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2004-05 Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Awards
Award Information & Previous Recipients

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


Measurement and Application of Far-Infrared Laser Emissions

Final Report

The objective of the proposed research is to measure the frequencies of optically pumped laser emissions generated by the CH2DOH methanol isotope using the three-sale heterodyne technique. Once measured, these lines will be used as sources of far-infrared radiation to investigate the NH radical using the laser magnetic resonance technique.

Advisor: Dr. Michael Jackson
Prepared & Submitted by: Brooke Chuzles, Matthew Spurr, Michael Theisen & Sarah Petersen

State University of New York College at Brockport


Chaos in a Sinusoidally Driven Resistor-Inductor-Diode Circuit and in a Driven, Damped Torsion Pendulum

Final Report

We want to purchase a Torsion Pendulum that can be driven to chaos to complement our work on a chaotic resistor-inducor-diode experiment. We have preliminary results for the fractal dimension of the strange attractor of the R-L-Diode Circuit, however our goal is to figure out what this fractal dimension is telling us about the physics of this system. We are interested in studying other chaotic systems in order to broaden our understanding for chaos, dimensionality of the strange attractor and how that dimensionality relates on the physics of the system.

Advisor: Dr. Mohammad Z. Tahar
Prepared & Submitted by: Joseph Murphy, Jeremy Hewitt, Nicholas Lefort, Justin Brown & Kristina Fuller

Saginaw Valley State University


Laser Cooling & Trapping of Rubidium Atoms

Final Report

A single mode diode laser system has been set up for the future study of Doppler free spectroscopy and atom cooling and trapping. Within this system, we have observed the hyperfine transitions of the 85Rb and 87Rb D2 resonance. Over the course of the next several months, we wish to further study the Doppler free spectroscopy of the Rubidium atom, achieve laser frequency stabilization and lock to a hyperfine transition, attain laser beam splitting and polarization control to prepare for trapping atoms with a magneto-optical trap (MOT), design or purchase a Rb oven, and build a second laser for hyperfine re-pumping.

Advisor: Dr. Ming-Tie Huang Prepared & Submitted by: Christopher S. Hopper

Arizona State University

  Left to right:Sebastian Sandersius, SPS member; Bruce J.A. Nourish, SPS member; Michael O'Toole, SPS Treasurer; Christopher Anderson, SPS President. Front: Dr. Peter Rez, who oversees the research. Not present: Marc Drabant, SPS Vice-President; Wayne Kinsey, SPS Secretary; Dr. Richard Lebed, SPS Advisor

Analysis of the Crystal Structure of Oxalate Kidney Stones

Final Report

Kidney stone disease is a serious, debilitating disease that's underlying cause—the kidney stones themselves—are not well understood by medical science. We propose that understanding the crystal structure of these stones will allow us to understand their method of formation, and this knowledge may suggest a strategy for non-invasive medical treatment. This grant would fund theoretical and empirical research into the crystalline structure of certain kidney stones.

Advisor: Dr. Richard Lebed
Prepared & Submitted by: Christopher Anderson, Mark Drabant, Wayne Kinsey, Mike O'Toole, & Bruce J.A. Nourish

Pittsburg State University

  Top row from left to right: Jacob Stich (White shirt), Jeremy Burnison (Brown shirt). Bottom row from left to right: Emily Pentola (Red shirt), Cassandra Stuckey.

Crystal Oscillator Acceleration Sensitivity Testing (COAST)

Final Report

Our experiment will measure the acceleration sensitivity of any particular crystal oscillator installed in our test apparatus and provide results that may be used by NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) to create a compensation for the resultant frequency shifts under acceleration.

SPS Advisor: Dr. Serif Uran
Project Advisor: Dr. James Lookadoo
Prepared & Submitted by: Jeremy Burnison, Cassandra Stuckey, Jacob Stich & Emily Pentola

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