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Structure Difference And Implication To Assembly Morphology Control Of Rous Sarcoma Virus Capsid Protein, John Hastings Jan 2019

Structure Difference And Implication To Assembly Morphology Control Of Rous Sarcoma Virus Capsid Protein, John Hastings

Honors Undergraduate Theses

Rous Sarcoma Virus (RSV) is an avian retrovirus with an enclosing capsid protein (CA) shell. RSV CA is studied due to its similar molecular structure to other retrovirus capsid proteins such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). In this project, turbidity assay is used to track the assembly process of RSV CA, while solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) is used to probe the CA structure at a site specific level and investigate the morphology of the spherical structure of the I190V mutated strain of RSV CA. The I190V mutant is a naturally occurring mutation and is able to form into ...


Grating Coupler For Surface Waves Based On Electrical Displacement Currents, Jonathan R. Brescia Jan 2019

Grating Coupler For Surface Waves Based On Electrical Displacement Currents, Jonathan R. Brescia

Honors Undergraduate Theses

Bound electromagnetic surface waves can be excited by free-space waves on a corrugated conduction surface. These electromagnetic surface waves, called surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), are coupled to a plasma of free charges, which travel together with the wave. We investigated the effect of separating metal corrugations from the smooth metal ground plane with a thin dielectric layer and show that SPPs can be excited via displacement currents. However, the SPP excitation resonances broaden and disappear as the dielectric thickness approaches 1% of the wavelength.