Capstone Project

Projects From Previous Years (1995 – 2017)

Below is a list of physics Capstone projects that our students have successfully completed in the past as part of the senior seminar (Phy 492) class.


Year StudentsProjects
2017Vincent TemboVerifying the BB84 Quantum Encryption Protocol Using Polarized Light
Abdul Ali EissarDetermining Boltzmann’s Constant using Video Microscopy of the Brownian
Motion of Polystyrene Microspheres
Joseph A. Gehring IIIAcoustic Resonances of a Circular Membrane
Nathanael BodineThe Growth of Epitaxial Nickel Thin Films on Silicon Wafers and the Result of Thermal Annealing on Epitaxial Nickel Thin Films
Tanner ThompsonObserving the Converse Piezoelectric Effect in Rochelle Salts
Mackenzie RidleyAnalysis of Non-Stoichiometric YBa2Cu3O6:5+δ Superconducting Material
Kyaw Hpone MyintThe Effect of Charges on the Folding Pattern of Tryptophan Zipper (Beta-Hairpin):
A Molecular Dynamic Study
Denzell BarnettDetermination of the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion and Lattice Parameters of Graphene Using X-Ray Diffraction
2016Ricky GreenUsing Gravity to Suspend a Flowing Chain of Beads in Midair
Nicholas HubbardThe Effect of Kinematic Viscosity on the Angular Frequency of the Liquid Coil Drop Effect
Dadbeh ShaddelConstructing a Radio Telescope for Detecting the Jovian Decametric Radio Emissions
Yhenew KassieWireless Power Transmission via Magnetic Resonance Coupling
2015Preston TuckerN.A.
Kyle GodbeyN.A.
Brandon SchurterN.A
2014Mackenzie EndresAn Experimental Exploration into Brownian Motion: Size Dependence and the Boltzmann’s Constant
Fidel TewoldeDesign of a Modified Cockcroft Walton Generator
Danielle SchaperOn Phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau Theory of Charge Density Waves in Dichalcogenides
2013Antonio BillHertz Theory of Elasticity of Steel Balls By Free-Fall and Applied Pressure
Tommy BoykinGranular Materials: Observing S-Systems through the use of Soda-Lime Beads
Rohan IsaacChaotic Advection in a Blinking Vortex Flow
Tyler VanoverConstruction of a Negative Ion Mode Linear Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer
2012Chris YalumaApplication and Solutions of the Heat Equation
Hodari-Sadiki JamesSuper Massive Black Hole Mass Determination
2011William NorrisChladni Lines
Emily WorinkengEnergy States of A Gaussian Wavepacket in a Harmonic Oscillator
Theint TheintBasics of NMR
Ramesh AdhikariScattering of Polarized Light in Optically Active Turbid Medium
2010Brandon BrownA study of Discus Flight
Mohammed Humed YusufFormulating a theory for the GSI anomaly
Tenzin NgodupA study of X-ray diffraction
Jimmy RopA Third Way to Solve the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator
2009Matthew BaileyInvestigating Blue Straggler Production through Binary Stellar Evolution
David GilmourRepair and Characterization of a Wimshurst Machine
Brad SteeleComputer Modeling of the First Critical Reynold Number of Flow around a Two Dimensional Cylinder
2008Kannatassen AppavooUsing photometric analysis to determine characteristics of the V-2491 NOVA
Shiblee BaruaChaos and Stability in the Vicinity of a Jovian Planet
2007Patrick MonoProperties of half-metal FeCoSi
Ni JiModelling of stellar interior
2006Jason LambertNegative index of refraction
Michaela ConleyChirality in nature
2005Peterkin QuagraineBose-Einstein condensation
Samuel B. McClureSome properties of muons
2004Jacquelyn HostlerThe essentials of white dwarf
2003Lydia LongstrethSynchronization of two metronomes
Fredrick WhiteLaser holography
Elisha FegerQuantum billiards
Rob PetersonKeys and lock operation
Jack ReynoldsKepler’s legacy: The story of the Ellipse
Michael SamuelX-ray diffraction and its utilization in crystal structure identification
2002Berhane TemelsoAnalytical and numerical studies of one-dimensional diffusion equation and the random walk problem
Dinesh PillaiInfrared photodissociation spectroscopy of small Ag+– (C2H2)y clusters in the gas phase
Kevin WilliamsSugar coated optics: Optical activity in sucrose and fructose
Andrew WagersComputer simulations of planetary ring and moon dynamics
2000Timothy BrownMeasuring Boltzman’s constant from thermal noises in electrical fluctuations
1999Juraj TopolancikSpeeds of masses in gravitational loops
Ahmet ErOhm’s law and C60
1998Ariel DroginCalculation of the charge of an electron utilizing the effects of shot noise
Matthew PerkinsInformation not available
1997Andrew GlennBrownian motion: Learning from a random walk
Benjamin PerryInformation not available
1996Jan KmetkoMossbauer studies of SrRuO3+x, Sr2RhO4, BaRuO3+x, Ba2RuO4, BaRhO3+x,and Ba2RhO4
Timothy WillisA measurement of the muon lifetime
1995James MartinCompton scattering experiment
Linda OpundoTesting Fourier inversion technique for image reconstruction
Rustin JacksonChaos in the bouncing ball
Christopher LangleyExperimental and theoretical comparison of the electric field gradient in FeCl24H2O
William KeetonInformation not available