Past Theses in Physics
The senior thesis provides a capstone experience for the physics major who loves research. A thesis involves eight credits of independent study that results in substantial progress towards a new scientific result.
- Andrea Miranda (Chemistry)
"Pioneering the Fabrication and Characterization of Organic Solar Cell Devices at Mount Holyoke College
- Lorelle Pye
"Charge Modulated Reflectance Spectroscopy of Organic Field-Effect Transistors"
- Phoebe Tengdin
"Examining the Heterojuction between Active Layers in Poly (3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl)/[6,6]-Penyl-C61-butyric-acid-methyl-ester Photovoltaic Devices"
- Qinxia Wang
"Measuring Charge of Individual Quantum Dots"
- Sophia Weeks
"Design of a Radio-Frequency Facing-Target Sputtering System of Low-Damage Thin Film Deposition"
- Alyssa McKenna
"Mechanical Characterization of Photo-Crosslinkable Hydrogels with AFM"
- Amy Plunk
"Thermoreflectance Microscopy as a Thermal Characterization Technique for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes"
- Xiaolin Hu
"Domain Wall Manipulation in Ferromagnetic Nanowires in a Local Oersted Field"
- Alyssa M. Goncalves
"Creating New Device Architectures for Lead Sulfide Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics"
- Abigail S. Licht
"A Computational Study of Vortex Chirality Control in Ferromagnetic Nanorings"
- Abby R. Goldman
"Evolution of Magnetic States in Ferromagnetic Nanorings"
- Moureen C. Kemei
"Fabrication and Characterization of Ferromagnetic Nanorings"
- Susu Yan
"Thermal Management and Characterization of Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)"
- Danti Chen
"Local Electron Transport of Organic Semiconducting Monolayers"
- Kathryn Jessica Greenberg
"Thermal Coupling and Lensing in Arrays of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers"
- Tolulupe A. Ogunbekun
"Dynamics of Defects in Thin Film PolyStyrene-PolyMethylMethacrylate (PS-PMMA) Diblock Copolymers at High Temperature"
- Lori-Anne N. Ashwood
"Switching Behavior in Ferromagnetic Nanorings"
- Kendall Milar
"Fast Fourier Transform Analysis of Oboes, Oboe Reeds and Oboists: Which Matters Most to Timbre?"
- Elizabeth C. Merritt
"The Effects of Extremely-Short External Cavity Optical Feedback into a Modulated Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser"
- Karene J. Mody
"Computer Simulation of a Two-Dimensional Foam"
- Bidita J. Tithi (Economics)
"The Alternative Approaches to Development: The Case of the Chittagong Tracts (CHT), Bangladesh"
- Saryu Jindal (Chemistry)
"The Role of Distortions in Proton Conduction Through KTaO3 and SrZrO3"
- Preema R. Pais
"Reducing Background in the T Neutrino Mass Limiting Decay"
- Tiffany M. Picard (Astronomy)
"Rotational Properties and Radii of the Stars in NGC 2264: Extending the Timeline of Angular Momentum Evolution"
- Yarrow Rothstein (Astronomy)
"Spectroscopy of Jarosite Minerals, and Implications for the Mineralogy of Mars"
- Reja Amatya (Smith)
"Thermal Measurements of Semiconductor Devices"
- Rhea Ghosh
"On Intersection 2-Brane Solutions in Type IIA Supergravity Theory"
- Emily S. Jones (Geology)
"Strain Analysis of Lineated Gneiss in the Hope Valley Shear Zone of Southeast New England"
- Evelyn W. Kapusta
"Using Thermal Profiling to Monitor Optical Feedback in Semiconductor Lasers"
- Michelle M. Boudreau (Chemistry)
"Fluorescence and Luminescence Studies to Characterize the Binding of Tuberactinomycin A to Pre-Trna LEU"
- Abigail R. Daane (Astronomy)
"Brightness and Color Variations in the Hot Pulsating Horizontal branch Star PG1627+017"
- Elizabeth A. Fenstermacher
"Characterization of Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers Using Thermal Profiling Techniques"
- Maria O. Hunter
"Pacific Equatorial Current Systems During the Waning of the 2002-2003 El Niño"
- Dion C. McIntosh
"Background Suppression in the Study of the Rare Decay B÷ Xs1+1- Using Multi-Variable Data Analysis"
- Suchi Saria (CS)
"Hierarchical Plan Recognition for Multiagent Systems"
- Piwai H.R. Dakwa (Chemistry)
"Chemical Immobilization of Poly(ethylene) on Poly(ethylene terepthalate) for Improved Biocompatibility
- Sawsan Eskander (Mathematics)
"The NTRU Cryptosystem"
- Wakako Fukui (Astrophysics)
"Spectroscopic Study of Luminous X-ray Sources in Nearby Galaxies"
- Muluwork Geremew (Physics Indep Work)
"Modeling of a Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser with an Intra-Cavity Quantum Well Absorber"
- Phoebe A. Judge (Physics 2002)
"A Comparative Study of the Effects of Optical Feedback on the Coherence Length and Polarization Stability of Proton-Implanted and Oxide-Confined Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers"
"The Origin and Significance of the Magnetic Fabrics in the Granites of the Cadillac Mountain Intrusive Complex, Maine"
- Hannah K. Kolak (Music)
"An Examination of 20th Century Tonality Through a Case Study and a Concert of Original Compositions (An Evening of New Music, 3-29-03)"
- Jennifer K. Quanseh (Chemistry)
"Functionalization of Glass Surfaces for the Assembling of Polystyrene Spheres"
- Katherine M. Boates
"Reduction of Modal Noise in Multimode Fiber Systems Employing Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers versus Edge-Emitting Lasers"
- Tania A. Henry
"An Experimental Investigation of Modal Noise in Optical Fiber"
- Kathryn M. Peek (Astronomy/Physics)
"The Disruption of a Small Icy Satellite and the Evolution of the Resulting Debris Ring: a Formation Scenario for Saturn's Rings"
- Tara E. Cubel
"How Do Foams Age?: Modeling Coarsening Effects on Foam"
- Nitya J. Kallivayalil
"On the Effect of Electron Collisions in the Excitation of Cometary HCN"
- Joanna L. Minott (Geophysics)
"The Effects of Precipitation on the Magnet Properties of Bignell Loess (8.5ka), Nebraska"
- Charis Quay Huey Li
"The Effect of Optical Feedback on the Coherence Length of Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers"
- Kirstin A. Walther
"Modeling of a Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers with an Intra-Cavity Quantum Well Absorber"
- Iva P. Zaharieva
"Effects of Optical Feedback on the Lasing Behaviour and Polarization Stability of Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers"
- Marion M. Blackwell
"Temperature Dependence of the Mössbauer Effect in Grunerite"
- Rebecca L. Beauchamp
"Building a Muon Telescope to Track Cosmic Ray Muons"
- Jillian S. Testa
"Construction of a Cyclotron Mass Spectrometer"
- Shanthi Divakaran
"Airport Security and Explosive Detection"
- Hannah Broom (Chemistry)
"Polyanhydrides in Drug Delivery Systems"
- Shireen N. Alam
"A Multi-Open Geiger Cell Detector"
- Valorie E. Burkholder
"Roll With It: Studies of Turbulence and Vorticity Within Rain Waves"
- Sharon V. King
"The Transient Electromagnetic Method:a Tool for Geophysical Exploration"
- Anand K. Landrum
"Ozone Production and Disintegration"
- Sally A. McFarlane
"An Investigation of Variability in Marine Boundary Clouds"
- Beth A. Perriello (Astrophysics)
"Photometric Observations and Analysis of the Cataclysmic Variable, V1159 Orionis"
- Jennifer F. Kaira
"Mathematical Modeling for Micromachines"
- Dorothy A. Najolia
"FFT Analysis of Operatic Voices"
- Beth G. Scherer
"Measuring the Cross-section of Positrons Incident on Molecular Hydrogen Gas Using a Magnetic Gradient Spectrometer"
- Ashna R. Sen
"Wrinkle Formation on Thin Rubber Sheets"
- Heather M. Waterman (Geology)
"P-T History of Part of the Elzevir Terraine, Grenville Province, Southern Ontario"
- Karen Bourque Werner (Astrophysics)
"A Study of the Time Delay of the Twin Quasar Q0957+561"
- Wen-Hei Yang
"A Geiger Cell for Particle Tracking"
- Ming H.W. Cheng
"The Design and Implementation of an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC): Particle Detector Track Finder"
- Hannah Wilson Phelps
"Investigation of Synthetic Diamond As a Moderator in Mount Holyoke's Positron Beam"
- Rebecca M. Hammer
"Experimental Test of Quantum Mechanical Tunneling"
- Amy R. Lesser
"The Effect of Environment on the Star Formation Efficiency of Spiral Galaxies"
- Jessica D. Pollchik (Chemistry)
"An In Vivo NMR Study of the Formation And Degradation of Poly ( Beta-Hydroxyalkanoates) Produced by Pseudomonas Oleovorans"
- Jennifer L. Rochlis
"Evolution and the Williston Observatory"
- Amy F. Tsang
"The Design and Construction of the Cyclotron Mass Spectrometer"
- Trisha C.
"White The Einstein-Podolosky-Rosen Paradox:An Experimental Demonstration"
- Tian Ge Chang
"Design and Fabrication of an Integrated Circuit"
- Vibhavaree Gargeya
"Dynamics of a Many Body Oscillator"
- Michelle D. Johannes
"Mathematical Modeling and Interpretation Of Cell Wrinkle Patterns in Silicone Rubber Substrata"
- Dianne J. Keller (Mathematics)
"Characteristics of Peaks of the Divisor Function"
- Sarah K. Makoski
"Design and Construction of a Slow Positron Beam"
- Sujata Vemuri
"Development of a Low Energy Positron Beam"
- Rebecca J. Younkin
"Measuring Relativistic Velocities of Electrons"
- Honor Davidson Glenn (Biophysics)
"Plant Nuclear Lamins: Biochemical and Structural Features"
- Eden E. Meyer
"Examination of Ion Implantation in Single Crystal Silicon with High Resolution Electron Microscopy"
- Nazli M. Nomanbhoy
"Simulation of an Ocean Thermal Energy Power Plant in the Laboratory"
- Hye-Yong Pak (German)
"Adam and Eve Once Again?: Guilt of Gotthelf's Black Spider, Raabe's Else Of the Firtree, and Fontane's Effi Briest"
- Tracy Z. Webster
"Determining the Mass Loss Rates of Red Giants from CO Observation"
- Gwynne M. Wesley (Chemistry)
"The Pressure and Temperature Dependence of Multiphoton Ionization Spectroscopy Of Molecular Iodine"
- Catrina M. Hamilton (Astrophysics)
"A Report on the Whately Telescope System: The autanatian of the Dome and the Capability of the In Sb Infrared Photometer"