Honors in Physics
Candidates for 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.
Senior Thesis Information and Recent Theses
Senior thesis talks are given the Friday at the start of the reading period. Theses are submitted to the senior thesis advisor (STA) a week before this, and the final theses versions posted on the physics web site (electronic version required) a week after the talks.
Previous Theses
Student 
Research Topic 
Advisor 
2013 

Albright, Stephen 
"Consequences of Slip on Electrokinetic Currents in Nanochannels" 
Prof. Derek Stein 
Berg, Alexander 
"ThinFilm GapSample Experiments" 
Prof. Jim Valles 
Carpenter, Caitlin 
"Effects of Spatial Compactifcation on the Hagedorn Temperature and the ThermoTachyon" 
Prof. ChungI 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 SolidState Nanopores" 
Prof. Derek Stein 
Eggers, Lucas 
"Toward Entropic Trapping of DNA in SolidState Nanopores" 
Prof. Derek Stein 
Frees, Adam 
"Solutions of Higher Spin Gravity and Connections to Integrable Systems" 
Prof. Antal Jevicki 
GoldenMarx, Emmet 
"Measuring Star Formation Rates in Nearby Galaxies using Their Far Infrared Continua" 
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio 
GoldenMarx, 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 FabryPerot 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 HighLuminosity, SunLike Stars in the Galactic Halo" 
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio 
Poole, William 
"Playing Polymer Ping Pong: Simulating the OutofEquilibrium 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 SolidState Nanopore" 
Prof. Derek Stein 
Shi, Xiangjun 
"Why Do I Study Physics?" (A science communication animation project) 
Prof. ChungI Tan 
Stark, Alejo 
"Is There an AGN in the Bright, Strongly Lensed, High Redshift Galaxy RCSGA 0327271326?" 
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 

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 TwoPoint Correlation Functions in GroundBased Lensing Data” 
Prof. Ian Dell’ Antonio 
Bensson, James 
“Quantum Computing with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance” 
Prof. Vesna Mitrovic 
Bodington, Natalie 
“Rectification Behavior of Junctions of HubbardChains Using the DensityMatrix 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 WeaklyCoupled FreeFermionic Heterotic String Models” 
Prof. David Lowe 
Huynh, Clarence 
“SN2011fe: A Standard Candle Examination of M101” 
Prof. Ian Dell’ Antonio 
Iadecola, Thomas 
“Anyonic FabryPérot Interferometry in Quantum Hall Systems” 
Prof. Dmitri Feldman 
Lazo del Sol, Luis 
“Modifying Anodized Aluminum Oxide's Roughness on a Nanometer Scale for ThinFilm 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 ViscoElastic Media on Bacterial Motility” 
Prof. Jay Tang 
Provencher, Real Ryan 
“Symbology of Integrals in LoopLevel Feynman Diagrams” 
Prof. Marcus Spradlin 
Wagman, Michael 
“Simulating Turduckened Black Holes with a Discontinuous Galerkin Scheme” 
Prof. Jan Hesthaven 
2011 


Abrahams, Max M. 
"Solar Prominence Analysis Techniques Utilizing Modern SDO Data" 
Prof. Savvas Koushiappas 
Beller, Jonathan E. 
"AllElectrokinetic Measurements of Slip Length in a Hydrophilic Silica Nanochannel" 
Prof. Derek Stein 
Bogdonoff, Emma Z. 
"Many Worlds and the Probability Problem" 
Prof. Dimitri Feldman 
Cackett, Kyle F. 
"Elementary NMR Quantum Computing in NaClO3" 
Prof. Vesna Mitrovic 
DiRe, Alexander P. 
"Scattering Amplitudes in N=4 SYM and N=8 Sugra" 
Prof. Marcus Spradlin 
Lynch, Maura E. 
"Superconductive Wires? Possibilities for Patterning Superconducting ThinFilms" 
Prof. Jim Valles 
Munger, Daniel N. 
"Lens Mass Reconstruction: Extra Information from Flexion" 
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio 
Parker, Edward T. 
"Leading Singularities of LowLoop Diagrams for FourParticle Scattering in N=4 Supersymmetric YangMills Theory" 
Prof. Marcus Spradlin 
Rodina, Laurentiu 
"Twistors, Grassmannians and Gravity" 
Prof. Anastasia Volovich 
Sangtawesin, Sorawis 
"Scattering Amplitudes in YangMills Theory" 
Prof. Anastasia Volovich 
Sheffield, David G. 
"Search for RandallSundrum Gravitons Decaying into mu^+mu^ Pairs in s^1/2 = 7 TeV pp Collisions with the CMS Detector" 
Prof. Meenakshi Narain 
Shelton, Elijah R. 
"Entropic Nanofluidic Polymer Lensing and DNA Typecasting" 
Prof. Derek Stein 
Stayton, Erik L. 
"Determining Atmospheric Dilution from Observations: A Comparison of GroundBased and SpaceBased Weak Lensing Data for Clusters Abell 370 and Abell 1689" 
Prof. Ian Dell'Antonio 
Teich, Erin G. 
"Probing Molecular Dynamics using a Solid State Nanopore: DNA Capture and Recapture" 
Prof. Derek Stein 
Zelen, Ryan 
"Methods in the Computation of Feynman Diagrams" 
Prof. Marcus Spradlin 