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Tuning Excimer Concentrations While adding Quantum Dot and Phosphor Conversion Layers to Improve Efficiency, Lifetime, and Color Quality of Blue Light in Organic Light Emitting Diodes

This project investigated methods of efficiently replicating white light by emitting blue light as a primary light source and adding targeted wavelengths of amber light as a secondary source. The goal was to produce an OLED with a full visible light spectrum and high Color Rendering Index (CRI) by having the secondary source absorb high-frequency […]

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Lowering Image Sensor Reconfiguration Latency on Android

Mobile systems would benefit from the ability to make a tradeoff between image resolution and power consumption when doing vision tasks. While less resolution lowers task accuracy it also saves system power. Currently, resolution changes are a slow process taking over 200ms while also dropping frames. However, researchers propose a system to lower that latency […]

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Adaptive Sampling

Modern smartphone cameras capture high-resolution images, containing millions of pixels. However, computer vision tasks operate effectively on images of much lower resolution. The research team seeks to implement an adaptive sampling block within the imaging pipeline on an FPGA. The adaptive sampling block can utilize key information from the prior image to remove unimportant pixels […]

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The Dynamic Reconfiguration of Solar Cells on Spacecrafts

Currently, spacecraft solar arrays can degrade from 20-50% in power producing capability over a 15-year mission, making it unfeasible for current state-of-the-art designs to access the full power available from the solar array. The objective of this research is to elongate the duration of spacecraft missions by creating a gallium nitride (GaN) switch that will […]

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Scaling a Helicon Plasma Thruster for CubeSat Applications

Electric thrusters provide high propellant efficiency to give spacecraft the capability of large maneuvers at the cost of a low propellant mass. This project aims to design a compact helicon thruster of an optimized maximum thrust, exhaust velocity, and efficiency on a small scale that can be used for CubeSat applications and other small spacecraft […]

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Measuring the Heat of Combustion of Biomass Pellets

Pellets have higher density and greater hardness than other types of biomass which enable easier transportation and storage. This research aims to investigate the amount of energy released and ash determination after combustion. Pellets from different types of crop residue will be experimented on using an oxygen bomb calorimeter and an ignition unit. The heating […]

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Battery Decay Rate and Life Cycle in Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries

The objective of the research project is to determine the baseline life cycle and battery decay rate of a lithium-ion polymer battery in drones. The first experiment had the drone statically hovering, which simulated a uniform power draw for a baseline measure. Continuing research tested the battery decay by performing three uniform experiments to completely […]

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Accidental Bragg Reflectors

When creating thermal insulating films, it was discovered that they produce colors. Since the films had layers, it was concluded that they were acting as Bragg reflectors- mechanisms with layers of varying refractive indices that produce colors. To determine if these can be replicated purposely, it first was necessary to see if the films could […]

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Toward Understanding and the Development of a Thermoelectric Generator

Waste heat is a large problem for all who are interested in energy conservation; large quantities of energy are lost in the form of heat through the process of power plants, engines, and much more. One possibility is utilizing this waste heat and converting it into usable energy. The thermoelectric generator is a device that […]

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Experimental Study of Solar Thermophotovoltaic Energy Conversion Enhanced with Selective Metafilm Coatings

A solar thermophotovoltaic (STPV) system requires three key components to directly convert solar energy to electricity: a solar absorber, a hot emitter, and a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cell. Recently, Prof. Liping Wang’s research group has successfully developed a highly-efficient selective metafilm coating to harvest solar energy from heat. The research has involved experimenting with the metafilm’s […]

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