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  • Optical tweezers for advanced microscopy 

    Erasmus, Anneke (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-03)
    ENGLISH SUMMARY: The integration of lasers into microscopy has enabled new areas of research and expanded existing ones. Not only can one now image samples to resolutions and contrast unheard of before lasers became ...
  • Point spread function engineering for fluorescence microscopy 

    Holinirina Dina Miora, Ratsimandresy (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-03)
    ENGLISH SUMMARY: A tool for biological imaging is developed within this work. It consists of engineering the point spread function (PSF) of a fluorescent molecule or a nanoparticle emitter by modulating the phase of the ...
  • Bayesian parameter estimation for discrete data spectra 

    Wang, Li (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Discrete spectra are ubiquitous in physics; for example nuclear physics, laser physics and experimental high energy physics measure integer counts in the form of particles in dependence of angle, ...
  • Noninvasive measurement of dynamic correlations in spin systems 

    Uhrich, Philipp Johann (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Dynamic correlations hψ| O1(t1)O2(t2)|ψi of quantum observables are useful quantities for the study of quantum dynamics. Attempts at measuring these correlations are however complicated, due to the ...
  • Studying the structural phase transition of organic Cu(DCNQI)2 with ultrafast electron diffraction 

    Payne, Nancy (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Organic molecular solids combine the richness of molecular and solid state physics. The structure and properties of organic solids can be modified to a great extent—for example, by utilising isotope ...
  • Computing the Arnold Tongue in the Zipoy-Voorhees Space-time 

    Sherif, Abbas Mohamed (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : In this thesis I study the integrability of the geodesic equations of the ZipoyVoorhees metric. The Zipoy-Voorhees spacetime is a one parameter family of Stationary Axisymmetric Vacuum spacetimes (SAV’s) ...
  • Methods for the radiological characterisation of the FiR 1 TRIGA research reactor decommissioning waste 

    Ackermann, Tarryn (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Every nuclear reactor will eventually reach the end of its life time. With more than 60 new power reactors currently under construction, the need for understanding the safe decommissioning of a nuclear ...
  • A near infrared femtosecond laser source for observation of charge transfer processes in semiconductors 

    Ahmed, Essraa Taha (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Near infrared femtosecond laser pulses were generated in the spectral range 900 - 2400 nm using the idler of a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA). The amplitude and phase of four exemplary ...
  • Supercontinuum pulse characterisation and compression 

    Viljoen, Ruan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING : In hierdie projek word die infrastruktuur van 'n hoë-resolusie nie-lineêre mikroskoop ontwikkel. Spesifiek word daar gekyk na generering van breëband lig deur middel van 'n fotoniese-kristalvesel ...
  • Fluorescence and self-absorption free excitation spectroscopy of carbon monoxide isotopomers in the vacuum ultraviolet 

    De Bruyn, Andre (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the most abundant heteronuclear diatomic molecule in the universe and has been of great interest in the fields of astrophysics and astronomy. CO is additionally, a prototype ...
  • Quantum corrections to the kink-antikink potential 

    Lee, Zander (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : In quantum field theory vacuum polarization effects may drastically alter the classical properties of non-perturbative field configurations. This is especially the case when comparing the vacuum ...
  • Proton pencil beam kernels as extracted from Geant4 Monte Carlo simulations 

    Chisapi, Maluba Vernon J. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : The contribution of primary protons, secondary protons, heavy recoil ions, and other secondary particles to the total energy deposited in water by a proton pencil beam (in the therapeutic energy regime) ...
  • Ultrafast photochromism in metal-organic complexes 

    Von Stein, Xavier (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Dithizone (H2Dz), an analytical reagent typically used in colourimetric analysis, reacts with various transition metals to form metal dithizonate complexes. These complexes display strong absorption ...
  • Search for the scissors resonance in 182Ta 

    Brits, Christiaan Petrus (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT :Relatively small changes to the overall shape of the photon strength function such as the scissors or pygmy resonances can have a significant impact on reaction rates. Reaction rates are important for ...
  • Cave front tracking experiment 

    Green, Mark (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Seismic tomography, a procedure to trace seismic wave velocity variation, has been used for more than 100 years to “see through rock”. Initially the recording of seismic waves from natural sources ...
  • Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of amino acids 

    Pfukwa, Ngaatendwe Buhle Cathrine (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT : Raman spectroscopy (RS) is an invaluable technique for sample identification. This method requires little sample preparation and is not completely non-invasive. The intensity of Raman scattered light can ...
  • The design and construction of an active-target detector for the study of the 20Ne(α,α’)20Ne* reaction 

    Brummer, Johann Wiggert (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-12)
    The existence of an excited 3a resonant state in 12C, which is crucial for the thermonuclear fusion of carbon in red giant stars, was predicted by Fred Hoyle in 1954. Since the experimental observation of the Hoyle state ...
  • Relativistic quantum mechanics on non-commutative spaces 

    Williams, Paul Henry (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A brief review of non-relativistic and relativistic quantum mechanics is carried out, with particular attention to concepts that are modified in the noncommutative setting. The Hilbert-Schmidt operator ...
  • Biofilament interacting with molecular motors 

    Meylahn, Janusz Martin (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: We study molecular motors moving along a filament or polymer using two different mathematical models in which motors are idealised as springs. In the first model we study the average and the fluctuations ...
  • Characterization of the pre-eminent 4-α cluster state candidate in 16O 

    Li, Kevin Ching Wei (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Please see full text for abstract

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