Wooster Physics Senior Theses
2021

Mili Barai, Measuring properties of entangled photons using the HongOuMandel effect

Megan Fisher, Creating an Event Horizon Analogue using the BelousovZhabotinsky Reaction

Yuchen Gan, FreeFall SpinningPlanet Tunnel Transportation Network

Daniel (Dani) Halbing, The Effect of Varying Paneling Characteristics on Soccer Ball Flight

Mattaeus (Matt) Klonowski, Understanding the Swelling Mechanism of Stimuli Responsive OrganicallyModified Silica

Craig Klumpp, A Case of Heartburn: Replicating the Heart’s Electrical Signals with Fire

Andrew Kunkel, Examining LightMatter Interactions Through Two Photon Entanglement

Gentaro Nakata, Propellantless Space Travel with Tethers: Swimming in Space using an Asteroid’s Gravity Gradient

Carlos OwusuAnsah, The trajectory of an Anisotropic Particle Near a LightTransmitting Optical Nanofiber

Katherine (Katie) Shideler, Energy Conservation: Harnessing Excess Thermal Energy and Converting to Electricity by Use of the Thermoelectric Effect

Handeul Son, Investigation of Fire Propagation using Discrete Tree Simulations

Henry Whyte, Avalanches on a Conical Bead Pile

Yang (Fish) Yu, Alien Sunsets on Tumbling Asteroids

Xinchen (Ariel) Xie, Exoplanets Sunsets
2020
2019

Hwan (Michelle) Bae, Watching Sunsets in Exoplanet Skies

Daniel Blaikie, Propagation of LightSensitive ReactionDiffusion Waves in Inhomogeneously Illuminated Systems

Carson Bullock, Orbital Debris Proliferation and the Evolution of the Space Sustainability

Haidar Esseili, Spacetime Engineering: TimeSlowing SpaceExpanding Lunchbox

Chase Fuller, Spiraling into Control: Spiral Density Wave Structure of GAIA DR2 Galactic Radial Velocities

Wan Hang (Vincent) Hui, Determining the Accuracy of GALFIT in Morphology Measurement of Galaxies from Image Analysis

Ben (Benji) Jenkins, The Decomposition and Analysis of the NGC720 Galaxy

David Morrow, An Investigation of Angle of Repose and Surface Activity of a Conical Bead Pile

Samuel (Sam) Nash, Using BelousovZhabotinsky Waves as an Analogue to the Event Horizon of a Black Hole

Joseph (Joe) Theiss, Slope’s Effect on Discrete Tree Fire Simulations
2018

Emma Brinton, Exploring the Dynamics of a Small Dielectric Sphere Due to the HigherOrder Modes of an Optical Nanofiber

Gabriel DaleGau, Employing a system of pressure sensors to characterize avalanche dynamics over a conical bead pile

Collin Hendershot, Attacking the Curve: A study of the effect of concavity on aerodynamic forces associated with high speed automobiles

Kyle McNickle, A Visual Investigation of Criticality: Avalanche Classification on a Conical Bead Pile

Jack Mershon, Modified Propagation of Anomalous BelousovZhabotinsky Waves in a Quasi1D System

Nathaniel Moore, Local Analogues: Comparing the 12inch Telescope to the Hubble

Nathaniel Smith, A Computational Simulation of BelousovZhabotinsky Wave Behavior Around Obstacles

Zane Thornburg, An Investigation into the LambertBeer Law in Incoherent Broadband CavityEnhanced Absorption Spectroscopy

Avi Vajpeyi, Studying Universality with Physics Engines: Accelerating Granular Flow on GPU with OpenCL and CUDA

Justine Walker, Dancing Our Way to the Cosmos: A Study in How Extraterrestrial Travel Will Change the Mechanics of Dance
2017
2016

Michael Bush, A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials

Mitch Gavin, Building a Setup to Investigate ReactionDiffusionAdvection Systems

Laura Grace, Period Doubling in Bubbling from a Submerged Nozzle

Colm Hall, Nonlinear Dynamics Analysis of Stellar Data Sets

Nate Johnson, Charge Carrier Characteristics of Doped Semiconductor Heterostructures

Spencer Kirn, Excitation Waves in Planar, Inhomogeneously Illuminated Systems

Drew KingSmith, Manipulation of Polarized Transverse Spatial Modes to Induce NonLinear Structures using the Geometric Phase

Matt KingSmith, Analog Quantum Simulator

Maggie Lankford, The Production and Manipulation of Hybrid SpinOrbit Modes of Light Under HongOuMandel Interference Conditions

Yash Lohia, Modal Analysis of Light Propagating Through Structurally Disturbed Optical Fibers

Noah Megregian, Stochastic Resonance in a Mechanical Bistable System

Calvin Milligan, Strange Nonchaotic Pendulum

Diego Miramontes Delgado, Creating Quasi TwoDimensional, Curved Molds with 3Dprinting Technology

Paroma (Popi) Palchoudhuri, An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanche Behavior in a Critical Conical Bead Pile

Graham Schattgen, Air Powered OneWay Arrays

Nate Stone, Critical Systems: An Exploration of Cohesion and the Moments of Distribution

Catherine Tieman, A Simulation of Phases in the Pyrochlore Lattice
2015

Shawn Bowman, Modeling the Optical Emission Line Profiles of Active Galactic Nuclei: Working Towards a Continuous Optical Classification Scheme Beyond Type1/Type2

Nicolae Istrate, Theoretical Resonance Calculations for the Isobaric Analogs ^{133}Sn and ^{133}Sb

Evan Hagedorn, Understanding the Origin of Swelling Force in Organically Modified Silica

Min Sung Kim, Stopping Power Analysis of ^{37}K, ^{44}Cl, and ^{71}Br Incident on a He: CO_{2} (9:1) Gas Target

Brian Maddock, Modifying the VirasoroShapiro Amplitude to Correspond to the Glueball Trajectory

Saul Propp, Relativistic Perturbations and Ontological Implications: Exploring the Zitterbewegung and Laying the Groundwork for a Quantum Ontology

Jairaj Ranchod, Archimedes Drill Propulsion

Joseph Smith, Topological Defects in Nematic Liquid Crystals and the Behavior Induced by Adding Polystyrene Microspheres to 5CB

Amanda Steinhebel, Solitons and Their Symmetries: A Mathematical Analysis

Elliot Wainwright, Avalanches on a Critical Conical Bead Pile: Exploration of Tuning Parameter Space and Mathematical Foundations
2014
2013

Theresa Albon, The Entanglement and Relaxation of Liquid Crystal Shaped Granular Media

Dan Axe, Effects of Temperature on the Expansion Force of Osorb®

Andrew Blaikie, //

Lily Christman, The Effects of a Magnetic Field On a Conical Bead Pile

Lorenzo Dumancas, Optimization of BEEM Techniques Through the Analysis of GaN Nanowires and Au: GaAs

Tom Gilliss, Manipulation of Transverse Photonic Degrees of Freedom Via Classical and HongOuMandel Interference

Sam Mermall, The Motion of a Flapping Flag: Chaos or Noise?

Duncan Price, Liquid Body Armor and Shear Thickening Fluids

Tyler Rhoades, Differential Photometry of Transiting Exoplanets

MichaelErik Ronlund, Sorting Spacial Wavefunctions of Photons By Parity

Syne Salem, Spacetime: Engineering and Metaphysics

Matt Schmitthenner, A Theoretical and Experimental Pattern Analysis of Electrohydrodynamic Convection in a Liquid Crystal System

Karl Smith, Electrons Aligned and Felines Undefined: Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Perturbing the SpinOrbit Interaction in Electrons

Andrew Sopher, Head For Safety: A quantitative analysis of headgear effectiveness in soccer

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2012
 Mohammad Saif Ahmad, Paritybased Measurement and Control of the Spatial Wave Function of Photons
 Patrick Butler, Air Drag and External Ballistics
 Matt Damon, Progress toward Using an Optical Tweezer to Make Scatteringbased Size Measurements
 Norman Israel, Quantum Gravity: Exploring the Causal Dynamical Triangulation Approach
 SarahBeth Loder, Experimentally and Computationally Determining the Theoretical Aqueous pKa of Three UVabsorbing Benzophenone Derivatives
 Alyse Marquinez, The Rocket Science Behind the Political Science: Comparing Space Visions fo the Presidents from 19932011 and the Rocket Technology That Helped Characterize Them
 Katsuo Maxted, A Cyclic Aeromechanical Array of Oneway Coupled Oscillators
 Larry Markley, Perturbing Spacetime
 Margaret Raabe, Manipulation of a Photon's Spatial Wave Function in Optical Fibers
 Kemal Ramic, Monte Carlo Simulations of the Clumpy Torus in Active Galactic Nuclei
 David Simpson, Analysis of the Correlation Length Amplitude of Nitrobenzene and Dodecane BinaryFluid Solution
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
 Mike Davis,
An Investigation of Dielectric Permittivity as Related to Concentration in Mixtures of 7CB and MBBA
 Stephen Poprocki,
Bayesian Source Direction Determination for GravitationalWave Bursts
 Jon Rosch,
The Effects of Compression on Conducting Spheres as They Pertain to Studying Granular Percolation
 Danny Shai,
Monte Carlo Studies of the GloballyCoupled Ising Model
 Sarah Suddendorf,
Good to the Last Drop: Percolation Through Hypercubic and Random Lattices for Integer, Fractional, and Fractal Dimensions
 Danny Tremblay,
Creation of a TwoDimensional NegativeIndexMaterial
 Nathan Utt,
Heat Capacity Anomaly in a Nitrobenzene+Dodecane Mixture
 Lisa May Walker,
Spacetime Whirlpools
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
 Darwin KeithLucas,
η: An experiment measuring the turbidity of the binary fluid
methanolcyclohexane, determining the elusive exponent η
 Ali Özgenç,
The Kinetics of Fatty Acid and Phospholipid Solid Self Assembly
 Salman Saeed,
Frequency Dependence of the Modulated Phase in 5CB
 Cyrus Screwvala,
The Chaotic Tumbling of Hyperion: Moon of Saturn
1995
 Ronald Craig,
Flexoelectric Effect in the Nematic Liquid Crystal 5CB (4cyano4'npentylbiphenyl)
 Anne Flewelling,
Phase Transitions in a Monolayer of Phospholipids: Using the Langmuir Balance Technique
 Paul Hall,
The Turbidy of the Binary Fluid Mixture MethanolCyclohexane Near the Critical Point: the Measurement of the Fisher Critical Exponent η
 Priyavadan Mamidipudi,
Effects of Magnetic Fields on the Modulated Phase of 5CB
 Andrew Martin,
An Automated Analysis of Swimming Behavior in Paramecium Tetraurelia
 Jared Ripps,
An Investigation into the Structure of Agarose Using Laser Light Scattering
1994
 William Antel,
Chaotic Dynamics on Rippled Surfaces
 John Cuff,
ElectricFieldInduced Freedericksz Transition in the Nematic Liquid Crystal 5CB
 Rohan Defonseka,
Measurement of the Heat Capacity Anomaly of the Binary Fluid System TriethylamineWater Near the Critical Solution Point Using Adiabatic Calorimetry
 Michael Hunter,
Spatiotemporal Chaos on a Sphere of Duffing Oscillators
 Stephen Nichols,
Study of the Effects of an Electric Field on Agarose Gel by Neutron Scattering
1993
 Joshua Fagans,
The Fourth Dimension Unveiled:
A Preliminary Reconnaissance of Four Dimensional Objects from Mathematics and Physics
 Peter Hourigan,
New NematicSmecticA Transition Instability in DiHeptylAlkyl Azoxybenzene Liquid Crystal Focusing on Anchoring Breaks and Transitions
 Nikfar A. Khaleeli,
Adiabatic Calorimetry Measurement of the Heat Capacity of the Binary Fluid TriethylamineWater Near the Critical Point
 Asad Khan,
The Chaotic Behavior of a SingleMode Semiconductor Injection Laser Coupled with an External Feedback Cavity
 Linda D. King,
An Investigation of the Excess Volume Effect of the Binary Liquid Mixture Perfluoromethylcyclohexane + Isopropyl Alcohol
 Taka Kumashiro,
Quantum Metaphysics: A Dialogue in Search of Knowledge
 Christopher J. Levy,
SelfOrganized Criticality in a Conical Sandpile
 Mark McKinney,
Chaos in Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals
 Joseph Neff,
Signal Recognition Using Chaos and Control Algorithms
1992
1991
 Richard C. Bailey,
A Study of ElectroOptic Properties of Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals as a Function of Sample Curing Time
 Mark L. Bricker,
A Dynamic Light Scattering Study of a Nematic Liquid Crystal in the Presence of a Magnetic Field
 Alice D. Churukian,
Chaos in a Dripping Water Faucet
 Karl A. Crandall,
Determining the Bend Elastic Constant of the Liquid Crystal DiHeptylAlkyl Azoxybenzene (Using Freedericksz Transition)
 Douglas A. Halverson,
A New Method for the Experimental Investigation of SelfOrganized Criticality
 Andrew O. Mellinger,
Multiple Time Dimensions
 Victor T. Norton,
The BelousovZhabotinskii Reaction:
a computer simulated study of bromate oscillators and autocatalysis
 Jonathan F. Partee,
Adiabatic Calorimetry Measurement of the Heat Capacity of TriethylamineWater Near the Critical Point
 Thomas M. Taczak,
BumperPool: A New Region for Chaotic Billiards
1990
1989
1988
 Supratik Burman,
An Analysis of the Wave/Particle Nature of Statistically Independent Photons
 Sergio DeSouzaMachado,
A Computer Simulation Study of Deterministic Dissipative Systems Exhibiting Chaotic Behavior
 Gregory D. Elfring,
An Introduction to Fractal Geometry and its Applications
 Todd Ewers,
Observation of Phase Transitions in Ceramics, Cyclobutanes, and Cycloheptanes by DSC Methods
 Vonda Fairbanks,
The Excess Volume Effect of MethanolCyclohexane in the OnePhase Region
 Ashok Mittal,
A Study of Brownian Motion Using Photon Correlation Spectroscopy
 Palani Sakthivel,
Coefficient of Expansion of a Thin Aluminum Film
 Stephen G. Stafford,
Turbidity Measurements in the Near Critical Region for the Binary Mixture Polystyrene Diethyl Malonate
1987
 Kevin P. Andrews,
The Coexistence Curve of the Binary Fluid TriethylamineWater
 John B. Fanselow,
Adiabatic Calorimetry Measurement of the Heat Capacity of a Near Critical Binary Fluid
 Scott R. Gunselman,
The Physics of a Racquetball Racquet: The Sweet Spot
 Daniel O. Hogenboom,
A Study of Brownian Motion Using Light Scattering
 Ashok Mittal,
A Study of Brownian Motion Using Photon Correlation Spectroscopy
 Terrence B. Khoo,
A Study of the Proper Order Parameter for Binary Liquid Mixtures
 Mike LaVilla,
Cyclic Voltammetry Study of the Vitamin B12 Complex TRNSAqua Cobalt III
 Scott P. McLean,
A Biomechanical Analysis of the Power Generating Phases of the Front Crawl Stroke
 George F. Miller,
A Technique for Determining the Contact Time of a Golf ClubBall Collision and its Relationship to Club Velocity
 Eric Parker,
High Resolution StandAlone Video Processor
 Anna C. Ploplis,
Turbidity of PolystyreneDiethylmalonate Near the Critical Point
1986
 Solomon Ngubane,
Heat Capacity of a Binary Fluid Mixture: Methanolcyclohexane
1985
 Bill Andrew,
A Test of the LorentzLorenz Relation in an Isobutyric Acid and Water Binary Fluid
 Charles Partee,
Heat Capacity of a Binary Fluid
 Raheel J. Rae,
Automated Classification of Stellar Spectra
 Kent A. Thurston,
An Analysis of Optical Spectra of Cataclysmic Variable H225235
1984
 Polly Groth,
Empirical Strain Modeling in California: Use of Very Long Baseline Interferometry
 Douglas A. Iams,
An Analysis of Simultaneous Optical and Ultraviolet Spectra of SCO X1
 Polly Wardwell,
The Coexistence Curve of MethanolIsooctane
1983
 Robert Cohn,
Effects of Acetone Impurity in a NearCritical Mixture of Methanol and Cyclohexane
 Jeffrey B. Parker,
The Design and Testing of an Apparatus for the Measurement of the Ultrasonic Properties of Liquids
1982
 Arvind Ahuja,
Thermal Expansion of Bovine Femur as a Function of Temperature
 Steven E. Hoell,
Photographic Studies of Vortex Dynamics in HE II
 Ann Mowery,
Light Scattering in a NearCritical Binary Fluid Mixture
 Lori Pederson,
An Investigation of the Heat Capacity of the Binary Fluid Mixture Nitroethane3Methylpentane Near its Critical Point