A Simulation of the Transitory Light Curve of Theoretical Geometric Extraterrestrial Megastructures

Henry Manelski Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School, Rumson, New Jersey Mentor: Mrs. Foster/Mr. Pennetti   Abstract One of the first and most profound questions humanity has ever collectively asked is: Are we alone? While there are many ways scientists have approached answering this question, this method involves determining the geometry of an object, and in turn whether it is naturally occurring or not, solely based on the slope of the light curve during transit. […]

Beyond the Edges of the Universe

By Palak Porwal In our everyday lives, we have often heard that the ‘universe is expanding’. But have we ever thought about what is the universe expanding into or where exactly is it expanding? Even if we acquire far better telescopes than we use today it will be challenging to explore the edges of our observable universe, because we are limited to information brought to us by light travelling from far off distances. Many physicist […]

Comprehensive Review of Exchange-Correlation Functional Methods

Ashwin Inala NCSSM Online North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Durham, North Carolina February 25, 2017 Abstract: Density functional theory is a computational technique of using elec- tron density, not wavefunction, to predict properties of molecular systems. Over the years, many scientists, such as Pierre Hohenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, and Walter Kohn, have contributed to the fast growth of density functional theory. To find the energy of system, scientists must approximate the exchange-correlation functional. The […]