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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 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
    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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