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Luis R. Cruz Cruz

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I am an Associate Professor at the Physics Department of Drexel University. My research interests are the study of: (a) the loss of spatial organization of neurons in the aged brain using density maps, (b) the folding of the Alzheimer amyloid beta protein using all-atom molecular dynamics, (c) growth of plaques in Alzheimer's disease using cellular automata models, and (d) fluid flow through porous media using lattice models.

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Programs that take advantage of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) as a means for research

  • VIS Program: Tcl/Tk front-end for the Vtk visualization toolkit.
  • PN Program: Tcl/Tk, C++, and OpenGL program for the study of the correlation between senile plaques and neurons in the Alzheimer brain.
  • CW Program: C++, wxWindows, and OpenGL program for the study of the morphological effects of senile plaques on surrounding neurons in the Alzheimer brain.
  • Distort Program: C++, FLTK, and OpenGL program for the study of warping brain tissue images for the anatomical study of the brain.
  • LATG Program: C++, FLTK, and OpenGL program for the study of the lattice gas cellular automata model for fluids in two dimensions.
  • CRUSH Program: Tcl/Tk and C++ program for the study of close-packed disks and the deformations in their arrangement from a growing space-occupying central disk. Intended for the study of the interactions between a growing senile plaque and neurons in its neighborhood.
  • CAS Program: Tcl/Tk, C++, and OpenGL program for the study of an interactive growing DLA.

Miscellaneous programs and reference pages

  • A Javascript reference page.
  • A little GUI frontend for the POV - povray program.
  • Ticlets in Physics.  Little Tcl/Tk "applets" for demonstrations of physics concepts. (To see the ticlets you need at least Tcl/Tk Plugin Version 3 and Netscape, Internet Explorer, Konqueror, or Firefox).
  • 3d Spheres Ticlet. Presents a little Tcl/Tk "applet" with a rotating sphere around a fixed central one. You can set variable elevation angle as well as rotational speed.



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