Advanced Experimental Physics Projects
Jake Lehman and Raisa Ebner explored ways to damp resonance in architectural structures.
- Mason Chow, Phyo Lin and Chris Gonzales used ultrasound to acoustically levitate small objects.
- Laura Wetzel studied the dynamics of a ball rolling on a spinning saddle as a mechanical analog of an ion trap.
- Lawrence Dennis created a cosmic ray muon detector to test Einstein's special theory of relativity.
- Theint Aung created graphene and used it to make a supercapacitor.
- Nicole Tennessen and Nathan Wichman built an improved Foucault pendulum to measure the Earth's rotation.
- Philip Han constructed a quantum teleportation device based on classical linear optics.
- Justin Bradfield and Alex Mudd created a user interface control system using Doppler Shifted Ultrasound to recognize hand gestures.
- Kathleen Ellis created a DC-DC converter to create a usable Solar Power Supply
- John Klingner, Sean McKenna, and Suzannah Wood created a quantum logic gate using C-13 chloroform and an NMR machine.
- Mandip Sibakoti and Joey Hambleton developed a wireless power transmission system capable of transmitting several watts of electrical power.
- Will Schumacher and Kristofer Andresen built a metamaterial with a negative index of refraction.
- Mark Novak built an exoskeleton arm controlled by an EMG signal.
- Nathan Jepsen, Tom Speulda, and Alex Yeagle made a high resolution scanning tunneling microscope.
- Talon Holmes and Aaron Zaubi used holographic interferometry to study vibrational patterns of musical instruments.
- Valerie Collins, Fadzai Fungura, and Zach Zasada studied solar cells based on quantum dots. Link to a video that shows Valerie Collins in the process of creating a series of quantum dots each with a slightly different size.
- Raghav Kunnawalkam built his own detectors to study cosmic ray muons.
- Julia Kamenetzky studied extrasolar planets by observing planet transits.
- Adam Culberson and Lucas Jorgensen built and studied a system to wirelessly transfer electric power using magnetic resonance.
- Andrew Reindel studied copper fractals by electrochemically depositing copper on a copper wire.
- Logan Squiers and Zoe Downing built a ruby laser for the purpose of making pulsed laser holograms.
- Sarah Collins and Esther Chapman built and studied solar cells using raspberry juice.
- Tim Harrington-Taber built a device for studying sonoluminescence which uses ultrasound to produce light.
- Julie Jozwiak and Ian Dees constructed a Foucault pendulum which demonstrates that the Earth is rotating.
- Chad Compton built a TEA laser which produced extremely short (ns) pulses of ultraviolet light using air at atmospheric pressure as the lasing medium.
- Nathan Means and Paul Searing built a nitrogen laser which produced extremely short (ns) pulses of ultraviolet light using low pressure nitrogen as the lasing medium.
- Jeffrey Klein, Michelle Peterson, Erin Rooney, and Kyle Slack constructed a scanning tunneling microscope capable of resolving objects at an atomic dimension.
- Tessa Parshall, Tom Reyes, and Scott Tolliver built a spectrohelioscope capable of observing the sun's corona in broad daylight. (Shown on right.)
Videos of Student Work projects
This video shows Valerie Collins in the process of creating a series of quantum dots each with a slightly different size. As the quantum dots grow larger, their adsorption spectra changes and the color of the dots changes accordingly. All the quantum dots shown here are chemically identical, but their spectra are all different.