Chair of the Physics Department
Dr. Benesh is a native Texan, but came to Baylor in 1982 from a postdoctoral research position at the University of Cambridge, England. He earned his B.A. degree from Rice University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. Since January 2006, Dr. Benesh has served as Chairman of the Physics Department, having previously served as Director of Graduate Studies and as University Ombudsman. In his free time he enjoys playing racquetball, watching baseball games, and doing chores around his ranch.
Academic Interests and Research
Dr. Benesh's research interests include the electronic structure of solids, interactions at surfaces, and various types of embedding problems in which disruptions in otherwise perfectly-ordered systems are treated through the imposition of appropriate boundary conditions.
"Homothetic Self-Similar Solutions of Three-Dimensional Brans-Dicke Gravity," joint with Anzhong Wang, Gen. Relativ. Grav. 39, 277-289 (2007).
"Asymptotics of Solutions of a Perfect Fluid Coupled with a Cosmological Constant in Four-Dimensional Spacetime with Toroidal Symmetry," joint with Anzhong Wang, Gen. Relativ. Grav. 38, 345-364 (2006).
"Approximating Infinite-k Representations: Surface Relaxations and Work Functions of Al(001) and Be(0001)," joint with Daniel Gebreselasie, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 9, 8359-8368 (1997).
"Surface Embedded Green Function Calculation of Total Energy and Force: Application to Al(001) and Al(110)," joint with Daniel Gebreselasie, Physical Review B 54, 5940-5945 (1996).
Current Graduate StudentsDavid Katz
Former Graduate StudentsMark Mastin, M.S., 2007
Roger Dooley, Ph.D., 2007
Xiaojiang He, M.S., 1998
Daniel Gebreselasie, Ph.D., 1995
Lalantha Liyanage, Ph.D. 1993
William Bridgman, M.S. 1992
Derick Wristers, M.S. 1989
John Pingel, M.S. 1989
Joseph Sams. M.S. 1987
John Hester, M.S. 1985
Rex Godby, Ph.D. 1984
PHY 1405 - General Physics for BA Students
PHY 1408 - Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences I
PHY 1409 - Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences II
PHY 1420 - General Physics I
PHY 1430 - General Physics II
PHY 2340 - General Physics III
PHY 3330 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 3372 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 3373 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics II
PHY 4372 - Introductory Solid State Physics
PHY 5340 - Statistical Mechanics
PHY 5342 - Solid State Physics
PHY 5360 - Mathematical Physics I
PHY 5361 - Mathematical Physics II
PHY 5370 - Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 5371 - Quantum Mechanics II
PHY 5V95 - Graduate Research
PHY 5V99 - Thesis
PHY 6V99 - Dissertation