Physics

Core Faculty

Matthew Deady

Matthew Deady

Professor of Physics, Director of the Physics Program, (at Bard since 1987)
Office: Hegeman 108
Phone: (845) 758-7216
E-mail: deady@bard.edu

Education

  • Ph. D. Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981)
  • M.S. Mathematics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1977)
  • B.S. Mathematics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1975)
  • B.S. Physics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1975)

Teaching Experience

  • 1/96 to present: Professor of Physics, Bard College
  • 7/87 to 12/95: Associate Professor of Physics, Bard College.
  • 6/81 to 6/87: Assistant Professor of Physics, Mount Holyoke College.
  • 9/75 to 6/77: Teaching Assistant in Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Courses Commonly Taught

  • Introduction to Physics I (PHYS 141) (first semester of calculus-based introductory course)
  • Modern Physics (PHYS 321) (introduction to atoms, nuclei, and quantum phenomena)
  • Methods of Theoretical Physics (PHYS 323) (covering some useful math for physicists)
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics (PHYS 325) (covering some useful math for physicists)
  • Acoustics (PHYS 116) (course for non-scientists on the physics of music)
  • Schrödinger’s Cat and All That (SHP 111) (uncertainty, quantum weirdness, )
  • First Year Seminar

Teaching Statement

One of the joys of teaching at Bard is that every semester is unique. I teach a wide variety of courses, but even the courses I repeat regularly are different every time that I teach them, because so much of what goes on in class depends on who is in the class and what they bring to it. Whether it is an advanced class in physics with a handful of students, or a larger introductory class such as PHYS 141 or Acoustics, there is always a chance to sound out the students and see what they are understanding or not, and address their interests right away. The longer I teach, the more I understand about physics and how people learn it.

Nuclear Physics Research Experience

  • 9/81 to 6/99: Research Affiliate, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    I participated in a series of electron scattering experiments investigating nuclear structure at the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Other completed projects included participation in the building of a neutron spectrometer and a study of the mean free path of the proton.
  • 6/88 to 6/98: Collaborations with Blaine Norum at University of Virginia.
    These projects included a pion electroproduction experiment that was performed at the NIKHEF-K laboratory in the Netherlands in 1990; assistance in the development of a gas target system for the accelerator laboratory in Saskatoon, Canada; and calculations of particle beam transport for high energy accelerators.
  • 9/77 to 9/81: Research Assistant, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    I participated in electron scattering experiments investigating nuclear structure at the Bates Linear Accelerator Center, both for my own Ph.D. thesis and on numerous other projects.
  • 1/74 to 8/77: Chief Accelerator Operator, Nuclear Physics Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    I scheduled and supervised all daily operations for the MUSL-1 and MUSL-2 electron accelerators during their construction and initial years of operation. I also trained all student operators and wrote the operation manuals for both accelerators.

Other Physics Research Projects

During my sabbatical in Spring 1998, I formulated an original idea I had for a discrete approximation to differential equation eigenvalue problems. In a series of Bard senior projects (Zach Watkinson, Amanda Holt, Chris Grinnan) and on my own, I have continued to elaborate and develop that model and applied it to finding the vibration frequencies of metal plates and non-elastic strings. During my sabbatical in Spring 2004, I pulled all of this work together into a paper that details this methodology and the results of our researches.

In 1996, I began research into various vibrational systems, with a particular interest in musical acoustics. This research was done in collaboration with various Bard undergraduate research students and with Richard Slesinski, then a physics teacher at Somers High School. The work continued in a series of senior projects and in work over the summers during the years 1996-2001. The summer work was supported by a grant that Prof. Michael Tibbetts received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

In 1994, I collaborated with Professor Burton Brody on some research into acoustics, particularly possible non-linear modifications to the generally accepted mechanism for sound propagation. This project was done under a research consultancy for the Sony Corporation.

During my sabbatical in Spring 1993, I continued my background research into the mathematics and physics of nonlinear phenomena ("Chaos" theory). I continue to explore future research in this area, both on my own and with senior project students.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • "Quasielastic Scattering from 40Ca."
    C.F. Williamson, et al. Physical Review C 56, 3152 (1997).
  • "Longitudinal Response Functions for 40Ca from Quasi-Elastic Electron Scattering."
    T.C. Yates, et al. Physics Letters B 312, 382 (1993).
  • "Electroproduction of B0 on the Proton near Threshold."
    T.P. Welch, et al. Physical Review Letters 69, 2761 (1992).
  • "Proton Propagation in Nuclei Studied in the (e, e'p) Reaction."
    G. Garino, et al. Physical Review C 45, 780 (1992).
  • "Proton Propagation in Nuclei Studied in the A Dependence of the (e, e'p) Reaction in the Quasifree Region."
    D.F. Geesaman, et al. Physical Review Letters 63, 734 (1989).
  • "Measurement of the 16O((,n)15O at Medium Energies."
    E.J. Beise, et al. Physical Review Letters 62, 2593 (1989).
  • "Longitudinal Response Functions and Sum Rules for Quasi-Elastic Electron Scattering from 3H and 3He."
    K. Dow, et al. Physical Review Letters 61, 1706 (1988).
  • "Quasi-elastic Electron Scattering from 238U."
    C.C. Blatchley, et al. Physical Review C 34, 1243 (1986).
  • "Deep Inelastic Response Functions for 40Ca and 48Ca."
    M. Deady, et al. Physical Review C 33, 1897 (1986).
  • "Direct Verification of the Coexistence Model for 40Ca: Electroexcitation of the Second Monopole State."
    P. Harihar, et al. Physical Review Letters 53, 152 (1984).
  • "Response Functions for Deep Inelastic Electron Scattering from 40Ca."
    M. Deady, et al. Physical Review C 28, 631 (1983)