Dr. Sean Nowling

Joined JCC
2012
Department
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
Primary Campus
Jamestown
Location
136 ARSC
Phone Number
716.338.1318
Before joining JCC, I worked as a researcher and have a wide background in theoretical physics.
Assistant Professor, Physics

At JCC, I regularly teach physics courses ranging from conceptual physics to calculus based physics. These courses introduce students to the fundamental aspects of mechanics and electromagnetism. In addition, I co-teach thermodynamics with Professor Jill Johnson, as part of the engineering sequence. Outside JCC's physics offerings, I teach the introduction to astronomy course, which surveys both historical and modern views of the universe.

Before joining JCC, I worked as a researcher and have a wide background in theoretical physics. Quite generally, my research interests lie in highly quantum features of matter. I am especially drawn towards problems which combine insights from different fields. Recently, I have explored the use of holographic dualities to study quantum critical points arising in condensed matter physics. The overarching theme of this program is to use intuitions from string theory to explain and organize strongly coupled phenomena which are often outside the scope of traditional condensed matter approaches. This is an exciting area of much recent activity which brings together concepts from string theory, relativity, condensed matter, and many-body physics.

Office Hours (Fall 2014)

Monday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday: 9-10 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday: 1-2:30 p.m.

Education
Ph.D. Physics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Physics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. Physics Purdue University
Courses Taught
AST 1510: Introduction to Astronomy
ENR 2510: Thermodynamics
PHY 1510: Understanding Physics
PHY 1620: General Physics II
PHY 1710: Analytical Physics I
Academic Interests
  • Theoretical high energy physics
Publications
  • Nowling, Sean. "Friedal Oscillations in Holographic Metals." Journal of High Energy Physics. 2012.
  • Nowling, Sean. "Solitons as Probes of the Structure of Holographic Superfluids." New Journal of Physics. 2011.
  • Nowling, Sean. "Holographic Metals at Finite Temperature." Journal of High Energy Physics. 2011.
  • Nowling, Sean. "Inhomogenious Structures in Holographic Superfluids: II." Physical Review. 2010.
  • Nowling, Sean. "Inhomogenious Structures in Holographic Superfluids: I." Physical Review. 2010.

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