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  • Marsland, Robert Alvin, III (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    From its inception, statistical mechanics has aspired to become the link between biology and physics. But classical statistical mechanics dealt primarily with systems in thermal equilibrium, where detailed balance forbids ...
  • Necib, Lina (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    In this thesis, I study the expected direct and indirect detection signals of dark matter. More precisely, I study three aspects of dark matter; I use hydrodynamic simulations to extract properties of weakly interacting ...
  • Hulcher, Zachary R (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Within the context of a hybrid strong/weak coupling model of jet quenching, we study the consequences of the fact that the plasma produced in a heavy ion collision cannot resolve the substructure of a collimated parton ...
  • O'Connor, Colton David Graham (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Measurements of the electric-to-magnetic ratio of the proton's elastic form factors, GE/GM, have recently been shown to diverge at high momentum transfer, Q2, based on which of two experimental methods is employed. Reanalysis ...
  • Archer, Lucy Elizabeth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    In this thesis I made a study of the properties of reactively sputtered ultra-thin films of niobium nitride (NbN) and niobium titanium nitride (NbTiN). Using Variable Angle Spectral Ellipsometry (VASE), I found that the ...
  • Sadofyev, Andrey V (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    In this thesis we discuss recent results on the medium/probe interaction in the strongly coupled plasma produced in heavy-ion collisions. Such processes involve physics at multiple energy scales making a consistent theoretical ...
  • Russell, Megan, S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    This thesis presents two different formalisms which can be used together to evolve a density perturbation produced during inflation forwards in time in the radiation-dominated era of the early universe. The first formalism, ...
  • Dominguez, Patricia Zoila (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    A search for invisibly decaying Higgs bosons is performed using the vector boson fusion production (VBF) mode. This search was conducted using Run 2 data, collected by the CMS detector at the LHC in 2016 at a center of ...
  • Burchesky, Sean (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    In this work we build a new spin-orbit coupling experiment to observe the supersolidlike stripe phase. The phase diagram of a 1-dimensional spin-orbit coupled Bose- Einstein condensate shows several interesting phases ...
  • Bachu, Brad (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    We consider top-quarks produced at large energy in e+e- collisions and address the question of what top-mass can be measured from reconstruction. The production process is characterized by the center-of-mass energy, Q, the ...
  • Cristea-Platon, Tudor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    The realm of the dynamics of bouncing droplets is a rather recent development in physics and mathematics. Just over a decade old, it holds many exciting avenues of exploration. In this thesis, I will present my research ...
  • Geller, Sarah (Sarah R.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    In this thesis, I have addressed the question of how to calculate the total relativistic mass for a patch of a spherically-symmetric matter-dominated spacetime of negative curvature. This calculation provides the open-universe ...
  • Sie, Edbert Jarvis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Semiconductors that are thinned down to a few atomic layers can exhibit novel properties beyond those encountered in bulk forms. Transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) such as MoS 2, WS2 and WSe2 are prime examples of ...
  • Pretko, Michael (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Many quantum phases of matter, such as quantum spin liquids and fractional quantum hall systems, are well-described in the language of gauge theory. Until recently, most theoretical attention has been focused on systems ...
  • Dalzell, Alexander M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    Despite continued experimental progress, no task has yet been performed on quantum technology that could not also have been performed quickly on today's classical computers. One proposed path toward achieving this milestone, ...
  • Tripathee, Aashish (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    In this thesis, we use the CMS Open Data to study the 2-prong substructure of jets. We use CMS's particle flow reconstruction algorithm to obtain jet constituents, which we then use to perform various jet substructure ...
  • Rios Tascon, Andres (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    We explore two methods aimed at alleviating two difficulties in Lattice QCD: statistical noise and data storage. The first method intends to improve the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio in three-point correlators, by extending ...
  • Jungbluth, Anna, S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    The fabrication of inorganic semiconductor devices, such as silicon solar cells and photodetectors, is despite significant research still expensive and energy intensive. Especially for solar cells, high upfront costs are ...
  • Levin, Andrew (Andrew Michael) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    The CMS detector at the CERN LHC is sensitive to Standard Model predictions regarding the production of two W bosons with the same charge accompanied by two jets. In particular, when these particles are produced in a ...
  • Neben, Abraham Richard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
    We present advances in antenna characterization for low frequency radio observations of 21 cm emission from the Epoch of Reionization (EOR). Using satellite transmissions as probe signals, we map the all-sky, high dynamic ...
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