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.


Submissions from 2020

Marshall Basson, Physics (PHYS) 2020, Physics of a Classic Rock Album

Grace Betz, Physics (PHYS) 2020, The Physics of Spacecraft: The Ascension

Eric Biddulph-West, Physics (PHYS) 2020, A Hypothetical Concentrating Solar Dish Engine for Energy Autonomous Communities

Sharan Ganjam, Physics (PHYS) 2020, Quantum Dots: Bridging Classical Chaos and Quantum Mechanics

Ann Isaacs, Physics (PHYS) 2020, Gamma Ray Bursts: Phenomenology and Origins

Lawrence Lin, Physics (PHYS) 2020, The Physics of Star Trek

Michael McClurg, Physics (PHYS) 2020, Modeling the Galactic Spiral Structure

Submissions from 2019

Joseph Gais, Physics (PHYS) 2019, The Thermodynamics of Black Holes

Winston T. Goldthwaite, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Classical Laser Cooling and Trapping

Hebba Ashraf Gouda, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Oh, Buoy!

Sacha R. Greenfield, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Conceptualizing quantum mechanics in pilot-wave theory

Abigail Herscovici, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Going with the Flow? Physical Models of Pedestrian Behavior

Kohl Johnson Sparrman, Physics (PHYS) 2019, MRI Imaging: An Investigation of the Underlying Physics

Daniel Cantrell Kupetsky, Physics (PHYS) 2019, The Arrow of Time

Erik Lagerquist, Physics (PHYS) 2019, The Technological Feasibility of Electric VTOL Aircraft for Sustainable Urban Mobility

Andrew David Maris, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Detecting gravitational waves in space: the physics of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA)

Caroline Ann Mather, Physics (PHYS) 2019, The Physics of Auroras

Geoffrey Mo, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Cosmology of the Early Universe

Julianne Pyron, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Astrophysics in Film: The Physics of Interstellar

Emily Kathryn Schwartz, Physics (PHYS) 2019, The Physics of Sustainable Architecture: A Case Study of Carleton College's Science Complex

Sam Stevenson, Physics (PHYS) 2019, X-Wings and Movement: An Exploration of Modern and Near-Future Interstellar Propulsion

Max L. Trostel, Physics (PHYS) 2019, Predicting the Weather: The Physics of Earth’s Atmosphere

Submissions from 2018

Maximiliano Aldo Burgess, Physics (PHYS) 2018, The Raman Effect and Raman Spectroscopy

Gabriel Sebastian Bury, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Curvature of Spacetime: the Kerr metric

Maximilian Foster, Physics (PHYS) 2018, An even briefer history of time

Anne Hamilton, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Key Considerations in Implementation of Solar Photovoltaics

David Guadalupe Higgs, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Plasmonics

Zephyr Lucas, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Diodes

Matthew Thomas Maclay, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Mission to the Outer Solar System

Arthur Richard Chaput McCray, Physics (PHYS) 2018, The Physics of Ice

Henry Alexander Rook, Physics (PHYS) 2018, The Space Cable

John William Scott, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Josephson Junctions: From Physics to Functions

Jonah Krammer Shaw, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Radiative transfer in the earth-atmosphere-space system

Kendra L. Strode, Physics (PHYS) 2018, The CMS Detector at the LHC: Physics of the detector

Duo Tao, Physics (PHYS) 2018, Determining the Accelerating Expansion of the Universe by Observing Type Ia Supernovae

Submissions from 2017

Sanjay Nathan Field Chepuri, Physics (PHYS) 2017, The Cosmic Microwave Background

Mika Chmielewski, Physics (PHYS) 2017, Quantum Computation: Physical Realizations of Qubits and Quantum Gates

Brian Stephen DiGiorgio, Physics (PHYS) 2017, The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe

Yuping Huang, Physics (PHYS) 2017, Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal

Qiyuan Hu, Physics (PHYS) 2017, The Physics of Ion Beam Therapy

Paul Jenison Keller, Physics (PHYS) 2017, The Physics of Music

Yuan Shen Li, Physics (PHYS) 2017, An Introduction to Free-electron Lasers

Alphonso Gaston Cera Lopez, Physics (PHYS) 2017, Inventing the Universe of Matter: An Account of the Origin of the Elements by Astrophysical Nucleosynthesis

Moses Misplon, Physics (PHYS) 2017, Closing loopholes in experimental Bell tests

Alexander Christopher Newkirk, Physics (PHYS) 2017, The Evolution of C:The Development of the Modern Understanding of Light Speed

Joshua Bowman Ruebeck, Physics (PHYS) 2017, Quantum Communication, Shannon Theory, and Error Correction

Adam Alexei Rutkowski, Physics (PHYS) 2017, Physics of Fusion Energy

Submissions from 2016

Kathleen I. Casados, Physics (PHYS) 2016, Exploring the Physics of Diamonds and Their Applications

Natasha Alexis Flowers, Physics (PHYS) 2016, The Origins of the Cosmic Microwave Background

Berit Hansen Goodge, Physics (PHYS) 2016, Micro-scale Energy Generation

Brandon Michael Hagans, Physics (PHYS) 2016, Spacecraft Propulsion

Adam John Lacroix, Physics (PHYS) 2016, An Analysis of Space Elevator Physics

Nathaniel Allen Strauss, Physics (PHYS) 2016, The Thermodynamics of Black Holes: Energy and Quantum Mechanics in Spacetime

Hayden Phillip Tornabene, Physics (PHYS) 2016, Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry: Why is there something and not nothing?

Mason Fobes White, Physics (PHYS) 2016, The Physics of Self-Driving Cars

Jordan Michael Zoellmer, Physics (PHYS) 2016, The Global Position System: An Introduction to the Background and Physics

Submissions from 2015

Brian Isaac Charous, Physics (PHYS) 2015, The Physics and Design of Antennas

Ross James Jennings, Physics (PHYS) 2015, The Formation of Planets

Melody Paz Judilla, Physics (PHYS) 2015, Explosions in Space: Core-Collapse Supernovae

Stephen Erwin Kuenstner, Physics (PHYS) 2015, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Ben Emery Levy, Physics (PHYS) 2015, Thunderstorms, Lightning, and Lightning Strikes on Aircraft

Shail Maharshi Mehta, Physics (PHYS) 2015, An Analysis of the Physical Principles Underlying Limb Prosthetics and Associated Control Mechanisms

Andrew Davis Polasky, Physics (PHYS) 2015, The Physics of Weather Prediction

Carolyn Raithel, Physics (PHYS) 2015, The Astrophysics of Cosmic Rays

Tenzin Rigden, Physics (PHYS) 2015, Physics of Non-Volatile Digital Data Storage Technologies

Christopher Gorman Winter, Physics (PHYS) 2015, A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS: Particle Detectors at the Large Hadron Collider

Submissions from 2014

Scott Steven Dossa, Physics (PHYS) 2014, Interpretations of Gravity

Emily Jean Luebker Fairfax, Physics (PHYS) 2014, Flying Behind Enemy Lines: Stealth Aircraft Technology of the U.S. Military

Nicholas Henry Herringer, Physics (PHYS) 2014, The Physics of Photography

Duncan Krisa, Physics (PHYS) 2014, Physical Implementations of Digital Logic

Marty Jelin Schwarz, Physics (PHYS) 2014, Nature As Clockmaker

Anne Pender Sledd, Physics (PHYS) 2014, Ultraslow and Stopped Electromagnetic Waves: The Cheater's Guide to Going Faster Than Light

Yan Sun, Physics (PHYS) 2014, Nuclear Fusion

Jackson Tears, Physics (PHYS) 2014, The Colliding Universe

Laura Rose Wadleigh, Physics (PHYS) 2014, Information Theory in Physics

Submissions from 2013

Matthew Charles Adams, Physics (PHYS) 2013, Flipping Bits and Spinning Disks: The Physics of Computer Memory

Tom A. Callister, Physics (PHYS) 2013, Spacecraft Propulsion

Andrew Alan Chael, Physics (PHYS) 2013, Cosmology and the Cosmic Microwave Background

Julian Ray Childs-Walker, Physics (PHYS) 2013, Humpback Whales and Sharks: An Exploration of Biomimicry

Alexander Kyle Chin, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The Physics of Organic Electronic Devices

Morgan Kay Dixon, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The Physics of Antimatter

Peter Duggins, Physics (PHYS) 2013, Physics of Fusion Power

David Roger Miller, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The Physics of Vision

Rachel Elizabeth Osofsky, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The First Three Minutes of the Universe

Charlotte Rose Pfeifer, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The Physics of Spider Webs

Aurora C. Roth, Physics (PHYS) 2013, Ice Fishing for Neutrinos: The Physics of Neutrino Telescopes

Ryan William Skinner, Physics (PHYS) 2013, Imaging the Earth with Synthetic Aperture Radar

Derek James Turner, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The Physics of Medical Imaging: X-ray and MRI

Andrea Vang, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The Physics of Comets

Taylor Ann Want, Physics (PHYS) 2013, The Physics of Waste Management

Submissions from 2012

Dustin James Anderson, Physics (PHYS) 2012, Plasmas and the Sun

Colleen Marie Barr, Physics (PHYS) 2012, Soil Erosion

Ross William Cawthon, Physics (PHYS) 2012, The Shape of the Universe

Benjamin Witte Cerjan, Physics (PHYS) 2012, Snow

Michael William Coughlin, Physics (PHYS) 2012, Earth Energy Dynamics

Louisa Eberle, Physics (PHYS) 2012, The Physics of Butterflies

Valerie Kristen Fox, Physics (PHYS) 2012, Exploring Venus

Kiyota Christopher Gomi, Physics (PHYS) 2012, The Physics of Baseball

Kevin M. Hallman, Physics (PHYS) 2012, The Limit of Moore's Law: Transistor Scaling in the 21st Century

Traci Lin Johnson, Physics (PHYS) 2012, Type Ia Supernovae