Past Dissertations

Past Dissertations

Physics Ph.D. Degrees - Summer 2018

Christopher Benson
Adviser: Gabriel Orebi Gann
Using MiniCLEAN and measurements of microphysical material properties in the vacuum ultraviolet regime to inform next-generation dark matter and neutrino detectors

Celeste Carruth
Adviser: Joel Fajans
Methods for plasma stabilization and control to improve antihydrogen production

Michael Blake Cole
Adviser: Nir Yosef and Mike DeWeese
Quantifying Reproducibility and Bias in Single-Cell Sequencing Analyses of Human Immunity

Christian Daniel Freeman
Adviser: K. Birgitta Whaley and Joel Moore
The Toric Code at Finite Temperature

Michael Girard
Adviser: Christian Bauer and Yasunori Nomura
Towards Precision Standard Model Calculations

Nathan C. Haouzi
Adviser: Mina Aganagic
Aspects of Supersymmetric Surface Defects

Daniel Hogan
Adviser: Robert Jacobsen
Techniques for Inelastic Effective Field Theory Measurements with the Large Underground Xenon Experiment

Catherine Mia Ihm
Adviser: Robert Jacobsen
Through-going Muons in the LUX Dark Matter Search

Carolyn Kierans
Adviser: Steven Boggs and Stuart Bale
Detection of the 511 keV positron annihilation line with the Compton Spectrometer and Imager

Jonathan Kohler
Adviser: Dan Stamper-Kurn
Optodynamical Measurement and Coupling of Atomic Motion and Spin

Shreyas Ganesh Patankar
Adviser: Joseph Orenstein
Nonlinear optical properties and spectroscopy of Weyl semimetals

Fabio H. Iunes Sanches
Adviser: Yasunori Nomura
Locality in Gravity

Chenghui Yu
Adviser: Holger Muller
Measuring the fine structure constant with a state-of-the-art atom interferometer

Physics Ph.D. Degrees - Spring 2018

Alexander Grant Anderson
Adviser: Bruno Olshausen and Mike DeWeese
Noise, Quantization, and Priors in Neural Networks

Bradford Alan Barker
Adviser: Steven Louie
Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids with Strong Spin-Orbit Coupling

Janos Botyanszki
Adviser: Daniel Kasen
Multidimensional Late-Time Modeling of Type Ia Supernova Spectra

Kayleigh Cassella
Adviser: Holger Mueller
Hot Beats and Tune Outs: Atom Interferometry with Laser-cooled Lithium

Ariel Jozef Cukierman
Adviser: Adrian Lee
Multiscale multichroic focal planes for measurements of the cosmic microwave background

Alexey Drobizhev
Adviser: Yury Kolomensky
Searching for the 0νββ Decay of 130Te with the Ton-Scale CUORE Bolometer Array

Matti Gralka
Adviser: Oskar Hallatschek
Evolutionary dynamics in microbial colonies

Hilary Catherine Jacks
Adviser: Frances Hellman
Identifying Structures Responsible for Two-Level Systems in Amorphous Silicon

Byungmin Kang
Adviser: Joel Moore
Topological phases of matter in low dimensions with and without disorder

Antony Ann-Tzer Lee
Adviser: Carlos Bustamante
Improving the resolution and accuracy of optical tweezers through algorithmic and instrumental advances

Mudassir Moosa
Adviser: Raphael Bousso
Entanglement, Complexity, and Holography

Benjamin Charles Ponedel
Adviser: Edgar Knobloch
Localized States in Dissipative Systems with Spatially Periodic Modulation

Alison Marie-Anne Saunders
Adviser: Tilo Doeppner and Roger Falcone
Using X-ray Thomson Scattering to Measure Plasma Conditions in Warm Dense Matter Experiments on the OMEGA Laser

Tess Eleonora Smidt
Adviser: Jeffrey Neaton
Toward the Systematic Design of Complex Materials from Structural Motifs

Lokman Tsui
Adviser: Dung-Hai Lee
Topological Phase Transitions

Physics Ph.D. Degrees - Fall 2017

Gary Allen Binder
Adviser: Spencer Klein and Marjorie Shapiro
Measurements of the Flavor Composition and Inelasticity Distribution of High-Energy Neutrino Interactions in IceCube

Gabriel Purvin Dunn
Adviser: Alex Zettl
Applications of Nanotechnology to the Life Sciences

Andrew Wilson Eddins
Adviser: Irfan Siddiqi
Superconducting Circuits for Quantum Metrology with Nonclassical Light

John Richard Haberstroh
Adviser: Phillip Geissler and Oskar Hallastchek
Fluctuation Theories in Model Photosynthetic Systems

Ammar Sadiq Husain
Adviser:  Nicolai Reshetikhin and Joel Moore
Algebraic Defects and Boundaries in Integrable & Topological Systems

Juwon Lee
Adviser: Michael Crommie
Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Graphene Quantum Dots

Alexander William Lowell
Adviser: Steven Boggs
Polarimetric Studies of the Long Duration Gamma-Ray Burst GRB 160530A with the Compton Spectrometer and Imager

Kenneth Scott Mcelvain
Adviser: Wick Haxton
Harmonic Oscillator Based Effective Theory, Connecting LQCD to Nuclear Structure

Tristan Lim Miller
Adviser: Alessandra Lanzara
Non-Equilibrium Electronic Structure of Cuprate Superconductors

Daniel Ernest Mittelberger
Adviser: Wim Leemans and Marjorie Shapiro
Optimization of a Laser Plasma Accelerator through Pulse Characterization and Controlled Spatiotemporal Coupling

Hsin Zon Tsai
Adviser: Michael Crommie
Spatially Resolved Charge Transfer in Molecular Nanostructures at the Surface of Gate Tunable Graphene Devices

Physics Ph.D. Degrees - Summer 2017

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Adviser: Daniel Kasen
Radiation Transport Modeling of Kilonovae and Broad-lined Ic Supernovae

Nicole Ashley Maria Duncan
Adviser: Steven Boggs
Gamma-Ray Observations of Solar Flares with RHESSI Imaging Spectroscopy and the GRIPS instrument

Onur Ergen
Adviser: Alex Zett
Application of two dimensional and high surface area materials in energy conversion and storage devices

Jason Koeller
Adviser: Raphael Bousso
The Quantum Focussing Conjecture and Quantum Null Energy Condition

Seita Stephan Onishi
Adviser: Alex Zettl
Low-Dimensional Materials at the Nanoscale: Transition Metal Chalcogenides, Carbon Nanomaterials and Organic Semiconductors

Diana Yuan Qiu
Adviser: Steven Louie
Many-body Effects on the Quasiparticle and Optical Properties of Quasi-two-dimensional Systems

Danielle Hope Speller
Adviser: Bernard Sadoulet
A Background-Subtracted Search for Annual Modulation in CDMS II