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Adrita Deb-Burman '15

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Adrita Deb-Burman


Gurgaon, India

Physics Major and Math Minor

With the help of a Richter grant, Adrita Deb-Burman '15 has been working with
Professor of Physics Thomas Moses for his research on the "Investigation
of a Chiral Nematic Phase in Liquid Crystals." She and her co-worker are building a temperature controller for the inner stage of the liquid crystal apparatus. She collects data on a test chiral liquid crystal as well as runs experiments to measure optical rotation. Daily, Adrita mostly works on circuits and writes codes. Now, she is working on developing a code for and building a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller.

How did you learn about this opportunity? 
I wanted a research experience over this summer and so I asked Professor Moses, who is also my academic advisor, about any opportunities regarding research. He told me about his research and I thought it was a very interesting topic and offered to help him with it.

Adrita Deb-BurmanCan you cite an example of how your in-classroom experiences at Knox have benefited you in the project?
I'm working with a computer language called Arduino, which is similar to the C- programming language that I learned a few years ago. PHYS 120 (Heat, Waves and Light) and PHYS 130 (Electricity and Magnetism) gave me the basic knowledge about polarization of light and working with circuits. PHYS 241 (Introduction to Research) helped me learn how to conduct research in a professional setting and to document my work accordingly. There have definitely been things, like Arduino and a little bit of electronics, that I had the opportunity of learning throughout this research experience.

How do you think this research experience will benefit you in terms of your education, future career plans, personal development, etc.?
This research experience will help me understand electronics and a little bit of computer science better. It gives me a platform to fulfill my scientific curiosity and a chance to work with esteemed colleagues who are very knowledgeable in the field of applied physics. This experience will also pave my path for future endeavors.