Recent Honours Theses

Recent Honours Theses

Honours students are required to complete a research dissertation. The results of these theses should be sufficiently significant so as to be publishable either in pedagogical or research journals. In fact, many undergraduate students have already been co-authors on refereed research and/or conference papers (see information below). A variety of different projects have been undertaken by students ranging from astrophysics to quantum mechanics to holography.

STUDENT NAME DISSERTATION TITLE
Chris Burns Amateur Astronomy with a CCD Camera
Eric Pronto Reality, Quantum Mechanics and Measurement
Rene Bilodeau Computer Generated Holograms Using Ray Tracing
Naomi Black Photometric Analysis of an Open Cluster
Trevor Wood On the Age of the Pleiades Using the Lithium Test
Aaron Davis A Study on the Cooling of Degenerate Helium White Dwarfs in Binary Recycled Pulsar Systems
Kirk Buckley Coulomb Vacuum Polarization Corrections to the Decay Rate of Particle-Antiparticle Bound States: Application to Muonium and Pionium
Sean Mooney An Investigation of Binary Millisecond Pulsars using Population Synthesis Techniques
Marie-Paule Portelance Close Binary SuperSoft X-Ray Sources
Kenny Carruthers The Thermodynamics of Two-Dimensional Hard-Sphere Gases*
Pedro Garcia The Evolution of Close Binary Systems Containing Evolved Companions
Drew MacCannell Bridging the Gap: Computational Modeling of Potential- and Current-Time Relationships across a Cardiac Fibroblast Membrane Undergoing Rectification
Ernest Dubeau Post Terminal-Age-Main-Sequence (TAMS) Evolution of Compact Binaries Experiencing Gravitational Radiation and Magnetic Braking Torques
Renato Dedic Bosonic String Theory
Jonathan Benjamin Investigation of the Conditions for Steady Nuclear Burning on the Surface of White Dwarfs
Florian Maisonneuve A Highly Accurate and Efficient Method for Calculating Stellar Evolution
Edward Wilson-Ewing Renormalization of the Quark Mass in Lattice QCD
Jeremy Godin Deflection of Light in the Kerr Metric
Shahn Nadeau Conformal Techniques in Scalar-Tensor Theories of Gravity
David Pawluczuk Sky Surface Density of Brown Dwarfs
Audrey Jacques Local Dynamics and Cosmological Expansion
Deanna MacLennan One Loop Quantum Corrections to the Newtonian Potential
Ilana MacDonald The Casimir Effect in a Piston Geometry
Emilie Pelchat The Gravitationally Coupled Magnetic Monopole
Neda Aminshariati Using Grover’s Quantum Search Algorithm to Approximate the Mean
Jean Bergeron Phase Diagram of a Frustrated Quantum Antiferromagnet
Jeff Lapierre On Using Energy Balance Models to Predict the Surface Temperature of the Earth Over Billions of Years
Jacob Hooey On the Nature of Dynamical Instabilities in Interacting Binary Systems
Eric Blais The Double Core Common Envelope Scenario for Type Ia Supernova Progenitors
Andres Zambrano The Stability of Non-Gravitating Scalar Fields
Jerome Quintin X-Ray Binary Evolution: The Effects of Self-Induced Irradiation
Charles Protheroe The Qualitative Dynamics of General Scalar Field Cosmology
Jonathan Drapeau-Lebeau Applications in Medical Physics: Prostate Cancer Therapies
Jonathan St-Antoine Simulations of Inverted Tapered Structures in Nanophotonic Devices
Marianne Lapierre-Leonard The Mass of Perturbations in an Expanding Universe
Emilie Parent Modeling Extreme Stellar Death to Study the Expanding Universe
Marshall Vokey The Physics of Glaciers