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 NAMEDISSERTATION TITLE
Chris BurnsAmateur Astronomy with a CCD Camera
Eric ProntoReality, Quantum Mechanics and Measurement
Rene BilodeauComputer Generated Holograms Using Ray Tracing
Naomi BlackPhotometric Analysis of an Open Cluster
Trevor WoodOn the Age of the Pleiades Using the Lithium Test
Aaron DavisA Study on the Cooling of Degenerate Helium White Dwarfs in Binary Recycled Pulsar Systems
Kirk BuckleyCoulomb Vacuum Polarization Corrections to the Decay Rate of Particle-Antiparticle Bound States: Application to Muonium and Pionium
Sean MooneyAn Investigation of Binary Millisecond Pulsars using Population Synthesis Techniques
Marie-Paule PortelanceClose Binary SuperSoft X-Ray Sources
Kenny CarruthersThe Thermodynamics of Two-Dimensional Hard-Sphere Gases*
Pedro GarciaThe Evolution of Close Binary Systems Containing Evolved Companions
Drew MacCannellBridging the Gap: Computational Modeling of Potential- and Current-Time Relationships across a Cardiac Fibroblast Membrane Undergoing Rectification
Ernest DubeauPost Terminal-Age-Main-Sequence (TAMS) Evolution of Compact Binaries Experiencing Gravitational Radiation and Magnetic Braking Torques
Renato DedicBosonic String Theory
Jonathan BenjaminInvestigation of the Conditions for Steady Nuclear Burning on the Surface of White Dwarfs
Florian MaisonneuveA Highly Accurate and Efficient Method for Calculating Stellar Evolution
Edward Wilson-EwingRenormalization of the Quark Mass in Lattice QCD
Jeremy GodinDeflection of Light in the Kerr Metric
Shahn NadeauConformal Techniques in Scalar-Tensor Theories of Gravity
David PawluczukSky Surface Density of Brown Dwarfs
Audrey JacquesLocal Dynamics and Cosmological Expansion
Deanna MacLennanOne Loop Quantum Corrections to the Newtonian Potential
Ilana MacDonaldThe Casimir Effect in a Piston Geometry
Emilie PelchatThe Gravitationally Coupled Magnetic Monopole
Neda AminshariatiUsing Grover’s Quantum Search Algorithm to Approximate the Mean
Jean BergeronPhase Diagram of a Frustrated Quantum Antiferromagnet
Jeff LapierreOn Using Energy Balance Models to Predict the Surface Temperature of the Earth Over Billions of Years
Jacob HooeyOn the Nature of Dynamical Instabilities in Interacting Binary Systems
Eric BlaisThe Double Core Common Envelope Scenario for Type Ia Supernova Progenitors
Andres ZambranoThe Stability of Non-Gravitating Scalar Fields
Jerome QuintinX-Ray Binary Evolution: The Effects of Self-Induced Irradiation
Charles ProtheroeThe Qualitative Dynamics of General Scalar Field Cosmology
Jonathan Drapeau-LebeauApplications in Medical Physics: Prostate Cancer Therapies
Jonathan St-AntoineSimulations of Inverted Tapered Structures in Nanophotonic Devices
Marianne Lapierre-LeonardThe Mass of Perturbations in an Expanding Universe
Emilie ParentModeling Extreme Stellar Death to Study the Expanding Universe
Marshall VokeyThe Physics of Glaciers