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    • Adhesion of Two Cylindrical Particles to a Soft Membrane Tube 

      Mkrtchyan, Sergey (University of Waterloo, 2012-09-26)
      The interaction of nanoparticles with biological systems, especially interactions with cell membranes, has been a subject of active research due to its numerous applications in many areas of soft-matter and biological ...
    • Adventures in Holography 

      Razieh, Pourhasan (University of Waterloo, 2014-07-11)
      In this thesis, inspired by the holographic theories, we study a variety of interesting problems in gravity, condensed matter and cosmology. First, we explore the entanglement entropy of a general region in a theory of ...
    • An ALMA View of Molecular Gas in Brightest Cluster Galaxies 

      Vantyghem, Adrian (University of Waterloo, 2018-09-25)
      In this thesis I use ALMA observations to map the distribution and kinematics of molecular gas in the brightest cluster galaxies of three galaxy clusters: 2A0335+096, RXJ0821+0752, and RXCJ1504-0248. The goal is to understand ...
    • Amplitudes in the Spin Foam Approach to Quantum Gravity 

      Chen, Linqing (University of Waterloo, 2017-07-31)
      In this thesis, we study a Spin Foam model for 4D Riemannian quantum gravity, and propose a new way of imposing the simplicity constraints that uses the recently developed holomorphic representation. Rather than imposing ...
    • Applications of Adiabatic Approximation to One- and Two-electron Phenomena in Strong Laser Fields 

      Bondar, Denys (University of Waterloo, 2010-12-20)
      The adiabatic approximation is a natural approach for the description of phenomena induced by low frequency laser radiation because the ratio of the laser frequency to the characteristic frequency of an atom or a molecule ...
    • Applications of the Wormlike Chain Model in Polymer Physics: Self-consistent Field Theory 

      Jiang, Ying (University of Waterloo, 2013-04-30)
      The self-consistent field theory (SCFT) has reveived a great success in prediction of the physical properties of a variety of polymeric systems in the recent two decades. However, the traditional SCFT is based on the ...
    • Aspects of Nonlocality: from Particles to Black Holes 

      Saravani, Mehdi (University of Waterloo, 2016-05-06)
      This dissertation is a collection of works on different aspects of the following subjects: causal set--continuum correspondence, wave propagation on causal sets, nonlocal quantum field theory, potential connection between ...
    • Aspects of Scattering Amplitudes and Moduli Space Localization 

      Mizera, Sebastian (University of Waterloo, 2019-08-19)
      We propose that intersection numbers of certain cohomology classes on the moduli space of genus-zero Riemann surfaces with $n$ punctures, $\mathcal{M}_{0,n}$, compute tree-level scattering amplitudes in quantum field ...
    • At the Corner of Space and Time 

      Shoshany, Barak (University of Waterloo, 2019-12-09)
      We perform a rigorous piecewise-flat discretization of classical general relativity in the first-order formulation, in both 2+1 and 3+1 dimensions, carefully keeping track of curvature and torsion via holonomies. We show ...
    • Augmenting Quantum Mechanics with Artificial Intelligence 

      Torlai, Giacomo (University of Waterloo, 2018-12-04)
      The simulation of quantum matter with classical hardware plays a central role in the discovery and development of quantum many-body systems, with far-reaching implications in condensed matter physics and quantum technologies. ...
    • Biophysical Modelling of Antimicrobial Peptide’s Interactions with Phospholipid and Lipopolysaccharide Membranes 

      Nourbakhsh, Shokoofeh (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-23)
      Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are naturally-occurring peptide antibiotics. The way they work has inspired a vigorous search for optimized peptide antibiotics for fighting resistant bacteria. Cationic AMPs cleverly utilize ...
    • Black Hole Thermodynamics and the Tunnelling Method for Particle Emission 

      Kerner, Ryan (University of Waterloo, 2008-08-29)
      The semi-classical black hole tunnelling method is a useful technique to calculate black hole temperature and understand black hole thermodynamics. I will investigate the black hole tunnelling method in detail. I will ...
    • Born Geometry 

      Svoboda, David (University of Waterloo, 2020-04-21)
      In this thesis, we summarize the work which we authored or co-authored during our PhD studies and also present additional details and ideas that are not found elsewhere. The main topic is the study of T-duality in theoretical ...
    • Carbon nanotube electromechanical systems: Non-linear dynamics and self-oscillation 

      Willick, Kyle (University of Waterloo, 2020-05-13)
      This thesis is motivated by the many sensing applications of carbon nanotube (CNT) nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS), both previous state-of-the-art demonstrations and proposed new uses. This research is particularly ...
    • Causal Models for a Quantum World 

      Ried, Katja Stephanie (University of Waterloo, 2016-05-18)
      Quantum mechanics has achieved unparalleled success as an operational theory, describing a wide range of experiments to remarkable accuracy. However, the physical foundations on which it rests remain as puzzling as they ...
    • Characterization and Control in Large Hilbert spaces. 

      Ryan, Colm (University of Waterloo, 2008-12-03)
      Computational devices built on and exploiting quantum phenomena have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of computational complexity by being able to solve certain problems faster than the best known classical ...
    • Characterization, Verification and Control for Large Quantum Systems 

      Granade, Christopher E. (University of Waterloo, 2015-03-31)
      Quantum information processing offers potential improvements to a wide range of computing endevaors, including cryptography, chemistry simulations and machine learning. The development of practical quantum information ...
    • Characterizing Errors in Quantum Information Processors 

      Sanders, Yuval (University of Waterloo, 2016-05-12)
      Error-free computation is an unattainable ideal, yet our world now contains many computers that appear error-free to their users. That such things are possible is explained by sophisticated theorems that demonstrate the ...
    • Charge Density Wave Order in Cuprate Superconductors Studied by Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering 

      Achkar, Andrew (University of Waterloo, 2015-04-22)
      Cuprate high temperature superconductors have been the subject of intense investigation since their discovery in 1986. The nature of the pairing mechanism in these unconventional superconductors does not seem to be mediated ...
    • A Classification of (2+1)D Topological Phases with Symmetries 

      Lan, Tian (University of Waterloo, 2017-09-18)
      This thesis aims at concluding the classification results for topological phases with symmetry. First, we know that “trivial” (i.e., not topological) phases with symmetry can be classified by Landau symmetry breaking ...


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