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Physics Projects

Electric field visualization and HTML 5 canvas

Electric Field Visualization Experiment

My latest project has come from some interesting ideas I had about vector visualization and HTML 5. I used the HTML 5 canvas element to create a visualization of electric field vectors around a group of monopoles.

See the interactive simulation as well as more information on it here.

While I was at UC Davis, I performed two major experiments in the Physics Department.

Determination of the mean decay time of a Muon

Muon Decay Experiment

A muon is an elementary particle that is similar to an electron however unlike the electron, it will decay into other forms of matter. The muon shares all of its properties with the electron, differing only in mass (the muon is 300 times heavier than the electron). This mass difference is one of the great mysteries in modern particle physics. My team attempted to measure the average decay time of the muon using a sample of 14,984 observed decays resultant from cosmic rays striking the atmosphere.

You can read my muon decay paper here.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Hydrogen, Lithium, Fluorine, Boron, and Phosphorus Nuclei

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Apparatus

The concept of nuclear magnetic resonance uses several fundamental principles in physics to describe the environment and composition of a sample of atoms. The frequency at which an atom resonates while under the influence of a magnetic field represent a unique signature that can be used to identify that substance. These signatures have many wide ranging applications from medical imaging to physics and chemistry experiments. In this experiment, we measured the gyromagnetic ratios, g-factors, and spin-spin relaxation times of the nuclei of Hydrogen, Fluorine, Lithium, Boron, and Phosphorus.

You can read my CW-NMR paper here.