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 3.25 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 AY201516 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 midApril, about 10 days before presentations begin, with the final version due by midnight on the final day of presentations.
Student 
Research Topic 
Advisor 
2016 

Adams, Dominic 
"Computational Simulation of Pawder NMR Spectra" 
Prof. Mitrovic 
Altman, Lauren 
"Scattering Amplitudes of OnShell Plabic Graphs resulting in Elliptic Integrals" 
Prof. Spradlin 
Berglund, Kallan 
"Investigation of Firewalls in Black Holes" 
Prof. Lowe 
CooperTroendle, London 
"Inflation and the Growth of density Perturbations in the Early Universe" 
Prof. Koushiappas 
Dallas, Sam 
"Modeling Galaxy Color Variations for Cosmological Simulations" 
Prof. Dell'Antonio 
Flexman, Connor 
"Detection of Liquid Xenon Surface Waves by Light Modulation in the LUX Dark Matter Experiment" 
Prof. Gaitskell 
Ghoush, Soumya 
"Reconstructing PixelResolution Spectra of Galaxies using Hubble Data" 
Prof. Dell'Antonio 
Givans, Jahmour 
"Particle Detection in Schwarzschild Antide Sitter Spacetime" 
Prof. Lowe 
Levine, Alexander J. 
Prof. Valles 

NishimuraGasparian, Kei 
"Swimming in Style: Stokes Flow Induced by a Swimmer in a Liquid Crystal" 
Prof. Powers 
Scheer, Michael 
"Spins in the Rough: Finding Carbon13 Nuclear Spins near a NitrogenVacancy Center in Diamond" 
Prof. Zia 
Snider, Charles 
Prof. Jevicki 

StoreyFisher, Kate 
"Defining Dark Matter Halo Mass in Cosmological Simulations" 
Prof. Dell'Antonio 
Tarshish, Nathaniel 
"Monte Carlo Simulations of Liquid Crystal Defects and Mixtures" 
Prof. Pelcovits 
Van der List, Joseph 
Prof. Narain 

WatsonDaniels, Jamelle 
"Evaluating Plasmonic Photocatalytic Activity of Materials" 
Prof. Xu 



2015 

Bonadonna, Christopher 
Prof. Dell'Antonio 

Commons, Jeffrey 
“Charge Density Waves in MetalIntercalated 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 
Prof. Pelcovits & Prof. FoxKemper (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 SelfInteracting Dark Matter through Galaxy Cluster Collisions” 
Prof. Dell'Antonio 
Nally, Richard 
Prof. Tan 

Park, Hojin 
“Reconstructing AdS Space” 
Prof. Jevicki 
Parker, Daniel 
“Cluster Algebra Structures in Scattering Amplitudes in N = 4 Super YangMills Theory” 
Prof. Volovich 
Plummer, Abigail 
“Numerical and Statistical Simulation of an Idealized Model Tachocline” 
Prof. Marston 
Pike, Sean 
“TwoPoint Shear Correlations as Probes of LargeScale 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 

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 SpinOrbit 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 XRay Imaging by Collimation of Scintillating Nanoparticles" 
Profs. Valles & T. Morse (Brown Engn) 
English, MichaelPatrick 
"Spectral Energy Distributions of Compact Microwave Sources in Galactic HII Regions" 
Prof. Tucker 
Filsinger, Gabriel 
"A Theoretical and Experimental Exploration of Magnetic Properties of AmorphousFe and bccFe 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 
"QuasiBiennial 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. FoxKemper (Brown GeoSci) & M. Merrifield (U. Hawaii) 
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 