Prof. Hasenfratz studies theories describing elementary interactions, like QCD and models for beyond Standard Model physics involving composite Higgs scenarios. Since these models are typically strongly coupled, she uses non-perturbative techniques, usually computational methods to numerically study these systems. Her work is of particular importance as the Large Hadron Collider continues to produce data and physicists can address phenomena at energies well beyond the presently understood energy range of the Standard Model.
Theoretical high energy physics, non-perturbative studies of gauge theories, conformal systems, and Beyond Standard Model studies, composite Higgs models, asymptotically safe systems
PHYS 1115 - General Physics 1 for Majors
First semester of three semester sequence for physics, engineering physics and astronomy majors. Covers kinematics, dynamics momentum of particles and rigid bodies, work and energy, gravitation, simple harmonic motion and introduction to thermodynamics. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1110.
PHYS 1125 - General Physics 2 for Majors
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Three lect., one rec per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Second semester of three semester introductory sequence for physics, engineering and astronomy majors. Covers electricity and magnetism, wave motion and optics. Normally is taken concurrently with PHYS 1140. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1120.
PHYS 2010 - General Physics 1
Spring 2018 / Spring 2021
Includes three lectures, one two-hour laboratory/recitation per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Covers mechanics, heat and sound. Thorough presentation of fundamental facts and principles of physics using algebra and trigonometry. Designed for life science majors, including premed students. Natural science majors with a knowledge of calculus and others taking calculus are urged to take the calculus-based courses PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120, PHYS 1140 and PHYS 2130, rather than PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020. Department enforced prerequisites: ability to use high school algebra and trigonometry.
PHYS 5210 - Theoretical Mechanics
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Variational principles, Lagrange's equations, Hamilton's equations, motion of rigid body, relativistic mechanics, transformation theory, continuum mechanics, small oscillations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory.