Josiah Brouwer – 2016

Light Curve Fitting of Fermi Normal and Millisecond Pulsars Research Advisor: Dr. Peter Gonthier Since the launch of NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (Fermi), its Large Area Telescope (LAT) has detected over 200 new γ-ray pulsars. For most of these, γ-ray light curves have been obtained containing information on the emission geometry, the particle acceleration […]

Anna Wormmeester – 2016

Spectroscopic Emission from Argon and Nitrogen Microplasmas Research Advisor: Dr. Stephen Remillard Many electronics utilize microgaps, and these electronics can produce plasma, whether intended or not, if it was not intended this plasma can damage the electronics. The breakdown condition and spectral emission of nitrogen and argon plasmas were examined in a microgap under microwave […]

Jason Gombas – 2016

Refining the r-process Described by Theoretical Models Research Advisor: Dr. Paul DeYoung Where did all of the heavy elements originate? The rapid neutron capture process (r-process), currently only characterized by theoretical calculations, model the nuclear reactions that lead to heavier nuclei in intense astrophysical locations such as supernovas. Experimenting with the few reactions reproducible on […]

Anna Lunderberg – 2016

Exploring the Effects of Copper on Composition and Charge Storage of Prussian Blue Analogue Pseudocapacitors Research Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hampton As energy usage has increased in recent years, there has been great demand for efficient, cost-effective, and earth-abundant materials to be used for energy storage. The ability to produce hexacyanoferrate (HCF) modified nickel film for […]

Richard Huizen – 2016

Evidence for Distinct Sources of Superconducting Nonlinearity Research Advisor: Dr. Stephen Remillard The nonlinear response of cuprate superconducting devices present technological hurdles and scientific opportunities.  Intermodulation Distortion (IMD) generated by the nonlinear response is usually undesirable in superconducting devices, however, some devices leverage IMD to their advantage.  By analyzing the magnetic relaxation of IMD in […]