Department of Physics

Student Research Opportunities

Published Materials

1. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, and Jason T. Orris. “The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Magnetically Polarized Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts.” Submitted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics in August 2003, accepted December 2003.

National or International Meetings

1. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin and Jason Wilson. "Introduction to Magnetic Force Microscopy at the WIU Physics Department." Central States Universities Inc. Research Conference, October 2003.

2. Mark S. Boley, Ryan T. Gordon, Matthew E. Tillman. "Raman Mode Softening Across the Superconducting Transition of a Magnesium Diboride Superconductor." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, October 2003.

3. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, Christopher C. Jurs, Jason T. Orris, and Jason Wilson. "The Effects of Multiple Heat Treatment on Magnetic Hysteresis and Sensitivity Properties of Kapstar (4% nickel) Steel Transducers." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, October 2003.

4. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, Jason T. Orris, and Christopher C. Jurs. "The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Magnetically Polarized Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, October 2003.

5. Mark S. Boley, Gregory M. Sollenberger, and Jason Wilson. "Use of the Magnetic Force Microscope (MFM) for Domain Wall Imaging in Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, October 2003.

6. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin and Jason T. Orris. "The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Magnetically Polarized Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts." Abstract accepted (Aug. 2003) for presentation at the MMM Conference in Anaheim, CA, January 2004.

7. Mark S. Boley, Jason T. Orris, Jason Wilson, and Chris Jurs. "The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Heat-Treated Magnetoelastic Torque Transducer Shafts." APS 2003 March Meeting in Austin, TX.

8. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, Ryan Gordon, and Jason T. Orris. "The Effects of Nickel Concentration on Heat-Treated High-Speed Steel Magnetoelastic Torque Transducers." APS 2003 March Mtg., Austin, TX.

9. Mark S. Boley and Jason Wilson. "An MFM Study of Magnetic Domains in Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors." APS 2003 March Meeting, Austin, TX.

10. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, and Matthew Edd Tillman. "Temperature Dependence of the Raman Spectral Peaks for a Magnesium Diboride Superconductor." APS 2003 March Meeting in Austin, TX.

11. Mark S. Boley and Jason Wilson. "An MFM Study of Magnetic Domains in Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 2002.

12. Mark S. Boley and Jason T. Orris. "The Effects of Nickel and Chromium Content on the Magnetoelastic and Hysteresis Properties of Heat-Treated Steels." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, November 2002.

13. Mark S. Boley and Matthew E. Tillman. "Spectroscopic Study of Low-Energy Electron Enhanced Etching (LE4) Discharge." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 2002.

14. Mark S. Boley and James C. Gumbart. "Application of Classical and Computational Methods to a Boundary Value Problem in Electrostatics." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, November 2002.

15. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, and Jason Wilson. "Development and Calibration of a Capacitive Bridge Bulk Magnetostriction Measurement Device." APS 2002 March Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

16. Mark S. Boley, Michael C. Baxa, and No Soung Myoung. "Raman Spectroscopy and EXAFS Studies of Low Ni-Doped Yttrium-Based Copper Oxide Polycrystalline Superconductors." APS 2002 March Mtg., IN.

17. Mark S. Boley, Michael C. Baxa, and Doug A. Franklin. "Crystallographic Analysis of the Bimetallic Enzyme AAP." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 2001.

18. Mark S. Boley, Won C. Shin, David K. Rigsbee, and Doug A. Franklin. "Capacitance Bridge Measurements of Magnetostriction." Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference, Seattle, WA, November 2001.

19. Mark S. Boley and Michael C. Baxa. "Effects of Ni-Doping on the Y-123 Superconductor." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 2000.

20. Mark S. Boley and Matthew G. Walker. "The Effects of Heat Treatment on the Hysteresis Properties and Sensitivity of Magneto-elastic Torque Transducers." Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 1999.

21. Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, and David K. Rigsbee. "Heat-Treated Magnetic Torque Sensors." 44th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM), San Jose, CA, November 1999.

State or Regional Meetings

1-4. Mark S. Boley with students Jason Wilson, Jason T. Orris, Laurie A. Pichla, and Matthew E. Tillman presented "The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts", "The Effects of Nickel Concentration on Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts", "Raman Spectral Peak Shifts Across the Superconducting Transition of Magnesium Diboride", and "MFM Study of Magnetic Domains in Heat-Treated Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors" at the Spring 2003 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) held at Knox College, Galesburg, IL, April 2003.

5-8. Mark S. Boley with students Chris Jurs, Ryan Gordon, Jason Orris, Laurie Pichla, Matthew Tillman, and Jason Wilson presented "The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts", "The Effects of Nickel Concentration on Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts", "Raman Spectral Peak Shifts Across the Superconducting Transition of Magnesium Diboride", and "MFM Study of Magnetic Domains in Heat-Treated Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors" at the 14th Annual Illinois Student Research Conference held at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, April 2003.

9-11. Mark S. Boley with students Matthew E. Tillman, Jason Wilson, and Jason T. Orris presented "Magnetostriction, Magnetoelastic, and Hysteresis Measurements on Heat-Treated Steels", "Analysis of LE4 by Emission Spectroscopy", and "Use of MFM for Domain Wall Imaging in Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors" at the Fall 2002 ISAAPT Meeting held at Millikan University, Decatur, IL, October 2002.

12-13. Mark S. Boley with students Naveen K. Jha and No Soung Myoung presented "Spectroscopic Studies of Structural Changes Associated with Low Nickel Doping in a Polycrystalline Superconductor" and "Standardization of a Capacitive Bridge Device for the Measurement of Minute Magnetostrictive Displacements" at the Spring 2002 ISAAPT Meeting held at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, April 2002.

14-18. Mark S. Boley with students No Soung Myoung, Michael C. Baxa, Naveen Kumar Jha, Jason Wilson, Jason T. Orris, Thomas R. Boyle, and Matthew E. Tillman presented "Critical Temperature and Raman Spectroscopy Measurements of a Magnesium Diboride Superconductor", "Hysteresis Measurements and Heat Treatment Effects on a 0.30% Nickel High Speed Steel Sample", "Imaging of a Magnetic Domain Wall Between Regions of Opposite Circumferential Polarization", "Standardization of a Capacitive Bridge Device for Bulk Magnetostriction Measurements in Ferromagnetic Materials", and "A Comparative Study of the Structural Changes due to Low Nickel Doping in a Polycrystalline YBCO Superconductor" at the 13th Annual Illinois Student Research Conference held at Governor's State University, Chicago, IL, April 2002.

19. Mark S. Boley with student Michael C. Baxa presented "Adventures in Applying Physics Techniques to Biochemistry" at the Fall 2001 ISAAPT Meeting held at Joliet Community College, Joliet, IL, October 2001.

20-22. Mark S. Boley with students Won-Chul Shin, David K. Rigsbee, Daniel A. Johnson, Laurie C. Pichla, No Soung Myoung, and Michael C. Baxa. "Capacitance Bridge Measurements of Magnetostriction", "Well- Width and Temperature Dependence of Photoluminescence energies in a Semiconductor Multiple Quantum Well Heterostructure", and "Raman and EXAFS Studies of Low-Ni-Doped YBCO Superconductors" (2nd place Student Research Award). Spring 2001 ISAAPT Meeting, Elsah, IL.

23-25. Mark S. Boley with students Won-Chul Shin, Daniel K. Pratt, Daniel A. Johnson, Laurie C. Pichla, No Soung Myoung, and Michael C. Baxa. "Temperature and Well-Width Dependence of Photoluminescence Transitions in an ALGAAS/GAAS MQW sample", "Raman and EXAFS Studies of Ni-Doped YBCO Polycrystalline Superconductor", and "Capacitance Bridge Measurements of Saturated Magnetostriction Effects in High-Speed Steels." 12th Annual Student Research Conference, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, April 2001.

26. Mark S. Boley and Jason T. Orris. "The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Heat-Treated Magnetoelastic Torque Transducer Shafts." Honors Council of the Illinois Region, Champaign, IL, Febr. 2003.

27. Mark S. Boley and Michael C. Baxa. "Effects of Nickel Substitution on the Current-Carrying Capabilities of YBCO." Honors Council of the Illinois Region, Joliet, IL, February 2001.

28-29. Mark S. Boley with students Michael C. Baxa, Won-Chul Shin, and Daniel A. Johnson. "EXAFS Studies of Ni-Doping on the Y-123 Superconductor", and "Studying Si-Surface Structure Influence on Pb-Island Growth in a REU Experience." Fall 2000 ISAAPT Meeting, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL.

30-32. Mark S. Boley with students Doug A. Franklin, Michael C. Baxa, and Austin Barclay. "The Critical State Effects of Ni-Doping in a YBCO Superconductor" (2nd place Student Research Award), "A Resource Web-Site for Science Educators", and "Experiments with a Hydrostatic-Electric Generator (Kelvin's Thunderstorm)." Spring 2000 ISAAPT Meeting, UIUC, Urbana, IL.

33-35. Mark S. Boley with students Doug A. Franklin, Won-Chul Shin, and Daniel K. Pratt. "Heat Treatment Effects on the Magnetic Behavior of Ring-type Magnetoelastic Sensors", "Heat Treatment Effects on the Magnetic Behavior of Hollow Shaft-type Magnetoelastic Sensors", and "The Effects of Nickel Doping on Critical State Enhancement in a Polycrystalline Superconductor." 11th Annual Student Research Conference, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL, March 2000.

36-37. Mark S. Boley with students Doug A. Franklin, Daniel K. Pratt, and Matthew G. Walker. "Using Magnetization and Hysteresis Measurements in the Education of Upper Level Physics Students", and "The New Illinois Teacher Certification Law, How Does it Affect Your Department?". Fall 1999 ISAAPT Meeting, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

38-39. Mark S. Boley with Students Jason Wilson and Jason T. Orris. "Use of the Magnetic Force Microscope (MFM) for Domain Wall Imaging in Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors.", and "The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Magnetically Polarized Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts." Fall 2003 ISAAPT Meeting, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

Presentations at WIU's Annual Undergraduate Research Day

1. Mark S. Boley and Jason T. Orris--"The Effects of Chromium Concentration on Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts."

2. Mark S. Boley and Ryan T. Gordon--"The Effects of Nickel Concentration on Heat-Treated Steel Torque Transducer Shafts."

3. Mark S. Boley and Matthew Edd Tillman--"Raman Spectral Peak Shifts Across the Superconducting Transition of Magnesium Diboride."

4. Mark S. Boley and Jason Wilson--"MFM Study of Magnetic Domains in Heat-Treated Magnetoelastic Torque Sensors."

Student Awards for Faculty Mentored Research

1. April 2003. Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention awarded to Jason T. Orris.

2. April 2003. Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Research Paper Contest 1st place awarded to Matthew E. Tillman for his B.S. Honors Thesis.

3. April 2002. Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Research Paper Contest 1st place awarded to Michael C. Baxa for his B.S. Honors Thesis.

4. April 2002. Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, $8000, awarded to Michael C. Baxa.

5. April 2001. Goldwater Scholarship (1st in WIU's history), $7500, awarded to Michael C. Baxa.

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