Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

2000-01 Handbook for Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students

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Research Programs

Statistical and Mathematical Physics

Professor Gerald A. Goldin

works on fundamental questions in quantum physics, including the quantization of vortex motion in ideal superfluids, the quantum field theory of anyons in 2+1 dimensions, and various nonlinear modifications of quantum mechanics. His interests also include representations of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras (current algebras) and groups in quantum physics.

Professor Sheldon Goldstein

My research is focused primarily on the foundations of quantum mechanics, and in particular on the heretical version of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics known as Bohmian mechanics. The work involves both the mathematical, physical, and conceptual analysis of Bohmian mechanics itself as well as the search for suitable relativistic extensions. The goal is to understand exactly what quantum theory says and why nature should be governed by anything so bizarre as quantum theory.

Professor Joel Lebowitz

My work covers a wide variety of problems in equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and involves a mixture of rigorous and non-rigorous methods. The main themes in the work are: 1) Phase transitions in equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems; 2) Derivation of hydrodynamical equations from microscopic kinetics; 3) Phase segregation dynamics; 4) Statistical mechanics of plasmas; 5) Time evolution of micro- and macro-quantum systems.

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