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2013

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Quantifying Night Sky Fluctuations: Striving for a Multi-Messenger Astronomy, Rachel K. Nydegger and Shane L. Larson Ph.D.; Utah State University Physics Colloquium

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Characterizing and Quantifying Night Sky Brightness in Utah and Arizona, Rachel K. Nydegger, Shane L. Larson, and Connie Walker; ALAN 2013 First International Conference on Artificial Light at Night, Berlin, Germany

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Mapping Light Pollution at Utah State University, Rachel Nydegger and Shane L. Larson; Posters on the Hill; Salt Lake City; 2013

Atomic Oxygen Modification of the Nanodielectric Surface Composition of Carbon-Loaded Polyimide Composites, Kelby Peterson and JR Dennison; American Physical Society Four Corner Section Meeting, University of Denver, Denver, CO

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Simulation of UV Radiation Degradation of Polymers on MISSE-6 in the Low Earth Orbit Environment, Kelby T. Peterson and JR Dennison; Posters on the Hill; Salt Lake City; 2013

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Functionalizing Carbon Nanotube Forests, Ben Pound and F. K. Shen; USU Student Showcase

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Functionalizing Carbon Nanotube Forests with 1,5-diaminoaphthalene, Ben Pound and T. -C. Shen; Fall 2013 Meeting of the Four Corner Section of the American Physical Society

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Investigating Mesospheric Gravity Wave Dynamics and Temperature Variability over the Andes, Jonathan Pugmire and Michael J. Taylor

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Observations of Mesospheric Temperature Variability Over the Andes, Jonathan Pugmire, Michael J. Taylor, Yucheng Zhao, P. D. Paudet, and James M. Russell; CEDAR Workshop; Boulder, CO; 2013

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Satellite and Ground-Based Measurements of Mesospheric Temperature Variability Over Cerro Pachon, Chile (30.3° S), Jonathan Pugmire, Michael J. Taylor, Yucheng Zhao, P. D. Pautet, and J. M. Russell; APS Four Corners Conference; Denver, CO; 2013

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Galaxy Inclination and Surface Brightness, Jordan C. Rozum and Shane L. Larson; USU Student Showcase; Logan, Utah; 2013

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Comprehensive Theoretical Framework for Modeling Diverse Electron Transport Experiments in Parallel Plate Geometries, Alec Sim and JR Dennison; 5th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference,San Diego, CA, June 24-27, 2013

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Modeling the ionospheric E and F1 regions: Using SDO-EVE observations as the solar irradiance driver, Jan J. Sojka, Joseph B. Jensen, Michael David, Robert W. Schunk, Tom Woods, and Frank Eparvier; Journal of Geophysical Research A: Space Physics

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Temperatures in the Mid-Latitude Mesosphere During Sudden Stratospheric Warmings as Determined from Rayleigh Lidar Data, Leda Sox, Vincent B. Wickwar, Chad Fish, and Joshua P. Herron; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA. Dec. 2013

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The Mid-Latitude Mesosphere’s Response to Sudden Stratospheric Warmings as Determined from Rayleigh Lidar Temperatures, Leda Sox, Vincent B. Wickwar, Chad Fish, and Joshua P. Herron; International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

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Rayleigh Lidar Observations of the Mid-Latitude Mesosphere During Stratospheric Warming Events and a New Rayleigh-Mie-Raman Lidar at USU, Leda Sox, Vincent B. Wickwar, Chad Fish, Joshua P. Herron, and Matthew T. Emerick; USU Physics Colloquium

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Middle Atmosphere Temperature Results from a New, High-powered, Large-Aperture Rayleigh Lidar, Leda Sox, Vincent B. Wickwar, and Joshua P. Herron; 2013 Utah Space Grant Consortium

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Ground-Based Observations with a Rayleigh-Mie-Raman Lidar from 15-120 km, Leda Sox, Vincent B. Wickwar, Joshua P. Herron, David L. Barton, and Matthew T. Emerick; Fall National Space Grant Meeting. Charleston, SC. Oct. 2013

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Development of practical method using a Monte Carlo code for evaluation of optimum fuel pitch in a typical VVER-1000 core, Navid Taheranpoura and Ahmad Talaei; Annals of Nuclear Energy

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Midlatitude, Rayleigh-Mie-Raman Lidar for Observations from 15 to 120 km, Vincent B. Wickwar, Leda Sox, Joshua P. Herron, and Matthew T. Emerick; International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

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Mid-Latiude Rayleigh-Mie-Raman Lidar for Observations from 15 to 120 km, Vincent B. Wickwar, Leda Sox, Joshua P. Herron, and Matthew T. Emerick; AGU Fall Meeting 2013

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The Upgraded Rayleigh Lidar at USU’s Atmospheric Lidar Observatory, Vincent B. Wickwar, Leda Sox, Joshua P. Herron, and Matthew T. Emerick; CEDAR Workshop; Boulder, CO; 2013

2012

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Electrostatic Discharge Properties of Fused Silica Coatings, Allen Andersen, Charles Sim, and JR Dennison; APS 4-Corners Section Regional Meeting; Socorro, NM; 2012

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The density factor in the synthesis of carbon nanotube forest by injection chemical vapor deposition, Robert W. Call, C. Read, C Mart, and T. C. Shen; Journal of Applied Physics

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Muon Contribution to Cathodoluminescence Tests?, Justin Dekany, Allen Andersen, and JR Dennison; Fall 2012 Meeting of the Four Corner Section of the American Physical Society

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Ultrahigh Vacuum Cryostat System for Extended Low Temperature Space Environment Testing, Justin Dekany, Robert H. Johnson, Gregory Wilson, Amberly Evans, and JR Dennison; Proceedings of the 12th International Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference

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Ultrahigh Vacuum Cryostat System for Extended Low Temperature Space Environment Testing, Justin Dekany, Robert H. Johnson, Gregory Wilson, Amberly Evans, and JR Dennison; 12th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference; 13-18 May 2012 Kitakyushu, Japan

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Electron Transport Models and Precision Measurements in a Constant Voltage Chamber, Justin Dekany, Alec Sim, Jerilyn Brunson, and JR Dennison; Proceedings of the 12th International Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference

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Electron Beam Induced Luminescence of SiO2 Optical Coatings, JR Dennison, Amberly Evans, Gregory Wilson, Charles W. Bowers, and Robert Meloy; Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, CEIDP, 14-17 Oct. 2012

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Electron Beam Induced Luminescence of SiO2 Optical Coatings, JR Dennison, Amberly Evans, Gregory Wilson, Justin Dekany, Charles W. Bowers, and Robert Meloy; Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP) 2012 Annual Report

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Charge Enhanced Contamination and Environmental Degradation of MISSE-6 SUSpECS Materials, JR Dennison, Amberly Evans Jensen, Danielle Fulmer, and Joshua L. Hodges; IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science

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Electron Induced Charging and Arcing of Multilayered Dielectric Materials, JR Dennison, Gregory Wilson, Amberly Evans, and Justin Dekany; 3rd International Workshop on Mechanisms of Vacuum Arcs (MeVArc 2012)

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Temperature-Dependent Radiation Induced Conductivity of Diverse Highly Disordered Insulating Materials, JR Dennison, Gregory Wilson, and Jodie C. Gillespie; Four Corner Sections Meeting American Physical Society

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Low Temperature Cathodoluminescence of Space Observatory Materials, Amberly Evans, Gregory Wilson, Justin Dekany, Alec Sim, and JR Dennison; 12th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference 14-18 May, 2012 Kitakyushu Japan

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Extending the Band Model of Disordered SiO2 Through Cathodoluminescence Studies, Amberly Evans, Gregory Wilson, JR Dennison, and Justin Dekany; Four Corner Sections Meeting American Physical Society New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro, NM October 26-27, 2012

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The Effects of Surface Modification on Spacecraft Charging Parameters, Amberly Evans Jensen and JR Dennison; IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science

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Low Temperature Cathodoluminescence in Disordered SiO2, Amberly Evans Jensen, Gregory Wilson, Justin Dekany, and JR Dennison; National Council of Undergraduate Research

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A systematic construction of curved phase space: A gravitational gauge theory with symplectic form, Jeffrey S. Hazboun and James Thomas Wheeler; Journal of Physics: Conference Series

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In Situ Surface Voltage Measurements of Dielectrics Under Electron Beam Irradiation, Joshua L. Hodges, JR Dennison, Justin Dekany, Gregory Wilson, Amberly Evans, and Alec Sim; Proceedings of the 12th International Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference

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In Situ Surface Voltage Measurements of Dielectrics Under Electron Beam Irradiation, Joshua L. Hodges, Alec Sim, Justin Dekany, Gregory Wilson, Amberly Evans, and JR Dennison; 12th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference 14-18 May, 2012 Kitakyushu Japan

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Small Scale Simulation Chamber for Space Environment Survivability Testing, Robert H. Johnson, Lisa D. Montierth, JR Dennison, James S. Dyer, Ethan Lindstrom, and Alex Chanson; Proceedings of the 12th International Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference

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The Second Annual Space Weather Community Operations Workshop: Advancing Operations Into the Next Decade, Jennifer L. Meehan, Jared Fulgham, and W. Kent Tobiska; Space Weather

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Workshop Addresses Aviation Community, Jennifer L. Meehan and Joseph Kunches; Space Weather

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Simulation Chamber for Space Environment Survivability Testing, Lisa D. Montierth and Robert H. Johnson; National Conference on Undergraduate Research; Weber State University Spring, 2012

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Short Period Gravity Waves in the Arctic Atmosphere Over Alaska, Michael Negale, Kim Nielsen, Michael J. Taylor, Britta Irving, and Richard Collins; NSF CEDAR Workshop

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Short Period Gravity Waves in the Arctic Atmosphere Over Alaska, Michael Negale, Kim Nielsen, Michael J. Taylor, Britta Irving, and Richard Collins; APS 4CS Meeting

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Short-Period Gravity Waves Over Alaska, Michael Negale, Kim Nielsen, Michael J. Taylor, Britta Irving, and Richard Collins; MLTI Polar Waves and Dynamics Workshop

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Characterizing Sky Variability for Multi-Messenger Astronomy, Rachel Nydegger, Katie Breivik, and Shane L. Larson; 2012 APS 4-Corners Section Regional Meeting

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Micrometeoroid from MISSE Examined to Understand the Effects of the Space Environment on Space Suit Materials, Kelby T. Peterson; USU Student Showcase; Logan, Utah; 2012

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Micrometeoroids from MISSE Examined to Understand the Effects of the Space Environment on Space Suit Materials, Kelby T. Peterson and JR Dennison; National Council of Undergraduate Research

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Space Impact Ejecta Model of Micrometeoroid Collision on MISSE-6, Kelby T. Peterson and JR Dennison; Fall 2012 Meeting of the Four Corner Section of the American Physical Society New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro, NM October 26-27, 2012

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Modeling Spiral Galaxy Luminosity Profiles, Jordan Rozum, Matt Garlock, Shane L. Larson, and Bradley W. Carroll; 2012 APS 4-Corners Section Regional Meeting

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Comparison of SABER OH Measurements to Rocket Photometry Data, Jordan Rozum, Gene A. Ware, and Doran J. Baker; Rocky Mountain Space Grant Consortium Annual Meeting

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Multiple Peaks in SABER Mesospheric OH Emission Altitude Profiles, Jordan Rozum, Gene A. Ware, Doran J. Baker, Martin G. Wlynczak, and James M. Russell; 2012 AGU Fall Meeting

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Results from an Extremely Sensitive Rayleigh-Scatter Lidar, Leda Sox and Vincent B. Wickwar; 2012 Rocky Mountain Space Grant Consortium

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Observations with the Most Sensitive Rayleigh-Scatter Lidar, Leda Sox, Vincent B. Wickwar, Joshua P. Herron, and Marcus J. Bingham; Intermountain Graduate Research Symposium

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First Temperature Observations with the USU Very Large Rayleigh Lidar: An Examination of Mesopause Temperatures, Leda Sox, Vincent B. Wickwar, Joshua P. Herron, Marcus J. Bingham, Lance W. Petersen, and Matthew T. Emerick; American Geophysical Union 2012 Fall Meeting

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Viscous and induced current heating in plasma focus plasmoids, Ahmad Talaei and Eric Lerner; 54th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Providence, Rhode Island

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Approximation of Range in Materials as a Function of Incident Electron Energy, Gregory Wilson and JR Dennison; IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science

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Electron Energy Dependent Charging Effects of Multilayered Dielectric Materials, Gregory Wilson, JR Dennison, Amberly Evans, and Justin Dekany; Proceedings of the 12th International Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference

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Charging Effects of Multilayered Dielectric Spacecraft Materials: Surface Voltage, Discharge and Arcing, Gregory Wilson, Amberly Evans, Justin Dekany, and JR Dennison; 12th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference 14-18 May, 2012 Kitakyushu Japan

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Power and Charge Deposition in Multilayer Dielectrics from Monoenergetic Electron Bombardment, Gregory Wilson, Amberly Evans, Justin Dekany, and JR Dennison; Four Corner Sections Meeting American Physical Society New Mexico Tech Socorro, NM October 26 & 27, 2012

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An embedded-atom-method model for alkali-metal vibrations, R. B. Wilson and D. Mark Riffe; Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

2011

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In Situ Checks of Sonic Anemometer Temperature Calibration, David Cook and Michael Negale; ASR Science Team Meeting

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Temperature Dependence of SiO2 Electron-Induced Cathodoluminescence, Amberly Evans, Gregory Wilson, and JR Dennison; American Physical Society Four Corner Section Meeting

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Space Weather Community Operations Workshop: Planning for the Next Decade, J. J. Fulgham, Jennifer L. Meehan, and W. K. Tobiska; Space Weather

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Quantum Gravity in Relativistic Phase Space, Jeffrey Hazboun; Intermountain Graduate Symposium

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A Systematic Construction of Curved Phase Space: A gravitational gauge theory with symplectic form, Jeffrey Hazboun and James Thomas Wheeler; Loops 11 International Conference on Quantum Gravity

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Preliminary Results of IS Plasma Focus as a Breeder of Short-Lived Radioisotopes 12C(d,n)13N, S.M. S. Kiai, . .. ., Ahmad Talaei, and et al.; Journal of Fusion Energy

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New Space Weather Products for HF Radio, GPS Navigation, and Aviation, Jennifer L. Meehan; New Space Weather Products for HF Radio, GPS Navigation, and Aviation

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Space Weather and Technological Impacts, Jennifer L. Meehan, G. Fisher, and W. Murtagh; Space Weather and Technological Impacts

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Mesospheric Temperature Variability and Seasonal Characteristics Over the Andes, Jonathan Pugmire, Yucheng Zhao, Michael J. Taylor, and P D. Pautet; 2011 Joint CEDAR-GEM Workshop, Santa Fe, NM

2010

The Effects of Surface Modification on Optical Properties of Spacecraft Materials, Amberly Evans and JR Dennison; USU Student Showcase

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The Effects of Surface Modification on Spacecraft Charging Parameters, Amberly Evans and JR Dennison; The Effects of Surface Modification on Spacecraft Charging Parameters

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Development of Ultrasonic Detection Methods for Cancer Cells in Vivo, Jeffrey B. Goodrich

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Uncertainty Associated with Modeling the Global Ionosphere, Janelle V. Jenniges, Ariel O. Acebal, Larry Gardner, Robert W. Schunk, and Lie Zhu; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

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Paul Ion Trap as a Diagnostic for Plasma Focus, S.M. S. Kiai, .. .. ., Ahmad Talaei, and et al.; Journal of Fusion Energy

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Study the Output Characteristics of a 90 kJ Filippove-Type Plasma Focus, S.M. S. Kiai, Ahmad Talaei, and et al.; Journal of Fusion Energy

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Understanding Space Weather Customers in GPS-Reliant Industries, Jennifer L. Meehan, G. Fisher, and W. Murtagh; Space Weather

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Space Weather & GPS Reliant Industries, Jennifer L. Meehan and W. Murtagh; Space Weather & GPS Reliant Industries

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First Year Investigation of Gravity Waves and Temperature Variability over the Andes, Jonathan Pugmire, Neal R. Criddle, Michael J. Taylor, Dominique Pautet, and Yucheng Zhao; NSF's Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute's School on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere

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The First Ten Months of Investigation of Gravity Waves and Temperature Variability Over the Andes, Jonathan Pugmire, Neal Criddle, Michael J. Taylor, P. D. Pautet, and Yucheng Zhao; Annual Meeting of the Four Corners Section of the APS

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Influence of Admixture Gas on the Enhancement of Neutron Production in Plasma Focus Devices, Ahmad Talaei and S.M. S. Kaia; Journal of Fusion Energy

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Effects of admixture gas on the production of 18F radioisotope in plasma focus devices, Ahmad Talaei, S.M. S. Kaia, and A. A. Zeem; Applied Radiation and Isotopes

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Approximation of Range in Materials as a Function of Incident Electron Energy, Gregory Wilson and JR Dennison; Proceedings of the 11th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference

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Plasma Focus Device as a Breeder of 14.66 MeV Protons to Produce Short-Lived Radioisotopes, A. A. Zaeem, S.M. S. Kaia, M. Sedaghatizadeh, and Ahmad Talaei; Journal of Fusion Energy

2009

Time Dependent Conductivity of Spacecraft Materials, Justin Dekany and JR Dennison; Time Dependent Conductivity of Spacecraft Materials

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Reduction and Characterization of Error in Low Current Measurements, Justin Dekany, JR Dennison, and Alec Sim; American Physical Society Four Corner Section Meeting

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Flight Experiments on the Effects of Contamination on Electron Emission of Materials, JR Dennison, Joshua L. Hodges, Jeff Duce, and Amberly Evans; 1st AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference

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Engineering Tool for Temperature, Electric Field and Dose Rate Dependence of High Resistivity Spacecraft Materials, JR Dennison, Alec Sim, Jerilyn Brunson, Steven Hart, Jodie Gillespie, Justin Dekany, Charles Sim, and Dan Arnfield; Proceedings of the 47th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Meeting on Aerospace Sciences

The Effects of Surface Contamination and Roughening on Diffuse Optical Reflection and Photoyields on Spacecraft Materials, Amberly Evans and JR Dennison; The Effects of Surface Contamination and Roughening on Diffuse Optical Reflection and Photoyields on Spacecraft Materials

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The Effect of Negative Energy Shells on Schwarzschild Spacetime and their Penrose Diagrams, Jeffrey Hazboun and Tevian Dray; Marcel Grossman Meeting

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The Effect of Negative-Energy Shells on the Schwarzschild Black Hole, Jeffrey Hazboun and Tevian Dray; General Relativity and Gravitation

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Intra-Annual Comparison of Mesospheric Gravity Waves Over Halley and Rothera Stations, Antarctica, Jonathan Pugmire, Michael J. Taylor, K. Nielsen, A. Wall, J. Thompson, and P. D. Pautet; Four Corners Section of the APS: Annual Meeting

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Investigation of the High Pressure Regimes Effects on the Neutron Production in Plasma Focus, Ahmad Talaei and S.M. S. Kaia; Journal of Fusion Energy

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Study the Influence of the Bank Energy on the Dynamical Pinch in Plasma Focus, Ahmad Talaei and S.M. S. Kaia; Journal of Fusion Energy

2008

Transient Conductivity of Kapton HN, Justin Dekany, JR Dennison, and Steven Hart; Transient Conductivity of Kapton HN

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Temperature and Electric Field Dependence of Conduction in Low-Density Polyethylene, JR Dennison and Jerilyn Brunson; IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science

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Pinched Plasma Study in a Filippov-Type Plasma Focus “Dena”, Ahmad Talaei, S. M. Kaia, and S. Adlparvar; IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science

2006

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The Coefficient of Bohm Diffusion in Fully Ionized Plasma and its Theoretical Proof, Ahmad Talaei and Reza Amrollahi; Second IPM International Workshop on Plasma Dynamics Tehran, Iran