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Senior Projects from 2014

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Investigation of the Supercritical Bifurcation in a Simple Magneto-Mechanical System, Bo Baker

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Conception, Design and Construction of a Remote Wifi Vehicle using Arduino, Clayton Broman

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Detection of an Ultra Low Velocity Zone beneath Central Mexico with PcP Waveform Modeling, David James Buckley

Senior Projects from 2013

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Experimenting With Polymer Blend Solar Cells and Active Layer Thickness, Ryan Blumenthal

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Counting Photons to Calibrate a Photometer for Stellar Intensity Interferometry, Jason Chew

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Nested Gaussian Laser Beams - A Blue-Detuned One-Dimensional Lattice of Optical Dipole Traps for Quantum Computing, Travis Daniel Frazer

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Nbconvert Refactor, Jonathan Frederic

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ANALYSIS OF AN UNUSUAL LIQUID CRYSTAL PHASE TRANSITION, Loni Ann Fuller

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Atmosphere Observation by the Method of LED Sun Photometry, Gregory Garza

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Michael's Awesome Italian Adventure (With a Bit of Science, Too), Michael W. Haskin

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Organic Polymer Solar Cells: The Effects of Device Packaging on Cell Lifetime, Spencer Herrick

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Field Control of the Surface Electroclinic Effect in Liquid Crystal Displays, Dana Hipolite

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Quantum Programming in Python: Quantum 1D Simple Harmonic Oscillator and Quantum Mapping Gate, Matthew Hoff

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An Inexpensive Scheffler Reflector for Developing Nations, Mike Kim

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Characterization of Planar Wave Guides by Angle-Dependent Excitation of Guided Modes, Edward D. Lunde

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Density Functional Theory and the Calculation of TcMg2O4 Spinel Lattice Parameters, Jon Karlo Macias

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Cataloging Lesson Plans Developed by Pre-Service Science Teachers During a Summer Research Experience, Robert Tollman McLaren

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Contributions to the CUORE Collaboration, Samuel Joseph Meijer

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Investigating Fault Structure Using Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Sara Michelle Monahan

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Modeling the Spectral Energy Distribution of Mrk 421, Randall L. Oglesby

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Contributions to Background Reduction and Computer Simulations for CUORE & CUORE-0, Ivo J. Plamenac

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Time Variation of the Broad Hβ and Hα Emission Lines in Active Galactic Nuclei, Bryan R. Scott

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Determining the Location of the Coronal Line Region within Local Active Galactic Nuclei using [Fe VII] Emission Line Properties, Charles Grant Showley

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Viscosity Dependence of Faraday Wave Formation Thresholds, Lisa Michelle Slaughter

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An Investigation into Dual-Axis Solar Tracking, Daniel Spaizman

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Measuring the Refractive Index of Infrared Materials by Dual-Wavelength Fabry-Perot Interferometry, Griffin Taylor

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Application of Phase Unwrapping to Digital Holographic Microscopy, Sara Taylor

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Dynamics of the Fitzhugh-Nagumo Neuron Model, Zechariah Thurman

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Selecting Island Pixels With a Likelihood Ratio, Jordan Tweddale

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Tilt Angle and Birefringence of Smectic Liquid Crystal Materials, Taylor Van Winkle

Senior Projects from 2012

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Optimization of the VERITAS Orbit-Mode Tracking Pattern, Joshua Allen

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P3HT:PCPDTBT:PCBM Multi- polymer single layer solar cells, Ted Andreas

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Analysis of Cornell Electron-Positron Storage Ring Test Accelerator's Double Slit Visual Beam Size Monitor, Robert Campbell

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Building and Characterization of Laser Diodes as Well as System Design of a Dual Wavelength Fabry-Perot Interferometer, Nicholas Czapla

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How to Build a Nixie Clock, Shepherd Darquea

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Determining Stellar Velocity Dispersion in Active Galaxies: Is the [OIII] Width a Valid Surrogate?, Kelsi Flatland

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Nuclear Waste Policy Act: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed, Kevin Flournoy

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The Quantum Mechanics of Supersymmetry, Joshua Gearhart

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Gaussian Beam Steering on a Target Plane via High Speed Orthogonal Mirror-mounted Galvanometers, Keith Gresiak

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Digital Holography and Applications in Microscopic Interferometry, Cody Jenkins

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Estimates of the density contrast at Earth’s inner-core boundary beneath central Mexico, Wade Kelley

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The Double Pendulum: Construction and Exploration, Benjamin J. Knudson

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Investigation of Optical Dipole Traps for Trapping Neutral Atoms for Quantum Computing, Danielle May

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Aspects of General Relativity in 1+1 Dimensions, Richard D. Mellinger Jr

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Building an Alpha Spectrometer for the CUORE Collaboration, David J. Miller

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Multipolymer Interactions in Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices, Grant Olson

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The Search for Charged Massive Supersymmetric Particles at the LHC, Aleksey Pavlov

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Studying Beam Dynamics at CesrTA, Matthew (Matt) Randazzo

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Orbital Velocities in the Broad Line Region of Seyfert 1 Galaxies, Rebecca Renee Rosen

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Analysis of Focal-Plane Measurements for VERITAS Telescopes, William Hemmo Schuur

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Seismic detection of a low-velocity layer atop the 410-km discontinuity: verification of an electromagnetically detected layer of partial-melt atop the 410-km discontinuity beneath SE Arizona, Dwight W. Townsend

Senior Projects from 2011

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Analysis of the 2008 Flare of Markarian 421 Flare with VERITAS, Casey Allard

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Astronomical Spectroscopy at the Cal Poly Observatory, Christopher James Almich

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Morphology Changes in PCPDTBT:PCBM and P3HT:PCPDTBT:PCBM and its Effect on Polymer Solar Cell Performance, Galen David Cauble

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Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Computation, and the Density Operator in SymPy, Addison Cugini

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Symbolic Quantum Circuit Simplification in SymPy, Matthew Curry

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Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Connor Drake

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Saturated Absorption for a Magneto-Optical Atom Trap as a Step toward Atomic Dipole Traps in a Diffraction Pattern from a Circular Aperture, Andrew Ferdinand

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Submerged Pressure Differential Wave Energy Converter, Christopher F. Ferguson

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Python Modeling of Heat Flow in a Thermal Storage Device, Tim Hider

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Projection of Diffracted Optical Atom Traps, Jeremy Kruger

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A Modular Design for Nuclear Battery Technology, Randy Lao

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Projected Pinhole Diffraction, David Moore

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Paleomagnetism and Investigation of 40 Ma Lavas, Liverpool Range, New South Whales, Australia, Nathan M. Padilla

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Ferrofluids, James Patt

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Guateca: A Carbon Footprint Viability Analysis, Kyle Reynolds

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Achieving Laser Wavelength Stability for Use in Neutral Atom Quantum Computing, Jennifer H. Rushing

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Human Powered Helicopter: Observing the Impacts of Ground Effect and Intermeshed Rotors, Shane Stowe

Senior Projects from 2010

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Identification of Bottom Quark Jets in Pb+Pb collisions in ALICE at the LHC, Brandon Boswell

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Bottom Quark Detection with the Electromagnetic Calorimeter at ALICE, Christopher Ryan Brown

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Optical Coherence: Recreation of the Experiment of Thompson and Wolf, David Collins

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Investigation of Track-Cluster matching vs Track-Cell matching in the ALICE detector at CERN, Kevin Coulombe

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Design and Construction of a Thermal Diffusion Cloud Chamber, Alexander Donoghue

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Determining Pulsation Period for an RR Lyrae Star, Leah M. Fabrizio

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Construction and enhancement of stereo vacuum tube amplifier with precision machined enclosure, Nikolaus (Nik) Glazar

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The Usage of Smartphones in the Calculation of Relativistic Time Dilation Effects at Meager Velocities, Leland Gregory

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Experiments on de Vries Liquid Crystals: a Software Approach, Austin Havens

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Search for Dark Matter Annihilation in M5, Daniel Jackson

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A New Technique for Detecting Cosmic Strings in the COSMOS Survey Using Shapelet Decomposition, Kevin A. James

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An Analysis of the Quasi Biennial Oscillation, Ozone and Thermal Damping, Kevin Jauregui

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Study of Accretion Effects of Transients in LMXB System, Quentin Lamicq

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Reflectivity of a Cholesteric Liquid Crystal, Justin Lawson

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Extrasolar Planet Detection Through Analysis of K-Giant Radial Velocity Data, Floyd D. Linayao

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Survey of Meteorite Samples for 92Nb, 98Tc, and 60Fe using Gamma Ray Spectroscopy, Robert Maxwell

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Central Compact Objects, Trevor Meek

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Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy: Meteorite Samples and the search for 98Tc, Kristopher L. Merolla

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Cryogenic Refrigeration for Quantum Voltage Standards, Jeffrey Power

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Construction and Improvement of a Scheffler Reflector and Thermal Storage Device, Jason Rapp

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PREPARING A VACUUM CHAMBER TO TRAP ATOMS, AND THE PRINCIPLES OF A MAGNETO-OPTICAL TRAP, Grant Rayner

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Liquid Helium Refill Shifts at the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events, Robin L. Reil

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Resistance of the Superconducting Material YBCO, Christopher Safranski

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Exoplanet Transit Detection with Terrestrial Amateur Equipment: Using the Cal Poly Observatory, San Luis Obispo, Joshua Thompson

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A Brief History and Research of the Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A, Michelle Wilbur

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Could ALICE Find the Elusive Higgs?, Tyler Williams

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Analysis of the Blazar 1ES1218+30.4, Timothy Wolf

Senior Projects from 2009

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Developing a B-jet Tagging Algorithm for ALICE: Lessons from CDF, Paul Chester-John Carlson

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Constructing a Magneto-Optical Trap for Cold Atom Trapping, Eric S. Muckley

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Contributing Efforts in the Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, Laura Christine Sparks

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The Greenhouse Effect: Common Misconceptions and Effective Instruction, Trevor W. Strickland

Senior Projects from 2006

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Achieving Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Developing Countries, Pavel Ponomarev