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  • New measurement of the 2S1/2-8D5/2 transition in atomic hydrogen, A 

    Author(s):Brandt, Adam D.
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    High-precision spectroscopy of simple atoms provides input data that can be used to extract fundamental constants and to test Standard Model theory. Hydrogen, the simplest element, has played a historically significant ...
  • Quantum magnetism in the rare-earth pyrosilicates 

    Author(s):Hester, Gavin L.
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    In recent years, both physicists and non-physicists have shown immense interest in the burgeoning field of quantum computing and the possible applications a quantum computer could be used for [1]. However, current quantum ...
  • Frustration driven emergent phenomena in quantum and classical magnets 

    Author(s):Sarkis, Colin L.
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Frustrated and quantum magnets remain a fascinating and broad area of physics with applications ranging from information science to commercial applications. The wide breadth of possible behavior, caused through the combination ...
  • Quantification of the directional detection capability of the DRIFT-IIe dark matter search detector via the range of nuclear recoil tracks in two dimensions 

    Author(s):Schuckman, Frederick G., II
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Evidence suggests that 83% of the matter content of the universe is dark matter. Despite its ubiquity, the identity of this matter is unknown. It is thought that a halo of dark matter surrounds and is distributed throughout ...
  • Off-resonant RF heating of strongly magnetized electrons in ultracold neutral plasma 

    Author(s):Guthrie, John M.
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Magnetic fields are common in many plasma systems. Ultracold neutral plasmas (UCPs) are capable of not only accessing strong Coulomb coupling physics but also strong and extreme electron magnetization regimes, as well. ...
  • Fabrication and analysis of vanadium oxides and vanadium oxide based magnetic hybrid structures 

    Author(s):Sutton, Logan
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Vanadium oxide films and vanadium oxide-based magnetic hybrid structures are fabricated using various techniques and studied optically, electrically, structurally, and magnetically for their potential applications into ...
  • Damping and switching in thin films and hetero-structures of magnetic materials and topological materials 

    Author(s):Ding, Jinjun
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Yttrium iron garnet (Y3Fe5O12, YIG) materials have been widely used in microwave devices and have also shown high potential for magnonics and spintronics applications. This is because the fact that YIG materials have very ...
  • Vortex rectification and phase slips in superconducting granular aluminum 

    Author(s):Maughan, Weston F., II
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Superconductivity is a unique and interesting phenomenon that manifests as a new phase of matter in a wide variety of materials. The most well-known property of superconductors is that they exhibit perfect conductivity ...
  • Development and advancement of thin CdTe-based solar cells for photovoltaic performance improvements 

    Author(s):Bothwell, Alexandra
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Photovoltaic technologies, with an essentially infinite energy source, large total capacity, and demonstrated cost competitiveness, are well-positioned to meet growing global demand for clean energy. Cadmium-telluride ...
  • Modeling and analysis of nanoscale surface patterns produced by broad beam ion bombardment 

    Author(s):Loew, Kevin M.
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    When a solid surface is exposed to broad beam ion bombardment, nanoscale patterns may spontaneously form. This physical phenomenon is of interest to both the academic and nanofabrication communities. Ion bombardment has ...
  • Cosmogenic background rejection for the sterile neutrino search with the Short-Baseline Neutrino Program far detector 

    Author(s):Hilgenberg, Christopher M.
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    As the Short-Baseline Neutrino Program Far Detector, the ICARUS liquid argon time-projection chamber will operate at shallow depth and therefore be exposed to the full surface flux of cosmic rays. This poses a problematic ...
  • Growth and characterization of ultra-low damping Co₂₅Fe₇₅ thin films 

    Author(s):Swyt, Mitchell
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    This thesis focuses on the growth and characterization of ultra-low damping Co25Fe75 thin films. Ultra-low damping in a metal is of interest for the design of new spintronic devices because this offers the opportunity to ...
  • Study of simulated neutrons in the NOνA near detector, A 

    Author(s):Jarosz, Jessica
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    This thesis explores how neutron interactions can be studied in the NOνA near detector, and the potential use of a deuterium-tritium neutron source. Understanding neutron kinematics within the near detector could aid in ...
  • Framework for simultaneous photon detector readout system simulations for the deep underground neutrino experiment, A 

    Author(s):Christensen, Anne R.
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    This thesis will discuss the changes to the coding framework for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). DUNE is simulated in a coding framework, called Liquid Argon Software (LArSoft). The framework simulates the ...
  • What is parallax? 

    Author(s):Hardegree-Ullman, Emily
    Date Issued:2020-06-30
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; open educational resources; OER
    This video demonstrates the concept of parallax and its utility for measuring cosmic distances.
  • Decoding the Arecibo message 

    Author(s):Hardegree-Ullman, Emily
    Date Issued:2020-06-30
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; open educational resources; OER
    This video explains design of the Arecibo Message transmitted in the 1970s by SETI pioneers.
  • Kepler's Third Law 

    Author(s):Hardegree-Ullman, Emily
    Date Issued:2020-06-30
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; open educational resources; OER
    These videos demonstrate how to use Kepler's original Third Law and derive the origin of Kepler's empirical equation.
  • Development of a petawatt class Ti:Sapphire laser for the excitation of extreme radiation sources 

    Author(s):Rockwood, Alex Pratt
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This dissertation describes the design, construction and characterization of a high peak power, high repetition rate, Titanium-Sapphire laser system. This chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) laser delivers femtosecond pulses ...
  • Studies of tuning magnetic properties of ferromagnetic heterostructures 

    Author(s):Lauzier, Joshua
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    The magnetic properties of hybrid systems have increasingly become an area of intense focus in both fundamental research and technological application due to the inherent flexibility in material properties by mixing and ...
  • Near-resonant and resonant light in ultracold gases 

    Author(s):Gilbert, Jonathan
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This dissertation describes experiments and calculations involving light manipulation of atoms and light propagation in ultracold gases. There are three major sections to this dissertation. Each section presents a research ...

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