Office: 146 Pasteur
Course web page: http://course1.winona.edu/aferstl
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Minnesota, 2000
- B.S., Physics, Mathematics, University of
I am capable of teaching all the physics courses taught at WSU. I have had experience with the introductory physics classes (such as University Physics [221 and 222]) all the way up to the senior level courses (such as Quantum Mechanics [Phys 451]). I have also taught a class on General Relativity at WSU. In addition, I am interested in science education in general so I participate in the teaching and coordination of Science Education 201 and 203. For a list of current courses that I am teaching, please see my course website
My current interest lies in the
basic understanding of nature: elementary particle physics. It
is essentially the application of particle physics to answer cosmologically
motivated questions. Specifically,
I am studying a model of particle physics that predicts the existence of a
particle that could solve the Dark Matter question. You may visit Arxiv.org for a daily listing of new research
papers in physics. You may also
search this website for the papers that I have published in the last few year.
I am also interested in physics education research.
Current & Past Research Projects
Dark Matter detection rates
- Electricity and magnetism
- Theoretical aspects of detecting Neutrino Masses
- Simulations of N-body systems interacting via gravity
What do I do besides physics
Although "physics is fun", I do enjoy other
activities such as: mountain
biking, volleyball (sand or hard court), and spending time with my family.