elasticity and geometry in curved-filament assemblies.

Advisor: Gregory Grason
Benjamin Ett
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Magnetic transport properties of oriented soft, hard and exchange-coupled magnetic thin films and Au25(SC6H13)18 spherical nanocluster.

Advisor: David Kastor
Daniel Hoak
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Searches for Gravitational Waves Associated With Gamma-Ray Bursts.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Alexander Lombardi
M.S. Thesis, 2015

Bayesian Model Selection and Parameter Estimation for Gravitational Wave Signals from Binary Black Hole Coalescences.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Jessica McIver
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

The impact of terrestrial noise on the detectability and reconstruction of gravitational wave signals from core-collapse supernovae.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Ning Ouyang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Translocation of Ring and Linear Polymers and Polyelectrolyte Brush in Salty Solution.

Advisor: Murugappan Muthukumar
Nesrin Senbil
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Contact angle and contact line of spherical particles at isotropic and anisotropic liquid interfaces.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Rukshan Thantirige
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Magnetic transport properties of oriented soft, hard and exchange-coupled magnetic thin films and Au25(SC6H13)18 spherical nanocluster.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Tulin Varol
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Search for contact interactions and large extra dimensions in dimuon events from pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector.

Advisor: Stephane Willocq
Wenlong Wang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2015

Population Annealing Monte Carlo Studies of Ising Spin Glasses.

Advisor: Jonathan Machta
Mina Baghar Bostanabad
Ph.D. Thesis, 2014

Unraveling photophysical and electronic properties of exciton coupling in Pol (3-hexylthiophene) nanofibers.

Advisor: Michael Barnes
Anne Dominique Cambou
Ph.D. Thesis, 2014

On the crumpling of thin sheets.

Advisor: Narayanan Menon
Dong Chen
Ph.D. Thesis, 2014

The Impact of Membrane Tension on Phase Separation and Solid Domain Properties in Model Multicomponent Vesicles.

Advisor: Maria Santore (PSE)
Peker Milas
Ph.D. Thesis, 2014

Single Molecule Studies of a Short RNA.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Keith Otis
Ph.D. Thesis, 2014

Direct Measurement of the pp Solar Neutrino Interaction Rate in Borexino.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Bo Peng
Ph.D. Thesis, 2014

Theory and Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Complexes.

Advisor: Murugappan Muthukumar
Jonathan Wexler
Ph.D. Thesis, 2014

Measurement of the Parity Violating Asymmetry in Elastic Electron Scattering off $^{208}$Pb.

Advisor: Krishna Kumar
German Colon
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Search for TeV-Scale Gravity Signatures in Final States with Leptons and Jets with the ATLAS Detector.

Advisor: Carlo Dallapiccola
Jessica Cook
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Gravitational Wave Production through Decay of the Inflaton into Intermediary Fields during Slow Roll Inflation.

Advisor: Lorenzo Sorbo
Stefan Dickert
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Conductivity of Gold Nanoparticle Thin Films and Magnetoresistance of Metallic Thin Films Embedded With Periodic Arrays of Cobalt Nanoparticles.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Jiansheng Feng
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Investigations of Surface Tension Effects Due to Small-Scale Complex Boundaries.

Advisor: Jonathan Rothstein (MIE)
Jaime Hutchison
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

The effect of vesicle shape, line tension, and lateral tension on membrane-binding proteins.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Huajie Ke
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Fabrication, Characterization and Analysis of Patterned Nano-sized Material with Large Magnetic Permeability at High Frequency.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Hunter King
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Pattern Formation in Floating Sheets.

Advisor: Narayanan Menon
Philippe Martel
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Measuring Proton Spin Polarizabilities with Polarized Compton Scattering.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Andrew Meade
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

W/Z + Jets Cross Section Ratio, and its Implications for New Physics at the ATLAS Experiment.

Advisor: Benjamin Brau
Craig Versek
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Charge Transport Studies of Proton and Ion Conducting Materials.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Yanbo Wang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Computer Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Stretching and Translocation.

Advisor: Murugappan Muthukumar
Burcu Yucesoy
Ph.D. Thesis, 2013

Replica Exchange Monte Carlo Simulations of the Ising Spin Glass: Static and Dynamic Properties.

Advisor: Jonathan Machta
Ufuk Aydemir
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Topics in High Energy Physics Beyond the Standard Model.

Advisor: John Donoghue
Thomas J. Blackburn
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Quantum Corrections to the Gravitational Scattering of Massless Particles.

Advisor: Barry Holstein
Amaresh Datta
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Understanding Hard Interactions in QCD and the Search for the Gluon Spin Contribution to the Spin of the Proton.

Advisor: David Kawall
Marcelo Dias
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Swelling and Folding as Mechanisms of 3D Shape Formation in Thin Elastic Sheets.

Advisor: Christian Santangelo
Alexander Eliseev
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Theory of interacting polyelectrolytes under confinement.

Advisor: Murugappan Muthukumar
Jing Hua
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Phase Transitions in Polyelectrolyte Systems.

Advisor: Murugappan Muthukumar
Luis Mercado
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Probing Novel Properties of Nucleons and Nuclei via Parity-Violating Scattering.

Advisor: Krishna Kumar
Satya R.P. Mohapatra
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Wide parameter searches for gravitational-waves from binary black hole coalescences with ground-based laser interferometers.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Jared Vanasse
Ph.D. Thesis, 2012

Parity-Violation in Neutron Deuteron Scattering in Pionless Effective Field Theory.

Advisor: Barry Holstein
Xuan Ding
Ph.D. Thesis, 2011

Toward the "bijel" structure: light scattering and morphology studies of spinodal decomposition in polymer blends mixed with nanoparticle.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Kevin Facto
Ph.D. Thesis, 2011

Measurements of Gravity Driven Granular Channel Flows.

Advisor: Donald Candela
Emily Thompson
Ph.D. Thesis, 2011

Search for Contact Interactions with Dimuons at the ATLAS Detector.

Advisor: Stephane Willocq
Tianyu Yang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2011

Manipulation of Magnetization States of Ferromagnetic Nanorings.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Chuan Zeng
Ph.D. Thesis, 2011

Capillary Interactions among Microparticles and Nanoparticles at Fluid Interfaces.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Mohamed Anber
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Frontiers in Theoretical High Energy Physics: From Physics Beyond the Standard Model to Cosmology.

Advisor: Lorenzo Sorbo
Alessandra Baas
M.S. Thesis, 2010

Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of the Higgs Mechanism in the Standard Model and Beyond.

Advisor: Eugene Golowich
Robert Boge
M.S. Thesis, 2010

Ultrafast TRPL Using TPA.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
Stephan Burkhardt
M.S. Thesis, 2010

Efficiency of Parallel Tempering for Ising Systems.

Advisor: Jonathan Machta
Kan Du
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Self-assembly of Nanoparticles at Liquid-liquid Interfaces.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Jiangshui Huang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Wrinkling of Floating Thin Polymer Films.

Advisor: Narayanan Menon
Surachate Kalasin
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Understanding and Exploiting Nanoscale Surface Heterogeneity for Particle and Cell Manipulation.

Advisor: Maria Santore (PSE)
Nikhil Malvankar
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Investigations of Electron Transport and Storage Mechanisms in Microbial Biofilms.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Michael Ray
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Experiments on Solid 4He.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
Hongqiang Wang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Experiments and Simulations on Granular Gases.

Advisor: Narayanan Menon
Sibel Ebru Yalcin
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010

Characterization and Interactions of Ultrafast Surface Plasmon Pulses.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
John Cummings
Ph.D. Thesis, 2009

Bilayer Bolometers to Kosterlitz-Thouless: A Study of Helium Films.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
Wenfeng Kang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2009

Numerical Studies of Granular Gases.

Advisor: Jonathan Machta
Emmanuele Salvati
Ph.D. Thesis, 2009

Rare decays in BaBar: search for decays of the neutral B meson into two leptons and measurement of CP asymmetry in inclusive radiative decays of the B meson into a strange-quark system.

Advisor: Carlo Dallapiccola
Sebnem Gunes Soyler
Ph.D. Thesis, 2009

Novel Superfluid States in Bosonic Systems.

Advisor: Nikolai Prokof'ev
Yikuan Wang
Ph.D. Thesis, 2009

Exciton-Plasmon Interactions in Hybrid Metal-Semiconductor Nanostructures.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
Qijun Xiao
Ph.D. Thesis, 2009

Hierarchical multiple bit clusters and patterned media enabled by novel nanofabrication techniques – High resolution EBL and block polymer self assembly.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Ozgur Yavuzcetin
Ph.D. Thesis, 2009

Nanofabrication Techniques For Nanophotonics.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Barbara Capogrosso-Sansone
Ph.D. Thesis, 2008

Quantum Monte Carlo study of ultracold bosons in optical lattices.

Advisor: Nikolai Prokof'ev
Chao Huan
Ph.D. Thesis, 2008

NMR Experiments on Vibrofluidized and Gas Fluidized Granular Systems.

Advisor: Donald Candela
Deniz Kaya
Ph.D. Thesis, 2008

Pattern Formation and Phase Separation Kinetics of Flexible Polyelectrolyte Solutions.

Advisor: Murugappan Muthukumar
Nicholas Franklin Pereira
Ph.D. Thesis, 2008

Evaluation of Image Quality Using Human and Numerical Observers.

Advisor: Monroe Rabin
Sourya Ray
Ph.D. Thesis, 2008

Investigation of Symmetries and Conserved Charges in General Relativity.

Advisor: David Kastor
Christian Reuschle
M.S. Thesis, 2008

A Neural Network Based Background Suppression Technique Applied to VHE Gamma Ray Data Coming From the Crab Pulsar.

Advisor: Guy Blaylock