Original work in partial fulfillment of a graduate degree in the School of Physics.

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  • Universal bound states of two- and three-body quantum systems 

    Driscoll, Kevin Joseph (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-07-27)
    When there is a low-energy resonance between two particles, the typical separation of physical length scales no longer holds, and quantum systems can form states that are much larger on average than the characteristic size ...
  • Two-dimensional phases of silicon on silicon carbide 

    Wu, Hsin-Ju (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-07-14)
    2D materials have been widely studied since single layer graphene, a 2D atomic honeycomb structure with unusual electronic properties, was obtained. Graphene grown on SiC by thermal decomposition is of interest because of ...
  • Mechanics of Fire Ant Aggregations: An Experimental Study of Active Matter 

    Tennenbaum, Michael Jacob (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-07-17)
    Mechanics of Fire Ant Aggregations: An Experimental Study of Active Matter Michael J. Tennenbaum 148 Pages Directed by Dr. Alberto Fernandez-Nieves Fire ant aggregations are inherently active materials. Each ant converts ...
  • Spatial Interactions and Eco-Evolutionary Games 

    Lin, Yu-Hui
    Organisms compete for limited resources to reproduce. Reproduction depends on behaviors that are modified by abiotic and biotic factors, including the behavior of other organisms. This thesis adopts and extends evolutionary ...
  • Emergent behavior in complicated systems: Tinnitus, smarticles, and metronomes 

    Jackson, Zachary Lawrence (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-04-22)
    Patterns of behavior can arise in many body systems that are qualitatively different than that of the individual elements. In this dissertation, we explore emergent behaviors through three different projects. The first is ...
  • Leakage mitigation and correction techniques for topological surface codes 

    Brown, Natalie C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-03-16)
    A large scale quantum computer would be able to solve many problems that remain intractable for modern classical computers. In order to build such a machine, the quantum system must be protected from environmental influences ...
  • Edge state characterization of epitaxial graphene nanoribbons and modifications of the electrical structure of buffer graphene after aluminum oxide deposition 

    Miettinen, Anna L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-02-11)
    Graphene attracted a great deal of public interest because of its novel electrical characteristics, structural integrity, high electron mobility, and most important for my work, it was shown to be a room temperature ballistic ...
  • Transforming the preparation of physics graduate teaching assistants 

    Alicea-Munoz, Emily (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-12-02)
    Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are key partners in the education of undergraduate students. In large-enrollment intro physics classes, students spend roughly half of their in-class hours in labs and recitations under ...
  • Molecular transport into the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria 

    Lundquist, Karl Philip (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-01-15)
    This thesis details novel insights gleaned from the application of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to two protein systems, the $\beta$-barrel assembly machinery (BAM), and the lipopolysaccharide transport machinery ...
  • Pushing the cell envelope: Simulations at the gram-negative cellular interface 

    Balusek, Curtis A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-01-15)
    Computational simulations of bacterial membrane systems were performed in silico using molecular dynamics to describe the function and interaction of integral, membrane-spanning proteins with their native environment. This ...
  • Limbless locomotion in complex terrestrial terrain 

    Schiebel, Perrin Elizabeth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-01-15)
    Limbless locomotion is used by animals ranging from micro to macroscopic to move in a wide variety of terrains. Snakes in particular use their elongate bodies to swim in water, climb trees, burrow into sand and soil, crawl ...
  • Understanding protein folding and assembly at the outer membrane of pathogenic gram-negative bacteria 

    Hazel, Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-05-21)
    Antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria is quickly becoming a global pandemic, responsible for approximately two million illnesses and almost 23,000 deaths annually in the United States alone according ...
  • Properties of two-dimensional materials grown on metal substrates 

    Pan, Chi-Ruei (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-03-29)
    Supercell models are proposed to investigate the properties of three types of heterostructures formed by two-dimensional (2D) materials grown on metal substrates, including (1) silicon (Si) thin films on a silver (Ag) ...
  • Coherent structures in incompressible fluid flows 

    Short, Kimberly Yovel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-08)
    The work is broadly related to the transition to turbulence in pipe at intermediate Reynolds numbers and includes a discussion of two classes of structures observed during the transition to turbulence: numerically-extracted ...
  • Mechanics of hierarchical, filamentous tissues 

    Michel, Jonathan A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-12)
    Structural hierarchy, the property of possessing spatial organization on multiple, distinct length scales, is omnipresent in biological tissues, and is increasingly popular as a means of pursuing designer properties of ...
  • Transport in low-dimensional interacting systems 

    Sharma, Kamal (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-20)
    One-dimensional quantum many-body systems have been an interesting area of theoretical research since last 90 years. However, advances in fabrication technologies has led to influx of real materials and devices that are ...
  • Emergent collective phenomena in V. Cholerae biofilms, mixed human-autonomous fleets, and nascently multicellular bodies 

    Yanni, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-07)
    Here I focus on the physics of the evolution of multicellularity and division of labor, the cyberphysical risks of hacked internet connected vehicles, and diffusive motion that arises from cell reproduction and lysis (cell ...
  • All-microwave control of hyperfine states in ultracold spin-1 rubidium 

    Boguslawski, Matthew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-10-04)
    The manipulation of quantum spin states in a spinor Bose-Einstein condensate is critical for nearly all types of studies in these systems. State control methods are used to initialize the state of the system, apply Hamiltonian ...
  • Coming together individuals at different scales working for a common goal 

    Welsh, Andrea J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-08-27)
    Patterns in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics can occur from self-organization and the interaction of constituents. In this thesis defense, I will explore patterns in two very different systems: (i) “chimera ...
  • Uniquely quantifying highly similar RNA transcripts at the single molecule level 

    Wadsworth, Gable Marsh (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11-09)
    Understanding RNA expression is critical to understand the connection between phenotype and genotype in living cells. To further complicate things, RNA splicing leads to the generation of multiple distinct isoforms which ...

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