Worcester State University
Physical and Earth Sciences

 

Sudha R. Swaminathan


Contact Information
Associate Professor
Worcester State University
Department of Physical & Earth Sciences
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Office: ST410J
Phone: (
508) 929-9605
E
mail: sswaminathan@worcester.edu

Education
1993: Ph.D.,  Physics,  The University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor
Thesis:  A Study of the sp(6) u(3) Algebra of the Fermion Dynamical Symmetry Model of Nuclei
1986: M.S.,  Physics,  The University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor
1984: A.B.,  Physics, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA               
Honors Thesis:  Studies in Blackbody Radiation
1984: A.B.,  Mathematics, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Honors Thesis:  Influence of Musical Training on the Perception of Similarity of Thematic Variations to Themes

Teaching Interests
Courses which I have taught at Worcester State University (WSU)
PY 105:  Concepts in Physics I
PY 112:  Physics in Art
PY 221/222:  General Physics I / II
PY 241/242:  Physics I / II
NS 400:  Natural Science Seminar

Independent Study Projects
Projects which I have supervised at Worcester State University under the course number PY 410
Spring 2009:  An Exploration in Presentation Methodologies used in Science Exhibits
Spring 2010:  Positronium Collisions
Fall 2010:  Calculation of Quenching Fractions in Positronium Collisions
Fall 2012:  X-ray Fluorescence Study of 18th and 19th Century Silver Coins

Physics Outreach
Activities which I have coordinated at Worcester State University in collaboration with other faculty
2006: Studying Salol:  A Science Workshop for High-School Girls
2006-2007: Conjunto Experimental:  Science Lectures for Grades 3-6
2008: Portable Physics:  Exaperiment Kits for the First Year of High School
2009: Free Fall with a Flip (physics lab conducted by WSU students at a local high school)
2009: Physics in Forensics:  Material Characteristics, Density, and Flotation (workshop for high-school teachers)
2010-present:  Physics at WAM
Frank Lamelas and I have developed a physics tour of the Worcester Art Museum, titled Physics at WAM. The tour guide is available here.

Women in Physics
Every year from 2005-2011, I received travel grants from the American Physical Society Committee on the Status of Women in Physics to invite women to speak to my students on their research.

Research Interests
My background is in group theory applied to nuclear structure.  I have worked briefly in particle physics phenomenology.  For the past several years I have been studying positron and positronium collisions.  In particular, I have calculated probabilities for the formation of specific spin states using angular-momentum coupling and density-matrix techniques.  My recent publications are in this field.  For the future, I am interested in pursuing research in nucleosynthesis and the physics of neutron stars.

Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium
Worcester State University is a member of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, with local representatives Sudha Swaminathan and Frank Lamelas.  WSU students who are U.S. citizens can submit proposals for stipends supporting research projects carried out with WSU faculty.  The research projects should be connected in some way with NASA objectives.  Interested students or faculty should contact Swaminathan or Lamelas.

Publications

“A Study of the sp(6)   u(3) Algebra of the Fermion Dynamical Symmetry Model for Actinide Nuclei”
Sudha R. Swaminathan and K.T. Hecht, Physical Review C 50, 1471 (1994).

“Complete J=0 Calculation in the sp(6)   u(3) Algebra of the Fermion Dynamical Symmetry Model for Actinide Nuclei”
Sudha R. Swaminathan and K.T. Hecht, Physical Review C 51, 3517 (1995).

“Rearrangement Collisions with Polarized Positron Beams and Molecular Oxygen Targets”
Sudha R. Swaminathan and D.M. Schrader, Journal of Applied Surface Science 116, 151 (1997).

“Parametrizations of Inclusive Cross Sections for Pion Production in Proton-Proton Collisions”
Steve R. Blattnig, Sudha R. Swaminathan, Adam T. Kruger, Moussa Ngom, and John W. Norbury,
Physical Review D 62, 094030 (2000).

“Parameterized Cross Sections for Pion Production in Proton-Proton Collisions”
Steve R. Blattnig, Sudha R. Swaminathan, Adam T. Kruger, Moussa Ngom, John W. Norbury, and
R. K. Tripathi, NASA Technical Publication – 2000 – 210640.

Calculation of Density Matrices in the Formation of Positronium
Sudha R. Swaminathan, Physical Review A 81, 042502 (2010).

“Physics at WAM:  A Physics Tour of the Worcester Art Museum,” with Frank Lamelas. A museum tour distributed to students and faculty in Worcester and beyond. November, 2010.

“Electron-Spin Amplitudes in the Exchange Quenching of Ortho Positronium”
Sudha R. Swaminathan, W. G. Merrill, S. Glynn, J. G. Quatrucci, Physical Review A 86, 032504 (2012).



 
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