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A Research Pedigree

Dr. Carroll received his PhD. from Dr. Doering at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT. So were did Dr. Doering study?


Dr. Dale Doering studied with Dr. J. Thomas Dickinson (Washington State)

Dr. Dickinson studied with Dr. Jens Zorn (University of Michigan)

Dr. Zorn studied with Dr. Vernon W Hughes (Yale University)

Dr. Hughes studied with Dr. I.I. Rabi (Columbia University, Nobel 1944)

Dr. Rabi studied with Dr. Albert Potter Wills (Columbia University)

Dr. Wills studied with Dr. Arthur Gordon Webster (Clark University, founder of the APS)

Dr. Webster studied with Dr. Hermann von Helmholtz (Berlin)


So I guess you could say we are the great great ---great--- great great grandchildren of Dr. Helmholtz.  

(Isn't google amazing!)



The next generation of our line


There have been more than 100 students and postdocs from 26 nations to spend time in the Carroll Research Group.  Eventually they will all be listed. For now here are the advanced degree holders from the group. I am justifiably very proud of them all.

PhD: Daniel Tekleab, Scott Webster, Richard Czerw, Jiwen Liu, Nicole Levi, Faith Coldren, Jerry Kielbasa, Wanyi Nie, Yuan Li, Corey Hewitt, Alex Taylor, Greg Smith, Wenxiao Huang, Junwei Xu, Chaochao Dun, David Montgomery

MA: A. Date, P. Iyer, S. Xing, W. Wang, D.  Weston, Jillian Berjke, Eric Peterson, Eric Henderson, Robert Link

Postdoc Training: Dr. S.-G. Lee, Dr. H.-S. Woo, Dr. J. Xu, Dr. P. Yang, Dr. S. Chen, Dr. Benjamin Harrison, Dr. Miru Haluska, Dr. Scott Webster, Dr. Marisol Reyes-Reyes, Dr. Kyung Kon Kim, Dr. M. Schmid, Dr. J. Liu, Dr. A.G. Manoj, Dr. Junping Zhang, Dr. Jung Ho Park, Dr. Wei Zhou, Dr. Robert Coffin, Dr. Yingdong Xia, Dr. Yonghua Chen, Dr. Wanyi Nie, Dr. Yuan Li, Dr. HuiHui Huang, Dr. Wei Zhou, Dr. K. Stepurska, 









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Keyboard and Mouse

Teaching and Learning Physics

1. When you take a course in physics, you make the agreement to actively engage for the sake of that subject. This means dedicating time inside of class and out.


2. Online or Hybrid teaching models are depersonalizing and ineffective Read This.

They are to be avoided if possible.

3. If you take a course from Prof. Carroll you are likely to have some form of required tutorial. Tutorials are where you become good at working problems, not lectures.

4. Lectures are more advanced than the text readings. You need both.

5. Physics is an adventure, a puzzle, an accomplishment, and a comfort. If you aren't enjoying yourself come see me.


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The Courses

Don't be ridiculous, of course I teach classes...

The advanced undergraduate / beginning graduate student courses 

first half Fall semester

PHY 337/637

1/2 semester course on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of kinematics. Variational principles and functional analysis is presented in detail. Connections to quantum are explored. Course evaluated midterm (October). 


Analytical Mechanics

second half Fall semester

PHY 339/639

A fast-paced introduction to the fields of electromagnetism as they are described through formal vector calculus methods. While the approach will use a source-theory perspective, areas of correspondence with modern quantum field theory will be emphasized. Course runs 1/2 semester and is evaluated end term (December).



Spring semester

PHY 340/640

The second in the two course sequence that presents formal electromagnetism. The course is an advanced junior-level presentation, and relies heavily on the calculus of fields together with many conceptual connections to quantum mechanics. 



Courses from our graduate program
Nanoscience and Quantum Materials 

Spring Semester (3)

PHY 354/654

Quantum Computing for Beginners is an introduction to the foundations and hardware of Quantum Computers It covers basic algorithms, the theory of Qubits and registers, gate structure, and the physical systems that have been achieved. Course format is lecture with a lab taught in Quiskit.


Quantum Computing

Spring Semester (1.5)

PHY 656

An introduction to the basic theory and practice of electron microscopy. The course is taught in a combination lecture / lab format and runs for 1/2 a semester. Lab reports are the only graded components. Full attendance is required.


Electron Microscopy

Fall Semester (3)

PHY 655

Exotic Materials is an advanced, fast paced, focused course on dimensionality, symmetry breaking, and topology in Quantum Materials. An excellent 3rd semester to the undergrad. + grad. solid state physics sequence.  


Exotic Materials

Spring Semester (1.5)

PHY 657

An introduction to the basic theory and practice of scanning probe microscopy. Both STM, and AFM are covered in the 1/2 semester course. Grades are derived only from lab write-ups. Full attendance is mandatory.

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Scanning Probe Microscopy

Fall Semester (3)

PHY 658

Kinetics of Materials presents the fundamentals of non-equilibrium thermodynamics in solids. The basic theory of phase transitions, Onsager, and a number of exotic examples will be discussed. The course is uses an open format.  


Materials Kinetics

Spring Semester (1.5)

PHY 391/691

A series of advanced level lectures on topics of experimental techniques and multi-tool validation of models, cross-correlate science, error estimates, and noise.


Nanotech Seminar


Project 266

Project 266 is an attempt at updating and modernizing the PHY 266 Intermediate Physics Lab (Mechanics) at Wake. As this presses forward, a new lab manual has been produced, new teaching assessments, assignment rubrics and educational goals have been constructed. The intention is to provide a superior experiential learning environment, teach team work and team expectations as practiced in the fields of physics research, and reinforce basic physics concepts in preparing the student for advanced classes. This exciting "new" class-room take will be unlike anything offered in comparable programs in the U.S. and is designed to help the student find his/her own passions for physics.
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