Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Physics and Astronomy Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.

In addition to this digital archive, physical copies of the Physics and Astronomy Department comps from 1978 to 2013 are available at Gould Library.

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Submissions from 2011

Jennifer Marie Goetz, The Ocean in Motion: Circulation, Mixing and Climate, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Alex Hand Kinsey, Flexible Electronics, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Michael Phan Knudson, Solar Cell Function and Efficiency Considerations, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Nathan Kenneth Lysne, Branching Out, On the relationship between physics and biology as investigated through trees, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Claire Elizabeth Murray, Planetary Nebulae: A Study of Morphology, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Peter Andros Rose, Electromagnetic Cloaking, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Laurel Schmidt, How many protons does it take to turn on a light bulb?, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Brian Howard Schuster, Lightsails: Traveling the Cosmic Ocean, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Michael John Servis, Brownian Motion in Astrophysics, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Matthew S. Strongin, The Prospects and Physical Constraints of Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Thomas Adam Sullivan, The Physics of Spacecraft Propulsion, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Shao Min Tan, Falling Through Spacetime: A Study of Black Holes, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Christopher Daniel Wilen, Free Electron Lasers: Imaging the Ultra Small and Ultra Fast, 2011, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Submissions from 2010

Cory Pate Barnes, The Action Principle: An Exlporation into the Mathematical Framework of the Universe, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Grace Allsman Elwell, The Physics of Superheroes: How to Choose a Good Superpower, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Ben P. Haynor, Limits on the Computational Power of Nature, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Samuel A. Kanner, Current Issues Facing the Wave Energy Industry, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Andrew Corby McClung, Information, irreversibility, and the thermodynamics of computation, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Anna Jolene Mork, Molecular Electronics: Exploring the Limits of Small, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Katherine Alexis Perry, Superfluid Helium-3, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Callie Jenna Sand, The Evolution of a Megastructure: Skyscrapers and the American Way, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Michael Jared Sanders, Water Erosion of Topsoil: Fundamental Physical Concepts, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Chelsea Phipps Scott, Glacier dynamics: Using velocity and temperature profiles to understand climate fluctuations, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Joseph Karl Swiggum, Out of Silence: Sound Film Technology of the 1920s, 2010, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Submissions from 2009

Elliot Bartis, Physics and applications of pyroelectricity, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Thomas Brenner, The fundamentals of solar cells, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Mikael Brucker, Designing appropriate technology for the developing world, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Tiffany F. Cox, Molten rock: a perspective on magma genesis, magma chamber dynamics, and the effects of crystallization, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Lukas Fried, The sun and its spots, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Marlea Iiams, The physics of woodwinds, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Tyler Keating, Nuclear power: basic principles and future directions, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Theodore Marschall, Superstates: Bose-Einstein condensation in the states of matter, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

William Mueller, Energetics of a hovering hummingbird, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Sara L. Rothwell, The quantum effects of light, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Ryan Terrien, Fringe science: optical astronomical interferometry, 2009, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Submissions from 2005

John M. Floberg, The physics of boron neutron capture therapy: an emerging and innovative treatment for glioblastoma and melanoma, 2005, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

Kira Grogg, Harvesting the Wind: The Physics of Wind Turbines, 2005, Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)