Benjamin R. Anderson

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The Xen Worlds project at Iowa State University was designed to provide a virtualized lab environment for the Information Assurance program. The large number of off-campus students, and a desire for high levels of security, drove many of the requirements for the Xen Worlds environment. Some of the requirements established for the project were: The(More)
Optical physical unclonable functions (O-PUFs) are materials containing a large number of randomly distributed degrees of freedom that can be probed optically. We develop tamper-indicating O-PUF seals using polyurethane adhesives with dispersed nanoparticles, where authentication is performed by use of wavefront-shaping controlled reflection. We test the(More)
One of the primary difficulties in the implementation of organic-dye-based random lasers is the tendency of organic dyes to irreversibly photodecay. In this Letter, we report the observation of "reversible" photodegradation in a Rhodamine 6G and ZrO2 nanoparticle-doped polyurethane random laser. We find that during degradation, the emission broadens,(More)
One of the main limitations of utilizing optimal wavefront shaping in imaging and authentication applications is the slow speed of the optimization algorithms currently being used. To address this problem we develop a microgenetic optimization algorithm (μGA) for optimal wavefront shaping. We test the abilities of the μGA and make comparisons to previous(More)
All observations of photodegradation and self-healing follow the predictions of the correlated chromophore domain model [Ramini et al., Polym. Chem. 4, 4948 (2013)]. In the present work, we generalize the domain model to describe the effects of an electric field by including induced dipole interactions between molecules in a domain by means of a(More)
Violet diode laser-induced chlorophyll fluorescence was used in agronomical assessment (disease severity and average yield per plant). Because cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is of economic importance, improved cultivars with various levels of affinity for cassava mosaic disease were investigated. Fluorescence data correlated with cassava mosaic disease(More)
We report the observation of intensity feedback random lasing at 645 nm in Disperse Orange 11 dye-doped PMMA (DO11/PMMA) with dispersed ZrO2 nanoparticles (NPs). The lasing threshold is found to increase with concentration, with the lasing threshold for 0.1 wt% being 75.8 ± 9.4 MW/cm and the lasing threshold for 0.5 wt% being 121.1 ± 2.1 MW/cm, with the(More)
Typically, information assurance (IA) professionals utilize information warfare (IW) techniques learned in professional development courses when performing vulnerability and security assessments. With cyber crime on the rise, both government and industry have come to rely on academia to properly train future IA professionals, reducing the need for(More)
In a previous investigation conducted in this laboratory (1) a starch polysaccharide, apparently identical with the watersoluble component of the common cereal and tuber starches, was isolated from the woody tissue of the apple tree (Malus malus). Thus it appears that starches of widely different origin may contain a common water-soluble polysaccharide.(More)
We develop nanoscale ex situ thermal impulse (i.e., the temperature and duration of a heating event) sensors for structural fire forensics using a mixture of two lanthanide-doped oxide precursors (precursor Eu:ZrO2 and precursor Dy:Y2O3) that undergo irreversible phase changes when heated. These changes are probed using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy(More)