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Honors Theses

Honors Theses Completed by Wheaton College Physics Students.

Honors thesis student April Futch (’18)  Presents at The American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Meeting, San Jose, California

 

April presented a poster on The Effects of Resistivity and Viscosity on m=0 Rise and Fall Time. She used a well-established visco-resistive magnetohydrodynamics code to simulate toroidally confined plasmas and compared her work to experimental measurements in the Madison Symmetric Torus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

List of Recent Honors Theses

Name

Title

April
Futch

2018
Investigating the Role of Resistivity and Viscosity in the Sawtooth Cycle 
Advisor: Dr. Darren Craig 
   
David
Barbalas
2017
Effects of Hotspot Limited Mass Accretion on Electron Capture Supernovae in Binary Systems
Advisor: Dr. A.J. Poelarends
   
Maddie
Baltzer
2016
 First Absolute Wavelength Calibration of Ion Doppler Spectrometer at Madison Symmetric Torus
Advisor: Dr. Darren Craig
   
Spencer
Hills  
2016
Investigation of Effects of Lower Metalicities on ECSN Channel in Binary Stars
Advisor: Dr. A.J. Poelarends
   
Emily
Willson 
2016
 
Towards a Quantitative Understanding of Radiation Damping Effects
on Magnetization Transfer Parameters 
Advisor: Dr. Heather Whitney 
   
John
Ginn 
2015
Understanding Radiation Damping in the Context of
Magnetization Transfer
Advisor: Dr. Heather Whitney
   
David
Martin
2015
Magnetic Field and Velocity Fluctuations with and without a Reversal Surface in the
RFP
Advisor: Dr. Darren Craig
   
Michael
Morken
2015
A Model for Plasma Temperature and Density in WIRX
Advisor: Dr. Darren Craig
   
James
Tarka
2015
Non-Conservative Evolution: Implementation in the Stellar
Evolution Code MESA and Outlook on ECSN Progenitors in
Binary Systems
Advisor: Dr. A.J. Poelarends

Cole
Adams
2013
Electron Capture Supernovae in Binary Systems 
Advisor: Dr. A.J. Poelarends
   
Mindy Cartolano 
2013
Exploring the Variability of Ion Heating at Reconnection Events in the Madison Symmetric Torus 
Advisor: Dr. Darren Craig
   
David
Blasing
2011 
Temperature and Density in the Wheaton Impulsive Reconnection Experiment (WIRX) 
Advisor: Dr. Darren Craig
   
Joel
Dahlin 
2010
Assessment of Quasi-Separatrix Layers 
Advisor: Dr. Darren Craig