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Brian Schwartz

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Great Ideas

Straz Center 186

  • Biography
  • Education
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Professor Brian Schwartz’s expertise is in nuclear and atomic physics. He uses lasers to study the spin and polarization of atoms and nuclei. He has performed research on nuclear and atomic polarization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility. His current research interests include the production of polarized gas targets using optical pumping. He has worked extensively with pre-med students preparing for the MCAT, is the advisor for the Society of Physics Students at Carthage, and also teaches in the Great Ideas Program.

Prof. Schwartz has recently published articles on Galileo and the Carthage Foundations of Natural Science course in the Annual Proceedings of the Association for Core Texts and Courses. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his B.S. from the University of Dallas. He joined the Carthage faculty in 2000.

  • Ph.D. — Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. — University of Dallas
  • PHY 2100 Fundamentals of Physics I
  • PHY 2110 Fundamentals of Physics II
  • PHY 3120 Electronics
  • PHY 3200 Mechanics
  • PHY 4120 Experimental Physics
  • CORE 1110 Intellectual History of Western Heritage II
  • GFW 2410 Foundations of Natural Sciences

Spin correlations in pp?pnp+ pion production near threshold
(W.W. Daehnick, Swapan K. Saha, R.W. Flammang, H.O. Meyer, J. Balewski, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. C65, 024003 (2002).

Nuclear Polarization of Hydrogen Molecules from Recombination of Polarized Atoms
(T. Wise, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, P.A. Quin, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T.G. Walker, A. Wellinghausen, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, H.O. Meyer, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, Swapan K. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 042701 (2001).

Complete Set of Polarization Observables in pp?pppo close to Threshold
(H.O. Meyer, A. Wellinghausen, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, L.D. Knutson, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, W.W. Daehnick, Swapan K. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. C63, 064002 (2001).

Observation of a Large Longitudinal Analyzing Power in a Nuclear Reaction
(H.O. Meyer, L.D. Knutson, J.T. Balewski, W.W. Daehnick, J. Doskow, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, R.E. Pollock, P.V. Pancella, B. v. Przewoski, F. Rathmann, T. Rinckel, Swapan K. Saha, B. Schwartz, P. Thorngren-Engblom, A. Wellinghausen and B. T. Wise); Phys. Lett. B480, 7 (2000).

Measurement of Spin Correlation Coefficients in pp?dp+
(B. v. Przewoski, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, H.O. Meyer, R.E. Pollock, T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, A. Wellinghausen, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, W.W. Daehnick, Swapan S. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. C61, 064604 (2000).

Facility for Studying Spin Dependence in Pion Production near Threshold 
(T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, H.O. Meyer, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, F. Sperisen, W.W. Daehnick, R.W. Flammang, Swapan S. Saha, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, and P.V. Pancella) Nucl. Instr. Meth. A439, 117 (2000).

Measurement of Partial -Wave Contributions in pp?ppp0, 
(H.O. Meyer, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, W.W. Daehnick, Swapan S. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5439 (1999).

Spin Correlation Coefficients in pp?pnp+ from 325 to 400 MeV
(Swapan K. Saha, W.W. Daehnick, R.W. Flammang, J.T. Balewski, H.O. Meyer, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Lett. B461, 175 (1999).

Polarization Lifetime near an Induced Depolarizing Resonance
(B. v. Przewoski, W. Daehnick, J. Doskow, M. Dzemidzic, R. Flammang, B. Lorentz, H.O. Meyer, P.V. Pancella, R.E. Pollock, P. Quinn, T. Rinckel, S. Saha, B. Schwartz, F. Sperisen P. Thorngren-Engblom, P. Ugorowski and T. Wise); Rev. Sci. Instr. 69, 3146 (1998).

Isopspin mixing in 37K and spin decomposition of Gamow-Teller strength in 37Ca decay
(N.I. Kaloskamis, et. al.); Phys. Rev. C 55, 640 (1997).

  • Carthage College

Brian Schwartz

Professor Brian Schwartz’s expertise is in nuclear and atomic physics. He uses lasers to study the spin and polarization of atoms and nuclei. He has performed research on nuclear and atomic polarization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility. His current research interests include the production of polarized gas targets using optical pumping. He has worked extensively with pre-med students preparing for the MCAT, is the advisor for the Society of Physics Students at Carthage, and also teaches in the Great Ideas Program.

Prof. Schwartz has recently published articles on Galileo and the Carthage Foundations of Natural Science course in the Annual Proceedings of the Association for Core Texts and Courses. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his B.S. from the University of Dallas. He joined the Carthage faculty in 2000.

Brief Bio

Professor Brian Schwartz’s expertise is in nuclear and atomic physics. He teaches courses in physics, electronics, mechanics, is the advisor for the Society of Physics Students ant Carthage, and also teaches in the Great Ideas Program.

Title

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Great Ideas

Email Address

bschwartz@carthage.edu

Phone Number

262-551-6042

Office Location

Straz Center 186

Education

  • Ph.D. — Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. — University of Dallas

Courses

  • PHY 2100 Fundamentals of Physics I
  • PHY 2110 Fundamentals of Physics II
  • PHY 3120 Electronics
  • PHY 3200 Mechanics
  • PHY 4120 Experimental Physics
  • CORE 1110 Intellectual History of Western Heritage II
  • GFW 2410 Foundations of Natural Sciences

Publications

Spin correlations in pp?pnp+ pion production near threshold
(W.W. Daehnick, Swapan K. Saha, R.W. Flammang, H.O. Meyer, J. Balewski, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. C65, 024003 (2002).

Nuclear Polarization of Hydrogen Molecules from Recombination of Polarized Atoms
(T. Wise, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, P.A. Quin, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T.G. Walker, A. Wellinghausen, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, H.O. Meyer, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, Swapan K. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 042701 (2001).

Complete Set of Polarization Observables in pp?pppo close to Threshold
(H.O. Meyer, A. Wellinghausen, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, L.D. Knutson, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, W.W. Daehnick, Swapan K. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. C63, 064002 (2001).

Observation of a Large Longitudinal Analyzing Power in a Nuclear Reaction
(H.O. Meyer, L.D. Knutson, J.T. Balewski, W.W. Daehnick, J. Doskow, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, R.E. Pollock, P.V. Pancella, B. v. Przewoski, F. Rathmann, T. Rinckel, Swapan K. Saha, B. Schwartz, P. Thorngren-Engblom, A. Wellinghausen and B. T. Wise); Phys. Lett. B480, 7 (2000).

Measurement of Spin Correlation Coefficients in pp?dp+
(B. v. Przewoski, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, H.O. Meyer, R.E. Pollock, T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, A. Wellinghausen, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, W.W. Daehnick, Swapan S. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. C61, 064604 (2000).

Facility for Studying Spin Dependence in Pion Production near Threshold 
(T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, H.O. Meyer, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, F. Sperisen, W.W. Daehnick, R.W. Flammang, Swapan S. Saha, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, and P.V. Pancella) Nucl. Instr. Meth. A439, 117 (2000).

Measurement of Partial -Wave Contributions in pp?ppp0, 
(H.O. Meyer, J.T. Balewski, J. Doskow, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, W. Haeberli, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, W.W. Daehnick, Swapan S. Saha, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5439 (1999).

Spin Correlation Coefficients in pp?pnp+ from 325 to 400 MeV
(Swapan K. Saha, W.W. Daehnick, R.W. Flammang, J.T. Balewski, H.O. Meyer, R.E. Pollock, B. v. Przewoski, T. Rinckel, P. Thorngren-Engblom, B. Lorentz, F. Rathmann, B. Schwartz, T. Wise, and P.V. Pancella); Phys. Lett. B461, 175 (1999).

Polarization Lifetime near an Induced Depolarizing Resonance
(B. v. Przewoski, W. Daehnick, J. Doskow, M. Dzemidzic, R. Flammang, B. Lorentz, H.O. Meyer, P.V. Pancella, R.E. Pollock, P. Quinn, T. Rinckel, S. Saha, B. Schwartz, F. Sperisen P. Thorngren-Engblom, P. Ugorowski and T. Wise); Rev. Sci. Instr. 69, 3146 (1998).

Isopspin mixing in 37K and spin decomposition of Gamow-Teller strength in 37Ca decay
(N.I. Kaloskamis, et. al.); Phys. Rev. C 55, 640 (1997).

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