Physics Department Senior thesis titles grouped by year.

2022

  • Nicholas Brooke, 2021.5. Morphological Analysis of Hubble Images of Dust-Reddened Quasars (Eilat Glikman)
  • Majd Hamdan, 2022. Numerical Investigation of the Evolution of Oscillons (Noah Graham)
  • Jonathan Landrigan, 2022. Towards Optogalvanic Spectroscopy of Ytterbium Atoms (Paul Hess)
  • Nicholas Leshaw, 2022. Quantifying the Size of Laser Beams (Paul Hess)
  • Benjamin Mathews, 2022. Evolution of Oscillons in an Expanding Universe (Eilat Glikman)
  • Beckett Nasvik-Dykhouse, 2021.5. Characterizing an Ultrafast Pulsed Laser (Michael Durst)
  • Griffin Shapiro, 2022. Modelling a Quadruply-Lensed Quasar with Lenstronomy (Eilat Glikman)
  • Thomas Slap, 2021.5. Simulation of non-linear analog effects through a WaveNet Neural Architecture (Noah Graham)
  • Jacob Thompson, 2021.5. Designing and Developing an Incoherent Light Source for Ytterbium Ion Trap Testing (Paul Hess)
  • Liam Wynne, 2021.5. Building a Subharmonic Harmonizer for Undertonal Spectral Composition (Stephen Ratcliff)
  • Samuel Yurak, 2022.  Long Wavelength Imaging in a Temporal Focusing Microscope (Michael Durst)

    2021

    • Omar Alseed, 2021. Simulating Hamiltonian Dynamics Using Product Formulas (Chris Herdman)
    • Sergio Bobadilla, 2021. A Compact Circuit Solution for Mode-hop-free Tuning of Diode Laser Wavelength (Chris Herdman)
    • Theodore Culman, 2021.  Astronomical Data Reduction and Analysis of Red Quasar Candidates (Eilat Glikman)
    • Che Bradley, 2021. Understanding radio emission in dust reddened quasars (Chris Herdman)
    • Gebermedhin Dagnew, 2021. Finite-size scaling of unsupervised machine learning in the Ising model (Chris Herdman)
    • Tommy Eastman, 2021. Numerical Simulations of Temporal Focusing Microscopy in Python (Michael Durst)
    • Erik Felix, 2021. Geometrical Approaches to Teaching Relativity to Undergraduates (Noah Graham)
    • Diego Garcia, 2021. Low Redshift z < 0.2 Quasars: QSO and Host Galaxy Relationship (Eilat Glikman)
    • Katherine Glew, 2021. Computational Modeling of Quantum Entanglement in a Bose-Einstein Condensate (Chris Herdman)
    • Da Thi Hoang, 2020.5. Theoretical prediction and experimental results of one-photon absorption in cold 85-Rb atoms (Anne Goodsell)
    • Sydney Hom, 2021.  Shaping Femtosecond Laser Pulses with Higher-Order Dispersion (Michael Durst)
    • Matthew Hyer,2021. Attending to Dolphin Vocalizations (Noah Graham)
    • Alex Kang, 2021. Multifocus Microscopy (Michael Durst)
    • Kazuto Nishimori, 2021. Fourier Light-Field Microscopy (Michael Durst)
    • Teagan Kopfler, 2021.  Discharge Tube Spectroscopy of Ytterbium in a Czerny-Turner Monochromator (Paul Hess)
    • Brendan Philbin, 2021. Using thermal annealing to improve equilibration of path integral Monte Carlo Systems (Chris Herdman)
    • Thomas Sacco, 2021. The effect of fluorescent background removal on features of a Raman spectrum (Paul Hess)
    • Sawyer Tadano, 2021. Analysis of the effect of current on Tc in Bi-2223 (Susan Watson)
    • Michael Wasserstein, 2021. Examining the Impact of Microphysics Parameterizations in Simulations of a Vermont Winter Storm (Noah Graham)

    2020

    • David Cohen, 2020. Model-Free Prediction of Chaotic Dynamics with Echo State Networks (Jeffery Dunham)
    • Nathan Evans, 2020. Classical vs Quantum Hardness Predictions in Adiabatic Quantum Computing (Chris Herdman)
    • Daniel Gause, 2020. Structural Analysis of Potential Dual Quasar Pairs Using Galactic Modeling Software (Eilat Glikman)
    • Edward Hoffman, 2020.  Wavenumber Scales in Processing Raman Spectra (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Bing Ibrahim, 2020. Modelling the Trajectories of Cold Atoms in Different Quantum States (Anne Goodsell)
    • Adin Insoft, 2020. The Effect of Emissivity: How an Object’s Emissivity Value Impacts Its Infrared Temperature (Jeffery Dunham)
    • Isaac Feldman, 2020. Musical Instrument Recognition Using Fourier Analysis and Deep Learning (Noah Graham)
    • Max Lutzius, 2020. Modeling Crystals of Cold Trapped Ions (Paul Hess)
    • Joe Moscatelli, 2019.5. Designing an Optical Tweezer for Biophysical Applications (Paul Hess)
    • Emma Nelson, 2020. Two-Photon Laser Scanning Microscopy Using Two Channels for Imaging Multiple Fluorophores (Michael Durst)
    • Katherine Novey, 2020. Computational Wave Scattering for Abrikosov Vortices in Superconductors (Noah Graham)
    • Nicholas Schrope, 2020.  An Application and Explanation of the Acoustooptic Modulator (Anne Goodsell)
    • Gregory Suczewski, 2020. Quantum Paradoxes in Single Photon Interference Experiments (Susan Watson)
    • Isabel Weber Cravioto, 2020. Photothermal Detection of Gold Nanoparticles (Michael Durst)

    2019

    • Sasha Clarick, 2019. Optimizing Ferromagnetic Jij for Trapped 171Yb+ ions. (Paul Hess)
    • Sadie Coffin, 2019. Analysis of Hubble Images of the Host Galaxies of Red Quasars. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Diego Espino, 2019. Engineering an Aural Voltage Analyzer. Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Amanda R. Kirkeby, 2019. Bridging the Gap: The Mechanical and Electrical Design of a Hot-wire Detector. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Asher Lantz, 2019. Quantum Entanglement in a Spin Glass during the Adiabatic Algorithm. (Chris Herdman)
    • Jeffrey Ou, 2019.  Effects of Gravitational Sag on Spherically Symmetric Hollow Bose-Eistein Condensates. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Alejandro Martinez Perez, 2019. Analyzing Chaotic and Periodic States of a Nonlinear Mechanical Oscillator. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Karla Nunez, 2019. Is MRK231 a Local Red Quasar Analog? (Eilat Glikman)
    • Roo Weed, 2019. Configuration of a Raman Spectrometer for Art Historical Research. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Samuel Q. Wood, 2019. Hall Effect: A Tool for Undergraduate Research. (Susan Watson)

    2018

    • Zachary M. Berzolla, 2018. Modeling a Middlebury College Microgrid. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Noelle Blose, 2018. Floquet Topological Phase in PT-symmetric Lattices. (Noah Graham)
    • Graham Booth, 2018. Representing Quantum States with Neural Networks. (Noah Graham)
    • Gloria S. Breck, 2018. Fourier Analysis of Frequencies, Ascertaining Anharmonicity, and Explorations of Equal Temperament in The Well-Tempered Clavier. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Alex Browne, 2018. Applications of Dead Reckoning Technology in the Fire Service. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Bennett Doherty, 2018. Building an Automated Laser Alignment System. (Michael Durst)
    • Tyler Farrell, 2018. Reflective Enhancement of Snow on Solar Energy Production. (Tyler Farrell)
    • Michael Lally, 2018. Effect of Initial Cloud Size on Velocity Determined for Laser-Cooled Atoms. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Leo F. McElroy, 2018. Information Measures of Complexity Applied to the Ising Model. Automatic Differentiation for Numerical Geometric Constraint Solving. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Emma Moskovitz, 2018. Increasing Sample Rate to Improve Image Quality with a Two-Photon Laser Scanning Microscope. (Michael Durst)
    • Caroline B. Owen, 2018. Gravitational and Electromagnetic Radiation in Spherical Coordinators. (Noah Graham)
    • Nimrod Sadeh, 2018. Simulating a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor in MATLAB. Emergence and Complexity in Reactor Engineering. (Noah Graham)
    • Avery Travis, 2018. Microwave Demonstrations for the Undergraduate Physics Classroom. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Jacob Volz, 2018. Numerical Studies of Entanglement for Particles Trapped in an Optical Lattice. (Chris Herdman)

    2017

    • Eduardo Alejandro, 2017. Characterizing Charged Coupled Device Cameras. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • E. Noelle Blose, 2017. An Introduction to the Integer Quantum Hall Effect. (Noah Graham)
    • Milena Crnogorcevic, 2017. Probing Quasar/Galaxy Co-Evolution with OSIRIS. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Max deJong, 2017. Detection Electronics for Scanning Laser Microscopy. (Michael Durst)
    • Ian Delabie, 2017. Characterization of Frequency Generating Devices and Disciplination of Cesium Atomic Clocks. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Rene Gonzalez, 2017. Modeling Rubidium-85 Trajectories in Preparation for Ionizing-Wire Installation. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Gurlyn Singh Grewal, 2017. Integer Quantum Hall Effect in GaAs Heterostructure. (Susan Watson)
    • Jing He, 2017. Calibration of a Numerical Hydrodynamic Model of the Inland Sea in Lake Champlain. (Noah Graham)
    • Cole Hilscher, 2017. Searching for Dust-Reddened Quasars in Stripe 82. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Jovita Kar Ching Ho, 2017. Application of Savitsky-Golay Filters in Analyzing Chaotic Nonlinear Dynamics of a Damped, Driven, Chaotic Torsional Pendulum. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Noah Klammer, 2017. Smart Tracking to Increase the Efficiency of the Middlebury College Solar Farm. (Richard Wolfson)
    • Sarah Lake, 2017. Assembly of a Fiber-optic Probe for Raman Spectrographic Analysis. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Colin Laurence, 2017. Shaping Ultrashort Laser Pulses Using an Electrically Tunable Lens. (Michael Durst)
    • Larson Lovdal, 2017. Construting a Simple and Versatile Optical Tweezer. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Bryce McIntyre, 2017. Measurement of Magnetic Fields with a GaAs Quantum Hall Sensor. (Susan Watson)
    • Kirsten McNeil, 2017. Dispersion and Nonlinearities in Optical Fiber Delivery. (Michael Durst)
    • Alex Nichols, 2017. Adding Depolarization Measurements to Raman Spectroscopy. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Evan Patz, 2017. Effects of Magnetic Field on Measurements of Launched Rubidium-85 Atoms. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Asa Phillips, 2017. Parallel Programming and High Performance Computation: Analyzing Chaotic Data. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Vivian Sabla, 2017. Using the Crank-Nicolson Method to Numerically Model Nonlinear Wave Equations. (Noah Graham)
    • Felix Yanwei Wang, 2017. On the Efficiency of Bird-inspired Dual-wing Generator. (Richard Wolfson)
    • Alex Williamson, 2017. Reduction of GNIRS Cross-Dispersed Spectra for Dust Reddened Quasars. (Eilat Glikman)

    2016

    • Bracken, Robert, 2016. AGN X-ray Analysis: Development of Column Density Simulations Through Application of Clumpy Torus Model. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Conroy, Kevin, 2016. Zero Point Calibrations of the Middlebury College Observatory’s CCD Camera. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Drobac, Alec, 2016. Predicting Optical Light Obscuration in Active Galactic Nuclei using Monte Carlo Simulation. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Egan, Spencer, 2016. Solitons and Oscillons in Lattice Field Theories. (Noah Graham)
    • Epstein, Jacob, 2016. Construction and Characterization of an Upright Two-Photon Microscope. (Michael Durst)
    • Erwin, Emma, 2016. Launching Laser-Cooled Atoms. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Feinberg, Eli, 2016. Quantum Bit Detection Schemes using Radio Frequency Reflectometry. (Susan Watson)
    • Friedrichs, Drew, 2016. A COMSOL Fluid Dynamics Evaluation of the R/V David Folger. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Ghimire, Biswash, 2016. Second-Order Parareal Algorithm in Mathematica. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Goodman, William, 2016. Fourier Transforms and Musical Chord Identification. (Noah Graham)
    • Gordon, Teddy, 2016. Detection Electronics for a Laser Scanning Microscope. (Michael Durst)
    • Judy, Michael, 2016. Optical Tweezers for Middlebury College. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Longo, Richard, 2016. Observing and Analyzing Laser-cooled Atoms. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Matt, Sebastian, 2016. Analyzing the Casimir Effect by Quantum Scattering. (Noah Graham)
    • Robey, Kyle, 2016. Characterization of a Temporal Focusing Microscope. (Michael Durst)
    • Ronan, James, 2016. Using Symmetry in Physics with Representations and Lie Groups. (Noah Graham)
    • Schaaf, Wilder Evans, 2016. Characterization of the Effects of Magnetic Field on Niobium Nitride Inductors. (Susan Watson)
    • Slotkin, Peter, 2016. Dark Matter in the Earth-Region. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Warner, Ross, 2016. Image Processing with Fourier Transforms. (Noah Graham)
    • Wojciechowicz, Matthew, 2016. An Integer Quantum Hall Effect in a GaAs Heterostructure. (Susan Watson)

    2015

    • Anderson, Benjamin, 2015. Solving the Equations of Stellar Structure with Mathematica. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Bakker, Noah, 2015. Quantized Conductance in Gold Wire. (Susan Watson)
    • Ballard, Jonathan, 2015. Creating a 3D Microscope Using Commerical Depth Sensors. (Michael Durst)
    • Egan, Spencer, 2015. Solitons and Oscillons in Gauge Invariant Lattice Field Theories. (Noah Graham)
    • Feinman, Jason Daniel Saunders, 2015. The Effects of Climate Change: Modeling Energy Consumption of Residential Buildings. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Habib, Adela, 2015. Spectral Energy Distributions of RED Quasars. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Henry, Brandon, 2015. The Random Field Ising Model and Applications to the Financial Markets. (Noah Graham)
    • Hobbie, Jacob, 2015. Numerical and Parallel Computation Techniques in Physics. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Hunsicker, John Quincy, 2015. Studies of the Energy Generating Mechanisms in Redshift Four Quasars. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Isaacs, Zack, 2015. The Integer Quantum Hall Effect in a GaAs Heterostructure. (Susan Watson)
    • Liang, Kevin, 2015. Spinors, Rotations, and the Foucault Pendulum. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • McIntyre, Colin Alex, 2015. Building a Laser Scanning Microscope. (Michael Durst)
    • Schiff, Adam R., 2015. Effects of Varying Metallicity in Solar-Like Stars. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Taft, Kristen, 2015. Analysis of Middlebury’s Solar Tracker Array. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Wood, Jake, 2015. Modeling Numerical Solutions to Partial Differential Equations: A Study in Waves. (Noah Graham)

    2014

    • Beatty, Nate, 2014. Multimode Laser Wavelength Measurement. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Coughlin, Benjamin, 2014. Methods of Spin Decoupling in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Harper, Colleen, 2014. Preparing for Initial Observations of Laser-cooled Atoms. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Harvey, Duncan Peter, 2014. Raman Spectroscopy and Spectrograph Design. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Hemphill, Eric, 2014. Integer Quantum Hall Effect in a GaAs Heterostructure. (Susan Watson)
    • Henry, Brandon, 2014. Applications of Renormalization Group Theory to Random Field Markov Processes and Financial Markets. (Noah Graham)
    • Hughes, Philip M., 2014. Understanding Draker Data Acquisition on Middlebury’s Solar Farm. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Kjellstrand, Björn, 2014. An Introduction to the Renormalization Group and its Applications. (Noah Graham)
    • Lustgarten, Benjamin, 2014.  Building a Helium-Neon Laser and Analyzing Optical Properties. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Mailly, Madeline, 2014. Identifying Red Quasar Host Galaxy Morphologies. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Narawat, Poomirat (Drew), 2014. Re-pumping Laser Stabilization for Cooling Atoms. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Najarian, Maya Lin, 2014. Using Integral-Field Spectroscopy of Dust Obscured Quasars to Probe Quasar/Galaxy Co-Evolution. (Eilat Glikman)
    • Schaaf, Wilder Evans, 2014. Characterization of the Effects of Magnetic Field on Niobium Nitride Inductor. (Susan Watson)

    2013

    • Campbell, Kendrick, 2013. Emission-Line Images and Fluxes of CTB1, Milne 56, and CTB 109. (Frank Winkler)
    • Fitzpatrick, Mattias, 2013. Fast Readout of Gate-Defined Quantum Dots in One-Dimensional Structures. (Susan Watson)
    • Forrow, Aden, 2013.  The Variable-Phase Method in Dirac Scattering. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Gerschel, Misha, 2013. Designing and Building a Light-Sensitive Sun Tracker. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Grossman, Matthew, 2013. GPU Programming for Physics Applications. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Gyory, Will, 2013. Exploring Rotational Motion with Geometric Algebra. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Philip, Henry R., 2013. Implementation of Circuits for Laser Temperature Stability. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Putko, Joseph, 2013. Tycho’s Supernova Remnant: Optical Proper Motions. (P. Frank Winkler)
    • Scully, Brendan Johannes, 2013. Modeling the Energy Output of Photovoltaic Systems. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Torman, Andrew, 2013. Heat Transfer with Application to Nuclear Reactors. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Weidner, Erik, 2013. Modelling Trajectories of Rydberg Atoms in an Electric Field. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Weigl, Dustin, 2013. Examining the Potential Difference Created at Resonant Frequencies in a Piezoelectric Material. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Wentz, Karly, 2013. Optimization of an Energy-Producing Spin Bike. (Stephen Ratcliff)

    2012

    • Andrews, Alison, 2012. Calibrating Images of Laser Cooling. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Ansari, Talha, 2012. The Curious Case of SR830: Mysterious Oscillations of the Lock-in Amplifier Output. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Basarab, Brett, 2012. Wormholes and Interstellar Travel. (Noah Graham)
    • Clement, Alexander, 2012. Designing a Stabilized Laser System for Laser Cooling. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Delaney, Marc, 2012. Searching for Supernova Remnants in Galaxy NGC 6946 through Deep High Resolution Imaging in Hα, S II and O III Emission Lines (Frank Winkler)
    • Ellis, Spencer, 2012. Effects of the Sunspot Cycle on U.S. Climate. (Richard Wolfson)
    • Fitzsimmons, Connor, 2012. Vacuum Chamber Design for a Magneto-Optical Trap. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Hathaway, Samuel, 2012. Identification of Isotopes Via Particle Track Measurement in a Diffusion Cloud Chamber. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Keiser, Andre, 2012. Modeling 3-D Magnetic Fields in the Solar Corona. (Richard Wolfson)
    • Kunz, Sabine, 2012. Solid State Hydrogen Storage. (Noah Graham)
    • Maroscher, Eli, 2012. Modeling Fractals in Stereoscopic 3D. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Montroy, John, 2012. Moving Towards Fiber Optics. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Ogren, Kristofer, 2012. The Coincidence Method in Nuclear Physics. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Schanz-Garbassi, Astrid, 2012. Properties of Piezoelectric Energy Generation. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Shaw, Erik, 2012. The Weak Field Zeeman Effect in Atomic Mercury and Argon. (Stephen Ratcliff)

    2011

    • Allen, Brent, 2011. Direct Detection of Gravitational Radiation. (Noah Graham)
    • Brown, Benjamin, 2011. Stellar Spectroscopy: Velocity Curves of Pulsating & Binary Starts with IRAF. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Curme, Chester, 2011. Critical Phenomena and Vehicular Traffic Models. (Noah Graham)
    • Garrett, John William, 2011. Visual Processing in the Eye. (Noah Graham)
    • Xuefeng Liao, Quincy, 2011. Models and Simulations of Ferromagnetic Hysteresis. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Martin, William Campbell, 2011. The Bionic Platypus: Design and Implementation of a Pectoral Rowing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. (Susan Watson)
    • Mercer, Cameron M., 2011. Petrogenesis of Two New Eucrites from Northwest Africa: Evidence from Petrography, Mineral Chemistry, and Bulk Chemistry. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Stark, Thomas, 2011. The Road to Laser Cooling Rubidium Vapor. (Anne Goodsell)
    • Stensland, Jared, 2011. Measuring the Band Gaps of Silicon and Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes. (Susan Watson)
    • Waite, Hannah, 2011. Building a Laser Harp. (Stephen Ratcliff)
    • Walker, Hilary, 2011. Tunneling Probability of the Simple Harmonic Oscillator. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Woods, Nathaniel, 2011. Gamma Ray Spectroscopy of Heavily Shielded Sources. (Jeffrey Dunham)

    2010

    • Aibar, Belfor Daniel, 2010. The Hall Effect: A Tool for Undergraduate Study. (Susan Watson)
    • Alidoust, Nasser, 2010. Torque Magnetometry In Niobium Thin Films And Stripe Phase LBCO. (Noah Graham)
    • Crow, Daniel E, 2010. Group Theory, Representation Theory And Their Applications In Physics. (Noah Graham)
    • Erwin, Jenny Rose, 2010. Small Scale Energy Harvesting: An Adaptation Of The Windbelt. (Susan Watson)
    • Freundlich, Charlie, 2010. How Green Is The Biomass Plant? (Rich Wolfson)
    • Jia, Eliot, 2010. Training a Hidden Markov Model for Speech Recognition. (Noah Graham)
    • Kennedy, Max Clayton, 2010. On Solar Asymmetric Bipoles and Coronal Mass Ejections. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Khan, Shujaat Ali, 2010. Modeling Chaos And Periodicity In A Driven Torsional Pendulum. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Luby, Michael, 2010. On The Feasibility Of Transmitting Jet Stream Wind Power Via A Long Cylindrical Belt. (Rich Wolfson)
    • Muhlhausen, Tom, 2010. Constructing Practical Circuits For Simple Chaotic Equations. (Jeffrey Dunham)
    • Robertson, Hannah I., 2010. The Physics of Timbre: Multi-Instrument Pitch Separation and Identification. (Noah Graham)
    • Rosenblatt, Anna, 2010. Visual Processing: Optimizing A Basis. (Noah Graham)
    • Wood, Micah, 2010. Effects Of Substrate Synthesis On Nanotube Conductance. (Susan Watson)