Soumil Jain

What makes a smart building smart? Does a smart building or space trigger behavioural changes in users and their interactions with the space? Transformation in health and medicine calls for innovation and integration of information science and engineering approaches to revolutionize healthcare delivery systems, including high-performance wireless communication and sensing technologies. This study is part of an NSF-funded project and will focus on developing event-based behavioural models to simulate building-user interactions in hospital settings, to predict human behaviour in a hospital and optimize design.

Mingyu Li

Neutrino-less double beta decay is a process that is forbidden in the current Standard Model of particle physics since it violates lepton number conservation. If observed, this type of decay can provide insight into fundamental neutrino properties, such as whether neutrinos are Majorana or Dirac fermions (i.e. whether they are their own anti-particles). This decay also provides information on the neutrino mass hierarchy and its mass scale. Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is a leading experiment in this search and its successor, CUORE Upgrade with Particle ID (CUPID) will dive into unexplored regions of parameter space in neutrino physics. This project will model a novel bi-layer Ir/Pt Transition Edge Sensor (TES) and develop a feasible method of harnessing the advantages of TES to demonstrate a low noise light detector with time resolution on the order of micro-seconds. The addition of TES will provide a reliable method of separate […]

Ryan Lee

Understanding the nature of insulating behavior in solids has long been an important problem in condensed matter physics and materials science. It is unclear how the electrons in many materials behave in their environment, where an atomic lattice and other electrons play a role in shaping their mechanics. As the use of insulators is commonplace, explaining their behavior will help us apply them in even more ways. Understanding the behavior of electrons in an insulator can additionally answer fundamental questions in physics, especially with regards to the quantum mechanics of interacting electrons.In materials called Mott insulators, which are materials expected to be metals in conventional theory but turn out to be insulating, thermal metal-insulator phase transitions have been theoretically predicted but are very rarely observed, making them poorly understood. Such phase transitions are typically accompanied by significant changes in the electronic structure of the material. By studying the electronic structure […]