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Eliciting and Aggregating Truthful and Noisy Information
In the modern world, making informed decisions requires obtaining and aggregating relevant information about events of interest. For many political, business, and entertainment events, the information of interest only ...
Hot Carriers in Graphene
When energy relaxation between electrons and the lattice is slow, an elevated electronic temperature different from that of the lattice persists. In this regime, hot charge carriers control the energy transport in a material. ...
Physical Nature of Cytoplasm
Forces are increasingly recognized as major regulators of cell physiology and function, and the mechanical properties of cells are essential to the mechanisms by which cells sense forces, transmit them to the cell interior ...
Flight Control of a Millimeter-Scale Flapping-Wing Robot
Flying insects display remarkable maneuverability. Unlike typical airplanes, these insects are able to execute an evasive action, rapidly change their flight speed and direction, or leisurely land on flowers buffeted by ...
Two-Dimensional Plasmonics in Massive and Massless Electron Gases
Plasmonic waves in solid-state are caused by collective oscillation of mobile charges inside or at the surface of conductors. In particular, surface plasmonic waves propagating at the skin of metals have recently attracted ...
Magnetic trapping of molecules via optical loading and magnetic slowing
This thesis demonstrates a new cooling and trap loading technique for molecules, leading to trapping of calcium monofluoride (CaF).
A Uniform Min-Max Theorem and Characterizations of Computational Randomness
This thesis develops several tools and techniques using ideas from information theory, optimization, and online learning, and applies them to a number of highly related fundamental problems in complexity theory, pseudorandomness ...
Peak Sidelobe Level Distribution Computation for Ad Hoc Arrays using Extreme Value Theory
Extreme Value Theory (EVT) is used to analyze the peak sidelobe level distribution for array element positions with arbitrary probability distributions. Computations are discussed in the context of linear antenna arrays ...
Chemical Vapor Deposition of Cobalt-based Thin Films for Microelectronics
In microelectronics, the device size continues to shrink to improve the performance and functionality, which sets technical challenges for the integrated circuit (IC) fabrication. Novel materials and processing techniques ...
Global budget of black carbon aerosol and implications for climate forcing
This thesis explores the factors controlling the distribution of black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere/troposphere and its implications for climate forcing. BC is of great climate interest because of its warming potential. ...