Senior Theses Mentored at Reed


  • Characterizing the Elastic Responses of Double Stranded DNA through Direct Observation Atomic Force Microscopy (Davis Kusnick)
  • Q-Switched Pulsed Laser using Few-Layer TiSFlakes (Ruoyu Liu)
  • The Use of MEMS Gyroscopes to Measure Earth's Rotation Rate (Mark Anthony Loya)
  • Photoluminescence: Illuminating the Future of Solar (Andrew Ryder)
  • Diagnosis of Classroom Acoustics (Woo Rib Suh)


  • Memristors: Characterization, Applications, and Quantized Conductance (Elias Cohen)
  • Imaging Electron-Hole Liquid Droplets in Uniaxially Stressed Gallium Phospide (Gabriel Colacion)
  • Chaos and Bifurcations in the Monopole Ion Trap (Edgar Perez)


  • Computing the Band Structure of InSb and CdTe Quantum Dots (Charlie McIntyre)
  • Designing, Building, and Testing Novel Musical Instruments (Evan Peairs)
  • Thermo-Electric Processes in a DC Discharge Plasma (Mike Sommer)


  • Intraband Transitions in CdSe Quantum Dots (Taras Abolfathi)
  • Quantum State Measurement of Polarization Entangled Photons (Sandesh Adhikary)
  • Fluorescence Intermittency in CdSe and CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots (Theo Sangenitto)
  • A Large-Volume Scintillation Detector for the Study of Cosmic-Ray Muons (Neal Woo)


  • Emission Intermittency in CdSe Quantum Dots (Julia Fisk)
  • Deep Blue: Examining Cerenkov Radiation Through Non-Traditional Media (Ian Flower)
  • Conductance Quantization in Gold Nanowires (Phillip Norfleet)
  • Real-Time Tunable-Emission Mn²⁺: ZnSe/CdSe Nanocrystal Films (Cole Perkinson)


  • Emission Intermittency in Semiconductor and Rare Earth Ion Nanocrystals (Jennifer Caamano)
  • The Spectroelectrochemistry of Copper Doped Zinc Selenide Quantum Dots (Neal Reynolds)
  • Killing Schrodinger's Cat: The Destruction of Coherence in Quantum Erasure (Casey Yazejian)


  • On First Absorption Peak Excitation in Colloidal Quantum Dots (Max Jacobs)
  • The Enhancement of Flux Pinning in YBCO Superconductors Using Fast Neutron Irradiation (May-Ling Li)
  • Resonance of Magnetically Coupled Oscillators for Wireless Power Through a Negative Index Metamaterial (Kyle Lu)


  • Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroids 43 Ariadne, 2001 Einstein, and 3086 Kalbaugh (Rosie Cottingham)
  • Hardy's Test of Local Realism (Peter Wills)


  • The Effect of Inorganic Shell Growth on Exciton Recombination Rates in CdSe Quantum Dots (Dan Eichelsdoerfer)
  • Quantum Eraser (Nava Suryawan)

Spring 2008

  • Wireless Power Transfer via Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonances (Max Klein)
  • Pyrometric Determination of the Temperature Coefficient of Resistance of Tungsten : An Application of the Blackbody Spectrum (Benjamin Rhiger)


  • An Investigation of Optically Excited Semiconductor Quantum Dots Using a Numerical Hamiltonian Diagonalization Method (Zachary Schultz)
  • Quantum Optics: The Grangier Experiment (Dashiell Vitullo)


  • A Computational Model of Combustion Reactions toward MBT Calculation of the Internal Combustion Engine (David de Regt)
  • Characterizing the Acoustics of the Eliot Hall Chapel (Elizabeth Hopkins)
  • Colloidal Synthesis and Optical Characterization of Monodisperse CdSe Semiconductor Quantum Dots (Jason Seifter)


  • Electron Transport In Amorphous Silicon (Zachary Holman)
  • Six Million Masses on Springs : Measuring the Number of Trapped Atoms in the Reed MOT (Nathan Tompkins)


  • Acousto-Optics and Frequency Signals (Lily Cool)
  • Determining the Temperature of Atoms in the Reed MOT with the Time-of-Flight Method and Computer Simulation (Alan Kessler)
  • Quantized Conductance of a Break Junction (Ravi Sekhon)


  • Time of Flight: Measuring the Temperature of Trapped Atoms in the Reed MOT (Hannah Noble)
  • Electronic Properties of Ternary Titanates (Ann Erickson)


  • An Object of Balance (Matthew Buchanan)
  • Local Fields of Random Metal-Dielectric Films (Kirsten Hacker)


  • Magneto-Optical Trap for Neutral Atoms (Kalista Smith)
  • Electron-Hole Liquid in Silicon (Tobi Szuts)
  • Quantized Conductance in Nanowires (Kevin Fortier)
  • Signal and Noise at LIGO Hanford (Jacob Fenton)


  • Magneto-Optical Trap for Neutral Atoms: Theory and Application (Fred Bahnson)
  • Shrinking a: The Effect of Cr2O3 on the Linear Expansion Coefficient of a Soda-Lime Glass (Sky Ternahan-Clement)


  • Raman Spectroscopy of Deoxyribonucleic Acids (Richard Rezinas)
  • Fabrication and Characterization of Copper-Indium-Diselenide (Bill Holloway)
  • Observation of the Electron-Hole Liquid State in Silicon (Patricia Bennett)
  • Laser Cooling of Rubidium (Ian Coddington)


  • Laser Cooling and Atom Trapping: A Magneto-Optical Trap for Rubidium (Tess Napili)
  • Photoelectron Spectroscopy inside a Photomultiplier Tube (Ben Schrag)
  • Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in Thin Film Cobalt-Palladium Alloys (Owen Vajk)


  • Computational Molecular Modeling of Nineteen-Electron Mixed-Sandwich Organometallic Compounds (Kim Wong)


  • Photoluminescence of Porous Silicon (Ben Palmer)
  • Minority Carrier Lifetime in Silicon (Noah Iliinsky)


  • Neutron Transmutation Doping of Silicon (Zach Nobel)