Honors in Physics
Candidates receiving honors in Physics will be expected to pursue a more rigorous and extensive program than those merely concentrating in the subject.
- Candidates typically earn the Sc.B. degree, though in special circumstances an A.B. degree will be acceptable.
- All Sc.B. candidates are eligible for honors consideration without any special application procedure. During the student's eighth semester, the Physics concentration and honors advisors will review the student's grades in all mathematics and physics courses and compute a GPA. If this GPA is judged sufficiently outstanding (typically 3.3 or better), successful completion of the senior thesis is then the remaining requirement, including an oral presentation at the end of the eighth semester. This presentation will be evaluated by the thesis advisor, and the Physics concentration and honors advisors. If it is deemed satisfactory, the student will be awarded honors at graduation.
- Outstanding theses may be nominated for publication by The Wayland Press of Brown University.
The Physics Honors Coordinator for AY2015-16 is Prof. Marcus Spradlin.
Senior Thesis Information and Recent Theses
Senior thesis talks are given over multiple days during reading period in the last week in April. Theses are submitted to the Department Honors Coordinator and the Senior Thesis Advisor in mid-April, about 10 days before presentations begin, with the final version due by midnight on the final day of presentations.
Student |
Research Topic |
Advisor |
2015 |
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Bonadonna, Christopher |
“Simulating Planet Formation around M-Type Dwarf Stars” |
Prof. Dell'Antonio |
Commons, Jeffrey |
“Charge Density Waves in Metal-Intercalated Topological Insulator Nanoribbons” |
Prof. Valles & Prof. Kosti (Brown Chem) |
Genecov, Max |
“Fiat LZ: Teflon Design and Simulation in the Next Generation of Dark Matter Detection” |
Prof. Gaitskell |
Kolus, Hannah |
“Investigating the Relationship between Langmuir Turbulence and Ocean Mixed Layer Entrainment in Large Eddies” |
Prof. Pelcovits & Prof. Fox-Kemper (Brown DEEPS) |
Kulshreshtha, Abishek |
“Classification of Topological Insulators” |
Prof. Feldman |
Meehan, Alexander |
“Is It Irrational to Believe Orthodox Quantum Mechanics?” |
Prof. Feldman & Prof. Emery (Brown Philosophy) |
Moskowitz, Alexander |
“Searching for Self-Interacting Dark Matter through Galaxy Cluster Collisions” |
Prof. Dell'Antonio |
Nally, Richard |
“Computing Inclusive QCD Cross-Sections through AdS/CFT” |
Prof. Tan |
Park, Hojin |
“Reconstructing AdS Space” |
Prof. Jevicki |
Parker, Daniel |
“Cluster Algebra Structures in Scattering Amplitudes in N = 4 Super Yang-Mills Theory” |
Prof. Volovich |
Plummer, Abigail |
“Numerical and Statistical Simulation of an Idealized Model Tachocline” |
Prof. Marston |
Pike, Sean |
“Two-Point Shear Correlations as Probes of Large-Scale Structure in the CFHTLS Wide Fields” |
Prof. Dell'Antonio |
Scherlis, Adam |
“Triangulations, Polylogarithms and Grassmannian Cluster Algebras in Particle Physics” |
Prof. Spradlin |
Underriner, Scott |
“Scales of Dark Matter Clustering in High Redshift Galaxies” |
Prof. Dell'Antonio |
2014 |
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Armstrong, Andrew |
"The Effect of Orthogonal Transfer on Atmospherically Induced Point Spread Function Correlations" |
Prof. Dell'Antonio |
Barry, Bradley |
"Simulating Local Spin Texture Induced by Spin-Orbit Interaction and Exotic Orbital Orders in the Mott insulator Ba2NaOsO6 - Exploring Utility as a Qubit" |
Prof. Mitrovic |
Cramer, Avilash |
"A Method for Improving the Resolution of X-Ray Imaging by Collimation of Scintillating Nanoparticles" |
Profs. Valles & T. Morse (Brown Engn) |
English, Michael-Patrick |
"Spectral Energy Distributions of Compact Microwave Sources in Galactic HII Regions" |
Prof. Tucker |
Filsinger, Gabriel |
"A Theoretical and Experimental Exploration of Magnetic Properties of Amorphous-Fe and bcc-Fe Nanoparticles" |
Profs. S. Sun (Brown Chem) & Ling |
Gilbert, Emily |
"Measuring Weak Gravitational Lensing by Abell 992 Using the One Degree Imager" |
Prof. Dell'Antonio |
Jiang, Chnming |
"Studies of the Viscosity Dependence of the Galvanotactic Response of Paramecia" |
Prof. Valles |
Lee, Jaeyoon |
"Weak Confinement of DNA in a Shallow Free Energy Landscape" |
Prof. Stein |
Lyubich, Eva |
"Quasi-Biennial Modulation of the Stratospheric Surf Zone" |
Profs. Marston & L. Gray (Oxford Physics) |
Poh, Wei Jie Jason |
"Constraining the Past History of Dark Matter Density at the Galactic Solar Radius" |
Prof. Koushiappas |
Rozansky, Robert |
"The Physics of Filling a Nanoscale Tube" |
Prof. Stein |
Shipp, Nora |
"Fermi Unidentified Sources: Dark Matter or Astrophysics" |
Prof. Koushiappas |
Siegelman, Mika |
"Modeling Ocean Dynamics at Waikiki Beach" |
Profs. B. Fox-Kemper (Brown GeoSci) & M. Merrifield (U. Hawaii) |
2013 |
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Albright, Stephen |
"Consequences of Slip on Electrokinetic Currents in Nanochannels" |
Prof. Derek Stein |
Berg, Alexander |
"Thin-Film Gap-Sample Experiments" |
Prof. Jim Valles |
Carpenter, Caitlin |
"Effects of Spatial Compactifcation on the Hagedorn Temperature and the Thermo-Tachyon" |
Prof. Chung-I Tan |
Chanayammuri, Urmila |
"Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies of the Milky Way: Identification in Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Significance in Dark Matter Detection" |
Prof. Savvas Koushiappas |
DiPetrillo, Karri |
"DNA Translocation Dynamics through Asymmetric Solid-State Nanopores" |
Prof. Derek Stein |
Eggers, Lucas |
"Toward Entropic Trapping of DNA in Solid-State Nanopores" |
Prof. Derek Stein |
Frees, Adam |
"Solutions of Higher Spin Gravity and Connections to Integrable Systems" |
Prof. Antal Jevicki |
Golden-Marx, Emmet |
"Measuring Star Formation Rates in Nearby Galaxies using Their Far Infrared Continua" |
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio |
Golden-Marx, Jesse |
"Searching for Classical Novae in the M81 Galaxy Group As a Proxy for the Fraction of Stars That Have Escaped Their Host Galaxies" |
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio |
Hill, Cameron |
"Measuring Weak Lensing of Galaxy Clusters with the One Degree Imager (ODI)" |
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio |
Langer, Marc |
"Statistical Physics of the Anyonic Fabry-Perot Interferometer" |
Prof. Dima Feldman |
Moon, Wooyoung |
"Density Functional Theory Calculations of the Stability of Charged Molecular Clusters Emitted by a Nanopore Ion Source" |
Prof. Derek Stein |
Nagamine, Tasha |
"Optical Modulation of Microcircuits in Deep Brain Structures of Behaving Rodents" |
Prof. Arto Nurmikko |
Pfundheller, Austin |
"Searching for High-Luminosity, Sun-Like Stars in the Galactic Halo" |
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio |
Poole, William |
"Playing Polymer Ping Pong: Simulating the Out-of-Equilibrium Dynamics of Driven Polymer Translocations Through a Nanopore" |
Prof. Derek Stein |
Powell, Charles |
"Density Functional Modelling of Actinide Complexes" |
Prof. Brad Marston |
Ramamurti, Adith |
"Quantization of Symmetric Spaces" |
Prof. Antal Jevicki |
Sedor, Geoffrey |
"Searching for Gigantic Black Holes" |
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio |
Shasha, Carolyn |
"Comparing Filamentous Virus Lengths Using a Solid-State Nanopore" |
Prof. Derek Stein |
Shi, Xiangjun |
"Why Do I Study Physics?" (A science communication animation project) |
Prof. Chung-I Tan |
Stark, Alejo |
"Is There an AGN in the Bright, Strongly Lensed, High Redshift Galaxy RCSGA 032727-1326?" |
Prof. Savvas Koushiappas |
Van Krieken, Cole |
"Changes in Fluid Viscosity and Its Effect on the Avoiding Reaction in Paramecia" |
Prof. Jim Valles |
Weinberger, Nathan |
Study of the Effect of CO2 Lasers Radiation on Electron Bubbles in Liquid Helium |
Prof. Humphrey Maris |
Winoker, Zachary |
"Inducing Knotted Defect Structures in Nematic Liquid Crystals via Boundary Conditions" |
Prof. Robert Pelcovits |
2012 |
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Adams, Arthur |
“Measurements of the Mass of the Top Quark Using the Lepton+Jets Decay Channel” |
Prof. Ulrich Heintz |
Alexander, Kate |
“Quantifying the Effects of Noise Peaks on Two-Point Correlation Functions in Ground-Based Lensing Data” |
Prof. Ian Dell’ Antonio |
Bensson, James |
“Quantum Computing with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance” |
Prof. Vesna Mitrovic |
Bodington, Natalie |
“Rectification Behavior of Junctions of Hubbard-Chains Using the Density-Matrix Renormalization Group” |
Prof. Brad Marston |
Cho, Minjae |
“Integrability Structure of Giant Magnons in Anti deSitter Space” |
Prof. Antal Jevicki |
Coogan, Adam |
“Search for the RS Graviton in 2.2 TeV Data at CMS” |
Prof. Meenakshi Narain |
Dodelson, Matthew |
“dS/CFT and the Wavefunction of the Universe” |
Prof. Antal Jevicki |
Hicks, William |
"U(1) Charges in Weakly-Coupled Free-Fermionic Heterotic String Models” |
Prof. David Lowe |
Huynh, Clarence |
“SN2011fe: A Standard Candle Examination of M101” |
Prof. Ian Dell’ Antonio |
Iadecola, Thomas |
“Anyonic Fabry-Pérot Interferometry in Quantum Hall Systems” |
Prof. Dmitri Feldman |
Lazo del Sol, Luis |
“Modifying Anodized Aluminum Oxide's Roughness on a Nanometer Scale for Thin-Film Superconductor Experiments" |
Prof. Jim Valles |
Lester, Ryan |
"Bulk Quantum Computing with NMR" |
Prof. Vesna Mitrovic |
Mickalide, Harry |
“Modelling the Swimming Mechanics of Paramecia through Analysis of Speed versus Viscosity in Three Separate Species” |
Prof. Jim Valles |
Nagy, Mark |
“Nanopore Measurements and Analysis of DNA Fragments” |
Prof. Sean Ling |
Neubauer, Marianna |
“The Effect of Simple Viscous and Visco-Elastic Media on Bacterial Motility” |
Prof. Jay Tang |
Provencher, Real Ryan |
“Symbology of Integrals in Loop-Level Feynman Diagrams” |
Prof. Marcus Spradlin |
Wagman, Michael |
“Simulating Turduckened Black Holes with a Discontinuous Galerkin Scheme” |
Prof. Jan Hesthaven |