Biological conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals offers recognized benefits. The absence of systematic methodologies for scaling up such conversion is an important issue related to realizing these benefits. This thesis addresses this scale...
In this thesis, we characterize and enumerate the permutations which are realized by the orbits of signed shifts, a family of discrete dynamical systems on words. The permutations, which are called patterns of the signed shifts, are given by the...
Circadian rhythms. Proteins -- Synthesis -- Effect of light on. Genetic regulation. Neurospora crassa -- Reproduction -- Effect of light on. Neurospora crassa -- Genetics.
To understand how the circadian clock can temporally organize a cell, the biochemical characterization of a clock protein, FRQ, was initiated in Neurospora crassa using immunochemical techniques. FRQ accumulated in constant light to maximum levels...
Coherent states. Quantum field theory. Nonlinear theories.
In this thesis we study the properties of time-dependent, nontopological configurations and their effect on the macroscopic properties of a system described by a nonlinear field theory. These structures seem to be ubiquitous in relativistic field...
The ubiquitous complexity of common diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing the field of personalized treatments and precision medicine. This complexity can be attributed to various sources such as the genetic make-up of an individual,...
In this thesis I present analyses of optical and X-ray data of early-type galaxies in nearby rich clusters as part of the NOAO Fundamental Plane Survey. Spectroscopic parameters, including linestrengths and velocity dispersions are measured for...
Neurospora -- Genetics. ; Neurospora -- Effect of light on. ; Circadian rhythms. ; Proteins -- Synthesis -- Effect of light on. ; Genetic regulation.
The frequency gene and the two proteins it encodes are central components of the Neurospora circadian clock. The frq message and proteins are involved in a negative feedback loop in which FRO represses its own transcript level. Based on this...
This thesis presents technologies for the design, fabrication, operation, and control of electrostatic MEMS micro-robots. It describes prototype micro-robots, with dimensions of 60 Î¼m by 250 Î¼m by 10 Î¼m, that are capable of controllable...
Eddy currents (Electric) -- Mathematical models. Electric generators -- Windings. Finite element method.
Magnetic components, such as transformers and inductors, are essential parts of most power electronics circuits. They usually are the largest components in the circuit, and also account for a large portion of the power loss. Reducing the volume of...
Ionospheric radio wave propagation -- Observations. Hiss (Radio meteorology). Auroras -- Antarctica -- Observations.
A VersatIle Electromagnetic Waveform (VIEW) receiver was deployed at South Pole station in December 2002 in order to measure the fine structure of auroral radio emissions with high resolution and an unprecedented 500-1000 kHz bandwidth. Using this...
For a long-lived metastable system, the decay of the survival probability is typically exponential. However, deviations are known to exist at short times (the quantum Zeno effect) and at long times (algebraic tails in classical hydrodynamic...
Experimental and theoretical aspects of macroscopic and mesoscopic elastic instability are investigated in this thesis. For the theoretical investigations we utilize a Lagrangian formulation of nonlinear continuum elasticity theory, the novel...
Two auroral sounding rocket case studies, one in the dayside and one in the nightside, explore aspects of poleward boundary aurora. The nightside sounding rocket, Cascades-2 was launched on 20 March 2009 at 11:04:00 UT from the Poker Flat Research...
Wireless communication systems. Computer networks. Routers (Computer networks).
A mesh network is a network of wireless routers that employ multi-hop routing and can be used to provide network access for mobile clients. Mobile mesh networks can be deployed rapidly to provide an alternate communication infrastructure for...
In this thesis, we present different approaches to tying knots using robots by enforcing different types of constraints. We attack the problem from three different directions; mechanical design, motion planning with simple control strategies, and...
Geomagnetic micropulsations. ; Magnetosphere. ; Cosmic magnetic fields -- Measurement.
A study of magnetospheric pulsations is presented in three parts. The first consists of a statistical survey using data from the AMPTE/IRM satellite. A number of conclusions are drawn from the study. Evidence is provided that supports the theory...
Rhizobium -- Physiology. Rhizobium -- Genetics. Plants -- Effect of iron on.
Iron is essential in the agriculturally important symbiosis between Bradyrhizobium japonicum and soybean. Studying iron uptake in B. japonicum presents unique challenges in that the organism is found in two very different environments, free living...
A mobile agent is an autonomous program that can migrate under its own control from machine to machine in a heterogeneous network. In other words, the program can suspend its execution at an arbitrary point, transport itself to another machine, and...
Telecommunication -- Traffic -- Measurement -- Statistical methods. IEEE 802.11 (Standard). Universities and colleges -- Computer networks -- New Hampshire -- Hanover -- Case studies.
The edge of the Internet is increasingly wireless. Enterprises large and small, homeowners, and even whole cities have deployed Wi-Fi networks for their users, and many users never need to--or never bother to--use the wired network. With the advent...
This thesis constitutes the first steps in the author's program to investigate the question of when a homotopy of 2-cocycles Ï‰ = {Ï‰[subscript t]}[subscript tâˆŠ[0,1]] on a locally compact Hausdorff groupoid Æ“ induces an isomorphism of the...
Infrared imaging. Image reconstruction. Optical images -- Mathematical models. Breast -- Imaging. Infrared radiation in medicine.
Finite element based reconstruction algorithms for optical property profiling in biological tissues have been developed, implemented and evaluated using simulated data and laboratory measurements obtained with near infrared continuous wave (cw) and...
Information retrieval -- Mathematical models. ; Electronic information resource searching. ; Computer algorithms. ; Decision making -- Data processing. ; Mathematical optimization.
This thesis presents a unified method for simultaneous solution of three problems in Information Retrieval--metasearch (the fusion of ranked lists returned by retrieval systems to elicit improved performance), efficient system evaluation (the...
This thesis investigates a notion of Turing reducibility introduced by Winkler [8] that is total on all computably enumerable oracles. Groszek and Weber show in [7] that this is a new notion of reducibility and it is not transitive. They give su...
Magnetic fields at all scales are prevalent in our universe. However, current cosmological models predict that initially the universe was bereft of large-scale fields. Standard magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) does not permit magnetogenesis; in the MHD...
The main driving force behind the development of computers was the attempt to solve problems that would otherwise require a large amount of time to be solved. Despite the technological development that has made computers ubiquitous in daily lives,...
Magnetic resonance imaging. ; Nuclear magnetic resonance.
Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides unique contrast reflecting the translational motion of water in its microscopic environment. This imaging modality has been shown to highlight infarcted regions within minutes after an...