Physics - Ph.D. / Sc.D.
http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/7695
2017-05-23T13:00:21ZFluid dynamics in action
http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/107318
Fluid dynamics in action
Glorioso, Paolo
In this thesis we formulate an effective field theory for nonlinear dissipative fluid dynamics. The formalism incorporates an action principle for the classical equations of motion as well as a systematic approach to thermal and quantum fluctuations around the classical motion of fluids. The dynamical degrees of freedom are Stuckelberg-like fields associated with diffeomorphisms and gauge transformations, and are related to the conservation of the stress tensor and a U(1) current if the fluid possesses a charge. This inherently geometric construction gives rise to an emergent "fluid space-time", similar to the Lagrangian description of fluids. We develop the variational formulation based on symmetry principles defined on such fluid space-time. Through a prescribed correspondence, the dynamical fields are mapped to the standard fluid variables, such as temperature, chemical potential and velocity. This allows to recover the standard equations of fluid dynamics in the limit where fluctuations are negligible. Demanding the action to be invariant under a discrete transformation, which we call local KMS, guarantees that the correlators of the stress tensor and the current satisfy the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. Local KMS invariance also automatically ensures that the constitutive relations of the conserved quantities satisfy the standard constraints implied e.g. by the second law of thermodynamics, and leads to a new set of constraints which we call generalized Onsager relations. Requiring the above properties to hold beyond tree-level leads to introducing fermionic partners of the original degrees of freedom, and to an emergent supersymmetry. We also outline a procedure for obtaining the effective field theory for fluid dynamics by applying the holographic Wilsonian renormalization group to systems with a gravity dual.
Thesis: Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, 2016.; Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.; Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-213).
2016-01-01T00:00:00ZThreshold electrodisintegration of the deuteron at high momentum transfer
http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/107303
Threshold electrodisintegration of the deuteron at high momentum transfer
Schmitt, William Michael, 1965-
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 1993.; Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-206).
1993-01-01T00:00:00ZA precision measurement of the e⁺p/e⁻p elastic scattering cross section ratio at the OLYMPUS experiment
http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/107045
A precision measurement of the e⁺p/e⁻p elastic scattering cross section ratio at the OLYMPUS experiment
Henderson, Brian Scott
Measurements of the ratio of the proton elastic form factors ([mu]pGe/Gm) using Rosenbluth separation and those using polarization-based techniques show a strong discrepancy, which has persisted both in modern experimental results and in re-analyses of previous data. The most widely accepted hypothesis to explain this discrepancy is the treatment of the contributions from hard two-photon exchange (TPE) to elastic electron-proton scattering in the radiative corrections applied to the Rosenbluth separation measurements. Calculations of the hard TPE contribution are highly model dependent, but the effect may be measured experimentally with a precise determination of the ratio of the positron-proton and electron-proton elastic scattering cross sections. The OLYMPUS experiment collected approximately 4 fb-1 of e+p and e-p scattering data at the DORIS storage ring at DESY in 2012, with the goal of measuring the elastic [sigma]e+p/[sigma]e-p ratio over the kinematic range (0.4 < c < 0.9), (0.6 < Q2 < 2.2) GeV2 /c 2 at a fixed lepton beam energy of 2.01 GeV. The detector for the OLYMPUS experiment consisted of refurbished elements of the Bates Large Acceptance Spectrometer Toroid (BLAST) surrounding an internal gaseous hydrogen target, with the addition of multiple systems for the monitoring of the luminosity collected by the experiment. A detailed simulation of the experiment was developed to account for both radiative corrections and various systematic effects. This work presents preliminary results from the OLYMPUS data, demonstrating that the elastic [sigma]e+p/[sigma]e-p ratio rises to several percent at [epsilon] ~~ 0.4 and indicating a significant contribution from TPE to e± p scattering. Additionally, the value of [sigma]e+p/[sigma]e-p has been measured to unprecedented precision at [epsilon] = 0.98, which provides a valuable normalization point for other experimental data.
Thesis: Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, 2016.; Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.; Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-288).
2016-01-01T00:00:00ZSqueezed states for advanced gravitational wave detectors
http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/107044
Squeezed states for advanced gravitational wave detectors
Oelker, Eric Glenn
Quantum vacuum fluctuations impose strict limits on precision displacement measurements, those of interferometric gravitational-wave detectors among them. Introducing squeezed states into an interferometer's readout port can improve the sensitivity of the instrument, leading to richer astrophysical observations. In recent years, this technique has been used to improve the sensitivity of the GEO600 [1011 and the Initial LIGO detector at Hanford, WA [102]. Squeezed states could be employed in advanced gravitational-wave detectors, such as Advanced LIGO, to further push the limits of the observable gravitational wave universe. To maximize the benefit from squeezing, environmentally induced disturbances such as back scattering and angular jitter need to be mitigated. Also, optomechanical interactions dictate that the quadrature of the squeezed vacuum state must rotate by 900 at around 50 Hz in order to achieve a broadband sensitivity improvement for Advanced LIGO. In this thesis we describe a series of experiments that lead to a ultra-high vacuum (UHV) compatible, low phase noise, and frequency-dependent squeezed vacuum source required for Advanced LIGO and future gravitational-wave detectors. In order to develop the required technology, two proof-of-principal experiments were conducted. In the first experiment, we built a UHV compatible squeezed vacuum source and homodyne readout and operated them in UHV conditions. We also commissioned a control scheme that achieved a record low 1.30-7 mrad of phase noise. This is a nearly tenfold improvement over previously reported measurements with audio-band squeezed vacuum sources. In the second experiment we used a 2-m-long, high-finesse optical resonator to produce frequency-dependent squeezed quadrature rotation around 1.2kHz. This demonstration of audio-band frequency-dependent squeezing uses technology and methods that are scalable to the required rotation frequency for Advance LIGO, firmly establishing the viability of this technique for application in current and future gravitational-wave detectors. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of these results for squeezing enhancement in Advanced LIGO and beyond.
Thesis: Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, 2016.; Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.; Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-229).
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