The Senior Program

All senior physics students work collaboratively with faculty members on research projects as part of the Senior Program. This intensive one-semester project combines original scientific research with reading and understanding the scientific literature. It culminates in a senior thesis that is defended in a series of oral presentations. The Senior Program reflects Hamilton's commitment to a strong grounding in writing and public speaking.

Recent projects in physics include:

  • Frequency Stability and Error Reduction in the BL3 Neutron Chopper Experiment
  • Introduction of Mixed Particle Statistics and Chemical Potential in Black Hole Thermodynamics in a Loop Quantum Gravity Framework
  • Constructing a 2-Dimensional Robotic Arm
  • Quantization of Plane Gravitational Waves in Loop Quantum Gravity
  • Applications of Thermodynamics to Improve Home Cooling Efficiency and Investigating the Effect of Active Layer Thickness on the Power-Conversion Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells
  • Assessment of a-Quartz Preparation Using Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Developing the Anisotropic 3-Point Correlation Function as a Tool for Next-Generation Cosmology
  • Computer Modeling of AFP NMR to Explain Experimental 3HE Polarization Loss
  • Modification and Optimization of a Rubidium Magnetometer
  • Development of Microfluidic Devices for a Particle-Sorting Apparatus
  • Calculating the Post-Newtonian Parameters for Conformally Equivalent Theories
  • Measuring the Neutron Spectrum: BL3’s Neutron Chopper
  • Automated Analysis For Atomic Positions in 2D Silicates
  • Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle for Bacterial Research in Meromictic Lakes
  • Measurement of the Neutron Lifetime: Neutron Chopper for BL3
  • Continuing the Modification and Optimization of a Rubidium Magnetometer


Department Name

Physics Department

Contact Name

Kate Brown, Chair

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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