Dr. Walter Wilcox

Professor of Physics
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Professor of Physics


  • Ph.D. - University of California, Los Angeles - 1981
    • Thesis Advisor: Dr. Julian Schwinger
  • University of Notre Dame - 1975-1976
  • B.S. - Southern Methodist University - 1975


Walter Wilcox joined the Baylor Physics Department in 1986. He is currently Professor of Physics and Graduate Program Director for the Physics Department. He earned a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from UCLA in 1981 under the guidance of Dr. Julian Schwinger. He has also taught and done research at Oklahoma State University (1981-1983), TRIUMF Laboratory (1983-1985) and the University of Kentucky (1985-1986). He has held grants from the National Science Foundation and other national organizations.

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Wilcox's main area of research is the study of the interactions of particles known as quarks and gluons. His research focuses on the development and use of numerical methods in the field of theoretical physics known as "lattice QCD".

Dr. Wilcox is continuing to develop downloadable texts on the Baylor OPEN TEXT PROJECT physics website (http://bearspace.baylor.edu/Walter_Wilcox/open_text/index.htm). Included on the site are undergraduate texts on classical mechanics and quantum mechanics as well as a text on graduate electrodynamics.

Courses Taught

PHY 1425 - General Physics I
PHY 2435 - General Physics II
PHY 3320 - Intermediate Classical Mechanics
PHY 3372 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 3373 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics II
PHY 4196 - Senior Research
PHY 4322 - Advanced Topics
PHY 4373 - Introductory Nuclear and Particle Physics
PHY 5180 - Graduate Physics Colloquium
PHY 5320 - Classical Mechanics I
PHY 5321 - Classical Mechanics II
PHY 5330 - Electromagnetic Theory I
PHY 5331 - Electromagnetic Theory II
PHY 5370 - Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 5371 - Quantum Mechanics II
PHY 5V95 - Graduate Research
PHY 5V99 - Thesis
PHY 6V99 - Dissertation

Graduate and Postdoctoral Students

Mr. Suman Baral
Mr. Travis Whyte
Mr. Paul Lashomb
Dr. Quan (Andy) Liu
Dr. Abdou Abdel-Rehim
Dr. Dean Darnell
Dr. Alfred Tang

Recent Publications

Macroscopic Electrodynamics: An Introductory Graduate Treatment,
World Scientific publishers, 2016, 804 pages (ISBN: 978-981-4616-61525-4).
(A two semester graduate textbook on electrodynamics.)

Macroscopic Electrodynamics: Instructor's Solutions Guide, 157 pages
solutions guide for "Macroscopic Electrodynamics" textbook.

Polynomial Preconditioned GMRES and GMRES-DR,
with Quan Liu and Ronald Morgan, published in SIAM Journal
on Scientific Computing) SISC (Vol. 37, Issue 5) arXiv:1405.1763.

The Thomas-Fermi Quark Model: Non-relativistic Aspects, Annals of Physics
341, 164 (19pp) (2014) arXiv:1209.6093.

Quantum Principles and Particles: Taylor and Francis (CRC)
publishers, 2012, 528 pages (ISBN: 978-1-4398-3525-8). (A two semester
undergraduate textbook on quantum mechanics with an emphasis on
particle physics.)

Quantum Principles and Particles: Solutions Manual: 211 page
solutions manual for "Quantum Principles and Particles" textbook.

Thomas-Fermi Statistical Models of Finite Quark Matter, Nucl.
Phys. A826, 49 (29pp) (2009) arXiv:0807.1075.

Deflated and Restarted Symmetric Lanczos Methods for Eigenvalues and
Linear Equations with Multiple Right-Hand Sides
, with A. Abdel-Rehim,
R. Morgan, D. Nicely, SIAM J. Scientific Computing, 32, 129 (21pp) (2010)

Deflation Methods in Fermion Inverters, PoS LAT2007:025,2007.

Magnetic Polarizability of Hadrons from Lattice QCD in the Background Field Method ,
with Frank X. Lee, Leming Zhou and Joe Christensen, Phys. Rev. D73, 034503, 2006.

Baryon Magnetic Moments in the Background Field Method,
with Frank X. Lee, R. Kelly, and L. Zhou, Phys. Lett. B627: 71,2005.

Electric Polarizability of Neutral Hadrons from Lattice QCD,
with Joe Christensen, Frank X. Lee and Leming Zhou, Phys. Rev. D72: 034503, 2005.

Deflated Iterative Methods for Linear Equations with Multiple Right-Hand Sides,
with Ron Morgan, BU-HEPP-04-01 (2004).

Lattice Results on the Connected Neutron Charge Radius
With Alfred Tang and Randy Lewis, Phys. Rev. D68: 094503 (2003).

The Nucleon's Strange Electromagnetic and Scalar Matrix Elements
With Randy Lewis and R.M.Woloshyn, Phys. Rev. D67: 013003, 2003.

Grants and Contracts

Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory
(U.S. Lattice QCD Collaboration): "Electric and Magnetic
Polarizability Simulations using Lattice QCD") (April, 2007)

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (Principal Investigator)
(Project Serial Number TG-PHY060034): "Strange Nucleon Form Factors
from Lattice QCD") (June, 2007)

Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory
(U.S. Lattice QCD Collaboration): "Electric and Magnetic
Polarizability Simulations using Lattice QCD") (July, 2006)

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (Principal Investigator)
(Project Serial Number TG-PHY060031N): "Strangeness and Overlap
Fermion Calculations with Twisted Mass Quarks") (July, 2006)

Computational Mathematics (Co-Principal Investigator)
National Science Foundation, Grant No. 0310573 (Computational
Mathematics Division: "Deflation of Eigenvalues for Linear Equations
in QCD") (August, 2003-August, 2007) FUNDED

Baylor HPNC Proposal (Co-Principal Investigator)
National Science Foundation, Grant No. 0228882 (Theoretical Physics
Division; "HPNC: High Speed Internet Connectivity") (September, 2002) FUNDED

Dirac Centenary Conference (Co-Pricipal Investigator)
National Science Foundation, Grant No. 0217730 (Theoretical Physics
Division; "Dirac Centenary Conference") (September, 2002) FUNDED

National Science Foundation(Theoretical Physics Division, Principal Investigator)
(1992-2003) FUNDED

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)(Principle Investigator)
"Hadron Structure and Lattice QCD" (1987-present) APPROVED


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