Physics and Astronomy
This is the collection for the University of Waterloo's Department of Physics and Astronomy .
Research outputs are organized by type (eg. Master Thesis, Article, Conference Paper).
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On the Robustness of Holographic Dualities: AdS Black Holes and Quotient Spaces
(University of Waterloo, 20180810)This dissertation is a collection of works on different topics based on holographic dualities. The dualities studied here are the Kerr/CFT and AdS/CFT correspondence and the researches carried on aim to check their robustness ... 
Explorations in black hole chemistry and higher curvature gravity
(University of Waterloo, 20180808)This thesis has two goals. The primary goal is to communicate two results within the framework of black hole chemistry, while the secondary goal is concerned with higher curvature theories of gravity. Superentropic ... 
PPLNbased photon pair sources toward biphoton quantum frequency conversion
(University of Waterloo, 20180803)While quantum properties of light promise muchneeded enhancements to metrology, further development of quantum light sources and associated tools are needed to readily harness twophoton interactions via energytime ... 
Universal formula for the holographic speed of sound
(Elsevier, 20180610)We consider planar hairy black holes in five dimensions with a real scalar field in the Breitenlohner–Freedman window and derive a universal formula for the holographic speed of sound for any mixed boundary conditions of ... 
Relationship between vessel diameter and depth measurements within the limbus using ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography
(Elsevier, 20180101)Purpose To establish a relationship between the diameter and depth position of vessels in the superior and inferior corneoscleral limbus using ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography (UHROCT). Methods Volumetric ... 
The quantum and the gravity: Newtonian and Cosmological applications
(University of Waterloo, 20180718)The gravitational decoherence field studies the suppression of coherence in quantum systems caused by effects rooted in the gravitational interaction. This models are not just important to yield interesting ideas about the ... 
Classifications of Quantum Field Theories
(University of Waterloo, 20180704)We discuss classifications of UV complete supersymmetric theories in six dimensions, and (spin)topological field theories admitting a finite global symmetry and possibly timereversal symmetry in three dimensions. We also ... 
Gauge Models of Topological Phases and Applications to Quantum Gravity
(University of Waterloo, 20180626)In 2+1 dimensions, gravity is an SU(2) topological gauge theory that can be written as BF theory. In the condensed matter literature, the Hamiltonian realization of BF theory for finite groups is known as the Kitaev model. ... 
Flag faulttolerant error correction for cyclic CSS codes
(University of Waterloo, 20180620)Faulttolerant quantum error correction (FTEC) protocol is one of the most important components for a faulttolerant simulation of a quantum circuit. It helps prevent error accumulation during the process which may cause ... 
Structured Beams as Quantum Probes
(University of Waterloo, 20180615)This thesis describes several projects under the common theme of generating and manipulating the spatial quantum phase structure of matter and electromagnetic waves. Experiments dealing with the following topics are ... 
Above Bandgap Hyperpolarization Mechanism in Isotopically Purified Silicon and Optimal Bayesian Experiment Design for $T_1$ Estimation
(University of Waterloo, 20180524)This thesis is concerned with the mechanism underlying the above bandgap illumination Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) of phosphorus donors in isotopically purified silicon28. Two proposed DNP models are introduced and ... 
Towards manybody physics with Rydbergdressed cavity polaritons
(University of Waterloo, 20180523)An exciting frontier in quantum information science is the creation and manipulation of bottomup quantum systems that are built and controlled one by one. For the past 30 years, we have witnessed signi cant progresses ... 
Comprehensive Theoretical Studies of Guided Modes in Multilayer Hybrid Plasmonic Waveguides
(University of Waterloo, 20180502)Plasmonic waveguides (PWs) have integrated the strength of the miniscule size of electricalwire interconnects and the large operational bandwidth of photonic waveguides. Beyond the diffraction limit, PWs have the ability ... 
Optical aberrations and cone photoreceptor sampling during normal emmetropization and emmetropization to imposed defocus
(University of Waterloo, 20180423)The eye grows in a coordinated fashion during normal emmetropization which results in an image close to being in focus on the retina for distance vision. Myopia results from the failure of normal emmetropization. Myopia ... 
Periodicallydriven quantum manybody systems, manybody localization and machine learning
(University of Waterloo, 20180309)Despite the exponentially large amount of information required in the quantum description of manybody systems, finite size numerical simulations have paved the way for recent progress in the understanding of quantum phases ... 
Spherically Confined Polymers: Monte Carlo Simulations with Expanded Ensemble DensityofStates Method
(University of Waterloo, 20180220)In this thesis, the Expanded Ensemble DensityofStates (EXEDOS) method  a combination of the WangLandau and Expanded Ensemble Monte Carlo algorithms is employed to investigate spatial conformations of a polymer chain ... 
Bohmian Mechanics: Towards Illuminating The Quantum Potential
(University of Waterloo, 20180220)This thesis deals with the theoretical and experimental details of trying to understand and infer the quantum potential from Bohmian mechanics using Bohmian trajectories. In this work, some of the key components of the ... 
Singlephoton detectors for long distance quantum communications
(University of Waterloo, 20180123)Quantum communications and quantum cryptography are developing rapidly during the last decades caused partly by a fast progress in quantum computing. Quantum cryptography provides an unconditionally secure way of communicating ... 
Growth of Silicon Nanowire Mechanical Oscillators for ForceDetected Magnetic Resonance Measurements
(University of Waterloo, 20180119)This thesis describes two ways to grow silicon nanowires with the catalyst gold (Au) by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) system. One way to prepare catalyst is dropcasting gold nanoparticles solution, the other is making ... 
Testing classical and quantum theory with single photons
(University of Waterloo, 20180119)To date, quantum theory is the most successful physical theory that has been discovered. However, there is still the possibility that an inconsistency between experimental observations and the predictions of quantum theory ...