University of Michigan

Quantum Optics

Project Title: Enhanced ground-Rydberg coherence times in a state-insensitive optical lattice

Advisor: Dr. Alex Kuzmich

  • Exploring possible applications for trapped ensembles of ultracold Rydberg atoms in the field of quantum information.
  • Generated computational/mathematical model for atomic motion and dephasing of Rb87 atoms in optical lattice potentials
  • Maintained locking circuitry for frequency stabilized laser systems

Physics 510 Final Project (Phase Transitions) : Rydberg excitation avalanche and blockade mechanisms

Physics 542 Final Project : Many-body Rabi oscillations in Rydberg atomic ensembles

Western Washington University

Plasmonics / Photonics

Project title: Plasmonic Enhancement of Organic Photovoltaics

Advisor: Dr. Janelle Leger

  • Developed guided wave plasmon polariton mode (GW-PPM) waveguides for use as an electrical back contact to conjugated polymer photovoltaic cells with the goal of enhanced conversion efficiency.
  • Fabricated thin film samples using RF and DC sputter deposition and polymer spin casting techniques.
  • Performed sample characterization using a combination of X-Ray Reflectivity, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry.
  • Used attenuated total reflectance (ATR) to excite and detect plasmonic modes within thin film waveguides.

Poster: Plasmonic Enhancement of Organic Photovoltaic Devices

Talk Slides: APS March Meeting 2017

Stellar Astrophysics

Project title: Photometric & Polarimetric Variability of Outbursting Young  Stars

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Covey

  • Utilized MIMIR data reduction pipeline to process near infrared observations and constructed a computational model of variation in young stars’ NIR polarimetry and optical photometry.
  • Implemented Markov chain Monte Carlo fitting algorithm to be used in conjunction with Hyperion, a three dimensional dust continuum radiative transfer code.
  • Generated and fit synthetic spectral energy distribution (SEDs) to photometric and polarimetric observations in order to tighten constraints on geometric parameters involved with young stellar object (YSO) formation.

Planetary Geology

Project Title: Constraining Mineralogy of Subsurface Martian Soil

Advisor: Dr. Melissa Rice

  • Compiled spectral library of ferric sulfates and candidate minerals for use with Multiple Endmember Spectral Mixture Analysis (MESMA) algorithm to model Mars Exploration Rover Pancam spectra.
  • Developed routines in IDL which allowed for convenient visualization of convolved spectra.