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Murray Daw

R. A. Bowen Professor of Physics and Astronomy

  • Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • B.S., Physics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Areas of Research

Condensed Matter

Heat conduction and mode lifetimes in insulators: One area is the study of heat conduction in insulators. Through the use of idealized models of lattice vibration, we study the detailed mechanisms by which energy is distributed among modes in coupled systems, which also reveals the means by which heat is transported in insulating solids. This work combines modern formalism of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics with results of numerical models.

First Principles of Physics: The other area is the development of physics based on first principles of Aristotle, Aquinas, Maritain, and Rizzi. Currently, I teach introductory physics with calculus (mechanics, electricity and magnetism) using Rizzi's new textbook ""Physics for Realists"". I am also teaching a new course for engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to introduce them to the same principles. We are continuing the development of these ideas into the subjects of electricity and magnetism, advanced mechanics, statistical physics, and quantum physics.

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Murray Daw