Richard Sydora, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
(780) 492-3624
3-122 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



BSc Applied Mathematics (Honours), University of Alberta (1979)
MSc Space Physics, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (1981)
PhD Physics, University of Texas, Austin (1985)



Energy conversion and nonlinear processes in plasmas
Physics of reconnecting magnetic fields
Particle acceleration in plasmas: lasers, nonlinear plasma waves
Turbulence and transport in plasmas
Kinetic plasma simulation: particle and Vlasov methods


MA PH 343 - Classical Mechanics I

Principles of mechanics; non-inertial frames; Lagrange's equations and Hamilton's principle; dynamics of oscillating systems; rigid body kinematics and dynamics; Hamiltonian methods and canonical transformations. Prerequisite: PHYS 244, MATH 215 or 317.

Fall Term 2020
PHYS 364 - Environmental Physics II

Calculation of pollutant concentrations using principles of materials balance; vertical variation of pressure and temperature in the atmosphere; atmospheric stability and the dispersal of air pollutants; water vapour and humidity; blackbody radiation and Earth's global energy balance; molecular absorption of electromagnetic radiation; the ozone problem; the radon problem. Prerequisites: PHYS 261, and MATH 101 or 115 or 118 or 146 or SCI 100. Offered alternate years only. Consult Department for course scheduling.

Winter Term 2021