Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Physics

Mellon College of Science

Current and past Physics Ph.D. students

CURRENT PH.D. STUDENTS

...  and past graduates by year:

2015

Student

Thesis Title

Akabori, Kiyotaka
Advisor: Tristram-Nagle & Nagle
Structure Determination of HIV-1 Tat/Fluid Phase Membranes and DMPC Ripple Phase Using X-ray Scattering
Calamba, Aristotle
Advisor: Paulini
Search for New Physics in Events with a High Energy Photon, Electron and Large Missing Transverse Energy in pp Collisions at √s = 8 TeV
Carlson, Benjamin
Advisor: Russ & Paulini
Probing the Standard Model: A Search for Supersymmetry in Events with Leptons, Jets, and No Missing Transverse Energy and a Production Study of Υ(1S), Υ(2S), Υ(3S) States at High Transverse Momentum
Fahy, Brendan
Advisor: Morningstar
Properties of the ρ Resonance from ππ Elastic Scattering and the Spectrum of Excited ρ Mesons Using the Stochastic LapH Method in Lattice QCD
Feng, Yu
Advisor: Croft
Petascale Cosmological Hydrodynamic Simulation of Quasars
He, Guowei
Advisor: Feenstra
Graphene Formation on the Carbon Face of Silicon Carbide
Ho, Dao
Advisor: Schumacher
Measurement of the E Polarization Observable for γ-deuteron reactions using CLAS g14 data at Jefferson Lab
Iiyama, Yutaro
Advisor: Paulini
Search for Supersymmetry in pp Collisions at √s = 8 TeV with a Photon, Lepton, and Missing Transverse Energy
Sae-Ueng, Udom
Advisor: Evilevitch
Physical Mechanisms of Viral Life Cycle
Stahlke, Daniel
Advisor: Griffiths
Entanglement and Interference Resources in Quantum Computation and Communication
Voytek, Tabitha
Advisor:  Jeff Peterson
Studying the History of the Intergalactic Medium with the SCI-HI Experiment
Xu, Huizhong
Advisor: Mandal (Chemistry)
Single-Molecule Study of RNA Hairpin and Pseudoknot Folding

2014

Student

Thesis Title

Fu, Qi
Advisor: Sekerka
Theoretical Study and Computer Simulation of Generalized Solid-on-Solid Models
Chowdary, Krishna
Advisor: Majetich
Dynamic Hysteresis in Compacted Magnetic Nanoparticles
Hu, Mingyang
Advisor: Deserno
Designing Polymer-Tethered Membrane-Nanoparticle Composites
Huhn, William
Advisor: Widom
Thermodynamics from First Principles: Prediction of Phase Diagrams and Materials Properties Using Density Functional Theory
Jhang, You-Cyan
Advisor: Morningstar
The Spectrum of Kaon States in the Isodoublet Strangeness S=1 T1u Channel by the Stochastic LapH Method in Lattice QCD
Lenkner, David
Advisor: Morningstar
The Spectrum of Meson States in the Isovector Non-Strange T1u+ Channel by the Stochastic LapH Method in Lattice QCD
Lind, Jonathan
Advisor: Suter
In-Situ High-Energy Diffraction Microscopy Study of Zirconium Under Uni-axial Tensile Deformation
Tan, Xi
Advisor: Suter
A New Method for Fracture Surface Studies: Combined HEDM Orientation Mapping and Absorption Tomography Applied to a Nickel Superalloy
Tang, Zhen
Advisor: Russ
Development of an Energy Determination Algorithm and the Optimized Detector Design for an Ultrahigh-Energy Cosmic Neutrino Experiment
Vernarsky, Brian
Advisor: Meyer
First Measurements of the Polarized Spin Density Matrix Elements along with a Partial-Wave Analysis for γ p -> p ω Using CLAS at Jefferson Lab

2013

Student

Thesis Title

Booth, Ryan
Advisor: Majetich
Inter- and Intraparticle Interactions in Magnetic Nanoparticle Systems
Chen, Chien-Yi
Advisor: Wolfenstein
New Physics Beyond the Standard Model with Weakly Interacting Particles
Degraf, Colin
Advisor: DiMatteo
Supermassive Black Holes in Cosmological Simulations
Goh, Haw Zan
Advisor: Lösche
Solid-Supported Lipid Membranes: Formation, Stability and Applications
Hefferan, Christopher
Advisor: Suter
Measurement of Annealing Phenomena in High Purity Metals with Near-Field High Energy X-Ray Diffraction Microscopy
Hu, Weihua
Advisor: Ricketts (ECE)
Tip Based Nanofabrication Using Multi-mode Scanning Probe Microscopy
Lin, Chang-You
Advisor: Sekerka
Mean-Field Density Functional Theory of a Three-Phase Contact Line
Liu, Yueh-Feng
Advisor: Paulini
Search for New Physics Using Events with Two Photons and Large Missing Transverse Energy in pp Collisions at √s = 7 TeV
Neill, Duff
Advisor: Rothstein
Apply Effective Field Theory to Higgs Production and Renormalizing SCET II
Yolcu, Cem
Advisor: Deserno
Effective Field Theory of Surface-Mediated Forces in Soft Matter

2012

Student

Thesis Title

Akgun, Bora
Advisor: Ferguson
Υ(nS) Cross Section Measurement in pp Collisions at 7 TeV Center of Mass Energy with the CMS Detector
Bandura, Kevin
Advisor: Peterson
Pathfinder for a Neutral Hydrogen Dark Energy Survey
Dey, Biplab
Advisor: Meyer
Differential cross section and polarization extractions for γp → K+Σ0 and γp → Φ p using CLAS at Jefferson Lab, towards a partial wave analysis in search of missing baryon resonances
Dickson, Ryan
Advisor: Schumacher
Photoproduction of the f1(1285)/η(1295) Mesons Using CLAS at Jefferson Lab
Evarts, Eric
Advisor: Majetich
Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy Analysis of Sub-30 nm Magnetic Tunnel Junction
Friend, Megan
Advisor: Quinn
A Precision Measurement of the Proton Strange-Quark Form Factors at Q2 = 0.624 GeV2
Looi, Shiang Yong
Advisor: Griffiths
Quantum Error Correction Using Stabilizer States and Graph States
Sauerwine, Benjamin
Advisor: Widom
Secondary Structure Models of Nucleic Acid Folding Kinetics
Shekhar, Prabhanshu
Advisor: Lösche
Neutron Reflectometry from Interfacial Molecular Architectures: Structural Modeling and Application to Sparsely Tethered Bilayer Lipid Membranes
Shenoy, Siddharth
Advisor: Lösche
Structure and Kinetics of the PTEN Tumor Suppressor: Investigation of Solution and Membrane-Associated States
Srivastava, Nishtha
Advisor: Feenstra
Interface Structure of Graphene on Silicon Carbide for Various Preparation Conditions
Thome, James
Advisor: Russ
A Measurement of Helicity-Frame Spin Alignment of Inclusive Υ(nS) Mesons in Proton-Antiproton Collisions at 1.96 TeV
Wong, Chik Him (Ricky)
Advisor: Morningstar
The Stochastic Laplacian Heaviside Method in Lattice QCD and its First Applications to Hadron Spectroscopy
Yu, Li
Advisor: Griffiths
Nonlocal Quantum Gates, Graph Codes and Information Splitting

2011

Student

Thesis Title

Bereau, Tristan
Advisor: Deserno
Unconstrained Structure Formation in Coarse-Grained Protein Simulations
Gheorghiu, Vlad
Advisor: Griffiths
Bipartite Entanglement, Separable Operations and the Location of Quantum Information
Hogg, Charles
Advisor: Majetich
Pattern Transfer from Nanoparticle Arrays
Hutasoit, Jimmy
Advisor: Holman
Time-dependent Backgrounds in String Theory and Dualities
Li, Shiu Fai (Frankie)
Advisor: Suter
Imaging of Orientation and Geometry in Microstructures: Development and Applications of High Energy X-ray Diffraction Microscopy
Luxmi
Advisor: Feenstra
Structural Studies of Epitaxial Graphene Formed on SiC{0001} Surfaces
Misra, Navodit
Advisor: Schwartz (Biological Sci.) & Swendsen
Algorithms for Reliable Computing in Molecular Biology
Moriya, Kei
Advisor: Schumacher
Measurement of the Lineshape, Differential Photoproduction Cross Section, Spin and Parity of the Λ(1405) Using CLAS at Jefferson Lab
Seymour-Parno, Diana
Advisor: Franklin
Measurements of the Double-Spin Asymmetry A1 on Helium-3: Toward a Precise Measurement of the Neutron A1
Zheng, Peng
Advisor: Greve (ECE)
High Temperature Langasite Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors

2010

Student

Thesis Title

Altay, Gabriel
Advisor: Croft
Cosmological Radiative Transfer
Bulava, John
Advisor: Morningstar
An Improved Variance Reduction Technique for Stochastic All-to-All Quark Propagators in Lattice QCD Spectrum Computations
Galyardt, Jason
Advisor: Russ
Correlations in Bottom Quark Pair Production at the Fermilab Tevatron
Gong, Haijun
Advisor: Schwartz (Biological Sci.) & Widom
Computational Models of Protein Sorting in the Golgi Apparatus
Pan, Jianjun
Advisor: Nagle
Supramolecular Organization of the Antimicrobial Peptide Alamethicin in Fluid Membrames
Pueschel, Elisa
Advisor:   Manfred Paulini
Measurement of the CP Violating Phase sin(2βs) using Bs0 -> J/Ψ Φ Decays at CDF
Wei, Yuli
Advisor: Garoff
Dynamic Wetting of Viscous and Viscoelastic Fluids