Samuel Lane is a 2015-2019 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in physics. While earning two bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics at Centre College in Danville, KY, Lane was on the dean’s list for five semesters, earned the Founder’s Scholarship, the Combs Achievement Scholarship, and was a department grant recipient for summer research. Lane was also a member of several honor societies, as well as being the founding member of Front and Centre, a video production club. Lane participated in an REU program at Vanderbilt University where he attempted to determine the effects of high-energy electron scattering for use in 4d spectroscopy. Lane also performed research to develop code to model to the flowing of fluid around barriers using a lattice gas cellular automata method, and tested radically symmetric grating waveguide resonators using cylindrical vector beams for use as optical modulators. At the University of Kansas, Lane has been working on optically studying charge transfer in 2d materials and their heterostructures. These materials have applications in optical-elctronic devices such as solar cells and photodiodes. After finishing his PhD, Lane intends to participate in Post-Doctoral research and to become a university professor.
Mentor: Hui Zhao, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy