Experimental Characterization of Algorithms for Holographic Optical Trapping
Alyssa C. Barlis

We have experimentally characterized three algorithms for holographic optical trapping applications. Previous computational results based on a 10×10 square lattice of optical traps suggest a significant difference in algorithm performance. Our preliminary results, while inconclusive, show differences in mean trap stiffness for holograms calculated using each of the three algorithms. Modifications and improvements to the experimental setup are discussed, along with suggestions for future work.

Observation and Modeling of Solar Coronal Structures Using
High-Resolution Eclipse Images and Space-Based Telescopes with Wide Field of View
Muzhou Lu

In part one, information regarding solar coronal structures and dynamics is extracted from modernized ground-based eclipse observations using high-resolution imaging techniques and computerized processing methods while enhanced space-based observations are used to create a multi-channel view of the corona. In part two, potential magnetic field models are constructed and compared with our observations.

Exploring a Theory of Dark Matter
Alice A. Sady

This thesis studies a particular theoretical framework for dark matter that adds three new particles to the Standard Model of particle physics. We examine how current experimental results constrain the model and how future results could confirm or further constrain the model.