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Degree Date: May, 2023
Volodymyr Sivak's picture
Volodymyr Sivak
vladimir.sivak@yale.edu
Current position: Scientist
Current institution: Google Quantum AI
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Quantum Error Correction Beyond Break-Even
Dissertation abstract:

Although quantum at its fundamental level, nature appears classical on a macroscopic scale. Since the collective degrees of freedom of large objects have multiple pathways for the spread of...

Degree Date: December, 2022
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Samuel Bryant
samuel.bryant@yale.edu
Current position: Undecided
Thesis advisor: Benjamin Machta
Dissertation title: Energy Dissipation Bounds in Fundamental Biological Processes
Dissertation abstract:

Biological processes consume energy to drive changes in their internal and external environments. From an abstract perspective, we can think of this cost as arising from the dissipation...

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Benjamin Foust
btfoust77@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Karsten Heeger
Dissertation title: Precise Measurement of the U-235 Antineutrino Energy Spectrum
Dissertation abstract:

Neutrino experimentation is an important pathway to physics beyond the standard model, raising questions on how neutrinos obtain their vanishingly small but non-zero mass, what that...

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Ako Jamil
ako.jamil@yale.edu
Current position: Associate Research Scholar (Dicke Fellow)
Current institution: Princeton University
Thesis advisor: David C. Moore
Dissertation title: Rare Event Searches in Liquid Xenon with EXO-200 and nEXO
Dissertation abstract:
Liquid Xenon (LXe) detectors, operated as Time Projection Chambers (TPC), have emerged as a key technology in the past decades in the search for extremely rare events, such as the...
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Lev Krayzman
lev.krayzman@yale.edu
Current position: Post-Doctorate Student
Current institution: Princeton University
Thesis advisor: Rob Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Thin-film Resonators for Superconducting Quantum Circuits
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum computing has garnered a lot of attention due to the belief that it would be able to solve certain kinds of problems which are intractable to classical computers. One of the leading...

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Daming Li
daming.li@yale.edu
Current position: Applied Scientist
Current institution: Uber
Thesis advisor: John Murray
Dissertation title: Bistable Neural Dynamics Underlying Cognition and Spontaneous Activity: Computational Modeling and Empirical Analysis
Dissertation abstract:

Characterizing the spatiotemporal patterns of neural dynamics is crucial to understanding many brain functions and psychiatric disorders. A commonly observed dynamic pattern is bistability...

Degree Date: May, 2022
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Emma Castiglia
emma.castiglia@yale.edu
Current position: Research Data Scientist
Current institution: Meta
Thesis advisor: Sarah Demers
Dissertation title: Machine Learning for Tau Leptons and the Search for the Associated Production of a Higgs Boson with a Vector Boson, with the Higgs Boson Decaying to a Tau Pair at ATLAS
Dissertation abstract:

After the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, many particle physicists have focused on measuring its various production methods and decay modes. One channel that has previously only been...

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Emily Kuhn
emily.kuhn@yale.edu
Current position: NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow
Current institution: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Thesis advisor: Laura Newburgh
Dissertation title: Calibration Instrumentation for the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX)
Dissertation abstract:

The Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) is a 21 cm neutral hydrogen intensity mapping experiment to be deployed in the Karoo Desert in South Africa. It aims to...

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Michael Oliver
michael.oliver@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate (Caines)
Current institution: WL-W 303
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Measurement of Correlations Between Neutral Pions and Charged Hadrons in Heavy Ion Collisions with ALICE
Dissertation abstract:

In Ultra-Relativistic Heavy Ion collisions, such as those done at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the high energy densities create an exotic...

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David Stewart
david.j.stewart@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Wayne State University
Thesis advisor: Helen Caines
Dissertation title: Jet to Event Activity Correlations in Small System Collisions at STAR
Dissertation abstract:

Heavy ion collisions at the LHC and RHIC produce a quark gluon plasma (QGP), in which quarks and gluons are deconfined into an extended medium. This “fourth phase” of matter is also...

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Joseph Sullivan
joseph.m.sullivan@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: University of British Columbia
Thesis advisor: Meng Cheng
Dissertation title: Quilting topological phases of matter with quantum thread: a Luttinger liquid love letter
Dissertation abstract:

Kicked off by the discovery of the quantum Hall effect in the early 1980s, the study of topological phases of matter has captured the attention of the condensed matter physics...

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William Thompson
william.thompson@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Harvard
Thesis advisor: Reina Maruyama
Dissertation title: Searching for Dark Matter with COSINE-100
Dissertation abstract:

For more than two decades, the DAMA collaboration has claimed a direct discovery of dark matter. This claim comes in the form of an annual modulation in the event rate of a sodium iodide-...

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Chris Wang
christopher.wang@yale.edu
Current position: Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: University of Chicago
Thesis advisor: Rob Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Bosonic quantum simulation in circuit quantum electrodynamics
Dissertation abstract:

The development of controllable quantum machines is largely motivated by a desire to simulate quantum systems beyond the capabilities of classical computers. For investigating intrinsically...

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Luna Zagorac
lzagorac@perimeterinstitute.ca
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics
Thesis advisor: Nikhil Padmanabhan & Richard Easther (University of Auckland)
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Dissertation title: A Light in the Dark: UltraLight Dark matter Phenomenology in Simulation
Dissertation abstract:

Of the outstanding problems in astronomy, the nature of dark matter is certainly one of the most mysterious. Containing five times more energy density than its luminous counterpart,...

Degree Date: December, 2021
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Han Aung
hansoeaung9@gmail.com
Current position: Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar
Current institution: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Thesis advisor: Daisuke Nagai
Research Website
Dissertation title: Cosmology and Astrophysics with Dark Matter and Gaseous Halos
Dissertation abstract:

Multi-wavelength astronomical surveys promise to provide unprecedented data on dark matter halos from galactic to cluster scales in the coming decade. One of the new frontiers lies in...

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Kelly Backes
kelly.m.backes@gmail.com
Current position: Quantum Sensor and Security Specialist
Current institution: MITRE Corporation
Thesis advisor: Steve Lamoreaux
Dissertation title: A quantum-enhanced search for dark matter axions
Dissertation abstract:

Almost a century after the dark matter problem was first posed, dark matter’s expectedly minute experimental signature continues to elude direct detection and remains one of the most...

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Daniel Berkowitz
daniel.berkowitz@yale.edu
Current position: Consultant
Thesis advisor: George Fleming/Vincent Moncrief
Dissertation title: The Development of Mathematical Methods for Tackling Problems in Non-Perturbative Quantum Field Theory, Cosmology, and Gravity
Dissertation abstract:

We have extended two recently developed theoretical methods, the Quantum Finite Elements (QFE) and the Euclidean...

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Stephen Eltinge
stephen.eltinge@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Yale University, Department of Applied Physics
Thesis advisor: Sohrab Ismail-Beigi
Dissertation title: Ab Initio Insights Into Substrate Effects, Structural Identification, and Excitonic States in 2D Materials
Dissertation abstract:

The 21st century has seen enormous growth in the study of two-dimensional (2D) materials, beginning with the isolation of graphene but rapidly expanding to include a wide variety of other...

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Paul Fanto
paulfanto11@gmail.com
Current position: Research Staff Member
Current institution: Institute for Defense Analyses -- System Evaluation Division
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassic
Dissertation title: Statistical properties of nuclei: beyond the mean-field approximation
Dissertation abstract:

The statistical model of compound-nucleus reactions has important applications in fundamental nuclear science, nuclear astrophysics, and nuclear technology. This model relies on two...

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Jeremy Gaison
jeremy.gaison@yale.edu
Current position: Linus Pauling Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Karsten Heeger
Dissertation title: Measurement of the Reactor Antineutrino Spectrum of U-235 by PROSPECT and Daya Bay
Dissertation abstract:

Since their experimental discovery over 60 years ago, neutrinos have proven to be a fascinating means of exploring the physical...

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Sheridan Green
me@sheridan.green
Current position: Quantitative Strategist
Current institution: Susquehanna International Group
Thesis advisor: Frank van den Bosch
Research Website
Dissertation title: The tidal evolution of dark matter substructure and the significance of halo-to-halo assembly history variance
Dissertation abstract:

Accurately predicting the abundance and structural evolution of dark matter subhaloes is crucial for understanding galaxy formation, large-scale structure, and constraining the nature of...

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Connor Hann
chann1127@gmail.com
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: Amazon Web Services Center for Quantum Computing
Thesis advisor: Steven Girvin
Dissertation title: Practicality of Quantum Random Access Memory
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum computers are expected to revolutionize the world of computing, but major challenges remain to be addressed before this potential can be realized. One such challenge is the so-...

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Naim Goksel Karacayli
naimgoksel.karacayli@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Current institution: The Ohio State University
Thesis advisor: Nikhil Padmanabhan
Dissertation title: Improving the Cosmic Statistics of Neutral Hydrogen
Dissertation abstract:

The study of the large-scale cosmological structure seeks to understand the makings and the evolution of the universe. In this...

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Sangjae Lee
sangjaelee93@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Assoicate
Current institution: Seoul National University
Thesis advisor: Charles Ahn
Dissertation title: Physics of the Electronic Structure and Collective Excitations in Transition Metal Compounds
Dissertation abstract:

In condensed matter systems novel phenomena such as superconductivity and magnetism can emerge from an intricate interplay between the materials lattice, spin, charge, and orbital degrees...

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Jingping Li
li.jingping@caschina.org
Current position: Postdoctoral Assoicate
Current institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Thesis advisor: Walter Goldberger
Dissertation title: The Wordline Effective Field Theory of Spinning Gravitational Sources
Dissertation abstract:

The advent of gravitational wave physics has raised great interest in efficient calculations of gravitational dynamics. In particular, the worldline effective field theory (EFT) has proven...

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Luis Saldana
luis.ocularis@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Data Scientist
Current institution: The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
Thesis advisor: Karsten Heeger
Research Website
Dissertation title: Novel Signal Reconstruction Techniques in Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy for Neutrino Mass Measurement
Dissertation abstract:

The Project 8 experiment is developing Cyclotron Radiation Emission...

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Andrew Shim
hyungki.shim@yale.edu
Current institution: Undecided
Thesis advisor: Owen Miller
Dissertation title: Probing the Upper Limits to Light–Matter Interactions: from Spontaneous Emission to Superresolution
Dissertation abstract:

As newly emerging optical devices and metamaterials inundate the photonics community, there is a growing need to understand the limits to device performance. Are current state-of-the-art...

Degree Date: May, 2021
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Soner Albayrak
snralbayrak@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: University of Amsterdam
Thesis advisor: David Poland
Dissertation title: Analytic Studies of Fermions in Conformal Bootstrap
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis, we analyze unitary conformal field theories in three dimensional spaces via analytic techniques of conformal bootstrap program through correlation functions of nonscalar...

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Tyler Lutz
tlutz@uchicago.edu
Current position: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/postdoc
Current institution: Universiät Magdeburg
Thesis advisor: John Wettlaufer
Dissertation title: Frictional, Large-Deformation Poroelastic Flow: Theory and Experiments
Dissertation abstract:

Fluid flow through deformable, porous materials is seemingly ubiquitous in the natural world—spanning length scales from the cellular to the planetary—and offers a...

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Ryan Petersburg
rpetersburg@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Professional Staff 1
Current institution: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Debra Fischer
Dissertation title: Exoplanet Measurement to the Extreme: Novel Methods of Instrumentation and Data Extraction for Radial-velocity Spectrographs
Dissertation abstract:

The current generation of radial-velocity spectrographs are at the precipice of discovering a multitude Earth-like exoplanets...

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Mariel Pettee
mariel.pettee@gmail.com
Current position: Chamberlain Fellow
Current institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Thesis advisor: Sarah Demers
Dissertation title: Interdisciplinary Machine Learning Methods for Particle Physics
Dissertation abstract:

Following the discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle in the summer of 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the...

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Daniel Seara
dsseara@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: University of Chicago
Thesis advisor: Michael Murrell
Dissertation title: Energetics of biological mechanics and dynamics
Dissertation abstract:

Living matter is a class of soft matter systems that microscopically consumes energy to drive essential life processes such as...

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Olivier Trottier
otrottier11@gmail.com
Current position: Undecided
Thesis advisor: Joe Howard
Dissertation title: Morphogenesis of class IV neurons in Drosophila melanogaster
Dissertation abstract:

The establishment of the neuron’s morphology is...

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Christian Weber
ChristianTMWeber@gmail.com
Current position: Research Associate Physics
Current institution: Brookhaven National Lab
Thesis advisor: Keith Baker
Dissertation title: New Search for H→ZZ_d→4l using pp collision data at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Dissertation abstract:

In 2012 the ATLAS and CMS experiments both reported the discovery of a new particle in the remnants of high-energy proton-proton collisions. The particles properties were consistent with...

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Sisi Zhou
sisi.zhou26@gmail.com
Current position: IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar
Current institution: California Institute of Technology
Thesis advisor: Liang Jiang
Dissertation title: Error-corrected quantum metrology
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum metrology, which studies parameter estimation in quantum systems, has many applications in science and technology...

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Yuqi Zhu
yuqi.zhu@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate (Reina Maruyama)
Current institution: WLC-254C
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Experiments with 87Rb: Towards Co-trapping 88Sr19F and 87Rb
Dissertation abstract:

Polar molecules can interact via the anisotropic and long ranged electric dipole-dipole interaction owing to...

Degree Date: December, 2020
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Stephen Albright
stephen.albright@yale.edu
Current position: Program Manager
Current institution: New York Academy of Sciences
Thesis advisor: Charles Ahn
Dissertation title: Ultra-thin Film Growth of Chalcogenides to Realize Novel Electronic Phenomena
Dissertation abstract:

Chalcogenides, compounds containing the elements S, Se, or Te, are a class of materials that includes those with two-...

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Supraja Balasubramanian
supraja.balasubramanian@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Fermi National laboratory
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: A Differential Cross-Section Measurement of Muon Neutrino-Induced Charged Current Neutral Pion Production in MicroBooNE
Dissertation abstract:

MicroBooNE is a liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC) on the Booster Neutrino Beam at Fermi National Laboratory. Its primary goals are to conduct a νe appearance search...

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Estella Barbosa de Souza
estella.desouza@yale.edu
Current position: Consultant
Current institution: Boston Consulting Group
Thesis advisor: Reina Maruyama
Dissertation title: A Model-Independent Search for Dark Matter-Induced Annual Modulation Signal with the COSINE-100 Experiment
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Joshua Burt
joshua.burt@yale.edu
Current position: Undecided
Thesis advisor: John Murray
Dissertation title: Large-Scale Organization of Microcircuit Specialization in Human Cortex
Dissertation abstract: Neural circuit dynamics across a range of spatiotemporal scales endow the brain with specialized computational capabilities that subserve human cognition and behavior. Technological advances...
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Shany Danieli
shanyi1@gmail.com
Current position: NASA Hubble and Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: Institute for Advanced Study
Thesis advisor: Pieter van Dokkum
Research Website
Dissertation title: Clues to the Nature of Dark Matter from Low-Mass Galaxies Outside the Local Group
Dissertation abstract:

The primary motive for this thesis is the highly uncertain nature of dark matter, presumably the dominant substance in our universe. From an astronomical perspective, perhaps the perfect...

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Max Hays
max.hays@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Realization of an Andreev spin qubit: Exploring the sub-gap structure of Josephson nanowires using circuit QED
Dissertation abstract:

A weak link between two superconductors hosts discrete, fermionic modes known as Andreev levels. They govern the physics of the...

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Judith Hoeller
judith.hoeller@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Thesis advisor: Nicholas Read
Dissertation title: Topological quantization of Berry phases in quantum and classical systems
Dissertation abstract:

Berry phases are known to occur for a spin 1/2 in a slowly varying magnetic field in quantum mechanics, and for the polarization of light in a gently twisted optical fiber in classical...

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Scott Jensen
scott.jensen@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassid
Dissertation title: Lattice Auxiliary-Field Quantum Monte Carlo Studies of the Unitary Fermi Gas
Dissertation abstract:

The Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) to Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) crossover has been experimentally realized using Feshbach resonance techniques with ultracold atomic Fermi gases of 6Li...

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William Sweeney
wrsweeney2@gmail.com
Current position: Data Scientist
Current institution: VideaHealth
Thesis advisor: A. Douglas Stone
Dissertation title: Electromagnetic Eigenvalue Problems and Nonhermitian Effects in Linear and Saturable Scattering
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis we address a series of new problems in non-hermitian optical scattering – linear and nonlinear – with increasing degrees of complexity.

We develop the theory of...

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Hao Yan
yanhao3@hotmail.com
Thesis advisor: Simon Mochrie
Dissertation title: Positional Fluctuations in Synthetic and Living Polymer Systems
Dissertation abstract:

Chromatin organization is inextricably linked to its dynamics. The loop extrusion factor (LEF) model provides a framework for how topologically associating domains (TADs) arise: cohesin or...

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Mengzhen Zhang
mengzhen.zhang@outlook.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: University of Chicago
Thesis advisor: A. Douglas Stone
Dissertation title: Properties and Applications of Gaussian Processes
Dissertation abstract:

Gaussian states, operations, and measurements are central building blocks for continuous-variable quantum information processing which paves the way for abundant applications, especially...

Degree Date: May, 2020
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Robert Blum
robert.blum@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate (Barrett)
Current institution: SPL 14
Thesis advisor: Sean Barrett
Dissertation title: Applying novel NMR techniques to many-body spin systems, and novel reconstruction techniques to NMR data
Dissertation abstract:

This experimental thesis focuses on two distinct themes: developing NMR techniques to probe many-body spin systems, and extracting the maximum amount of information from the minimum amount...

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Luke Burkhart
luke.d.burkhart@gmail.com
Current position: Postgraduate Associate
Current institution: Yale University
Thesis advisor: Rob Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Error-Detected Networking for 3D Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum machines have the potential to serve as groundbreaking tools for scientific discovery in the coming decades. As the complexity of these devices increases, it may be necessary to...

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Christopher Davis
christopher.james.davis.13@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Data Scientist
Current institution: CarMax
Thesis advisor: Reina Maruyama
Dissertation title: Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with Majoron Emission in CUORE
Dissertation abstract:
This thesis describes a search performed at the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) for Majoron-emitting neutrinoless double-beta decays.
A discovery of...
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Arpit Dua
DUA.ARPIT.IITR@GMAIL.COM
Current position: UQM-IQIM Postdoctoral scholar
Current institution: Caltech
Thesis advisor: Meng Cheng & Liang Jiang
Dissertation title: Structure of fracton stabilizer models
Dissertation abstract:

In recent years the study of topological phases of matter has moved to the forefront of theoretical condensed matter physics. This has been fueled in part by the theorized existence of...

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Raymond Ehlers
raymond.ehlers@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Current institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab/UC Berkeley
Thesis advisor: Helen Caines
Dissertation title: Jet-Hadron Correlations Measured in Pb--Pb Collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\text{NN}}} = 5.02$ TeV with ALICE
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum Chromodrynamics (QCD) describes the interactions of quarks and gluons. Due to asymptotic freedom, sufficiently high energy density can cause matter to transition to a deconfined...

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Luyao Jiang
ustc.luyao.jiang@gmail.com
Current position: Software Engineer
Current institution: Google
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Nonreciprocal dynamics in a cryogenic optomechanical system
Dissertation abstract:

Nonreciprocity in various branches of physics has been studied for more than a century, e.g., from classical to quantum mechanics, and from particle to condensed matter. It is particularly...

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Norman Lam
normanlam1217@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: MIT
Thesis advisor: John Murray
Dissertation title: Inhibitory Regulation of Cognitive Functions in Cortical and Thalamic Circuits: Computational Mechanisms and Experimental Predictions
Dissertation abstract:

Cognitive behaviors fundamentally arise from the interactions of numerous neurons in the brain. However, while neuronal properties are well-characterized, how an ensemble of interconnected...

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Claudia Lau
cmylau4@gmail.com
Thesis advisor: Charles Ahn
Dissertation title: Structural characterization of epitaxial oxide heterostructures via X-ray scattering
Dissertation abstract:

The impact of atomic-scale structural distortions on the transport properties of epitaxial thin film oxides and their interfaces is investigated through high resolution surface x-ray...

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Catherine Matulis
matulisca@gmail.com
Current position: Engineer
Current institution: Mathworks
Thesis advisor: Damon Clark
Dissertation title: Contrast adaptation in Drosophila direction-selective circuits
Dissertation abstract:

In visual systems, neurons adapt both to the mean light level and to the range of light levels, or the contrast. Contrast adaptation has been studied extensively, but it remains unclear how...

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Shantanu Mundhada
mundhada.shantanu@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Quantum Engineer
Current institution: Quantum Circuits, Inc.
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Research Website
Dissertation title: Hardware-efficient autonomous quantum error correction
Dissertation abstract:

The promise of quantum speedup in information processing is not yet fulfilled in a useful quantum algorithm due to the susceptibility of quantum information to decoherence. This makes...

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Kyungjoo Noh
noh827@gmail.com
Current position: Quantum Research Scientist
Current institution: Amazon Web Services
Thesis advisor: Liang Jiang
Research Website
Dissertation title: Quantum computation and communication in bosonic systems
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum computation and communication are important branches of quantum information science. However, noise in realistic quantum devices fundamentally limits the utility of these quantum...

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Brooke Russell
russell@lbl.gov
Current position: Owen Chamberlain Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: An Electron Neutrino Appearance Search in MicroBooNE with 5$\times$10$^{19}$ POT
Dissertation abstract:

MicroBooNE is a single-phase liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC) short-baseline accelerator neutrino experiment located at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the Booster...

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Kyle VanderWerf
kyle.vanderwerf@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: Corey O'Hern
Dissertation title: Geometry and Contact Mechanics of Athermal Jammed Packings of Frictionless Spherical and Nonspherical Particles
Dissertation abstract:

I perform computational studies of quasistatically jammed packings of frictionless particles of a variety of shapes. Each of the four studies presented in this dissertation focuses...

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Shilo Xia
qingxia1234@gmail.com
Current position: Chamberlain Fellow
Current institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: David C. Moore
Dissertation title: Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay and Detector Physics Measurements with the Final EXO-200 Dataset
Dissertation abstract:

Liquid xenon (LXe) is employed in a number of current and future detectors for rare event searches. This work presents the latest results from the EXO-200 experiment, which searched for...

Degree Date: December, 2019
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Tonima Tasnim Ananna
tonimatasnim@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Dartmouth College
Thesis advisor: Meg Urry
Dissertation title: ACCRETION HISTORY OF AGN: X-RAY POPULATION SYNTHESIS MODEL & MULTIWAVELENGTH PHOTOMETRIC REDSHIFTS
Dissertation abstract:

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Charles D. Brown II
charles.d.brown@yale.edu
Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics
Current institution: Starting at Yale in January 2023
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Optical, Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Superfluid Liquid Helium Drops Magnetically-Levitated in Vacuum
Dissertation abstract:

The field of optomechanics studies the interactions between light and the motion of an object. One of the goals in this field is to generate and control highly non-classical motion of a...

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James Ingoldby
james.ingoldby@googlemail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: ICTP in Trieste Italy
Thesis advisor: Thomas Appelquist
Dissertation title: EFTs for Nearly Conformal Gauge Theories
Dissertation abstract:

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Prashanta Kharel
prashanta.kharel@yale.edu
Current position: Device Lead and Founding Team Member
Current institution: Hyperlight Corporation
Thesis advisor: Peter Rakich
Dissertation title: Utilizing Brillouin Interactions for Optical Control of Bulk Acoustic Waves.
Dissertation abstract:

The interaction between light and mechanical motion has been harnessed for a variety of scientific and technological applications ranging from studies of decoherence to precision metrology...

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Stefan Krastanov
krastanov.stefan@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: TBD
Thesis advisor: Liang Jiang
Research Website
Dissertation title: New Approaches to Control, Calibration, and Optimization of Quantum Hardware
Dissertation abstract:
In this dissertation I present a number of techniques that form building blocks for the quantum manipulations spanning various levels of the quantum technology stack. We begin at the very...
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Danielle Norcini
dnorcini@kicp.uchicago.edu
Current position: KICP and Grainger Fellow
Current institution: University of Chicago
Thesis advisor: Karsten Heeger
Dissertation title: A search for eV-scale sterile neutrinos and precision measurement of the U-235 antineutrino spectrum with the PROSPECT experiment
Dissertation abstract:

Reactor experiments have been devoted to establishing the properties of the weakly-interacting neutrino. Recent neutrino oscillation experiments at low-enriched uranium (LEU) reactors...

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Susan Pratt
aurorab17@gmail.com
Current position: Law School Student
Current institution: Georgetown University
Thesis advisor: Simon Mochrie
Dissertation title: Development and implementation of a reversibly-interacting TRAP-peptide pair as a live-cell imaging strategy
Dissertation abstract:

The need to study proteins in living cells to acquire accurate information pertaining to their spatiotemporal dynamics drives the development and improvement of tools for visualization....

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Jared Rovny
jdrovny@gmail.com
Current position: Princeton Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: Princeton University
Thesis advisor: Sean Barrett
Dissertation title: New NMR Applications and Methods: Discrete Time Crystalline Signatures and Accelerated Acquisition using Iterated Maps
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis describes two distinct research endeavors linked by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments. One is related to the nascent study of discrete time crystals (DTCs) in driven...

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Tong Shu
shutongshutong@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Institute of System Genetics in NYU School of Medicine
Thesis advisor: James Rothman
Dissertation title: Molecular Mechanisms of Regulated SNARE Assembly Revealed by Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy
Dissertation abstract:

Neurons in the brain communicate with each other by release of neurotransmitters at synaptic junctions. Neurotransmitter release is mediated by three membrane-anchored SNARE proteins (...

Clarke Smith's picture
Clarke Smith
wclarkesmith@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: Inria
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Design of Protected Superconducting Qubits
Dissertation abstract:

Controllable quantum systems that are shielded at a Hamiltonian level from the random fluctuations of their environments could provide a valuable resource for quantum information science....

Savannah Thais's picture
Savannah Thais
savannah.thais@gmail.com
Current position: Research Faculty
Current institution: Columbia University Data Science Institute
Thesis advisor: Sarah Demers
Dissertation title: Utilizing Electrons in the Search for Associated Higgs Production with the ATLAS Detector: Higgs decaying to a tau pair and vector boson decaying leptonically
Dissertation abstract:

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Degree Date: May, 2019
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Salvatore Aiola
salvoaiola@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Current institution: Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (National Institute for Nuclear Research).
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Jet and heavy-flavor measurements in pp and Pb–Pb collisions with ALICE
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum Chromo-Dynamics (QCD) is the field theory that describes the nuclear interactions, responsible for holding together quarks and gluons inside the atomic nuclei. Despite significant...

Elizabeth Boulton's picture
Elizabeth Boulton
eboulton72@gmail.com
Current position: Project Manager - Evaluations
Current institution: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Thesis advisor: Daniel McKinsey
Dissertation title: Applications of Two-Phase Xenon Time Projection Chambers: Searching for Dark Matter and Special Nuclear Materials
Dissertation abstract:

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Dandan Ji's picture
Dandan Ji
junni.ji.yale@gmail.com
Thesis advisor: Eric Brown
Dissertation title: Modeling of the dynamics large-scale coherent structures in the system of Rayleigh-Benard Convection
Dissertation abstract:

We test the ability of a general low-dimensional model for turbulence to predict geometry-dependent dynamics of large-scale coherent structures, such as convection rolls. The model consists...

Zack Lasner's picture
Zack Lasner
zlasner@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: Harvard University
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Order-of-magnitude-tighter bound on the electron electric dipole moment
Dissertation abstract:

The electron’s electric dipole moment (eEDM) is a time-reversal- (T-) violating interaction that is generically predicted to have a magnitude near or above the bounds of current...

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Junjiajia Long
junjiajia.long@gmail.com
Thesis advisor: Thierry Emonet
Dissertation title: From Individual to Collective Behavior: The Role of Memory and Diversity in Bacterial Navigation
Dissertation abstract:

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James Mulligan's picture
James Mulligan
jd_mulligan@yahoo.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Inclusive jet measurements in Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE
Dissertation abstract:

Droplets of deconfined quarks and gluons, known as the quark-gluon plasma, are produced experimentally in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. Studying this deconfined matter may allow...

Michela Paganini's picture
Michela Paganini
micky.91@hotmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: Facebook AI Research
Thesis advisor: Paul Tipton
Dissertation title: Machine Learning in High Energy Physics: Applications to Electromagnic Shower Generation, Flavor Tagging, and the Search for di-Higgs Production
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis demonstrate the efficacy of designing and developing machine learning algorithms to selected use cases that encompass many of the outstanding challenges in the field of...

Meredith Powell's picture
Meredith Powell
mcpowell@stanford.edu
Current position: Porat Fellow
Current institution: Stanford
Thesis advisor: Meg Urry
Research Website
Dissertation title: The Environments of Accreting Supermassive Black Holes
Dissertation abstract:

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Matthew Steinecker's picture
Matthew Steinecker
matthew.steinecker@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Sub-Doppler Laser Cooling and Magnetic Trapping of SrF Molecules
Dissertation abstract:

In recent years, there has been growing interest in methods for producing gases of ultracold polar molecules, driven by proposals to employ ultracold molecules in applications in ultracold...

Lucie Tvrznikova's picture
Lucie Tvrznikova
lucie.tvrz@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Daniel McKinsey
Dissertation title: Sub-GeV dark matter searches and electric field studies for the LUX and LZ experiments
Dissertation abstract:

Abundant evidence from cosmological and astrophysical observations suggests that the Standard Model does not describe 84% of the matter in our universe. The nature of this dark matter (DM)...

Degree Date: December, 2018
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Andrew Gasbarro
andrew.gasbarro@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Thesis advisor: George Fleming
Dissertation title: Studies of Conformal Behavior in Strongly Interacting Quantum Field Theories
Dissertation abstract:

In this dissertation, we present work towards characterizing various conformal and nearly-conformal quantum field theories nonperturbatively using a combination of numerical and analytical...

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Elena Gramellini
elena1987@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Fermilab
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: Measurement of the negative pion and positive kaon total hadronic cross sections on argon at the LArIAT experiment
Dissertation abstract:

The Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) represents one of the most advanced experimental technologies for physics at the Intensity Frontier due to its full 3D-imaging, excellent...

Siddharth Prabhu's picture
Siddharth Prabhu
sidxar@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow
Thesis advisor: Walter Goldberger
Dissertation title: Gluon and Graviton Radiation from the Classical Double Copy
Dissertation abstract:

Motivated by the BCJ double copy in quantum field theory, we demonstrate a correspondence between perturbative solutions of classical scalar, gauge and gravity theories.

First, we...

Jared Vasquez's picture
Jared Vasquez
jared.physics@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Data Scientist
Thesis advisor: Paul Tipton
Dissertation title: Illuminating the Higgs boson: Measurement of the properties of the Higgs boson in the diphoton channel
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis presents results for measurements of the Standard Model Higgs boson properties and production as measured in the diphoton decay channel using 36.1/fb of proton–proton collision...

Fangzhou Zhu's picture
Fangzhou Zhu
albertzhu30@gmail.com
Current position: Quantitative Researcher
Current institution: Citadel LLC
Thesis advisor: Nikhil Padmanabhan
Dissertation title: Information Mining in the Large Scale Structure of the universe
Dissertation abstract:

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Degree Date: May, 2018
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Jeremy Cushman
jscushman@gmail.com
Current position: Software Engineer
Thesis advisor: Karsten Heeger
Dissertation title: A search for neutrinoless double-beta decay in tellurium-130 with CUORE
Dissertation abstract:
The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is a ton-scale cryogenic experiment designed to search for neutrinoless double-beta decay in tellurium-130. The experiment...
Stefan Elrington's picture
Stefan Elrington
stefan.a.elrington@gmail.com
Current position: Partnerships Lead - IBM Quantum
Current institution: Quantum
Thesis advisor: Sean Barrett
Research Website
Dissertation title: Developing new approaches to faster, high-spatial resolution Phosphorus-31 MR imaging of Bone
Dissertation abstract:

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the leading non-invasive imaging technique of soft tissues on anatomical and millimeter scales. In conventional MRI, hydrogen-1 in water and liquid fats...

Yvonne Gao's picture
Yvonne Gao
yvonne.gaoyuan@gmail.com
Thesis advisor: Rob Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Multi-cavity Operations in Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics
Dissertation abstract:

The eventual success of a quantum computer relies on our ability to robustly initialise, manipulate, and measure quantum bits in presence of the inevitable occurrence of errors. This...

Ariana Hackenburg's picture
Ariana Hackenburg
ariana.hackenburg@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Quantitative Researcher
Current institution: Google
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: Measurement of a Neutrino-Induced Charged Current Single Neutral Pion Cross Section at MicroBooNE
Dissertation abstract:

Micro Booster Neutrino Experiment (MicroBooNE) is a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) operating in the Booster Neutrino Beamline at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory....

Anna Kashkanova's picture
Anna Kashkanova
anyakash87@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow
Current institution: Max Planck institute for the science of light
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Optomechanics with Superfluid Helium
Dissertation abstract:

The field of optomechanics studies the interaction between electromagnetic and mechanical degrees of freedom via radiation pressure. This interaction is usually enhanced when both...

Xin Li's picture
Xin Li
xinli18@mit.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Thesis advisor: Mark Reed
Dissertation title: Nano-confined interfaces: from artificial ion channels to nanofluidic battery
Dissertation abstract:

Nano-confined interfaces have received growing attention in recent years, with a wide range of applications including artificial ion channels, water desalination, osmotic energy conversion...

Anthony Lollo's picture
Anthony Lollo
anthony.lollo.jr@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Data Scientist
Current institution: CVS Health
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Phase slips in isolated mesoscopic superconducting rings
Dissertation abstract:
Phase slips result in many interesting properties of superconducting materials, such as the finite resistance of thin superconducting nanowires, the decay of current in superconducting...
David Meltzer's picture
David Meltzer
DMeltzer91@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Thesis advisor: David Poland
Dissertation title: Topics in the Analytic Bootstrap
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis we explore analytical methods to study conformal field theories (CFTs) in a general number of spacetime dimensions. We first use the lightcone bootstrap to systematically...

Aleksander Rebane's picture
Aleksander Rebane
ybermensch@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Thesis advisor: Yongli Zhang and James E. Rothman
Dissertation title: Exploring free energy landscapes of SNARE assembly using optical tweezers
Dissertation abstract:

Scientists have long sought to understand the working principles of protein machinery. A decisive step towards this goal has been the development of the Gibbs free energy landscape of...

Alexey Shkarin's picture
Alexey Shkarin
alex.shkarin@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Quantum Optomechanics with Superfluid Helium
Dissertation abstract:
The field of optomechanics deals with the interaction between light and mechanical objects. One of the goals in this field is to gain ability to coherently manipulate mechanical states...
Degree Date: December, 2017
Emine Altuntas's picture
Emine Altuntas
emaltuntas@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: National Institute of Standards and Technology & Joint Quantum Institute
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Measurement of Nuclear Spin Dependent Parity Violation in 138Ba19F
Dissertation abstract:

Parity, one of the three discrete spacetime symmetries of nature is broken by weak interactions. In atomic systems, parity violation is manifested in two ways: nuclear spin independent and...

Jacob Blumoff's picture
Jacob Blumoff
jacobblumoff@gmail.com
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: HRL Laboratories
Thesis advisor: Rob Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Multiqubit experiments in 3D circuit quantum electrodynamics
Dissertation abstract:

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Benjamin Brubaker's picture
Benjamin Brubaker
benbenbrubakerbrubaker@gmail.com
Current position: NIST NRC Postdoc
Current institution: JILA (University of Colorado/NIST Boulder)
Thesis advisor: Steve Lamoreaux
Dissertation title: First Results from the HAYSTAC axion search
Dissertation abstract:
The axion is a well-motivated cold dark matter (CDM) candidate first postulated to explain the absence of CP violation in the strong interactions. CDM axions may be detected via their...
Stephen Horvat's picture
Stephen Horvat
stephen.horvat@aya.yale.edu
Thesis advisor: Helen Caines
Dissertation title: Measurement of the collision energy dependence of jet-quenching signatures of de-confinement at STAR
Dissertation abstract:

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David Mason's picture
David Mason
david.mason@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Dynamical Behavior near Exceptional Points in an Optomechanical System
Dissertation abstract:
Coupled mechanical oscillators have long been an archetypical system for understanding eigenmodes and coupled dynamics. But in the last few decades, the study of open systems (i.e. those...
Evan Pease's picture
Evan Pease
ekpease@gmail.com
Current position: Data Scientist
Current institution: Cisco Systems
Thesis advisor: Daniel McKinsey
Dissertation title: Rare-event searches in liquid xenon with the LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN detectors
Dissertation abstract:

Liquid xenon has been used with great success in recent attempts to directly detect dark matter particles. The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment recently concluded nearly four years...

Brian Tennyson's picture
Brian Tennyson
Current position: Sensor Systems Engineer
Thesis advisor: Daniel McKinsey
Dissertation title: Two Phase Liquid-Gas Xenon Time Projection Chambers: Theory, Applications, and Analysis
Dissertation abstract:

Two phase liquid-gas xenon-based detectors employ liquified xenon as the primary detector medium and are able to reconstruct the position and energy of interactions within the detector....

Uri Vool's picture
Uri Vool
uri_vool@g.harvard.edu
Current position: Postdoc fellow (JHDSF)
Current institution: Harvard University
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Engineering synthetic quantum operations
Dissertation abstract:

Coherent quantum effects are the hallmark of atomic systems. The field of circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) also allows for the control of coherent quantum systems. However, these...

Degree Date: May, 2017
Corey Adams's picture
Corey Adams
corey.adams@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: First Detection of Low Energy Electron Neutrinos in Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers
Dissertation abstract:

Electron neutrino appearance is the signature channel to address the most pressing questions in neutrino oscillations physics, at both long and short baselines. This includes the search for...

Victor Albert's picture
Victor Albert
valbert4@gmail.com
Current position: Physicist
Current institution: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Thesis advisor: Liang Jiang
Research Website
Dissertation title: Lindbladians with multiple steady states: theory and applications
Dissertation abstract:

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Marco Bonett-Matiz
marco.bonett-matiz@yale.edu
Current position: Teacher Summer Programs
Current institution: Yale University
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassid
Dissertation title: Statistical and Spectroscopic Properties of Nuclei in the Shell Model Monte Carlo Method
Dissertation abstract:

The predictive power of the interacting shell model in describing properties of nuclei is restricted by the...

Mehmet Dogan's picture
Mehmet Dogan
mhmtdogan@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher
Current institution: University of California, Berkeley
Thesis advisor: Sohrab Ismail-Beigi
Dissertation title: Ab initio studies of ferroelectric thin films
Dissertation abstract:

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Alexandru Bogdan Georgescu's picture
Alexandru Bogdan Georgescu
alexandrubogda.georgescu@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: Sohrab Ismail-Beigi
Dissertation title: New Methods and Phenomena in The Study of Correlated Complex Oxides
Dissertation abstract:

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Peiyuan Mao's picture
Peiyuan Mao
peiyuan.mao@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Quantitative Rsearcher
Current institution: Akuna Capital LLC
Thesis advisor: Meg Urry
Dissertation title: Blazar Demographics: Intrinsic Properties of Jet-Dominated Active Galactic Nuclei
Dissertation abstract:

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Brendon O'Leary's picture
Brendon O'Leary
brendon.oleary@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: In search of the electron's electric dipole moment in thorium monoxide: an improved upper limit, systematic error models, and apparatus upgrades
Dissertation abstract:

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Saehanseul Oh's picture
Saehanseul Oh
saehanseul.oh@yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Brookhaven National Lab
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Correlations in particle production in proton-lead and lead-lead collisions at the LHC
Dissertation abstract:

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Andrei Petrenko's picture
Andrei Petrenko
andrei.petrenko@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Enhancing the Lifetime of Quantum Information with Cat States in Superconducting Cavities
Dissertation abstract:

The field of quantum computation faces a central challenge that has thus far impeded the full-scale realization of quantum computing machines: decoherence.  Remarkably, however, protocols...

Toshihiko Shimasaki's picture
Toshihiko Shimasaki
toshihiko.shimasaki@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Continuous Production of 85Rb133Cs Molecules in the Rovibronic Ground State via Short-Range Photoassociation
Dissertation abstract:

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Jukka Vayrynen's picture
Jukka Vayrynen
vayrynen@purdue.edu
Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Current institution: Purdue University
Thesis advisor: Leonid Glazman
Dissertation title: Electron transport along the edge of a topological insulator
Dissertation abstract:

A two-dimensional topological insulator has a gap for bulk excitations, but conducts on its boundaries via gapless edge modes. Time-reversal symmetry prohibits elastic backscattering of...

Degree Date: December, 2016
Filip Kos's picture
Filip Kos
filip.kos@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoc
Current institution: UC Berkeley
Thesis advisor: David Poland
Dissertation title: Bootstrapping 3D CFTs
Dissertation abstract:

We use the method of conformal bootstrap to systematically study the space of allowed conformal field theories (CFT) in three spacetime dimensions. We consider the crossing symmetry...

Tomomi Sunayama's picture
Tomomi Sunayama
tomomi.sunayama@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: Kavli Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
Thesis advisor: Nikhil Padamanabhan
Dissertation title: Using galaxy surveys as a precision tool to measure dark energy
Dissertation abstract:

Future surveys will provide a deeper understanding of dark energy, dark matter, and early universe physics through the measurements of large scale structure. In particular, the baryon...

Mitchell Underwood's picture
Mitchell Underwood
woody@underwoods.org
Current position: Principal Engineer of Industrial Laser Research and Development
Current institution: Coherent Inc
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Cryogenic Optomechanics with a Silicon Nitride Membrane
Dissertation abstract:

The field of optomechanics involves the study of the interaction between light and matter via the radiation pressure force. Though the radiation pressure force is quite weak compared with...

Degree Date: May, 2016
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Rostislav Boltyanskiy
rossbolt@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Scientist
Current institution: Spheryx
Thesis advisor: Eric Dufresne
Dissertation title: Mechanical Response of Single Cells to Stretch
Dissertation abstract:

A living cell is a complex soft matter system far from equilibrium. While it consists of components with definite mechanical properties such as stiffness, viscosity, and surface tension,...

Diego Caballero Orduna's picture
Diego Caballero Orduna
diego.caballero.orduna@gmail.com
Current position: VP - Counterparty Credit Risk Quant
Current institution: Credit Suisse
Thesis advisor: Corey O'Hern
Research Website
Dissertation title: Computational Studies of Protein Structure
Dissertation abstract:

Despite the abundance of crystallographic and structural data and many recent advances in computational methods for protein design, we still lack a quantitative and predictive understanding...

Jane Cummings's picture
Jane Cummings
jane.cummings@yale.edu
Current position: Chief Technology Officer
Current institution: Cainthus
Thesis advisor: Sarah Demers
Dissertation title: Tau Polarization at a Hadron Collider: W to tau,nu and Z to tau,tau decays at ATLAS
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis, the first measurement of tau polarization at a hadron collider, and the first measurement of tau polarization in W boson decays to a tau and neutrino altogether, is...

Daniel Guest's picture
Daniel Guest
dguest@cern.ch
Current position: Post-doc
Current institution: University of California Irvine
Thesis advisor: Paul Tipton
Dissertation title: A Search for Scalar Charm Quarks with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis presents the results of a search for pair-produced scalar charm quarks with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The search uses 20.3 fb^-1 of data collected during the sqrt(s) = 8...

Arvin Kakekhani's picture
Arvin Kakekhani
arvink@sas.upenn.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: University of Pennsylvania
Thesis advisor: Sohrab Ismail-Beigi
Research Website
Dissertation title: Ferroelectrics to Tackle Fundamental Challenges in Catalysis
Dissertation abstract:

Surface catalysis based on transition metals and their alloys has been one of the most important research fields in theoretical and experimental catalysis and chemistry. Recently, the...

Nicole Larsen's picture
Nicole Larsen
nicole.larsen@yale.edu
Current position: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Current institution: United States Department of Defense
Thesis advisor: Daniel McKinsey
Dissertation title: An Effective Field Theory Analysis of The First LUX Dark Matter Search
Dissertation abstract:

A wealth of astrophysical research supports the existence of dark matter in the universe, yet the exact nature of this unknown particle remains elusive. The Large Underground Xenon (LUX)...

Manuel Mai's picture
Manuel Mai
manuel.mai@yale.edu
Current position: Machine Learning Engineer
Current institution: Spotify
Thesis advisor: Corey O'Hern
Dissertation title: Outcome Prediction and Reconstruction for Systems of Ordinary Differential Equations
Dissertation abstract:

I will present two related analyses of systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs). The first one investigates outcome prediction in several systems of ODEs for the immune response to...

Eric Norrgard's picture
Eric Norrgard
eric.norrgard@nist.gov
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: NIST
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Magneto-optical trapping of diatomic molecules
Dissertation abstract:

Laser cooling in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) is the workhorse technique for atomic physics in the ultracold regime, serving as the starting point in applications from optical clocks to...

Katrina Sliwa's picture
Katrina Sliwa
katrina.sliwa@yale.edu
Current position: Physicist
Current institution: Quantum Circuits, Inc.
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Minimizing Effects Detrimental to the Heisenberg Back-Action of Qubit Measurements with Parametric Amplifiers
Dissertation abstract:

The quantum back-action of the measurement apparatus arising from the Heisenberg uncertainty principle is both a fascinating phenomenon and a powerful manipulation tool. Unfortunately,...

William Smith's picture
William Smith
wendellwsmith@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Software Engineer
Current institution: Datadog
Thesis advisor: Corey O'Hern
Dissertation title: Modeling Diffusion and Motion in Cells at the Molecular Level
Dissertation abstract:

Due to the complexity inherent in biological systems, many particles involved exhibit complicated spatiotemporal dynamics that go beyond the standard models of...

Degree Date: December, 2015
Jeffrey Ammon's picture
Jeffrey Ammon
jeffrey.ammon@gmail.com
Current position: Technical Staff
Current institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Progress towards a measurement of nuclear-spin-dependent parity violation in diatomic molecules
Dissertation abstract:

Nuclear-spin-dependent parity violation (NSD-PV) effects arise from exchange of the Z boson between electrons and the nucleus, and from interaction of electrons with the nuclear anapole...

Camille Avestruz's picture
Camille Avestruz
avestruz@kicp.uchicago.edu
Current position: KICP Fellow
Current institution: Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago
Thesis advisor: Daisuke Nagai
Dissertation title: Modeling Galaxy Cluster Outskirts with Cosmological Simulations
Dissertation abstract:

The observational study of galaxy cluster outskirts is a new territory to probe the thermodynamic and chemical structure of the X-ray emitting intracluster medium (ICM) and the...

Barry Bradlyn's picture
Barry Bradlyn
barry.bradlyn@gmail.com
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thesis advisor: Nicholas Read
Dissertation title: Linear response and Berry curvature in two-dimensional topological phases
Dissertation abstract:

              In this thesis we examine the viscous and thermal transport properties of chiral topological phases, and their relationship to topological invariants. We start by developing a...

Faustin Carter's picture
Faustin Carter
faustin.carter@gmail.com
Current position: Physicist
Current institution: HRL Laboratories
Thesis advisor: Daniel Prober
Dissertation title: A transition-edge-sensor-based instrument for the measurement of individual He2* excimers in a superfluid 4He bath at 100 mK
Dissertation abstract:

This dissertation is an account of the first calorimetric detection of individual He2* excimers within a bath of superfluid 4He. When superfluid helium is subject to ionizing radiation,...

Nathan Cooper's picture
Nathan Cooper
Current position: Deceased
Thesis advisor: Volker Werner
Dissertation title: Structure of A = 76 Nuclei and Fast-Timing Studies of the Rare-Earth Region
Dissertation abstract:

Photon strength of nuclei has been a topic of recent intrigue due to postulated exotic modes of excitation, such as a neutron skin resonance, as well as the difficulty of its measurement...

Eric Holland's picture
Eric Holland
eric.holland3@gmail.com
Current position: Staff Scientist
Current institution: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Cavity State Reservoir Engineering in Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics
Dissertation abstract:

Engineered quantum systems are poised to revolutionize information science in the near future. A persistent challenge in applied quantum technology is creating controllable, quantum...

Emma Ideal's picture
Emma Ideal
emma.anne.ideal@gmail.com
Current position: Research Scientist, Core Data Science
Current institution: Facebook
Thesis advisor: Sarah Demers
Dissertation title: A Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson Produced in Association with a Vector Boson and Decaying to a Hadronically-Decaying Tau Pair at ATLAS
Dissertation abstract:

On July 4, 2012, the discovery of the Higgs boson was simultaneously announced by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations. Since then, evidence for its decay to tau leptons has been claimed. As of...

Peter Koo's picture
Peter Koo
strangequark@gmail.com
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Simon Mochrie
Dissertation title: Novel optical-based methods and analyses for elucidating cellular mechanics and dynamics
Dissertation abstract:

Resolving distinct biochemical interaction states by analyzing the diffusive behaviors of individual protein trajectories is challenging due to the limited statistics provided by short...

Daliang Li's picture
Daliang Li
cheers.wolf@gmail.com
Current position: Senior AI Research Engineer
Current institution: Google
Thesis advisor: Witold Skiba
Dissertation title: Covariant Methods for Superconformal Field Theories
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis, we develop manifestly covariant methods for 4 dimensional, N = 1 superconformal field theories. First, we generalize the embedding formalism in conformal field theories (...

Tudor Petrescu's picture
Tudor Petrescu
alexandru.petrescu@usherbrooke.ca
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current institution: University of Sherbrooke
Thesis advisor: Karyn Le Hur
Dissertation title: Topological phases with ultracold atoms and photons
Dissertation abstract:

In the first part of the talk, we introduce two–dimensional lattice tight–binding models that realize the quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE). For a Kagome lattice whose degrees of freedom...

Brian Vlastakis's picture
Brian Vlastakis
bvlastakis@gmail.com
Current position: Lead Quantum R&D
Current institution: Oxford Quantum Circuits
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Controlling coherent state superpositions with superconducting circuits
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum computation requires a large yet controllable Hilbert space. While many implementations use discrete quantum variables such as the energy states of a two-level system to encode...

Degree Date: May, 2015
Tomas Aronsson's picture
Tomas Aronsson
arontoma@gmail.com
Current position: Data scientist
Current institution: Zurich Global Corporation
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Cross section of bottom electrons in proton-proton collisions in the ALICE experiment
Dissertation abstract:

High-energy heavy-ion collisions at the LHC allow for the study of the properties of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). Heavy quarks, charm and bottom, produced in the initial hard...

Joseph Hongchul Bae's picture
Joseph Hongchul Bae
baejoseph@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Data Scientist
Current institution: NatWest
Thesis advisor: Vincent Moncrief
Dissertation title: Wormhole Solutions to the Bianchi IX Wheeler-DeWitt Equation using the Euclidean-signature Semi-classical Method
Dissertation abstract:

A Euclidean-signature semi-classical method is used to construct both ground and excited state solutions to the canonically quantized Bianchi IX (Mixmaster) cosmological models. Employing a...

Alexander Cerjan's picture
Alexander Cerjan
alexcerjan@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoc
Current institution: Penn State University
Thesis advisor: A. Douglas Stone
Dissertation title: Fundamental physics and device design using the steady-state ab initio laser theory
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis we generalize and extend the steady-state ab initio laser theory (SALT), first developed by Tureci and Stone, and apply it problems in laser design. SALT as first formulated...

Andrew Leister's picture
Andrew Leister
agleister@gmail.com
Current position: Data Scientist Senior
Current institution: Freddie Mac
Thesis advisor: Sarah Demers
Dissertation title: A Search for Z' Gauge Bosons Decaying to Tau-Antitau Pairs in Proton-Proton Collisions with the ATLAS Detector
Dissertation abstract:

Although the Standard Model of Particle Physics has been generally successful in modeling fundamental particles and their interactions, it does not incorporate many observed physical...

Christopher McKitterick's picture
Christopher McKitterick
chris.mckitterick@gmail.com
Current position: Engagement Manager
Current institution: McKinsey and Company
Thesis advisor: Daniel Prober
Dissertation title: Prospects for Ultra-sensitive Terahertz Photon Detection with Graphene
Dissertation abstract:

This dissertation investigates a new scheme for the detection of terahertz (THz) photons. The vast majority of photons visible to outer space observatories occur in the far-infrared, but...

Xiaoxiao Wang's picture
Xiaoxiao Wang
wangxiao420@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Data Scientist
Current institution: Google
Thesis advisor: Tobias Golling
Dissertation title: Search for a supersymmetric partner of the top quark using boosted top quark identification with the ATLAS detector
Dissertation abstract:

The Higgs discovery at the LHC has brought new attention to the hierarchy problem and the theory of Supersymmetry (SUSY). The supersymmetric partner of the top quark - the top squark (stop...

Degree Date: December, 2014
Ana Malagon's picture
Ana Malagon
ana.malagon@yale.edu
Current position: Software Developer
Current institution: Droit Financial Technologies, LLC
Thesis advisor: O. Keith Baker
Dissertation title: Search for 140 microeV Pseudoscalar and Vector Dark Matter Using Microwave Cavities
Dissertation abstract:

Dark matter plays an important role in structure formation and composes 26.8% of the total energy density in the universe. There are many postulated particles that are theorized to be the...

Gennady Voronov's picture
Gennady Voronov
gvoronov@gmail.com
Current position: Staff Machine Learning Scientist
Current institution: Ennveda Biosciences
Thesis advisor: George Fleming
Dissertation title: The Extent of the Two-Color Fundamental Conformal Window
Dissertation abstract:
The $SU\!\left(2\right)$ gauge theories with $N_{f}$ flavors of massless vector-like Dirac fermions transforming in the pseudo-real fundamental representation have an enhanced global...
Liyao Wang's picture
Liyao Wang
njuwangliyao@gmail.com
Current position: Quantitative Associate
Current institution: JPMorgan Chase & Company
Thesis advisor: Mokshay Madiman
Dissertation title: Heat capacity bound, energy fluctuations and convexity
Dissertation abstract:

In classical statistical mechanics, the heuristic that in the canonical ensemble the energy distribution is sharply peaked at the mean energy is crucial in justifying the equivalence...

Degree Date: May, 2014
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Colin Bruzewicz
colin.bruzewicz@ll.mit.edu
Current position: Technical Staff - Lincoln Laboratory
Current institution: MIT
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Continuous Optical Production of Ultracold Vibronic Ground State Polar Molecules
Dissertation abstract:

Polar molecules present an exciting new test bed for ultracold physics with applications in numerous fields, such as chemical reaction dynamics, many-body systems, and quantum computation....

Bernard Hicks's picture
Bernard Hicks
bernard.hicks@aya.yale.edu
Thesis advisor: Helen Caines
Dissertation title: Differential Production Cross-Section of Heavy-Flavor Electrons in √s = 2.76 TeV pp collisions at the LHC with the ALICE detector
Dissertation abstract:

Recent results at RHIC seem to confirm T.D.Lee’s hypothesis that a new form of matter, the quark- gluon plasma (QGP), could be formed in heavy-ion collisions at high energies. Heavy quarks...

Lawrence Lee's picture
Lawrence Lee
lawrenceleejr@gmail.com
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Thesis advisor: Tobias Golling
Research Website
Dissertation title: A Search for B-violating Supersymmetry in Multijet Signatures at the ATLAS Experiment
Dissertation abstract:

With supersymmetry (SUSY) increasingly constrained, more attention is placed on alternate flavors of SUSY that allow for an unexcluded natural theory. A search for new physics phenomena in...

Rongrong Ma's picture
Rongrong Ma
marr@bnl.gov
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Current institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Jet measurements in pp and Pb-Pb collisions in ALICE
Dissertation abstract:

Lattice-QCD predicts the existence of a new form of hot, dense matter called the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) above a critical energy density. Such matter is believed to be created in...

Tianqi Shen's picture
Tianqi Shen
ts58.yale@gmail.com
Current position: Quantitative Researcher
Current institution: Laurion Capital Management LP
Thesis advisor: Corey O'Hern
Dissertation title: Contact Percolation, Fragility and Frictional Packings
Dissertation abstract:
This thesis presents four computational and theoretical studies of the structural, mechanical, and vibrational  properties of purely repulsive  disks, dimer-, and ellipse-shaped particles...
Degree Date: December, 2013
John Barry's picture
John Barry
john.barry@ll.mit.edu
Current position: Technical Staff - Lincoln Laboratory
Current institution: MIT
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Research Website
Dissertation title: Laser cooling and slowing of a diatomic molecule
Dissertation abstract:

Laser cooling and trapping are central to modern atomic physics. It has been roughly three decades since laser cooling techniques produced ultracold atoms, leading to rapid advances...

Prasenjit Dutt's picture
Prasenjit Dutt
prasenjit.dutt@gmail.com
Current position: Quant/Trader
Current institution: IMC Trading
Thesis advisor: R. Shankar
Dissertation title: Strongly correlated quantum transport out-of-equilibrium
Dissertation abstract:

The revolutionary advances in nanotechnology have facilitated the precise control and manipulation of mesoscopic systems where quantum effects are pronounced. Typical experimental settings...

Merideth Frey's picture
Merideth Frey
meri.frey@gmail.com
Current position: Professor of Physics
Current institution: Sarah Lawrence College
Thesis advisor: Sean Barrett
Research Website
Dissertation title: Using Novel Pulse Sequences for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Phosphorus-31 in Hard and Soft Solids
Dissertation abstract:

Since its invention in 1973, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an invaluable tool for clinical medicine, fundamental biomedical research, the physical sciences, and...

Kurtis Geerlings's picture
Kurtis Geerlings
kurtis.geerlings@gmail.com
Current position: Director of Research
Current institution: Gentex Corporation
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Improving Coherence of Superconducting Qubits and Resonators
Dissertation abstract:

Superconducting qubits and resonators with quality factors exceeding 10^7 are of great interest for quantum information processing applications. The improvement of present devices...

Aaron Mertz's picture
Aaron Mertz
aaron.mertz@gmail.com
Current position: Director, Science & Society Program
Current institution: Aspen Institute
Thesis advisor: Eric Dufresne
Research Website
Dissertation title: Collective Mechanics of Epithelial Cells
Dissertation abstract:

Cell–cell and cell–matrix adhesions play essential roles in the function of tissues, yet little is known about how crosstalk between these two adhesion types regulate cells’ material...

Konstantin Nesterov's picture
Konstantin Nesterov
kn.nesterov@gmail.com
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: Bleximo Corp.
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassid
Dissertation title: Mesoscopic Effects in Chaotic Metallic Nanoparticles
Dissertation abstract:

We study electron interactions in a nanosized chaotic metallic grain with a large Thouless conductance. We use the so-called universal Hamiltonian, which describes the low-energy...

Alice Ohlson's picture
Alice Ohlson
aeohlson@gmail.com
Current position: Associate Senior Lecturer
Current institution: Lund University
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Investigating Parton Energy Loss with Jet-hadron Correlations and Jet vn at STAR
Dissertation abstract:

A strongly-coupled, deconfined state of quarks and gluons, known as the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), is created in high-energy collisions of heavy nuclei. The QGP can be probed by high-...

Kinga Partyka's picture
Kinga Partyka
kinga.partyka@aya.yale.edu
Current position: SVP, Senior Lead Enterprise Risk Officer, Connsumer Data & Engagement Platforms
Current institution: Wells Fargo
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: Exclusive Muon-Neutrino Charged Current mu+Np topologies in ArgoNeuT
Dissertation abstract:

Neutrinos remain among the least understood fundamental particles even after decades of study. As we enter the precision era of neutrino measurements bigger and more sophisticated...

William Pontius's picture
William Pontius
william.pontius@yale.edu
Current position: Senior Software Engineer
Current institution: Mighty.com
Thesis advisor: Thierry Emonet
Dissertation title: The Molecular Origins and Functional Role of Noise in a Simple Sensory Network
Dissertation abstract:

Biological pathways perform calculations with often-small numbers of constituent molecules, leading to potentially significant variability in their output. In this thesis, I use the...

Matthew Reed's picture
Matthew Reed
mdreed@gmail.com
Current position: Research Staff Physicist
Current institution: HRL Laboratories
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Entanglement and Quantum Error Correction with Superconducting Qubits
Dissertation abstract:

A quantum computer will use the properties of quantum physics to solve certain computational problems much faster than otherwise possible. One promising potential implementation is to...

Charles Riley's picture
Charles Riley
ckriley86@gmail.com
Current position: Manager, Finance & Strategy
Current institution: ConnectGen LLC
Thesis advisor: Jack Sandweiss
Dissertation title: Searching for Local Parity Violation in Heavy Ion Collisions
Dissertation abstract:

Parity violation of the strong interaction is prohibited globally, however, it may be possible for parity to be violated locally in hot, dense, and deconfined QCD matter created in...

Flavius Schackert's picture
Flavius Schackert
flavius.schackert@gmail.com
Current position: Software Engineer, Machine Learning
Current institution: Facebook, Inc.
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: A Practical Quantum-Limited Parametric Amplifier Based on the Josephson Ring Modulator
Dissertation abstract:

This dissertation has addressed the problem of developing the Josephson Parametric Converter (JPC) as a practical phase-preserving microwave parametric amplifier operating at the...

Adam Sears's picture
Adam Sears
adam.sears@gmail.com
Current position: Data Scientist
Current institution: LyondellBasell
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Extending Coherence of Superconducting Qubits: from microseconds to milliseconds
Dissertation abstract:

Circuit quantum electrodynamics (Circuit QED) is the extremely successful framework for studying quantum devices developed along with the transmon, a superconducting charge qubit with...

Degree Date: May, 2013
Sourpouhi Bedikian's picture
Sourpouhi Bedikian
s.bedikian@gmail.com
Current position: Consultant
Current institution: Princeton Consultants; Inc.
Thesis advisor: Sarah Demers
Dissertation title: A Search for the Charged Higgs: Using Tau Polarimetry with Proton-Proton Collisions at the ATLAS Detector
Dissertation abstract:

A search for a 130 GeV charged Higgs boson in ttbar events containing a tau lepton is presented. Tau polarimetry is used in order to distinguish the signal, t → H±b → τνb, from the...

Christopher Gilbreth's picture
Christopher Gilbreth
cngilbreth@gmail.com
Current position: Lead Physicist
Current institution: Quantum
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassid
Dissertation title: Ultracold Fermi Gases: Effective Interactions and Superfluidity
Dissertation abstract:

Cold atomic Fermi gases are clean, highly experimentally tunable systems with connections to many different fields of physics. However, in the strongly-interacting regime they are...

Archana Kamal's picture
Archana Kamal
kamal.archana@gmail.com
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: Universty of Massachusetts Lowell
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Nonreciprocity in active Josephson junction circuits
Dissertation abstract:

I will present different flavors of nonreciprocal photon dynamics realized using active parametric circuits based on Josephson junctions. The motivation stems from developing non-...

Louis Kastens's picture
Louis Kastens
yuvuphys@gmail.com
Current position: Data Analyst
Current institution: Planet Ecosystems
Thesis advisor: Daniel McKinsey
Dissertation title: Calibration of Two-Phase Liquid Xenon Detectors for the Direct Detection of Dark Matter
Dissertation abstract:

Evidence for the abundance of non-baryonic cold dark matter has led to the construction of liquid xenon detectors to directly detect WIMP-nucleon interactions. Traditional...

Zuhair Khandker's picture
Zuhair Khandker
zuhair.khandker@gmail.com
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thesis advisor: Walter Goldberger
Dissertation title: Embedding Methods for Conformal Field Theor
Dissertation abstract:

Conformal field theories (CFTs) are highly constrained by symmetry. For instance, based on symmetry considerations alone one can derive constraints on the form of correlators and on...

Nicholas Masluk's picture
Nicholas Masluk
octillion16@gmail.com
Current position: Research Staff Member / Manager
Current institution: IBM
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: Purifying the environment of the fluxonium artificial atom
Dissertation abstract:

Fluxonium is a highly anharmonic artificial atom, which makes use of an array of large Josephson junctions to shunt the junction of a Cooper-pair box for protection from charge noise...

John Murray's picture
John Murray
john.murray@yale.edu
Current position: Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Physics, and Neuroscience
Current institution: 40 Temple Street, Suite 6E
Thesis advisor: Xiao-Jing Wang
Research Website
Dissertation title: Specialization of neural circuits for cognition: linking structure to function through dynamics
Richard Wall's picture
Richard Wall
richard.wall@yale.edu
Current position: Physics Teacher
Current institution: The Hewitt School
Thesis advisor: Paul Tipton
Dissertation title: A study of heavy flavor quarks produced in association with top quark pair events at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV using the ATLAS detector
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis, we show evidence for the production of ttbar + b + X and ttbar + c + X, together refered to as ttbar + HF, at the Large Hadron Collider. A sample of dilepton ttbar...

Brian Walsh's picture
Brian Walsh
brian.j.walsh.1@gmail.com
Current position: Economist
Current institution: World Bank
Thesis advisor: Tobias Golling
Research Website
Dissertation title: Search for top squark pair production in final states with one isolated lepton, jets, and missing transverse momentum in 2011 ATLAS data
Dissertation abstract:

A cut-and-count search for stop squark pair production in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeVwith 4.71 fb−1 of 2011 ATLAS data is presented. Events with one isolated lepton, four or more jets...

Degree Date: December, 2012
Steven Eckel's picture
Steven Eckel
stephen.eckel@gmail.com
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Thesis advisor: Steve Lamoreaux
Research Website
Dissertation title: A Search for the Electron EDM using Europium-Barium Titanates
Dissertation abstract:

The discovery of a permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of a fundamental particle would prove a great discovery in modern physics, as such an EDM would violate some of the core symmetries...

Matthew Phillips's picture
Matthew Phillips
matthewphillips@fico.com
Current position: Lead Analytical Scientist
Current institution: FICO
Thesis advisor: Gordon M. Shepherd
Dissertation title: Sensory Processing in the Olfactory Bulb: From Lateral Inhibition to Behavior
Dissertation abstract:

Sensory perception is the fundamental process by which all organisms gain knowledge of their world. Perceptions arise from stimulations of sensory receptors that are translated into...

Hasuk Francis Song's picture
Hasuk Francis Song
francis.song@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: DeepMind
Thesis advisor: Karyn Le Hur
Dissertation title: Entanglement in Quantum Many-Body Systems
Dissertation abstract:

The scaling of entanglement entropy and, more recently, the full entanglement spectrum have become useful tools for characterizing certain universal features of quantum many-body systems....

Degree Date: May, 2012
Hanghui Chen's picture
Hanghui Chen
hanghui.chen@nyu.edu
Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics; Global Network Assistant Professor
Current institution: NYU Shanghai and New York University
Thesis advisor: Sohrab Ismail-Beigi
Research Website
Dissertation title: A first principles study of oxide interfaces
Dissertation abstract:

Both theoretically and experimentally, enormous progress has been made toward understanding and controlling materials at the atomic scales. The advances in thin film deposition techniques...

Andrew Jayich's picture
Andrew Jayich
andrew.jayich@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Research Website
Dissertation title: Laser cooling a 261 kHz harmonic oscillator
Dissertation abstract:

Optomechanics is a diverse field where mechanical harmonic oscillators are coupled to an optical field via radiation pressure. The mechanical devices range from atom clouds and nanotubes up...

Benjamin Kaplan's picture
Benjamin Kaplan
benjamin.kaplan@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Director, Data Science
Current institution: Oscar Health
Thesis advisor: Paul L. Tipton
Research Website
Dissertation title: Testing the Standard Model of Particle Physics: A Search for New Phenomena in Multilepton Events with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
Dissertation abstract:

An excess of events over the Standard Model predictions in final states with three or more high momentum charged leptons would constitute evidence of new physical processes. Presented is a...

Sarah Lockwitz's picture
Sarah Lockwitz
lockwitz@gmail.com
Current position: Physicist
Current institution: Fermilab
Thesis advisor: Paul Tipton
Dissertation title: A Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson in CDF II Data
Dissertation abstract:

This dissertation presents a search for the standard model Higgs boson in the associated production process proton anti-proton to ZH to electron positron b quark anti-b quark. Data...

Vladimir Manucharyan's picture
Vladimir Manucharyan
manuchar@umd.edu
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: University of Maryland
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Research Website
Dissertation title: Superinductance: a New Element for Quantum Circuits
Dissertation abstract:
We harness the phenomenon of kinetic inductance of a superconductor for the purposes of quantum information processing with superconducting circuits. In the present work, kinetic...
Carl Schreck's picture
Carl Schreck
carl.schreck@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
Current institution: Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospital
Thesis advisor: Corey O'Hern
Research Website
Dissertation title: Mechanical and vibrational properties of model granular media
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis describes comprehensive computational and theoretical studies of the mechanical and vibrational properties of athermal particulate systems, such as granular media, foams, and...

Benjamin Zwickl's picture
Benjamin Zwickl
ben.zwickl@rit.edu
Current position: Associate Professor of Physics
Current institution: Rochester Institute of Technology
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Research Website
Dissertation title: Progress Toward Observation of Radiation Pressure Shot Noise
Dissertation abstract:

Abstract: It has been over 100 years since the first conclusive demonstration of radiation pressure by Lebedev and Nichols and Hull. Cavity optomechanical systems—high finesse optical...

Degree Date: December, 2011
Anson D'Aloisio's picture
Anson D'Aloisio
ansond@ucr.edu
Current position: Assistant Professor in Physics & Astronomy
Current institution: University of California, Riverside
Thesis advisor: Priya Natarajan
Research Website
Dissertation title: Cosmological Structures and Gravitational Lensing
Dissertation abstract:

The statistics of cosmological structures and their associated gravitational lensing effects depend on the initial state of the Universe and the way that it expanded and cooled. Future...

Hal Finkel's picture
Hal Finkel
hfinkel@anl.gov
Current position: Assistant Computational Scientist
Current institution: Argonne National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Richard Easther
Dissertation title: Relics of Preheating After Inflation
Dissertation abstract:

Well-known problems with standard big-bang cosmology motivate the inflationary scenario. A large class of inflationary models...

Nathan Gilfoy's picture
Nathan Gilfoy
nathan.gilfoy@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Applications Engineer
Current institution: Zygo Corporation
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Experiments with Trapped Rubidiu Cesium Molecules
Dissertation abstract:

We measure the inelastic collision rates of ultracold, vibrationally excited RbCs molecules with Rb and Cs atoms. In order to...

Anders Knospe's picture
Anders Knospe
ank220@lehigh.edu
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: Lehigh University
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Research Website
Dissertation title: Yield and suppression of electrons from open heavy-flavor decays in heavy-ion collisions
Dissertation abstract:

Measurements by the STAR and PHENIX collaborations indicate that a quark-gluon plasma, a hot and dense state of matter in...

Jason Merrill's picture
Jason Merrill
jwmerrill@gmail.com
Current position: Software Developer
Current institution: Desmos, Inc.
Thesis advisor: Eric Dufresne
Dissertation title: Many-body force and mobility measurements in colloidal systems
Dissertation abstract:

We have extended a sensitive probe of colloidal interparticle forces, blinking optical tweezers, to allow measurements of...

Peter Orth's picture
Peter Orth
porth@iastate.edu
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: Iowa State University
Thesis advisor: Karyn Le Hur
Research Website
Dissertation title: Dissipative dynamics and novel quantum phases in strongly correlated cold-atom mixtures
Dissertation abstract:

We study the static and dynamical properties of a number of strongly correlated quantum many-body systems, that can be...

Joshua Spitz's picture
Joshua Spitz
spitzj@umich.edu
Current position: Norman M Leff Assistant Professor
Current institution: University of Michigan
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: Measuring Muon-Neutrino Charged-Current Differential Cross Sections with a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber
Dissertation abstract:

More than 80 years after its proposed existence, the neutrino remains largely mysterious and elusive. Precision measurements of the neutrino’s properties are just now beginning to...

Amar Vutha's picture
Amar Vutha
amar.vutha@utoronto.ca
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: University of Toronto
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: A search for the electric dipole moment of the electron with thorium monoxide
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis is concerned with the conception, design and construction of an experiment to search for the permanent electric dipole moment of the electron (de) with improved sensitivity....

Cheng Yang
cheng_yang@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Associate
Current institution: Mckinsey & Company
Thesis advisor: Jack Harris
Dissertation title: Progress Toward Observing Quantum Effects in an Optomechanical System in Cryogenics
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum optomechanical systems use radiation pressure of light to couple the optical field and the center-of-mass motion of...

Degree Date: May, 2011
Colin Anderson
ancolin@gmail.com
Current position: Research Staff Member
Current institution: Institute for Defense Analyses
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: Measurement of muon neutrino and antineutrino induced single neutral pion production cross sections
Dissertation abstract:

Elucidating the nature of neutrino oscillation continues to be a goal in the vanguard of the efforts of physics experiment...

Benjamin Auerbach's picture
Benjamin Auerbach
ben.auerbach@gmail.com
Current position: Director of Product Experience
Current institution: Allstate Insurance Company
Thesis advisor: Paul Tipton
Research Website
Dissertation title: Study of Proton-Antiproton Collisions That Contain Leptons, a Photon and a b-quark Using The CDF II Detector
Dissertation abstract:

We present a search for anomalous production of the signature lepton + photon + b-quark + missing transverse energy produced in...

Kevin Garrity's picture
Kevin Garrity
kevin.garrity@nist.gov
Current position: Research Physicist
Current institution: NIST
Thesis advisor: Sohrab Ismail-Beigi
Research Website
Dissertation title: Ab Initio Studies of Surfaces and Interfaces
Dissertation abstract:

Over the past 50 years, our ability to design and fabricate materials and devices with ever-smaller components has improved...

Pai-hsien Hsu's picture
Pai-hsien Hsu
b89202043@ntu.edu.tw
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: National Tsing Hua University
Thesis advisor: Keith Baker
Dissertation title: First measurement of Z bosons with the ATLAS detector at the LHC and its implications for new physics beyond the Standard Model
Dissertation abstract:

We present the first measurement of Z...

Blake Johnson's picture
Blake Johnson
blake.johnson@ibm.com
Current position: Distinguished Research Scientist
Current institution: IBM
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Controlling Photons in Superconducting Electrical Circuits
Dissertation abstract:

Circuit quantum electrodynamics (circuit QED) is a system that allows for strong coupling between microwave photons in...

Steven Linden's picture
Steven Linden
slinden1@bnl.gov
Current position: Detector Physicist
Current institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Bonnie Fleming
Dissertation title: Measurement of the muon neutrino charged current pion production to quasi-elastic cross section ratio on mineral oil in a 0.8 GeV neutrino beam
Dissertation abstract:

Charged current single pion production (CCπ...

Ethan Neil's picture
Ethan Neil
etnduke@gmail.com
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: University of Colorado, Boulder
Thesis advisor: Thomas Appelquist
Dissertation title: Dependence of Yang-Mills theory on the number of light fermions
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory which governs strong nuclear interactions and an integral part of the standard model,...

Will Shanks's picture
Will Shanks
will.shanks@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Researcher
Current institution: IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Thesis advisor: Jack harris
Dissertation title: Persistent Currents in Normal Metal Rings
Dissertation abstract:

One striking phenomenon of mesoscopic ...

Degree Date: December, 2010
James Gilmore's picture
James Gilmore
james.gilmore@aya.yale.edu
Current position: ACA affiliate member
Current institution: Australian Centre for Astrobiology, UNSW Syndney
Thesis advisor: Walter Goldberger
Dissertation title: Binary Dynamics, Black Holes, and Inflationary Perturbations: Applications in General Relativity and Field Theory
Dissertation abstract:

General Relativity is the standard framework by which all gravitational systems are analyzed in modern research, and it...

Paul Hamilton's picture
Paul Hamilton
paul.hamilton@ucla.edu
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Research Website
Dissertation title: Preliminary results in the search for the electron electric dipole moment in PbO*
Dissertation abstract:

The discovery of an electric dipole moment (EDM) of a fundamental particle would provide evidence for physics beyond the Standard...

Hugh Lippincott's picture
Hugh Lippincott
hlippincott@ucsb.edu
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Thesis advisor: Daniel McKinsey
Research Website
Dissertation title: DEAP/CLEAN: Detecting dark matter with liquid argon and liquid neon
Dissertation abstract:

There is a great deal of observational evidence across a wide variety of scales that a large fraction of the universe and most...

Rona Ramos's picture
Rona Ramos
rona.ramos@yale.edu
Current position: Graduate Services Coordinator; Lecturer Physics
Current institution: SPL 35A
Thesis advisor: Sean Barrett
Dissertation title: Novel Pulse Sequences Exploiting the Effects of Hard π-pulses
Dissertation abstract: In magnetic resonance and other spectroscopies, the strong pulses used to control coherent spin evolution are often approximated as instantaneous delta function rotations. However, small...
Degree Date: May, 2010
Peter Adshead's picture
Peter Adshead
adshead@illinois.edu
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Thesis advisor: Richard Easther
Research Website
Dissertation title: Cosmological Perturbation Theory and the Early Universe
Dissertation abstract:

Modern cosmology seeks to find new ways in which gravity and quantum field theory can lead to new, consistent models of the early universe while also designing tests and experiments to...

Lev Bishop's picture
Lev Bishop
lsbishop@us.ibm.com
Current position: Research Staff Member
Current institution: IBM Research
Thesis advisor: Steven Girvin
Research Website
Dissertation title: Circuit quantum electrodynamics
Dissertation abstract:

Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics (cQED), the study of the interaction between superconducting circuits behaving as artificial...

Robert J. Casperson's picture
Robert J. Casperson
casperson1@llnl.gov
Current position: Staff Scientist
Current institution: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Volker Werner
Research Website
Dissertation title: Experimental and numerical analysis of mixed -symmetry states and large boson systems
Dissertation abstract:

An investigation into the role of the hexadecapole degree of freedom in weakly-collective vibrational nuclei is described....

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Jerry M Chow
chowmj@us.ibm.com
Current position: Senior Manager - Quantum System Technology
Current institution: IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Research Website
Dissertation title: Quantum information processing with superconducting qubits
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis describes the theoretical framework, implementation, and measurements of a quantum processor comprised of...

Li Ge's picture
Li Ge
li.ge@csi.cuny.edu
Current position: Professor
Current institution: College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Thesis advisor: A. Douglas Stone
Research Website
Dissertation title: Steady-state ab initio laser theory and its applications in random and complex media
Dissertation abstract:

A semiclassical theory of single and multimode lasing, the Steady-state Ab Initio Laser Theory (SALT), is presented in this...

Jonathan Jerke's picture
Jonathan Jerke
jonathan.jerke@quantumgalaxies.com
Current position: Entrepreneurial Lead
Current institution: Quantum Galaxies Corporation
Thesis advisor: Charles Baltay
Research Website
Dissertation title: Study of quasar variability
Dissertation abstract:

The Palomar-QUEST Variability Survey has been completed. This thesis has analyzed the data set with the goal of determining...

Xinhui Lu's picture
Xinhui Lu
xinhui.lu@cuhk.edu.hk
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Thesis advisor: Simon Mochrie
Research Website
Dissertation title: Dynamic and static structure studies of colloidal suspensions with XPCS, SAXS and XNFS
Dissertation abstract:

In the first project, I studied the onset of structural arrest and glass formation in a suspension of silica nanoparticles in a...

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David Rahmlow
drahmlow@wyatt.com
Current position: Senior Scientist
Current institution: Wyatt Technology
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Research Website
Dissertation title: Towards a measurement of parity nonconservation in diatomic molecules
Dissertation abstract:

Certain aspects of electroweak parity violation can be explored in atoms and molecules using techniques common in atomic and...

Degree Date: December, 2009
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Stephen Baumgart
slbaumgart@gmail.com
Current position: Systems Engineer Physicist
Current institution: Varian Medical Systems
Thesis advisor: Helen Caines
Dissertation title: A Study of Open Charm Production in 200 GeV Heavy Ion Collisons
Dissertation abstract:

A hot and dense form of matter is produced in Au+Au and Cu+Cu collisions at [special characters omitted] = 200 GeV at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider. This matter exhibits the features...

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Jack Challis
john.challis@gmail.com
Current position: SVP, US Operations
Current institution: Lucence
Thesis advisor: Steven Girvin
Dissertation title: Theory of p-Orbital Bosons
Dissertation abstract:

Bosons in the excited band of an optical lattice have garnered much interest due to their novel orbital-dependent phenomena. Upon reviewing the literature, we study the preparation of a...

David Glenn's picture
David Glenn
dglenn@cfa.harvard.edu
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: Harvard University
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Development of Techniques for Cooling and Trapping Polar Diatomic Molecules
Dissertation abstract:

The study of ultracold dipolar molecules is an important emerging frontier in atomic physics. This thesis discusses the development of techniques for cooling diatomic molecules, focussing...

Ke Han's picture
Ke Han
ke.han@sjtu.edu.cn
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Thesis advisor: Jack Sandweiss
Dissertation title: Search for Stable Strange Quark Matter in Lunar Soil
Dissertation abstract:

Strange Quark Matter (SQM) is a proposed state of hadronic matter made up of roughly one-third each of up, down, and strange quarks in a single hadronic bag. For the last three decades, a...

Guoji Lin's picture
Guoji Lin
gouji.lin@gmail.com
Current position: software developer team lead
Current institution: Bloomberg
Thesis advisor: Jack Sandweiss
Dissertation title: Electro-magnetic physics studies at RHIC: Neutral pion production, direct photon HBT, photon elliptic flow in gold-gold collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV and the Muon Telescope Detector simulation
Dissertation abstract:

Electro-magnetic (E&M) probes such as direct photons and muons (μ) are important tools to study the properties of the...

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Christine Nattrass
christine.nattrass@utk.edu
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: University of Tennessee, Knoxvill
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Research Website
Dissertation title: System size, energy, and particle type dependence of di-hadron correlations in heavy ion collisions
Dissertation abstract:

QCD predicts a phase transition in nuclear matter at high energy densities. This matter, called a Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), should have very different properties from normal nuclear matter...

Jing Qian's picture
Jing Qian
jing.qian@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Senior Associate Consultant
Current institution: May Clinic
Thesis advisor: Andreas Heinz
Dissertation title: Commissioning of a new focal plane detection system of SASSYER and spectroscopy of rutherfordium-257
Dissertation abstract:

To improve the understanding of the evolution of nuclear structure near the shell closures at N = 126, recoil-decay tagging, which provides a very high channel selectivity, is a very...

Elizabeth Williams's picture
Elizabeth Williams
elizabeth.williams@anu.edu.au
Current position: Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor)
Current institution: Australian National University
Thesis advisor: Volker Werner
Research Website
Dissertation title: A study of transitional collective behavior in heavy nuclei
Dissertation abstract:

Throughout the nuclear landscape, regions of structural transition have provided a sensitive means of testing our understanding of nuclear structure. In this work, two aspects of...

Ryan Winkler's picture
Ryan Winkler
ryan.winkler@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Associate
Current institution: Michigan State University
Thesis advisor: Andreas Heinz
Dissertation title: Spectroscopy of actinium-215 and (p,t) studies of the stable palladium isotopes
Dissertation abstract:

The study of both the microscopic and macroscopic structural evolution of the atomic nucleus is presented in this work. The...

Degree Date: May, 2009
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Jiji Fan
jijifan1982@gmail.com
Current position: Assistant Professor
Current institution: Brown University
Thesis advisor: Witold Skiba
Research Website
Dissertation title: Symmetries in particle physics beyond the Standard Model: Supersymmetry, conformal symmetry and accidental Lorentz symmetry
Dissertation abstract:

The Standard Model provides a successful description of presently known particle phenomena up to scale of hundreds of GeV. Still, the Standard Model is a work in progress and could be...

Degree Date: December, 2008
Oana Catu
oana.catu@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Software Engineer
Current institution: AppFolio
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Studying parton energy loss in hot nuclear matter using dihadron correlations
Dissertation abstract:

Results from the experiments at RHIC showed evidence that a strongly interacting medium is formed in ultra-relativistic heavy...

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Sebastian Schmidt
schmidt@quantumpatents.com
Current position: Patent Attorney
Current institution: Quantum IP
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassid
Research Website
Dissertation title: Electron interactions in chaotic metallic grains
Dissertation abstract:

We study the effect of electron-electron interactions on transport and thermodynamic properties of small, chaotic metallic...

Degree Date: May, 2008
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Anne Bauer
ahbauer01@gmail.com
Current position: Lead Data Scientist
Current institution: The New York Times
Thesis advisor: Charles Baltay
Dissertation title: AGN variability and candidate blazars in the Palomar -QUEST survey
Dissertation abstract:

Active galactic nuclei are extraordinarily complex systems with many interacting components, fueled by the gravitational potential...

Gustavo Fernandes's picture
Gustavo Fernandes
gustavo_fernandes@brown.edu
Current position: Co-Founder
Current institution: Circadian Positioning Systems
Thesis advisor: Richard Chang
Dissertation title: Elastic light scattering from aerosol particles and direct coupling of micro-resonators
Dissertation abstract:

Two unrelated topics are treated in this thesis. In Part I the measurement and interpretation of two-angle optical scattering (TAOS) patterns from aerosol...

Samuel Flores's picture
Samuel Flores
samuelflores@gmail.com
Current position: Dean of Students (Studierektor)
Current institution: Stockholm University
Thesis advisor: Mark Gerstein
Dissertation title: Flexibility and domain dynamics of proteins
Dissertation abstract:

The prediction of conformational change in proteins has a long history, with many contributions and outstanding problems....

Russell Hart's picture
Russell Hart
Current position: Principal Hardware Development EngineerPrincipal
Current institution: Draper
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Research Website
Dissertation title: Direct measurement of the difference of quantum mechanical scattering phase shifts
Dissertation abstract:

We have developed a novel quantum scattering interferometer to make direct and unambiguous measurements of quantum-...

Yong Jiang's picture
Yong Jiang
yong.jiang@yale.edu
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Research Website
Dissertation title: Progress Towards Searching for Electron Electric Dipole Moment Using PbO
Dissertation abstract:

Observation of a non-zero electron electric dipole moment (EDM) will be explicit evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. There is significant interest in developing experiments that...

Michael Metcalfe
mbm@umd.edu
Current position: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Current institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Thesis advisor: Michel Devoret
Dissertation title: A new microwave resonator readout scheme for superconducting qubits
Dissertation abstract:

Quantum computation is a relatively new field of research, which uses the properties of quantum mechanical systems for...

John Teufel's picture
John Teufel
john.teufel@nist.gov
Current position: Lecturer
Current institution: NIST
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Research Website
Dissertation title: Superconducting tunnel junctions as direct detectors for submillimeter astronomy
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis presents measurements on the of performance of superconducting tunnel junctions (STJ) as direct detectors for...

Christopher Wrede's picture
Christopher Wrede
wrede@nscl.msu.edu
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: Michigan State University
Thesis advisor: Peter Parker
Dissertation title: Nuclear Energy Levels of 31S and Astrophysical Implications
Dissertation abstract:

Several presolar grains have recently been discovered in primitive meteorites with non-solar 12C/13C, 14N/ 15N, 29Si/28Si and 30Si...

Degree Date: December, 2007
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Sarah Bickman
sarah.bickman@gmail.com
Current position: Product Manager Lead
Current institution: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Thesis advisor: David DeMille
Dissertation title: Progress towards a Measurement of the Electric Dipole Moment of the Electron using PbO*
Dissertation abstract:

We have proposed and begun implementing an experiment to look for an electric dipole moment (EDM) of the electron, d e, using the...

Dale Li's picture
Dale Li
daleli@slac.stanford.edu
Current position: Staff Scientist
Current institution: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Sean Barrett
Research Website
Dissertation title: Unexpected spin echoes in dipolar solids: Intrinsic effects of finite Pi pulses on quantum coherence
Dissertation abstract:

This doctoral dissertation is a detailed examination of the effects of strong π pulses applied to a large system of spin-½ nuclei. Nuclear magnetic...

Ruoxin Li
li.ruoxin@gmail.com
Current position: Senior Director, Advanced Analytics
Current institution: Iqvia
Thesis advisor: Kurt Gibble
Dissertation title: Phase Variations in microwave carvities for atomic clocks
Dissertation abstract:

We analyze the phase variations of the microwave field in a TE011 microwave cavity and how these variations affect the frequency of an atomic clock. We analytically solve for the microwave...

George Mias's picture
George Mias
george.mias@gmail.com
Current position: Chief of Systems Biology Division, IQ Center, MSU, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Current institution: Michigan State University
Thesis advisor: Steven Girvin
Research Website
Dissertation title: Domains of Quantum Magnetism
Dissertation abstract:

This dissertation explores different theoretical aspects of domains in quantum magnetism. In the first part, domain seeding is...

Degree Date: May, 2007
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Betty Abelev
betty.abelev@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Process Improvement Data Analysis Lead
Current institution: Invitae
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Multi-strange baryon correlations at RHIC
Dissertation abstract:

A hot and dense medium is produced in central Au197+Au 197 collisions at [...

Hongzhi Cheng
hongzhi.cheng@aya.yale.edu
Thesis advisor: John Tully
Dissertation title: Nonadiabatic dynamics at metal surfaces
Dissertation abstract:

The dynamics of atomic and molecular motion at metal surfaces govern a host of important processes. To successfully simulate those processes, we often...

Kevin Koch's picture
Kevin Koch
kmkoch@mcw.edu
Current position: Associate Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Engineering
Current institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Thesis advisor: Douglas Rothman & Robin de Graaf
Dissertation title: In Vivo Static Field Perturbations in Magnetic Resonance
Dissertation abstract:

Fundamental magnetic resonance (MR) theory assumes the spatial homogeneity of a dominating static magnetic field B = B 0z&circ...

Stephen Powell's picture
Stephen Powell
Stephen.Powell@nottingham.ac.uk
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: University of Nottingham
Thesis advisor: R. Shankar
Research Website
Dissertation title: Quantum phases and transitions of many -body systems realized using cold atomic gases
Dissertation abstract:

In recent years, new advances in techniques for trapping and cooling atoms have allowed the production of atomic gases at low-enough temperatures and high...

Veronica Savu's picture
Veronica Savu
veronica.savu@morphotonix.com
Current position: CEO and co-founder
Current institution: Morphotonix
Thesis advisor: Daniel Prober
Research Website
Dissertation title: The light at the end of the tunnel junction: Improving the energy resolution of UV single -photon spectrometers using diffusion engineering
Dissertation abstract:

We present experimental results which test whether diffusion engineering can increase the energy resolution of a single-photon superconducting tunnel junction spectrometer. When a UV photon...

David Schuster's picture
David Schuster
David.Schuster@uchicago.edu
Current position: Associate Professor of Physics
Current institution: University of Chicago
Thesis advisor: Robert Schoelkopf
Dissertation title: Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics
Dissertation abstract:
This thesis describes the development of circuit quantum electrodynamics (QED), architecture for studying quantum information and quantum optics. In circuit QED a...
Mary Vasu
mary.vasu@aya.yale.edu
Thesis advisor: Vincent Moncrief
Dissertation title: Explicit results of first order perturbation study of Bianchi III manifolds: Dust and radiation
Dissertation abstract:

We perform a linear perturbation study of two instances of Bianchi III manifolds: dust and radiation. Two distinct methods are used to ascertain the fate...

Degree Date: December, 2006
Zhenyu Han
zyhan@uoregon.edu
Current position: Research Associate
Current institution: University of Oregon
Thesis advisor: Witold Skiba
Dissertation title: Topics in particle physics beyond the standard model
Dissertation abstract:

In this dissertation, a few topics in physics beyond the standard model (SM) of particle physics are studied. These topics can be divided to two parts....

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Anuj Parikh
xrayburst@gmail.com
Current position: Actor
Thesis advisor: Peter Parker
Research Website
Dissertation title: Production of 26Al in Oxygen-Neon-Magnesium Novae
Dissertation abstract:
In the beta-decay of the ground state of 26Al (denoted 26gAl, t1/2 = 7.2 x 105 y), a characteristic 1.809 MeV gamma-ray is emitted. This signature of the presence of 26gAl has...
Qian Wan's picture
Qian Wan
qian.wan.2010@gmail.com
Current position: Co-founder
Current institution: Lonk, Inc.
Thesis advisor: Francesco Iachello
Dissertation title: A Unified Description of Baryon Form Factors
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis, a calculation of all nucleon electromagnetic form factors is reported. The calculation is done in a two-...

Degree Date: May, 2006
Deseree Meyer Brittingham
dmeyerbrittingham@agnesscott.edu
Current position: Instructor in Physics and Astronomy
Current institution: Agnes Scott College
Thesis advisor: Richard Casten
Dissertation title: Nuclear structure studies in the rare earth and trans-lead regions
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis addresses two very different topics. The first part explores the structure of 209Fr. Excited states in ...

Elizabeth Ricard-McCutchan
mccutchan@bnl.gov
Current position: Res Staff 6 Physics
Current institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Richard Casten
Research Website
Dissertation title: Critical phase/shape transitions in heavy nuclei
Dissertation abstract:

A fundamental issue of nuclear physics is the evolution of collective nuclear structure with variations in the number of...

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Savil Salur
salur@physics.rutgers.edu
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: Rutgers University
Thesis advisor: John Harris
Dissertation title: Investigation of hadronic resonances with STAR
Dissertation abstract:

Strongly interacting, high density matter is produced in heavy ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Hadronic resonances, due to...

Ruquan Wang's picture
Ruquan Wang
ruquanwang@iphy.ac.cn
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Thesis advisor: Mark Kasevich
Research Website
Dissertation title: Approaching lithium BEC with a mini trap
Dissertation abstract:

I will discuss the various experimental techniques to achieve BEC of bosonic 7Li. The emphasis is...

Degree Date: December, 2005
Lei Fang
lei.x.fang@aya.yale.edu
Current institution: JPMorgan Chase
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassid
Dissertation title: Shell Model Monte Carlo Methods for Nuclei at Finite Temperature
Alexander Karpikov's picture
Alexander Karpikov
alexander.karpikov@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Researcher
Current institution: Fidelity Investments
Thesis advisor: Steven Orszag
Dissertation title: Lattice Boltzmann Studies of Turbulence in Non- Newtonian Fluids
Rachel Lewis's picture
Rachel Lewis
rachel.lewis@gmail.com
Current position: Assistant Director
Current institution: Centre for Operations Excellence, UBC Sauder School of Business
Thesis advisor: Peter Parker
Dissertation title: Resonances of Proton Capture on the Isomer of Al-26 in Si- 27
Degree Date: May, 2004
Adam Hecht's picture
Adam Hecht
hecht@unm.edu
Current position: Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Current institution: University of New Mexico
Thesis advisor: Cornelius Beausang
Research Website
Dissertation title: Nuclear Chiral Symmetry in the Mass A ~ 130 Region
Dissertation abstract:
In triaxial deformed nuclei, the short, intermediate, and long deformation axes may be used to define a coordinate system. In 1997, Frauendorf and Meng [Fr97] proposed that...
Degree Date: December, 2003
Peter Andrews's picture
Peter Andrews
paa@drpa.us
Current position: Senior Computer Scientist
Current institution: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Charles Baltay
Dissertation title: Quasar counts from variability and color selected samples
Dissertation abstract:

Quasars are among the brightest and most distant objects known, making them intrinsically interesting as well as ideal probes of the history of the universe. Over 23,000...

Dale Visser's picture
Dale Visser
dale.visser@live.com
Current position: Research Staff Member
Current institution: Institute for Defense Analyses
Thesis advisor: Peter Parker
Dissertation title: Particle decay branching ratios for states of astrophysical importance in neon-19
Dissertation abstract:

Reactions through resonances in 19Ne are thought to be important participants in explosive stellar environments. In x-ray bursters, 15O(alpha,gamma) has been suggested as...

Degree Date: May, 2003
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Mark Caprio
mcaprio@nd.edu
Current position: Associate Professor, Associate Chair & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Physics
Current institution: University of Notre Dame
Thesis advisor: Richard Casten
Research Website
Dissertation title: Structure of Collective Modes in Transitional and Deformed Nuclei
Dissertation abstract:

The collective structure of atomic nuclei intermediate between spherical and quadrupole deformed structure presents challenges...

Zhaoou Yu's picture
Zhaoou Yu
zhaoou.yu@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Financial Engineer
Current institution: Bloomberg LP
Thesis advisor: Michael Schmidt
Dissertation title: Bottom Quark-Antiquark Production and Mixing in Photon-Antiphoton Collisions
Dissertation abstract:

The studies of bottom quark-antiquark production in proton-antiproton collisions play an important role in testing perturbative QCD. Measuring the mixing parameter of B...

Degree Date: December, 2001
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Chiranjeeb Buragohain
chiranjeeb@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Architect
Current institution: Oracle
Thesis advisor: Subir Sachdev
Dissertation title: Dynamical properties of quantum antiferromagnets in one and two dimensions
Dissertation abstract:

The study of low dimensional antiferromagnetic systems in recent times has led to major advances in our understanding about states of strongly correlated electron systems. The low...

Andrew Poon's picture
Andrew Poon
eeawpoon@ust.hk
Current position: Professor
Current institution: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Thesis advisor: Richard Chang
Research Website
Dissertation title: Optical resonances of two-dimensional microcavities with circular and non-circular shapes
Dissertation abstract:

Optical resonances of two-dimensional microcavities are experimentally studied by using elastic scattering from optical fibers with circular, square and deform shapes. A focused Gaussian...

Degree Date: December, 2000
Jia Chen's picture
Jia Chen
jia.chen.nyc@gmail.com
Current position: Offering Leader, Blockchain for Healthcare & Life Sciences
Current institution: IBM
Thesis advisor: Mark Reed
Dissertation title: Molecular Wires, Switches and Memories
Dissertation abstract:

Molecular electronics, an emerging field, makes it possible to build individual molecules capable of performing functions identical or analogous to present-day conductors, switches, or...

Degree Date: December, 1998
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Ilya Gruzberg
gruzberg.1@osu.edu
Current position: Professor
Current institution: Ohio State University
Thesis advisor: Nicholas Read
Dissertation title: Supersymmetry method in the study of disordered systems
Dissertation abstract:

Much of the interest of today's condensed matter physics lies in the area of disordered systems. Properties specific to the presence of randomness in a broad class of such systems may be...

Degree Date: May, 1998
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Aimé Fournier
aime@mit.edu
Current position: Research Scientist
Current institution: MIT
Thesis advisor: Barry Saltzman
Dissertation title: Wavelet Analysis of Atmospheric Blocking Dynamics and Energetics
Dissertation abstract:

The atmospheric state is describable by spatial point values or by harmonic coefficients. Spatially localized structures have slowly-decaying; harmonic coefficients; coefficients define...

Degree Date: December, 1997
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Douglas Bergman
bergman@physics.utah.edu
Current position: Associate Professor
Current institution: University of Utah
Thesis advisor: Michael Zeller
Research Website
Dissertation title: A search for the decay of a charged kaon into a pion, a muon and an electron
Dissertation abstract:

We search for the lepton flavor number violating decay $K\sp+ \to \pi\sp+\mu\sp+e\sp-$ in Experiment E865 at the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Data...

Degree Date: May, 1996
Timothy Roach's picture
Timothy Roach
troach@holycross.edu
Current position: Associate Professor of Physics
Current institution: College of the Holy Cross
Thesis advisor: Edward Hinds
Dissertation title: Interaction of laser-cooled atoms and magnetic surfaces
Dissertation abstract:

We have studied the interaction of cold atoms with ferromagnetic surfaces. The atomic source is a magneto-optic trap (MOT) that captures Rb atoms from a dilute vapor and cools them to 30 $\...

Degree Date: December, 1994
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Nicholas Kaloskamis
nkaloskamis@gmail.com
Current position: CEO
Current institution: IEK KEK AXIA
Thesis advisor: C. J. (Kim) Lister
Research Website
Dissertation title: APEX: An Experiment to Study Correlated Positron-Electron Production in Heavy-Ion Collisions
Dissertation abstract:

The production of positrons in heavy ion collisions has been of great interest during the past decade. The unexpected discovery of correlated sharp positron-electron peaks in the energy...

Sinan Utku's picture
Sinan Utku
sutku@cov.com
Current position: Special Counsel & U.S. Patent Attourney
Current institution: Covington & Burling LLP
Thesis advisor: Peter Parker
Dissertation title: The connection of the hot carbon-nitrogen-oxygen cycle and the rp-process at fluorine-18
Dissertation abstract:

The observation of heavy elements such as Ne, Mg, Al, Si in various novae ejecta, a large isotopic abundance ratio of $\sp{22}$Ne/$\sp{20}$Ne compared to solar ratios in some meteorites,...

Degree Date: May, 1994
Abhay Deshpande's picture
Abhay Deshpande
abhay.deshpande@stonybrook.edu
Current position: Professor
Current institution: Stony Brook University
Thesis advisor: Michael Zeller
Dissertation title: Study of the decay of positively charged kaon into a positively charged pion, a positron and an electron. and a measurement of the decay of neutral pion into a positron and an electron
Dissertation abstract:

An experiment (E851) dedicated to study of the rare decay $K\sp+ \to \pi\sp{+}e\sp{+}e\sp{-}$, $K\sb{\pi ee}$, was performed in the spring of 1989 at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s...

Harsh Mathur's picture
Harsh Mathur
harsh.mathur@case.edu
Current position: Professor of Physics
Current institution: Case Western Reserve University
Thesis advisor: A. Douglas Stone
Research Website
Dissertation title: Disorder and Interaction Effects in Mesoscopic Conductors
Dissertation abstract:

In this dissertation we study some low temperature phenomena in disordered conductors.

First we investigate the effects of spin precession on weak-localization. It is argued that the...

Degree Date: March, 1994
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Mark Vagins
mvagins@uci.edu
Current position: Professor of Physics
Current institution: University of Tokyo, Kavli IPMU/University of California, Irvine
Thesis advisor: Michael Schmidt
Research Website
Dissertation title: A measurement of the branching ratio for the long-lived neutral kaon going to two electrons and two positrons
Dissertation abstract:

The final result of Brookhaven Experiment 845 is discussed. This experiment was a dedicated search for decays of the long-lived neutral kaon, $K\sb{L}$, into electromagnetic final states,...

Degree Date: May, 1993
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Vahid Sandoghdar
vahid.sandoghdar@mpl.mpg.de
Current position: Director
Current institution: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Thesis advisor: Edward Hinds
Dissertation title: Direct measurement of the Lennard-Jonesvan der Waals energy of an atom in a sub-micron cavity
Dissertation abstract:

The attraction of an atom to metallic surfaces has been common knowledge for more than 150 years. In the framework of quantum electrodynamics, and to a first approximation, this interaction...

Stephen Takach's picture
Stephen Takach
sftakach007@gmail.com
Current position: Lead Consultant
Current institution: Decision Focussed Analytics
Thesis advisor: Paul Karchin
Dissertation title: The production distributions of positive,negative D meson and neutral D meson/neutral D antimeson from negative pion neutron interactions
Dissertation abstract:

Fermilab experiment E769, which took data in the fixed target run of 1987, collected approximately 370 $\times$ 10$\sp6$ events using a 250 GeV mixed hadron beam impinging on a multifoil...

Degree Date: December, 1992
Ibrahim Semiz's picture
Ibrahim Semiz
semizibr@boun.edu.tr
Current position: Professor of Physics
Current institution: Bogazici University
Thesis advisor: Vincent Moncrief
Dissertation title: On Dyonic Black Holes and Cosmic Censorship
Dissertation abstract:

In this thesis, we construct two thought experiments to test the Cosmic Censorship Conjecture, attempting to overcharge and/or overspin a critical four-parameter (the usual three of mass,...

Degree Date: May, 1992
Martin White's picture
Martin White
mwhite@berkeley.edu
Current position: Faculty
Current institution: University of California, Berkeley
Thesis advisor: Lawrence M. Krauss
Dissertation title: Investigations in particle physics and cosmology
Dissertation abstract:

This thesis divides naturally into three parts. The first deals with the use of gravitational lensing as a probe of cosmology: an analysis of the limits on the cosmological constant that...

Degree Date: December, 1991
Steven Klepper's picture
Steven Klepper
steven.klepper@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Technical Director, Science & Technology
Current institution: Raytheon Company
Thesis advisor: Daniel Prober
Dissertation title: Sensitivity of quantum electron conductance to elastic scatterers and to spin-orbit scattering in gallium arsenide heterostructures
Dissertation abstract:

“Universal” Conductance Fluctuations (UCF) are studied by measuring electron magnetoconductance in micron-size wires fabricated from GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures. These aperiodic...

Degree Date: May, 1991
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Hay Yeung Cheung
hay.yeung.cheung@myerswolin.com
Current position: Patent Attorney
Current institution: Myers Wolin, LLC
Thesis advisor: Feza Gursey
Dissertation title: Hadronic symmetries of skyrmions
Dissertation abstract:

After reviewing the minimal SU(2) Skyrme model, we generalize it to a composite model. The predictions are found to be in good agreement with experiment, and an interpretation of solitons...

Jonathan Gilligan's picture
Jonathan Gilligan
jonathan.gilligan@vanderbilt.edu
Current position: Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Current institution: Vanderbilt University
Thesis advisor: Edward Eyler
Dissertation title: Precise multiphoton spectroscopy of the hydrogen, hydrogen deuteride, and deuterium molecules and a new determination of the ionization potential of hydrogen deuteride
Dissertation abstract:

In recent years, advances in theoretical treatments have made molecular hydrogen attractive for studies of fundamental physics in molecules. The relativistic and radiative corrections to...

Degree Date: December, 1990
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Brian Bush
consult@brianwbush.info
Current position: Principal Scientist
Current institution: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Yoram Alhassid
Research Website
Dissertation title: Shape Fluctuations in Hot Rotating Nuclei
Dissertation abstract:

We present a unified theory of quadrupole shape fluctuations in highly excited rotating nuclei using the framework of the Landau Theory of shape transitions. The theory is applied to...

Degree Date: May, 1990
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Adam W. Anderson
adamanderson011235@gmail.com
Current position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Current institution: Vanderbilt University
Thesis advisor: Eward Hinds
Dissertation title: Observation of van der Waals and optical dipole forces on atoms in a microcavity
Dissertation abstract:

When placed in a cavity, an atom experiences forces due to its interaction with the cavity’s electromagnetic field. We have studied the effect of these forces on the trajectory of an...

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Steve Kettell
kettell@bnl.gov
Current position: Senior Scientist
Current institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Thesis advisor: Vernon Hughes
Dissertation title: Measurement of the doublet-2S(1/2)-doublet-2P(3/2) fine structure interval in muonium
Dissertation abstract:

The $\rm(2\sp2 S\sb{1/2}$-$\rm 2\sp2 P\sb{3/2})$ fine structure transition in muonium has been observed for the first time. The measured value is 9895$\sbsp{-30}{+35}$ MHz. This measurement...

Degree Date: May, 1989
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Viqar Husain
vhusain@unb.ca
Current position: Professor
Current institution: University of New Brunswick
Thesis advisor: Lee Smolin
Dissertation title: Investigations on the canonical quantization of gravity
Dissertation abstract:

The Hamiltonian formulations of classical general relativity are used as the starting point for investigating specific questions associated with the quantization of gravity. (i) The ADM...

Degree Date: May, 1988
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Derrick Hylton
dhylton@spelman.edu
Current position: Associate Professor of Physics
Current institution: Spelman College
Thesis advisor: Peter Mohr
Dissertation title: The nuclear size correction to the Lamb shift in hydrogen
Dissertation abstract:

Recent measurements of the n = 2 Lamb shift for hydrogen have uncertainties ranging from 4-40 ppm. It has been suggested that theoretical calculations at this level of accuracy should...

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Chia-Jung “Charlie” Liu
charlie.liu@charter.com
Current position: VP, Engineering IP Management
Current institution: Charter Communications
Thesis advisor: Vernon Hughes
Dissertation title: Part I. A new method for optical measurement of proton polarization. Part II. Orientation of H(2P) by beam-tilted-foil interaction
Dissertation abstract:

Part 1: A new method for optical measurement of proton polarization. A new method has been developed to measure the polarization of low energy (10 keV to 100 keV) protons. The basic...

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Elie Track
elie.track@aya.yale.edu
Current position: CEO
Current institution: nVizix LLC
Thesis advisor: Daniel Prober
Dissertation title: Electron tunneling studies in tantalum overlayers on niobium and in tantalum and niobium nitride films
Dissertation abstract:

Tunneling measurements have been performed on tantalum surface layers on niobium. The thickness of the tantalum layer ranges from 10 to 100 A. The critical current, bound-state energy,...

Degree Date: December, 1986
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Dimitra Karabali
dimitra.karabali@lehman.cuny.edu
Current position: Professor of Physics
Current institution: Lehman College, CUNY
Thesis advisor: Thomas Appelquist
Dissertation title: Nonperturbative Aspects of (2+1) Dimensional Field Theories
Dissertation abstract:

Certain nonperturbative phenomena appearing in two specific (2 + 1) dimensional models are studied.

The phenomenon of fractional spin and exotic statistics in (2 + 1) dimensions is...

Degree Date: May, 1986
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Steve Axelrod
steve.axelrod@gtechhealth.com
Current position: CEO and President
Current institution: G-Tech Medical, Inc.
Thesis advisor: Michael Zeller
Dissertation title: A Measurement of Sigma-Plus formation at 180 Degrees by Negative Kaons near 700 Mev/C
Dissertation abstract:

We have measured the cross section for the reaction K(‘-) p (—>) (SIGMA)(‘+) (pi)(‘-) at incident kaon momenta of 642, 663, 681, 715, and 739 MeV/c. Our results are concentrated in...

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Erhan Gülmez
gulmez@boun.edu.tr
Current position: Professor of Physics
Current institution: Bogazici University
Thesis advisor: J.A. Cizewski
Dissertation title: High Angular Momentum Structure in A-140 Nuclei: ¹⁴⁰Nd, ¹⁴¹Pm
Dissertation abstract:

Recently a new region of deformation has been predicted for Z $\leq$ 64, N $\leq$ 82 nuclei. To further establish the high angular momentum structure in this region and to...

Degree Date: December, 1985
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Lucien Cohler
gc_yale@sapience.com
Current position: Managing Director, Retired
Current institution: JP Morgan Chase (1987-2015), Bank of America (2015-2017)
Thesis advisor: Thomas Appelquist
Dissertation title: Aspects of Dynamical Symmetry Breaking (Effective, Schwinger-Dyson, Potential)
Dissertation abstract:

In order to develop some insight into dynamical symmetry breaking in four dimensional nonabelian theories, a toy model is examined that exhibits some of the features of the more realistic...

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Avi Hauser
avi.hauser@solonadvisors.com
Current position: Partner
Current institution: Hauser Consulting LLC
Thesis advisor: Thomas Appelquist
Dissertation title: All Masses, Great and Small, in the Electroweak Theory
Dissertation abstract:

The sensitivity of physical amplitudes to the observed isospin symmetry breaking in the fermion mass matrix is analyzed in the standard model of electroweak interactions and in theories...

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Robert Steiner
rsteiner1000@gmail.com
Current position: Director, Online Teacher Education Programs
Current institution: American Museum of Natural History
Thesis advisor: Jack Sandweiss
Dissertation title: Charged Hadron Production in Positive Pion-Proton, Positive Kaon-Proton and Proton-Proton interactions at 200 Gev/C
Dissertation abstract:

A study of charged final-state hadrons in (pi)(‘+)p, K(‘+)p and pp interactions at a lab energy of 200 GeV/c is presented. Results are based upon a minimum-bias sample of 952 (pi)(‘+)p, 453...

Degree Date: December, 1984
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John Ennis
jfjennis@gmail.com
Current position: Physics Teacher
Current institution: Secaucus High School
Thesis advisor: D. Allan Bromley
Dissertation title: Dipole Collectivity in Ra 218
Dissertation abstract:

For more than thirty years, the structure of nuclei has been understood within the frameworks of two superficially quite different models. The independent particle shell model is...

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Eric Myers
myerse@newpaltz.edu
Current position: Professional Faculty
Current institution: State University of New York at New Paltz
Thesis advisor: Alan Chodos
Dissertation title: Calculation of the Gravitational Casimir Energy and Gauge Field Couplings in Non-Abelian Kaluza-Klein
Dissertation abstract:

A theory of gravitation in more than four dimensions (Kaluza-Klein theory) is considered to see if it can explain in a natural, unified way the observed gauge and gravitational fields in...

Arthur Ramirez's picture
Arthur Ramirez
apr@ucsc.com
Current position: Professor physics
Current institution: University of California Santa Cruz
Thesis advisor: Verner Wolf
Dissertation title: Measurement of the Specific Heat of Cesium Nickel Fluoride: a Search for Spin Solitons
Dissertation abstract:

The specific heat of the linear chain magnetic compound CsNiF(,3) has been measured at temperatures between 4.2 and 20 K and in magnetic fields up to 1.0 T applied perpendicularly to the...

Degree Date: May, 1984
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Mike Ritter
mwritter@gmail.com
Current position: Tech Lead / Manager
Current institution: Google
Thesis advisor: Vernon Hughes
Dissertation title: Positronium Spectroscopy: Precise Measurement of he Ground State Hyperfine Interval
Dissertation abstract:

The hyperfine interval, (DELTA)(nu), of ground state (n = 1) positronium has been measured to high precision yielding (DELTA)(nu) = 203.389 10(74) GHz (3.6 ppm). The...

Degree Date: December, 1983
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Jeffrey Kruk
jwkruk@icloud.com
Current position: Research Astrophysicist
Current institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Thesis advisor: Frank W.K. Firk
Dissertation title: A Study of the Electric Polarizability of the Neutron by Low Energy Resonant Scattering (Bismuth-209)
Dissertation abstract:

The total neutron cross-section of (‘209)Bi has been measured with high resolution in the vicinity of the prominent resonance at 800 eV. An improved limit on the possible value of the...

Degree Date: May, 1983
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Mauro Melchiades Doria
mauromdoria@gmail.com
Current position: Professor
Current institution: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL
Thesis advisor: Feza Gursey/R. Shankar
Dissertation title: Factorizable S-Matrices and Lattice Models in Two Dimensions
Dissertation abstract:

A factorizable S-matrix given the free energy of one of the six-vertex models is obtained. This and the sine-Gordon theory are the only possible cases of S-matrices for the interaction of a...

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Gary D. Fletcher
garydavidfletcher@gmail.com
Current position: Founder & Principal Consultant
Current institution: RnDDx Solutions LLC
Thesis advisor: Michael S. Lubell/Vernon Hughes
Dissertation title: Measurements of Spin Dependence in Low Energy Collisions of Electrons and Hydrogen Atoms
Dissertation abstract:

Great interest exists in the study of the scattering of electrons by hydrogen atoms; such scattering is the most fundamental atomic collision process. Furthermore, measurements of electron...

Degree Date: December, 1982
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Marc Rosenthal
drmsr55@gmail.com
Current position: Associate Fellowship Director, Emergency Medical Services
Current institution: Wayne State University
Thesis advisor: Peter Parker
Dissertation title: High Spin States in Lu-163 and Lu-165 and Backbending in Rare Earth Nuclei
Dissertation abstract:

Since the observation of a band crossing at a rotation frequency of 0.27 Mev/(H/2PI) in the yrast cascade of several nuclei in the region of A = 160, much work, both experimental and...

Degree Date: May, 1982
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Mark Cunningham
markcunningham137@gmail.com
Current position: Author
Current institution: Self
Thesis advisor: Francesco Iachello
Dissertation title: Multilevel calculations in odd-mass nuclei
Dissertation abstract:

The formalism of the Interacting Boson-Fermion Model permits the calculation of the properties of the low-lying collective states in odd-mass nuclei. Transitional nuclei, which are...

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John Gipson
gipson@verizon.net
Current position: President
Current institution: NVI, Inc
Thesis advisor: Hsiung Chia Tze
Dissertation title: The Quantum Projection Method and Completely integrable Systems
Dissertation abstract:

The projection method is a constructive proof of complete integrability of classical many body systems. Roughly, this method consists of establishing a correspondence between a system of n...

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V. Alan Kostelecky
Current position: Distinguished Professor
Current institution: Indiana University
Thesis advisor: Samuel MacDowell
Research Website
Dissertation title: Geometric Construction of Extended Supergravity
Dissertation abstract:

This work describes the explict construction of the locally SO(4)-invariant, on-shell deSitter supergravity. First, aspects of classical differential geometry used in the construction of...

Degree Date: May, 1981
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Masuma Ahmed
masuma@aya.yale.edu
Current position: Strategic Consultant
Current institution: Self
Thesis advisor: Frank W.K. Firk
Dissertation title: Polarization effects in the small-angle scattering of fast neutrons by bismuth
Dissertation abstract:

The asymmetry of polarized neutrons scattered elastically from (‘209)Bi has been measured as a continuous function of neutron energy from 2 to 5 MeV, and at scattering angles between 3(...

Degree Date: December, 1979
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Efthymios Liarokapis
eliaro@central.ntua.gr
Current position: Professor Emeritus
Current institution: National Technical University of Athens
Thesis advisor: Jack Greenberg
Research Website
Dissertation title: X-rays from selected quasimolecular transitions
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Suzanne Willis
uusuzanne@yahoo.com
Current position: Professor Emerita
Current institution: Northern Illinois University
Thesis advisor: Vernon Hughes
Dissertation title: A Lampf Neutrino Experiment to Test Muon Number Conservation
Degree Date: December, 1978
Michael Dine's picture
Michael Dine
mdine@ucsc.edu
Current position: Professor
Current institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Thesis advisor: Thomas Appelquist
Dissertation title: Interactions of Heavy Quarks in Quantum Chromodynamics
Dissertation abstract:

The interactions of heavy quarks in quantum chromodynamics (QCD) are analyzed in detail. The problem of extracting instanntaneous interaction potentials from quantum field theory is first...

Degree Date: May, 1976
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Catherine Olmer
olmer@indiana.edu
Current position: Professor Emeritus, Indiana University and Chief Financial Officer
Current institution: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
Thesis advisor: Karl A. Erb
Dissertation title: Heavy-Ion Induced Multinucleon Transfer Reactions in the 2S-1D Shell
Dissertation abstract:

In order to investigate whether new nuclear structure information can be obtained from studying the direct transfer of more than two nucleons using heavy-ion projectiles, we have...

Degree Date: May, 1963
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Charles Baltay
charles.baltay@yale.edu
Current position: Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics
Current institution: WL 213
Thesis advisor: Horace Dwight Taft
Research Website
Dissertation title: A study of antiperon production in antiperon-proton reactions
Degree Date: May, 1956
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Frank Benedict
Current position: Retired from Bell Laboratories
Dissertation title: VALIDITY OF THE SEMI-CLASSICAL TREATMENT OF COULOMB EXCITATION
Degree Date: May, 1955
Linwood Lee
linwood.lee@stonybrook.edu
Current position: Professor Emeritus
Current institution: Stony Brook University
Thesis advisor: Waldo Rall
Dissertation title: ANGULAR DISTRIBUTITIONS FOR (DEUTERON,PROTON) REACTIONS ON TITANIUM
Degree Date: May, 1954
Mark Heald
mheald@frontiernet.net
Current position: Professor Emeritus
Current institution: Swathmore College
Thesis advisor: Robert Beringer
Dissertation title: MICROWAVE MAGNETIC RESONANCE ABSORPTION IN ATOMIC VAPORS