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    Research Experiences for Undergraduates

    The William & Mary Physics Department has an active Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU).  Each summer approximately 15 undergraduate students from institutions other than William & Mary are offered stipends through a REU site grant from the National Science Foundation … [Read More...]

    Aug
    08

    Week 10 – William Laney

    This is a cross post from my main blog about the Sharkduino project, for information and posts about the project please click here. This is the last week of the REU program. This means that I have spent most of the week working on a final paper and poster for the program. In addition I have been cleaning out my workspace and putting things away to store until the fall semester starts up. I … [Read more...]

    Aug
    05

    Last Week

    I presented my poster today with all my results. I came to the conclusion that all 3 detectors should be moved 50cm in the negative y direction. However, there is still more to be done. I hope to continue on with this research to finally determine if the problem lies in the position of the detectors. I am grateful to Kordosky and the REU program for giving me this opportunity. I learned much more … [Read more...]

    Aug
    05

    Final Week – Savannah Vasquez

    As described in my last post, we minimized the chi squared value at multiple flavor scales to see their dependence on each other. Since the model was proven to function well at these lower energies, we must take other factors into account that would bound our theory in other ways, this would include neutral meson mass splitting. The non- relativistic Hamiltonian of neutral kaon may be written … [Read more...]

    Aug
    05

    Final Post

    My projected ends with a cliffhanger since there is no definite conclusions as of yet. The wires that are being affected have been determined in one package and the hope is that there are similar causes in the other package, since this would make "cleaning up" the data easier. I have created some plots that will be used to help narrow down the possible culprits and determine a direction to look … [Read more...]

    Aug
    05

    Week 10 – Jessica Sydnor

    As I write my last post after finishing my presentation I can't help but think how grateful I am for being given this opportunity. I never thought that after just finishing my freshman year of college I would be working with an actual collaboration or creating a tool that the collaboration will actually use. This week I wrote my final research paper and sent it off to my advisors for comments and … [Read more...]

    Aug
    05

    Mundy, Last Post

    This summer has been a great experience. Thinking back to the beginning, when I ran into something unexpected in my simulations I would jump on it and spend hours trying to explain it or hunting through the source code for the bug. Usually, my adviser or Kurtis, the grad student I worked with could explain it in two seconds. I did occasionally find bugs, but usually the red flags turned out to be … [Read more...]

    Aug
    05

    William And Mary Physics REU Experience: Part 2

    This post is the second part of the two part series describing my experience in the REU this summer.  In part one, I gave an overview of my experiment and described in detail the first part of my research, calculating predicted rates.  This post will cover the second half of my research, determining the density of the hydrogen gas inside the target cell. I started the project about half way … [Read more...]

    Aug
    05

    William and Mary Physics REU Experience: Part 1

    This last two blog post are going to be a reflection of my experience in the William and Mary Physics REU over the last 10 weeks.  The first week here, I met my advisers, Dr. David Armstrong and Dr. Wouter Deconinck, and was assigned my project for the summer.  My project is to determine the aluminum dilution in the Qweak experiment using a new method known as the gas target method. The Qweak … [Read more...]

    Aug
    04

    Week 10

    In the following weeks I have been working on a large number of types of data analysis and testing their ability to detect a large number of different defects.  My advisers were at a conference for all of week 8, which slowed down the research in some ways and sped it up in others.  We planned ahead of time what data collection we wanted to do and how exacted we wanted to take the scans.  I … [Read more...]

    Aug
    02

    Paola Vidal – Week 8

    This week I have been preparing for the poster presentation, writing the final paper, and wrapping up my research. In my analysis of the data I have extended beyond using the center point of the nova, minerva, and minos detectors and instead been using a 1m square area instead for better results. This may have to be edited later into a circle though. My data is showing that changing the positions … [Read more...]