From database dated 2014-09-16 15:55:17 last edited by Frank Hayes. McMaster University Physics & Astronomy

Recent Graduates

Raffi Schulman, MSc

Sep 15, 2014
Micropipette Deflection Experiments on the Nematode C. elegans
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress


Adam Royle, MSc

Sep 12, 2014
The properties of galaxies in x-ray bright and faint groups
Supervisor: Laura Parker


Marie-Pier Neault, MSc

Sep 9, 2014
The centres of galaxy group dark matter halos
Supervisor: Laura Parker


Damien Robertson, MSc

Sep 8, 2014
Prestellar Cores in Perseus
Supervisor: Christine Wilson


Paul Fowler, MSc

Sep 8, 2014
The effects of surface tension and entanglements in polymer films: Capillary driven flows, the Marangoni effect and crazing
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress


Mischa Thesberg, PhD

Sep 2, 2014
Numerical Studies of Frustrated Quantum Phase Transitions in Two and One Dimensions
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen


Gengming He, MSc

Aug 28, 2014
Magnetic susceptibility observation of thickness driven spin-reorientation in ultra-thin Fe/Ni(III)/W(110) films
Supervisor: David Venus


Kevin Mortimer, MSc

June 17, 2014
Growth and Characterization of Sr2RuO4 and Sr2RhO4
Supervisor: Tom Timusk


Grigory Bednik, MSc

May 12, 2014
Construction of holographic duals for quantum field theories with global symmetries from quantum renormalization group
Supervisor: Sung-Sik Lee


Nehad Hirmiz, MSc

April 2, 2014
Single Particle TIRF Detection of Bid Molecular Complexes Embedded in Mitochondria-like Supported Bilayers
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin


Andreas Deschner, PhD

March 24, 2014
Valence-Bond Calculations for Quantum Spin-Chains: From Impurity Entanglement and Incommensurate Behaviour to Quantum Monte Carlo
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen


Kevin Sooley, MSc

January 14, 2014
What you see it what you get: synthetic photometry of hydrodynamic simulations of binary star systems
Supervisor: Alison Sills


Matthew McCreadie, MSc

December 4, 2013
Capture of Magnetic Inelastic Dark Matter in the Sun
Supervisor: Itay Yavin


Katharina Fritsch, PhD

October 16, 2013
Neutron Scattering Studies of New Magnetic Oxides Based on Triangular Motifs
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin


Alex Cridland, MSc

October 4, 2013
Simulations of Magnetic Helicity Conserving Astrophysical Dynamos: The Search for the Electromotive Force
Supervisor: Ethan Vishniac


Travis Williams, PhD

October 4, 2013
Measurements of the Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Superconducting Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 and 'Hidden Order' URu2Si2
Supervisor: Graeme Luke


David Bazak, MSc

September 18, 2013
Explorations of a Pi-striped d-wave superconductor
Supervisor: Catherine Kallin


Corey Howard, MSc

September 18, 2013
Simulating Cluster Formation and Radiative Feedback in Giant Molecular Clouds
Supervisors: Ralph Pudritz and Bill Harris


Youhai Sun, PhD

September 17, 2013
Theory of the phase behaviour of weakly charge polyelectrolytes
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi


Spencer Manwell, MSc

September 13, 2013
Verification of an activity-method approach to determine the alpha-partial width of the 4.03 MeV state in 19Ne
Supervisor: Alan Chen


Alyssa Cobb, MSc

September 13, 2013
Amino Acid Synthesis in Meteoritic Parent Bodies of Carbonaceous Chondrites
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz


Tara Parkin, PhD

September 12, 2013
Unlocking the properties of the interstellar medium of Centaurus A and M51
Supervisor: Christine Wilson


Prasanna Balasubramanian, PhD

September 10, 2013
Bloch Oscillations of Ultracold Atoms in a Cavity
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell


Phillip Ashby, PhD

September 6, 2013
Physics at the Dirac point--The optical conductivity of Dirac materials
Supervisor: Jules Carbotte


Akbar Safari, MSc

August 29, 2013
Recent Developments in WKB Quantisation Condition
Supervisor: Donald Sprung


Annie Hou, PhD

August 21, 2013
The role of group dynamics and pre-processing in galaxy evolution
Supervisors: Bill Harris and Laura Parker


Matthew Williams, PhD

August 7, 2013
Accidental Supersymmetry and the Naturalness of Codimension-2 Branes
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess


Jimin Zhang, MSc

July 29, 2013
Neutron scattering studies of the frustrated antiferromagnetic pyrochlore system Tb2Sn2-xTixO7
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin


Kyle Pastor, MSc

July 26, 2013
Elastic properties and line tension of self-assembled bilayer membranes
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi


Robert D'Ortenzio, MSc

June 26, 2013
Ground State of the Quantum Spin Ice Yb2Ti2O7
Supervisor: Graeme Luke


Brendan Sinnott, PhD

June 4, 2013
Spectroscopy and Photometry of Scattered Light Echoes from Supernovae
Supervisors: Doug Welch and Peter Sutherland


Tara Power, MSc

May 17, 2013
Structural Disjoining Potential of Grain Boundary Premelting in Aluminum-Magnesium via Monte Carlo Simulations
Supervisor: Jeffrey Hoyt


Clare Armstrong, PhD

April 17, 2013
Diffusion and Domains: Membrane Structure and Dynamics Studied by Neutron Scattering
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstädter


Amit Patel, MSc

January 21, 2013
The Effect of Cholesterol on the Structure of Mitochondrial Like Lipid Bilayers: An X-Ray Study
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin


Charmaine Tressler, MSc

January 18, 2013
Characterization and Alignment of the STED doughnut-using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin


Andrew Bartlett, MSc

December 13, 2012
In-Plane Anisotropy of Ultrathin Co/W(110) Films and the Néel Transition in Bilayer Ultrathin CoO/Co/W(110) Films
Supervisor: David Venus


Josh McGraw, PhD

December 12, 2012
Non-equilibrium topographies: Surface tension driven flows reveal polymer properties at the nanoscale
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress


Robin Tunley, MSc

December 10, 2012
Leptonic Dipole Transitions: A New Signature for Physics Beyond the Standard Model
Supervisor: Itay Yavin


Chris Gatopolous, MSc

October 26, 2012
Stellar Feedback in a Vertically Stratified Ism
Supervisor: James Wadsley/Hugh Couchman


Tim Munsie, MSc

October 25, 2012
Studies of the Low Temperature Behaviour of CoNb2O6
Supervisor: Graeme Luke


Allan Bayntun, PhD

September 20, 2012
Physics of Strings and Extra Dimensions: From Cosmology to Condensed Matter
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess


Jesse Mumford, MSc

September 19, 2012
Steady State and Dynamical Properties of an Impurity in a BEC in a Double well Potential
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell


Yasuhiro Hasegawa, PhD

September 18, 2012
Planet Traps in Protoplanetary Disks and the formation and evolution of planetary systems
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz


Pak Lam (Philip) Lee, MSc

September 13, 2012
Using the totally asymmetric exclusion process as a model for protein translation
Supervisor: Paul Higgs


Ashkan Dehghan, MSc

September 11, 2012
Modeling hydrogen-bonding in diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi


Marlon Rodney, MSc

September 7, 2012
The entanglement entropy near Lifshitz quantum phase transitions & the emergent statistics of fractionalized excitations
Supervisor: Sung-Sik Lee


Brittany McDonald, MSc

September 7, 2012
The Search For Supernova Light Echoes From The Core-Collapse Supernovae Of A.D. 1054(CRAB) and A.D. 1181
Supervisor: Doug Welch


Dennis Duffin, PhD

September 7, 2012
Star formation in low mass magnetized cores: the formation of disks and outflows
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz


Kathryn Ross, PhD

September 6, 2012
Neutron Scattering Studies of Yb2Ti2O7, a Quantum Spin Ice Material
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin


Robert Cockcroft, PhD

September 4, 2012
Astro-Archaeology in the Triangulum Galaxy: Studying Galaxy Formation and Evolution with the Globular Clusters and Stellar Halo in M33
Supervisor: Bill Harris


David Torchetti, MSc

August 31, 2012
NMR Study of the Potassium Iron Selenide High-Temperature Superconductor
Supervisor: Takashi Imai


Meng Wu, PhD

August 28, 2012
Origin of Autocatalytic Sets of Biopolymers
Supervisor: Paul Higgs


Mirsaeed Zelli, PhD

August 7, 2012
The Mixed State of a π-striped Superconductor
Supervisor: Catherine Kallin


Patrick Rogers, PhD

August 3, 2012
Shedding Light on the Formation of Stars and Planets: Numerical Simulations With Radiative Transfer
Supervisor: James Wadsley


Sara Cormier, MSc

August 2, 2012
Polymer droplets levelling on thin films of identical polymer
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress


Alex Chan, MSc

July 6, 2012
A Density-Matrix Renormalization Group Study of Quantum Spin Models with Ring Exchange
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen


Michael Horbatsch, PhD

June 29, 2012
Neutron Stars and Black Holes in Scalar-Tensor Gravity
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess


Matthew Barrett, MSc

June 22, 2012
Structure And Dynamics Of Model Systems: From Ferrofluids To Brain Membranes
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstadter


Daniel Irvine, MSc

February 21, 2012
A Study of Astrophysically Important States of 31S via the 32S(d,t)31S Reaction
Supervisor: Alan Chen


Leo van Nierop, PhD

November 10, 2011
Phenomenology Of Codimension-2 Brane Worlds: The Importance Of Back-Reaction
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess


Maximilien Schirm, MSc

September 23, 2011
Molecular Gas in Nearby Galaxies
Supervisor: Christine Wilson


Blair Cardigan-Smith, MSc

September 15, 2011
The dark matter haloes of galaxies in groups
Supervisor: Laura Parker


Mikhail Klassen, MSc

September 13, 2011
Simulating Protostellar Evolution and Radiative Feedback in the Cluster Environment
Supervisor: Ralph Pudritz


Kiana Setoodehnia, PhD

September 12, 2011
Level Structure of 30S and the 29P(p,gamma)30S Reaction Rate
Supervisor: Alan Chen


Rachel Ward, MSc

September 9, 2011
Connecting the Dots: Comparing SPH Simulations and Synthetic Observations of Star-Forming Clumps in Molecular Clouds
Supervisors: Alison Sills and James Wadsley


Kaz Sliwa, MSc

August 29, 2011
SMA Observations of the Local Galaxy Merger Arp 299
Supervisor: Christine Wilson


Martin Kaye, MSc

August 25, 2011
Studies of Lipid Bilayer Structure and Dynamics
Supervisor: Maikel Rheinstadter


Rory Woods, MSc

August 22, 2011
Cold Flows and Galaxy Formation
Supervisors: James Wadsley and Hugh Couchman


Mark Healey, MSc

August 5, 2011
Friction Properties of Polymer Systems as Measured Using Micropipettes
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress


Nathan Leigh, PhD

July 18 , 2011
The Physics of Mergers: Theoretical and Statistical Techniques Applied to Stellar Mergers in Dense Star Clusters
Supervisor: Alison Sills


Nick Miladinovic, MSc

May 27, 2011
Adiabatic Transfer Of Light In A Double Cavity
Supervisor: Duncan O'Dell


Jessica Carvalho, PhD

December 3, 2010
Studies of molecular weight blends and interface effects on polymer crystallisation & block copolymer ordering
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress


Pat Clancy, PhD

December 3, 2010
X-ray and Neutron Scattering Studies of Unconventional Spin-Peierls Systems
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin


Jiajia Zhou, PhD

December 3, 2010
Phase Behaviour of Diblock Copolymer/Homopolymer Blends
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi


Ben Jackel, MSc

October 26, 2010
Transport of Magnetic Helicity in Accretion Disks
Supervisor: Ethan Vishniac


Jerod Wagman, MSc

October 22, 2010
Neutron Studies Of Underdoped Single Crystal La2-xBaxCuO4
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin


Adam Aczel, PhD

September 25, 2010
Studies of Bose-Einstein Condensates in Magnetic Insulators
Supervisor: Graeme Luke


Sijing Shen, PhD 

September 17, 2010
The Enrichment of the Intergalactic Medium
Supervisor:  Prof. James Wadsley



Sarah Purdy, MSc

September 3, 2010
Optical Spectroscopy Of Uru_2si_2: A Search For New Features
Supervisor: Tom Timusk


Andrew Louca, MSc

September 1, 2010
Codimension two branes in supergravity
Supervisor: Cliff Burgess  


Ray Ng, MSc

August 26, 2010
Exact Quantum Dynamics of Spin Systems
Supervisor: Erik Sorensen


Rob Peters, M.Sc.

August 25, 2010
Confining individual DNA molecules in a nano-scale cone
Supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress.


Sarah Nickerson, MSc

August 23, 2010
Shedding Light on Dark Satellites
Supervisor: Hugh Couchman


Wenqi Ran, PhD

July 16, 2010
Codon Usage Bias, Trna Modification And Translational Selection In Bacteria
Supervisor: Paul Higgs


Jacob Ruff , PhD

April 23, 2010
Competing interactions in rare-earth pyrochlore magnets: Insights from x-rays and neutrons
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin


Felix Wong, PhD

Mar 10, 2010
pH & Temperature Measurements in Biological Systems Utilizing the Environmental Sensitivity of Proton Transfer in Fluorophores
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin


Issei Nakamura, PhD

Mar 9, 2010
Statistical Mechanics of Macromolecular Complexation
Supervisor: An-Chang Shi


Charles-Philippe Lajoie, PhD

Feb 12, 2010
Mass Transfer in Binary Systems Using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
Supervisor: Alison Sills


Sara Haravifard, PhD

Jan 25, 2010
Neutron Scattering Studies of Low Dimensional Quantum Magnets
Supervisor: Bruce Gaulin


Marie-Josee Colbert, PhD

Jan 15, 2010
Mechanics of lipid vesicles and living cells
Supervisor: Cecile Fradin and Kari Dalnoki-Veress