Dustin Davis

Mentor: Dr. Hai-Ping Cheng
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I am interested in learning as many new, true, things as possible, and I want to learn how the physical world works. I enjoy the research I am taking part in because it computationally incorporates both experimental and theoretical approaches to help further scientific discovery."





Research Interests

  • Physics
  • Math
  • Education

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program


  • American Physical Society (APS)


  • Science Fair Judge (Alachua County Public Schools)

Hobbies and Interests

  • Science History
  • Reading Non-fiction
  • Philosophy
  • Pokemon

Research Description

Mechanical Loss in Bulk and Thin Film Amorphous Silica
Using computational techniques this research will compare mechanical loss in bulk and thin film silica samples. This research will use molecular dynamics (MD) techniques implemented in the DL_POLY package to calculate the distributions of barriers, asymmetries, and other data needed to calculate internal friction. The study of mechanical loss processes at the atomic level is necessary to improve the precision of experimental measurements used for detection of gravitational waves. This research is specifically directed at helping to determine what materials to use in LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory).