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DeGrand, Thomas A



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  • I am a theoretical physicist who studies elementary particle physics, specifically the strong interactions of quarks, and related systems which might be connected to physics beyond the Standard Model of elementary particle physics. My research uses a mixture of analytic calculation and numerical simulation. The latter is done on a local computer farm and on remote supercomputers. I have an amateur interest in all of theoretical physics.


  • theoretical physics, elementary particle physics


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  • PHYS 5250 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Quantum phenomena, Ehrenfest theorem and relation to classical physics, applications to one-dimensional problems, operator techniques, angular momentum and its representations, bound states and hydrogen atom, and Stern-Gerlack experiment and spin and spinor wave function. Department enforced prerequisite: advanced undergraduate quantum mechanics course.
  • PHYS 5260 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Symmetries and conservation laws, identical particle systems, approximation techniques (including time-dependent and time-independent perturbation theories and variational techniques) and their applications, scattering theory, radiative transitions, and helium atom. Recommended prerequisite: PHYS 5250.
  • PHYS 5770 - Gravitational Theory (Theory of General Relativity)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Presents Einstein's relativistic theory of gravitation from geometric viewpoint; gives applications to astrophysical problems (gravitational waves, stellar collapse, etc.). Recommended prerequisites: PHYS 3220 and PHYS 3320. Instructor consent required for undergraduates.
  • PHYS 7310 - Electromagnetic Theory 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2023
    Sophisticated approach to electrostatics, boundary value problems, magnetostatics, applications of Maxwell's equations to electromagnetic wave propagation, wave guides, and resonant cavities and magnetohydrodynamics.
  • PHYS 7320 - Electromagnetic Theory 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2024
    Continuation of PHYS 7310. Topics include relativistic particle dynamics; radiation by moving charges; multiple fields; radiation damping and self-fields of a particle; collisions between charged particles and energy loss; radiative processes; and classical field theory. Recommended prerequisite: PHYS 7310.


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