Rice University makes its graduate theses and dissertations available online at no cost to end users. These electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) cover the period from 1918, when the first dissertation was issued to H. E. Bray, through the most recently processed graduating year. Occasionally a thesis or dissertation may be be missing from the repository. If you are unable to find a specific dissertation, please let us know and we will attempt to make it available through the repository, provided that the author has not elected for it to be embargoed.

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• #### Monitoring on Graphs: An Exploration into k-Cores, Zero Forcing, and Power Domination ﻿

(2019-10-16)
This thesis will cover various computational models for approximating and solving multiple graph monitoring problems. The first problem of interest is the Minimum k-core problem, which asks for the smallest induced subgraph ...
• #### A Constructional Reanalysis of Semantic Prosody ﻿

(2019-10-09)
This dissertation is a re-examination of semantic prosody within the framework of construction grammar. The basic idea of semantic prosody is that ostensibly neutral words can have a probabilistic tendency to co-occur with ...
• #### Newton-Based Methods for Smoothed Risk-Averse PDE-Constrained Optimization Problems ﻿

(2019-10-09)
This thesis introduces a modification for traditional, Newton-based methods to improve the efficiency of solving smoothed, risk-averse PDE-constrained optimization problems arising from optimal control applications. Instead ...
• #### Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 2: Americanism, Tradition and Modernism in its Relationship to W.H. Auden's The Age of Anxiety ﻿

(2019-10-04)
Bernstein's Second Symphony, titled The Age of Anxiety after W.H. Auden's epic poem of the same name, is an essentially American work. In this document, I explore the relationship between Bernstein's symphony and Auden's ...
• #### Noise Processes in Atomic-Scale Junctions and Two-Dimensional Topological Insulators ﻿

(2019-10-03)
Standard transport measurements, focusing on the first moment of the current, are crucial for understanding the behavior of a system as a function of factors such as applied voltage or current, temperature, or external ...
• #### Energy Storage Capacity and Superconductivity of Nanosized Titanium Diboride, and Multifunctionality of Carbon-based Nanostructures: Development of Nano-engineered Solutions ﻿

(2019-09-30)
Nanotechnology has risen into prominence since the discovery of the “buckyball” in 1985,2 due to the enhanced tunability and performance of nanomaterials.3 Keenly awaited, scalable and facile application of nanotechnology, ...
• #### 1T-TaS₂: A strongly correlated material for tunable nanophotonics ﻿

(2019-09-24)
Tunable nanophotonics have been demonstrated for several decades and achieved to practical applications in real world in multiple ways such as imaging, sensing, signal processing, information communication and etc. Many ...
• #### Wirelessly Powered Sensor Design with On-Chip Antenna in CMOS Technology ﻿

(2019-09-23)
In recent years, we have experienced a significant growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless sensor network (WSN) and bio-implantable devices. There are 7 billion of IoT devices in use in 2018, which starts to surpass ...
• #### Spectroscopy of ⁸⁷Sr Rydberg Atoms and Molecules ﻿

(2019-09-16)
Spectroscopy of ⁸⁷Sr Rydberg Atoms and Molecules This dissertation describes the development of an apparatus to undertake spectroscopic studies of ⁸⁷Sr Rydberg states and their application in the production of ...
• #### Software-based Baseband Processing for Massive MIMO ﻿

(2019-08-13)
Large-Scale multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) is a key technology for improving spectral efficiency. However, it requires massive, real-time computation. All existing solutions are based on dedicated, specialized ...
• #### Chromosomal, lexical, and neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive reappraisal and how they relate to health indicators ﻿

(2019-09-12)
The ability to regulate emotion positively impacts one’s mental and physical health. One adaptive emotion regulation strategy is cognitive reappraisal, which involves changing one’s appraisal of an aversive situation to ...
• #### Development and Characterization of Split Methyl Halide Transferase for Biosensor Applications in Soil ﻿

(2019-09-10)
Soil microorganisms contribute to agricultural productivity by forming symbiosis with plant roots and affecting the solubility of soil nutrients. Microbiological activity in soil can be monitored directly by coupling the ...
• #### Derivation and Numerical of Oxygen Transport ﻿

(2019-09-09)
Modeling and simulating the transport of oxygen in blood provides critical insight on the planning of cardiovascular surgeries. Mathematical simulation provides a quantitative angle on the understanding of changes in ...
• #### Two-photon photoassociative spectroscopy of strontium-86 ﻿

(2019-09-06)
This dissertation describes two-photon photoassociation to the least-bound vibrational level of the X$^1\Sigma_g^+$ electronic ground state of the $^{86}$Sr$_2$ dimer, which represents the first observation of this naturally ...
• #### Examining the Social Identity of Being a Muslim in the American Workplace ﻿

(2019-08-29)
Religion is often seen as a taboo and controversial topic in the workplace; however, it also plays an important role in many people’s lives. Over the past few decades, the religious landscape of the American workforce has ...
• #### Multicomponent Chalcogenides ﻿

(2019-08-27)
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), a class of two-dimensional (2D) materials, are proposed to be the next generation materials for optoelectronic, spintronic, and valleytronic devices due to their direct semiconducting ...
• #### Low-Latency Massive MIMO Design over Practical Channels ﻿

(2019-08-26)
With the emerging time-critical applications, low-latency communication is the focus of the next-generation wireless network, which is labeled as 5G. One of the key enabling technologies of 5G is massive MIMO or base-stations ...
• #### The Aesthetics of the Green Revolution: Art, Architecture and the Agrilogistics of Development between the United States and Latin America , 1930-1972 ﻿

(2019-08-09)
This dissertation analyzes the art, architecture, and agrilogistics linking Nelson Rockefeller’s Cold War cultural agenda in Latin America to the techno-scientific transformation of agriculture now known as the Green ...
• #### In vivo Fluorescence Imaging with Lensless Microscopes ﻿

(2019-08-08)
Fluorescence microscopy is an essential tool for studying the brain. Not only can it provide sub-cellular information about brain structure, but it can also capture dynamic electrical and chemical activity from calcium- ...
• #### Three Essays on CEO Severance Pay ﻿

(2019-08-09)
The majority of CEOs at U.S. public companies are promised severance pay in their compensation packages, yet researchers have thus far rarely considered the importance of these arrangements. This dissertation consists of ...