Robert Brown

Lecturer of Physics

Office Location: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, 260 Physics, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Phone: 
(919) 660-2567

Overview

Prof. Robert G. Brown is interested in using algebraic and statistical methods to study a wide range of equilibrium and nonequilibrium problems. With collaborator Dr. Mikael Ciftan, Dr. Brown has developed new Monte Carlo Langevin equation-based techniques that allow dynamic/nonequilibrium and static/equilibrium phenomena to be studied on the same footing. His recent work includes algebraic and computational studies in dynamic and static critical phenomena in quantum optics and magnetism. In earlier work, Dr. Brown also developed a generalized (non-muffin-tin) stationary multiple scattering theory including applications to band theory and quantum chemistry. This work formally eliminates the muffin-tin approximation from KKR-type band theory and its equivalents in quantum chemistry, without the need for so-called "near field" corrections.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1982

Monte Carlo Studies of Continuous Hamiltonian Systems Coupled to Dissipative Mechanisms awarded by Army Research Office (Co-Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2005

Brown, RG, and Ciftan, M. "Critical behavior of the helicity modulus for the classical Heisenberg model." Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 74.22 (2006). Full Text

Brown, RG, and Ciftan, M. "Critical exponents of the classical Heisenberg ferromagnet - Reply." PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 78.11 (March 17, 1997): 2266-2267. Full Text

Brown, RG, and Ciftan, M. "Dynamic critical exponents and sample independence times for the classical Heisenberg model." Phys Rev B Condens Matter 54.22 (December 1, 1996): 15860-15874.

Brown, RG, and Ciftan, M. "High-precision evaluation of the static exponents of the classical Heisenberg ferromagnet." Phys Rev Lett 76.8 (February 19, 1996): 1352-1355. Full Text

Brown, RG, and Ciftan, M. "Critical scaling of the dynamic critical exponents of the classical Heisenberg ferromagnet." Phys. Rev. B54 (1996): 15860-. (Academic Article)

Brown, RG. "Softwares hard questions." Scientific American 272.1 (January 1995): 8-8. (Academic Article)

BROWN, RG, and CIFTAN, M. "STATISTICAL MICRODYNAMICS OF EXTENDED SYSTEMS IN NATURAL FUNCTION-SPACES." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUANTUM CHEMISTRY (1993): 363-375.

Ciftci, AK, Brown, RG, and Ciftan, M. "Elementary integral of Bessel functions." Phys Rev B Condens Matter 41.5 (February 15, 1990): 3242-3243.

Brown, RG, and Ciftan, M. "N-atom optical Bloch equations: A microscopic theory of quantum optics." Phys Rev A Gen Phys 40.6 (September 15, 1989): 3080-3105.

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