Prof. DeWolfe is interested in string theory, quantum field theory and general relativity. He is primarily focused on two areas: investigating string theory as a theory of quantum gravity ultimately responsible for the forces and particles of the universe and the nature of space and time, and using string-inspired models to explore phenomena related to particle, nuclear and condensed matter physics. The tools of his research are supergravity, brane physics and the gauge/gravity correspondence.
string theory and supergravity, their applications to other phenomena via holography, particle physics and quantum field theory, quantum information theory and its relationship to spacetime
PHYS 4230 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
Statistical mechanics applied to macroscopic physical systems; statistical thermodynamics, classical thermodynamics systems; applications to simple systems. Examines relationship of statistical to thermodynamic points of view.
PHYS 7230 - Statistical Mechanics
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Classical and quantum statistical theory, including study of both equilibrium and nonequilibrium systems. Topics covered include kinetic theory, degenerate gases, macrocanonical and grand canonical ensembles, and irreversible processes. Department enforced prerequisite: advanced undergraduate quantum mechanics course.
PHYS 7310 - Electromagnetic Theory 1
Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
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
Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
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.