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Brian Tennyson (2011), "Dynamics of Probability Fluid in Quantum Mechanics," (Mentor: Dr. Katsunori Mita)

Brian received the 2011 Department Award in Physics.  He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Physics at Yale University.

Katsunori Mita, PhD
Professor of Physics

Photo of Katsunori Mita, PhD

Departments: Physics
Office: Schaefer 238
Email: kmita@smcm.edu
Phone: (240) 895-4349

Education:

National College of Technology
B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, St. Olaf College
Ph.D. in Physics, Iowa State University

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Courses Taught:

  • Basic Physics
  • Descriptive Astronomy
  • Physics of Sound
  • College Physics
  • General Physics
  • Space-time and Relativity
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Modern Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • and many others

Research Interests

Recently Professor Mita has been focusing on the fundamental aspect of quantum mechanics.  In particular, Professor Mita is investigating the properties of probability densities and probability current densities in various quantum systems. 

Recent Papers

"Virtual Probability Current Associated with the Spin" American Journal of Physics 68, 259 (2000)

"Fluid-like properties of probability densities in quantum mechanics" American Journal of Physics 69, 470 (2001)

"Dispersive properties of probability densities in quantum mechanics" American Journal of Physics 71, 894 (2003)

“Dispersion of non-Gaussian, free particle wave packets” American Journal of Physics 75, 950 (2007)