Acoustic Levitation For Terahertz Spectroscopy: Optimization, Implementation And Application

Author: Haoye Qin Mentors: Scott Cushing, Jonathan Michelsen, and William Denman       Editor: Alex Bardon Introduction Acoustic waves are capable of trapping particles of a wide range of materials and sizes, compared to the narrower range achieved by optical trapping and magnetic levitation, in which the materials need to be equipped with suitable electromagnetic properties … Continue reading Acoustic Levitation For Terahertz Spectroscopy: Optimization, Implementation And Application

A Realistic Determination of Observational Completeness Using the Starshade

Author: Saehui Hwang Mentors: Sergi R. Hildebrandt Editor: Michael Yao ... Introduction The current push for missions at NASA and others to identify Earth-like exoplanets is driven by the possibility of discovering such planets. In the past, such yield calculations have focused on using a coronagraph to suppress starlight [1]. Though widely studied, coronagraphs have … Continue reading A Realistic Determination of Observational Completeness Using the Starshade

Large Area Patterning of Nanoarchitected Metamaterials via Metasurface Mask Interference Lithography

Author: Thomas Tran Mentors: Julia Greer, Ryan Ng, Phillippe Pearson Editor: Jonathan Chan Introduction  Materials architected on the nanoscale exhibit nonintuitive mechanical properties unlike those observed in bulk materials. For example, Professor Julia Greer’s work in architecting nanolattice structures from alumina has defied conventional knowledge that ceramics must be brittle [1]. In addition to enabling … Continue reading Large Area Patterning of Nanoarchitected Metamaterials via Metasurface Mask Interference Lithography

Empowering Geospatial Research with Spatial Databases

Author: Rupesh JeyaramMentor: Christian FrankenbergEditor: Ishani Ganguly Introduction Scientific research relies on the production and analysis of data. In some domains, this data may consist of a handful of measurements or hand-written observations in notebooks. In other fields, data may be in the form of large Excel files and documents. In geoplanetary studies, satellite data … Continue reading Empowering Geospatial Research with Spatial Databases

Radial Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Lithium-Ion Battery Cells

Author: Harsh BhundiyaMentors: Melany Hunt and Bruce DrolenEditor: Sherry Wang Introduction In recent years there has been increased scrutiny of lithium-ion batteries, partly because of incidents in which the batteries have been linked to harmful fires. One such incident occurred in September of 2010, when the lithium batteries inside a Boeing 747-400F cargo aircraft near … Continue reading Radial Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Lithium-Ion Battery Cells