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Undergraduate Research

The Department of Physics actively encourages and facilitates the participation of undergraduates in research at all stages of the program, from freshman to senior. As many as 29% of the students in the program in fall 2015 have been active in research in one or more of several venues which include
• departmental research programs in particle physics, atomic physics or materials science,
• programs in related departments such as math and chemistry,
• external programs such as internships at national labs and REU experiences in other universities.
Each year the department funds a number of undergraduates to travel and present at national conferences, including the March and April Meetings of the APS, the meetings of the Nuclear Physics and the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Divisions of the APS and the Frontiers in Optics meeting of the Optical Society of America. Candidates for the bachelor of science complete a senior paper based on a research experience as a requirement for graduation.

Physics Research Guide
 

Senior Papers

Alexander Arrico, BS 2012
Advisor: Yang Wang (Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center)
Exploring the use of CUDA GPU programming

Jonathan Baron, BS 2009
Advisor: Jeffry Madura (Department of Chemistry, Duquesne University)
Application of diffuse Monte-Carlo methods in chemistry

Alex Bearer, BS 2012
Advisor: Darryl Ozimek (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
"Physics of fishing" course development

Vasilii Bushunow, BS 2014
Advisor: Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Mossbauer spectroscopy investigation of lithium oxide-hematite solid solution

Dominic DeBiasio, BS 2013
Advisor: Yang Wang (Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center)
Finding the diagonal blocks of the inverse of large matrices

John DiGnazio, BS 2013
Advisor: Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Mossbauer study of europium oxide doped hematite nanoparticles 

William Dorfner, BS 2009
Advisor: Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Mossbauer study of mixed-oxide nanoparticles

Steve Herchko, BS 2011
Advisor: Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Temperature effects on nanocrystallization of Finemet alloys

Devin Hileman, BS 2010
Advisor:  Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Mossbauer spectroscopy of indium-doped hematite

Sean Krupa, BS 2010
Advisor: Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Mossbauer spectroscopy of the xZrO2-(1-x)α-Fe2O3 nanoparticle system 

James Regar, BS 2011
Advisor:  Richard J. Smith (Montana State U)
Characterization of silicon volatility with SOFC applications

Eric Sinagra, BS 2011
Advisor: Simonetta Frittelli (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
A Matlab implementation of a self-gravitating massless boson field

Christopher Stroh, BS 2014
Advisor: Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Mossbauer study of ruthenium-oxide doped hematite 

Brad Treece, BS 2012
Advisor:  Scott Cohen (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Numerical approach to local cloning of entangled states

Colin Wade, BS 2012
Advisor:  Monica Sorescu (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Mossbauer study of vanadium oxide-hematite nanoparticles 

Andrew Witchger, BS 2014
Advisor:  Fatiha Benmokhtar (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)
Gas electron multiplier and multi-anode PMT analysis

Student Posters
2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Participants
2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

2017 - 2018

Ross Aguilar, Spencer Graves
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Pittsburgh Quantum Institute
Development of a Homemade Device to Measure Color Concentration in Water Samples, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Robert Behary
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Mounting a Hodoscope for the Hall A spectrometer at Jefferson Lab, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Courtney Boyd
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Probing for High Momentum Protons in 4He Via the 4He(e,e'p)X Reaction, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Joshua Goodwill
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics, Jefferson Lab, and INFN National Laboratory of Frascati
Calibration of Photomultiplier Tubes (PMTs) for RICH Detector, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Jahnavee Mittal
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Pittsburgh Quantum Institute
Generating Forbidden 10-Fold Symmetry Quasicrystals using an Optical System, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Connor Pecar
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and INFN National Laboratory of Frascati
CLAS12 RICH Detector Calibration, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Symposium in July 2018.

Waymond Smoot, Nicholaus Trotta, Robert Behary, Collin McCauley
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Simulations of High Energy Particle Collisions with Aerogel in a Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) Detector, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Adam Sneath
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
High Precision Particle Tracking for MUSE at PSI, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Nicholaus Trotta
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Detection of Cherenkov Radiation Produced by Aerogel Tiles, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July 2018.

Elise Aaron, Waymond Smoot, Morgen Benninghoff, Justin Goodwill, Mireille Muhoza
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Studies of the Proton Structure, originally presented at the Undergraduate, originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium in April 2018.

Adam Sneath
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and the Paull Scherrer Institute (PSI)
High-Precision Particle Tracking for the Muon Proton Scattering Experiment (MUSE) at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium in April 2018.

Morgen Benninghoff
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Characterization of Multianode Photomultiplier Tubes for a Ring Imaging Cherenkov Detector, originally presented at the Division of Nuclear Physics in October 2017.

Justin Goodwill
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Particle Identification Using a Ring Imaging Cherenkov Counter, originally presented at the Fall Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics in October 2017.

Mireille Muhoza
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Kaon Detection with CLAS12 RICH Detector at Jefferson Lab, originally presented at Conferences for Undergraduate Underrepresented Minorities in Physics in October 2017.

Mireille Muhoza, Elise Aaron, Waymond Smoot
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Ring Imaging Cerenkov Detector for CLAS12, originally presented at the Division of Nuclear Physics in October 2017.

2016 - 2017

Elise Aaron
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Software Development for a Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) Detector, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Program July 2017.

Mireille Muhoza
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Study of Strange Quarks Using Kaons, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Program July 2017.

Waymond Smoot
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Analysis of Photo-Anode Multiplier (MA-PMTs) for a Ring imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector, originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Program July 2017.

Adam Sneath
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Measuring the Proton Radius at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), originally presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Program July 2017.

Andrew Voloshin, Justin Goodwill, Andrew Lendacky
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Updates on Software Development for a RICH Detector, originally presented at APS April Meeting, April 2017.

Mark Allwes
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
A Mössbauser Study of Scandium Oxide Doped Hematite, originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 2017.

Morgen Benninghoff
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
A Look Inside the Proton, originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 2017.

Justin Goodwill
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Particle Detector for Probing the Proton, originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 2017.

Tim Ireland, Isaac Davies, Jake Kline, Jahnavee Mittal, Gage Tiber
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Optical and Electronic Design for a Part-Per-Million Laser Wavelength Meter, originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 2017.

Jake Kline, Jahnavee Mittal, Isaac Davies, Tim Ireland, Gage Tiber
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Mechanical and thermal design for a part-per-million laser wavelength meter, originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 2017.

Adam Sneath
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Measurement of the Proton Radius at The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 2017.

Gage Tiber, Aria Parangi, Partha Basu, Spencer Graves
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Detection of Lead in Drinking Water Using a Homemade and Inexpensive LED-Based Fluorometer, originally presented at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, April 2017.

Andrew Lendacky, Andrew Voloshin
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Implementing a Java Based GUI for RICH Detector Analysis, originally presented at the APS Division Nuclear Physics Vancouver Meeting in October 2016.

Justin Goodwill
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics and Jefferson Lab
Particle Identification Using a Ring Imaging Cherenkov Counter, originally presented at the APS Division Nuclear Physics Vancouver Meeting in October 2016.

2015 - 2016

Robert Brooke, Julie Gillis, Isaac Davies
Research performed at Duquesne University
Arduino-based PID controller for an Undergraduate Laser Cooling Experiment, originally presented at the Frontiers In Optics/Laser Science symposium in October 2015.

Richard Trotta, Benjamin Torisky
Research performed at Duquesne University
RICH Detector for Jefferson Labs CLAS12, originally presented at the APS Division of Nuclear Physics meeting in October 2015.

Robert Brooke, Isaac Davies, Timothy Ireland, Gage Tiber, Julie Gillis
Research performed at Duquesne University
Arduino-based Laboratory Instruments for an Undergraduate Laser Cooling Experiment, originally presented at the July 2015 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Julie Gillis, Sandra Osburn
Research performed at Duquesne University
Modification of a tandem mass-spectrometer for infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) of gas-phase ions, originally presented at the July 2015 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Gage Tiber, Robert Brooke, Timothy Ireland, Isaac Davies, Julie Gillis, Chris Zaccagnini
Research performed at Duquesne University
Part per Million Resolution Optical Wavemeter, originally presented at the July 2015 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Richard Trotta
Research performed at Duquesne University and Jefferson Lab
Implementation of a Ring Imaging Cerenkov Detector in CLAS12, originally presented at the July 2015 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Chris Zaccagnini
Research performed at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Applications of Ab Initio Methods To the Study of Superconductors, originally presented at the July 2015 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Gage Tiber
Research performed at Duquesne University
Inexpensive, pocket-sized LED-based fluorometer for undergraduate teaching laboratories and in-the field chemical detection, originally presented at the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics meeting in June, 2015.

Timothy Ireland, Gage Tiber, Robert Brooke, Julie Gillis, Chris Zaccagnini
Research performed at Duquesne University
Arduino-based Laboratory Instruments for an Undergraduate Laser Cooling Experiment, originally presented at the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics meeting in June, 2015.

2014 - 2015

Courtney AuYeung
Research performed at Lehigh University
Optical Transitions of Eu Ions in GaN: The Puzzle of the 634 nm Peak, originally presented at the October 2014 meeting of the Optical Society of America, and also at the February 2014 Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington DC.

Julie Gillis
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Saturated Absorption Laser Spectroscopy of Potassium-39 Vapor as a Preliminary to Achieving Bose-Einstein Condensation, originally presented at the July 2014 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium, and also at the January 2015 Conference for Undergraduate Women In Physics at Rutgers University.

2013 - 2014

Jonathan Goodwill
Research performed at Ames Laboratory
Comparative Study of Heat Dissipation and Magnetic Properties of Magnetic Nanoparticles, originally presented at the Summer 2014 Ames Laboratory internal meeting.

Julia Limongelli
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Mössbauer Study of Iridium-Oxide Doped Hematite Nanoparticles ,originally presented at 2014 APS March meeting.

Robert Lois
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Ring-imaging Cherenkov Detector for the 12 GeV Upgrade at Jefferson Lab and Implementation to GEant4 Monte-Carlo Package, originally presented at the July 2013 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Claire Saunders, Andrew Witchger
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
Software Development for Gas Electron Multipliers in Particle Physics Experiments, originally presented at the July 2013 Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Christopher Stroh
Research performed at Duquesne University Department of Physics
A Mössbauer Study of Ruthenium Oxide Doped Hematite, originally presented at 2014 APS March meeting.

Andrew Witchger
Research performed at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Multi-Anode PMT Analysis for RICH Detector in CLAS12, originally presented at 2014 APS April meeting.
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