Michael Brown Homepage
Morris L. Clothier Professor of Physics, Past Chair
- Doc Brown taught Plasma Physics (Physics138) and advanced physics lab in the spring of 2003.
- Doc Brown taught Electrodynamics (Physics112) and advanced physics lab (Physics82) in the fall of 2003.
- Doc Brown taught Math Methods (Physics50) and advanced physics lab (Physics82) and senior honors study (Physics199) in the spring of 2004.
- Doc Brown taught (Astronomy1) and advanced physics lab (Physics82) in the fall of 2004.
- Doc Brown taught Statistical Mechanics (Physics114), Math Methods (Physics50), and advanced physics lab (Physics82) in the spring of 2005.
- Doc Brown was on leave Fall 2005/Spring 2006.
- Doc Brown taught Physics5 Fall 2006.
- Doc Brown taught Astro1 Spring 2007.
- Doc Brown taught Physics5 Fall 2007.
- Doc Brown taught Plasma Physics Physics138 Spring 2008.
- Doc Brown taught Physics5 Fall 2008.
- Doc Brown taught Stat Mech Physics114 Spring 2009.
- Doc Brown was on leave Fall 2009/Spring 2010.
- Doc Brown taught Energy Seminar and Electrodynamics (Physics112) Fall 2010.
- Doc Brown taught Statistical Mechanics (Physics114), and electronics (Physics81/82) Spring 2011.
- Doc Brown taught Energy Seminar, Electronics, and Plasma Reading Fall 2011.
- Doc Brown taught Statistical Mechanics (Physics114), and electronics (Physics81/82) Spring 2012.
- Doc Brown taught Electrodynamics (Physics8) Fall 2012.
- Doc Brown taught Statistical Mechanics (Physics114), and electronics (Physics81/82) Spring 2013.
- Doc Brown was on leave Fall 2013/Spring 2014.
- Doc Brown taught Electrodynamics (Physics112) Fall 2014.
- Doc Brown taught Math Methods/Quantum (Physics17/18) Spring 2015.
- Doc Brown taught Electrodynamics (Physics112) Fall 2015.
- Doc Brown taught Math Methods/Quantum (Physics17/18) Spring 2016.
- Doc Brown taught Electrodynamics (Physics112) Fall 2016.
- Doc Brown taught Math Methods/Quantum (Physics17/18) Spring 2017.
- Doc Brown is on leave Fall 2017/Spring 2018.
- Doc Brown taught Electrodynamics (Physics112) Fall 2018.
- Doc Brown is teaching Stat Mech (Physics114), E&M (P8), and Energy (P2E) Spring 2019.
First Year Seminar on Energy:
- MB is offering a first year seminar on Energy Spring 2019.
APS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution:
- plasma physics (SSX lab)
- magnetic confinement fusion (spheromaks, FRCs, magneto-inertial fusion)
- magnetic reconnection (3D structure, particle acceleration, turbulence)
- self organization in space and laboratory plasmas
- solar physics (dynamo, coronal heating)
- here are some useful URLs
- here is the Department of Physics/Astronomy
Senior honors/published alums, SSX and dynamo (27 total, 21 honors theses):
- Emma Lewis '18 (Wisconsin)
- Luke Barbano '18 (Johns Hopkins APL)
- Jaron Shrock '18 (Maryland)
- Holden Park '16 (LBL, Carnegie Mellon)
- Ariel Rock '16 (Wisconsin)
- Peter Weck '15 (Johns Hopkins)
- Adrian Wan '15 (APS-DPP student award 2014, Nest)
- Ken Flanagan '12 (Wisconsin)
- Xingyu Zhang '12 (Harvard)
- Darren Weinhold '12 (Telvac)
- Dan Dandurand '11 (Berkeley, DOE Fellow)
- Vernon Chaplin '07 (APS Apker finalist, Caltech, DOE Fellow, Aerospace, JPL)
- Jason Horwitz '07 (UChicago, Anderson)
- Jerome Fung '06 (Harvard, APS-DPP student award 2005, Wellesley, Ithaca)
- Aongus O Murchadha '05 (Wisconsin)
- Matt Landreman '03 (APS Apker finalist, Rhodes Scholar, NSF Fellow, APS-DPP award 2002, Oxford, MIT, Maryland)
- Abram Falk '03 (Harvard, UCSB/Chicago, IBM Watson)
- Andrew Fefferman '03 (Cornell, Institut Neel)
- Dave Schlossberg '01(Wisconsin)
- Tim Gray '01 (Princeton, Swarthmore, NASA Glenn Research Center)
- Amy Reighard '01 (Michigan, LLNL)
- Dave Auerbach '01 (UCLA)
- Slava Lukin '00 (NSF Fellow, DOE Fellow, Princeton, NRL, NSF)
- Walter Luh '99 (Stanford, CoronaLabs)
- Tom Kornack '98 (Princeton, DOE Fellow)
- Josh Lifton '98 (MIT Media Lab, CrowdSupply)
- Cameron Geddes '97 (APS Apker winner, Hertz Fellow, Berkeley, LBL)
Other student researchers (32):
- Matiwos Mebratu '21
- Katie Gelber '20
- Nick Anderson '20
- Hariharan Srinivasulu '21
- Kat Lima '20
- Sahir Nambiar '18
- Jeremy Han '17
- Max Krackow '15 (Dartmouth)
- Samer Nashed '15 (UMass CS)
- Emily Hudson '17 (Dartmouth)
- Jeffrey Owusu-Boateng '16
- Ezra Day-Roberts '13 (Minn)
- Alexandra Werth '14 (Princeton Eng)
- Mike Fisher '14 (Michigan Eng)
- Max Korein '11 (CMU CS)
- Bevan Gerber-Siff '10 (Ventions, SF)
- Ed Dewey '10 (Wisc Math)
- Kevin Labe '11 (Chicago, Cornell)
- Jeff Santner '09 (Princeton Eng)
- Lake Bookman '08 (NCSU Math)
- Anna Phillips '10 (Tufts)
- Marc Chang '06
- Zack Michielli '06
- Victoria Swisher '06
- Rachel Sapiro '04 (Michigan)
- Aaron Modic '04 (Auburn)
- David Murphy '03 (Columbia Eng, Duke Med)
- Keith Gilmore '01(Montana State, LBL)
- Peter Sollins '98 (Harvard, Boston Law)
- Erik Henriksen '97 (Columbia, Washington University faculty)
- Eric Engstrom '96 (Columbia Econ, FED)
- Charles Danforth '95 (Hopkins Astro, Colorado)
SSX postdoctoral research fellows:
- Chris Cothran (Virginia, Georgetown)
- Tim Gray (Princeton, NASA Glenn Research Center)
- David Schaffner (UCLA, Bryn Mawr)
- Manjit Kaur (Institute for Plasma Research)
Other SSX collaborators:
- Jason TenBarge (Princeton)
- Bill Matthaeus (U Delaware)
- Mike Schaffer (GA)
- Elena Belova (Princeton)
- David Cohen (Swarthmore)
- Clayton Myers (Princeton grad student, PPPL)
- Gang Qin (Delaware grad student, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- Yu Lin (Auburn)
Experience and Education:
- 1994-2019 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
- 1993-1994 Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
- 1987-1994 Caltech, Senior Research Fellow
- 1987 Dartmouth, PhD, Physics
- 1981 Pomona, BA, Physics
Here's a copy of my CV.
Here are some of my papers.
Here is my Google Scholar page.
Here are some pretty pictures of the sun.
Here are some pretty pictures of my family (Dawn, Leah (33), Violet (24), and Zoe (20)) and the SSX-2002 research group (postdoc Chris Cothran, Matt, Andrew, Abram, Rachel, doc). Leah is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College 2003-7. Leah works in London at BRC. Violet is a graduate (2017), and Zoe now attends Carleton College. Violet now is studying cognitive psychology at Washington University.