Ian Blokland, PhD, MSc, BSc

Associate Professor, Augustana - Sciences

Contact

Associate Professor, Augustana - Sciences
Phone
(780) 679-1519
Address
2-310 Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Overview

About

PhD, Physics, University of Alberta

MSc, Physics, University of Alberta

BSc (Honours), Physics, University of Calgary


Research

I am a theoretical particle physicist; I do multiloop calculations in perturbative quantum field theory.  In a nutshell, the Standard Model of particle physics is a wonderful theory. In fact, it's a little too wonderful for some. In order to understand certain deep mysteries about the nature of matter, we need to see beyond the Standard Model. This can either be done by spending billions of dollars to build machines that smash particles together with ridiculously high energies or it can be done by looking very carefully at the data from more modest experiments (or, better yet, by doing a little bit of both). To see if the Standard Model successfully predicts the experimental data, very difficult calculations are required. That's where I come in.  My research uses an arsenal of conceptual, mathematical, and computer programming techniques to make testable predictions from the Standard Model.

Courses

AUIDS 137 - Science Laboratory Experiences

Introduction to experimental work in Biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics. This course emphasizes numeracy, scientific communication and experimental techniques but does not presuppose any specific knowledge of disciplinary content. Note: Closed to students with *6 or more in AUBIO, AUCHE, AUENV, AUPHY and AUSCI.

Winter Term 2022 Winter Term 2023

AUPHY 120 - Introductory Physics

Oscillatory motion, waves on a string, sound waves, interference of waves, temperature, heat, entropy, first and second laws of thermodynamics, geometric optics, interference of light. Prerequisites: Mathematics 30-1.

Winter Term 2022 Fall Term 2022 Winter Term 2023

AUPHY 250 - Electricity and Magnetism

Electric fields, Gauss's law, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, induction, direct and alternating currents. Prerequisites: AUPHY 110 (2021) or AUPHY 120, and AUMAT 112.

Fall Term 2022

AUPHY 360 - Quantum Mechanics

The breakdown of classical physics. Topics include: wave packets and uncertainty relations, the Schrodinger equation and simple systems, postulates and interpretation of quantum mechanics, operator methods, angular momentum and spin, central force problems and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: AUMAT 211; one of AUCHE 277, AUPHY 260. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCHE 377 and AUPHY 360.

Winter Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Other - Atoms' Eve: Is Nuclear Energy In Our Future?

2008 Augustana Annual Theme Colloquium.

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Teaching - Comic Strips in the Classroom

Presentation at the CAP Congress 2010 at the University of Toronto.

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Research - Computer-Based Exact Solutions for Feynman Integrals

Presentation at CPTPN 2010 conference at the University of Lethbridge.

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Teaching - Introductory Experiments From Scratch

Preview of upcoming AUIDS 137 course, presented at CAP Congress 2016 at the University of Ottawa.

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Teaching - Optimal Grade Distributions -- How to Let Your Computer Help You Assign Final Grades in Large Classes

A short paper based on an old pet project linking the seemingly disparate worlds of mathematics, computing, cartography, and teaching large classes.

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Other - Primary Colours: 3 Scientific Abstractions

2016 Augustana Annual Theme Colloquium.

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Other - Progress to the Final Boundaries of Physics

2013 Augustana Annual Theme Colloquium.

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Other - The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

Presentation at Augustana Science Department Nobel Prize event.

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Other - The Prime Unsolved Problem in Mathematics

2012 Presentation to Augustana Math Club.

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Teaching - Using Conceptual Multiple Choice Questions

Presentation at CAP Congress 2014 at Laurentian University in Sudbury.

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Research - Weak Decays: All Dressed Up

Presentation at CPTPN 2011 conference at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta.

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Publications

Heavy-light diquark masses from QCD sum rules and constituent diquark models of tetraquarks

Author(s): R.T. Kleiv, T.G. Steele, Ailin Zhang, Ian Blokland
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Physical Review D
Volume: 87
Page Numbers: 125018-1 to 125018-11
External Link: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1304.7816.pdf

Just Missing Fermat

Author(s): Dylan Breitkreutz and Lane Olson
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: COPLAC Metamorphosis
Issue: Fall 2011
External Link: http://www.coplac.org/publications/metamorphosis/metamorphosis.php?a=Fall2011

A Pile of Shoes

Author(s): Ian Blokland
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Pi in the Sky
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 16-18
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QQAJITKGJtGxS6POQ8nkkg2P7sxSG0g6/view?usp=sharing

Heavy to light decays with a two loop accuracy

Author(s): Ian Blokland, Andrzej Czarnecki, Maciej Slusarczyk, Fyodor Tkachov
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Physical Review Letters
Volume: 93
Page Numbers: 062001
External Link: https://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-ph/0403221.pdf

Pion pole contribution to hadronic light by light scattering and muon anomalous magnetic moment

Author(s): Ian Blokland, Andrzej Czarnecki, Kirill Melnikov
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: Physical Review Letters
Volume: 88
Page Numbers: 071803
External Link: https://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-ph/0112117.pdf