John Davis, PhD, MSc

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics
Phone
(780) 248-1410
Address
3-199 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

- Associate Professor (2016-2021): University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.


- Assistant Professor (2010-2016): University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.


- Associate Member (2010-2013): Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.


- Post-Doctoral Fellow (2008-2010): University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, with Prof. Mark R. Freeman.


- Ph.D. in Physics (2008): Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, with Prof. William P. Halperin.


- Master’s in Physics (2003): Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, with Prof. William P. Halperin.


- Bachelor’s in Physics with Honors (2001): Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, with Prof. Kenneth F. Kelton.


Research

I have a strong interest in nanomechanics as a universal measurement platform, as well as superfluidity and superconductivity, in particular superfluid 3He at ultra-low temperatures. My lab is working on superfluids in nanoscale geometries, nanoscale superconductivity, the quantum properties of nanomechanical resonators, and much more.


Courses

PHYS 310 - Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory

Temperature: heat, work, and the first law of thermodynamics; entropy and the second law, enthalpy, Helmholtz and Gibbs free energy; thermodynamic equilibrium criteria; Maxwell's relations, phase transitions; elementary kinetic theory of gases. Prerequisites: one of PHYS 124, PHYS 144, or EN PH 131, and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, or PHYS 130. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 209 or 215 or 317 or equivalent.

Fall Term 2021
PHYS 495 - Special Topics in Physics

The course covers specialized topics of interest to advanced undergraduate students. Consult the Department for details about current offerings. Prerequisites depend on the subject. Credit for this course may be obtained more than once.

Winter Term 2022
PHYS 595 - Special Topics in Physics

This course covers specialized topics of interest to junior graduate students. Consult the Department for details about current offerings. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. Credit for this course may be obtained more than once.

Winter Term 2022

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