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Summer 2009 Research Program:
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Each REU student is listed below, along with the title of the student's summer project and the name of the faculty research mentor. A link is provided to each student's final report.

Triana Almeyda, University of Florida
The structure of Jupiter's Great Red Spot from the Cassini CIRS observations (with Prof. Katia Macheva): Report.

Tim Blasius, University of Michigan
A measurement of the strain model of superconductivity and a search for a Kosterlitz-Thouless Transition in BaFe2As2 (with Prof. Gregory Stewart): J. S. Kim, T. D. Blasius, E. G. Kim, and G. R. Stewart, "Superconductivity in undoped single crystals of BaFe2As2: field and current dependence," J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 21, 342201 (2009). Presented at the March 2010 Meeting of the American Physical Society: abstract.

Daniel Charles, University of South Florida
Enhanced transmission through periodic hole arrays (with Prof. David Tanner): Report.

Austin Griffith, Tulane University
Preparation and Design of a Quantum Turbulence Experiment (with Prof. Gary Ihas): Report.

Nicholas Lavini, Manhattan College
Characterization of the magnetic properties of Fe[(Htrz)2(trz)](BF4) using quartz tuning forks (with Prof. Mark Meisel): Report.

Antonio Lorenzo, Willams College
A solid state marginal oscillator for NMR detection (with Prof. Neil Sullivan): Report.

Troy Mulholland, St. Bonaventure University
Histogramming algorithm for muon standalone reconstruction in the CMS detector (with Prof. Ivan Furic): Report.

Zachary Nishino, St. John's University
Optical transmission dependence for double-layer, laterally shifted, subwavelength slit arrays (with Prof. Ho Bun Chan): to be published.

Jasmine Oliver, South Carolina State University
Low-temperature Specific Heat of Platinum using Relaxation Methods (with Prof. Yasu Takano): Report.

Carrie Schindler, University of Evansville
Magnetic characterization of FePt:Fe3O4 nanocomposites with quartz tuning forks (with Prof. Mark Meisel): Report.

Todd Schumann, University of Florida
Graphite based Schottky diodes on Si, GaAs, and 4H-SiC (with Prof. Arthur Hebard): Report. S. Tongay, T. Schumann, and A.\ F.\ Hebard, "Graphite based Schottky diodes formed on Si, GaAs, and 4H-SiC substrates," Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 222103 (2009). Presented at the March 2010 Meeting of the American Physical Society: abstract.

Rachel Spreng, Rowan University
Creation of flat-toop and annulus beams for gravitational wave detectors using photothermal effects (with Prof. David Reitze): Report.

Kristen Voigt, Colorado State University
Magnetic properties of BiMnO3 thin films (with Prof. Amlan Biswas): H. Jeen, G. Singh-Bhalla, P. Mickel, K. Voigt, C.\ Morien, S.\ Tongay, A.\ F.\ Hebard, and A.\ Biswas, "Growth and characterization of multiferroic BiMnO(3) thin films," J. Appl. Phys. 109, 074104 (2011). Presented at the March 2010 Meeting of the American Physical Society: abstract.

Joel Weiss, Univeristy of Florida
Examining quorum sensing through acute environmental control (with Prof. Stephen Hagen): Report. S. Hagen, M. Son, J. Weiss, and J. Young, "Bacterium in a box: sensing of quorum and environment by the LuxI/LuxR gene regulatory circuit," J. Biol. Phys. 36, 317 (2010).

Joshua Wiman, University of Florida
Calibration of a Quartz Tuning Fork for Low Temperature Measurements (with Prof. Yoonseok Lee): Report. Presented at the March 2010 Meeting of the American Physical Society: abstract.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants DMR-9820518, DMR-0139579, and DMR-0552726, and jointly supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense under Grant DMR-0851707. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the Department of Defense.

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