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Stephen G. Naculich

LaCasce Family Professor of Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Physics And Astronomy

Searles Science Building - 305

Teaching this semester

PHYS 3140. Quantum Mechanics

Stephen Naculich
A mathematically rigorous development of quantum mechanics, emphasizing the vector space structure of the theory through the use of Dirac bracket notation. Linear algebra developed as needed.

PHYS 3200. Fields, Particles, and Symmetries

Stephen Naculich
An introduction to the theory of relativistic quantum fields, the foundational entities of the standard model of elementary particle physics. Topics include Lagrangian formulation of the classical mechanics of particles and fields, Noether's theorem relating symmetries to conservation laws, the quantization of bosonic and fermionic fields, the role of abelian and non-abelian gauge symmetries in determining the form of interactions among elementary particles, the use of Feynman diagrams to compute elementary processes, the spontaneous breaking of symmetry, and the Higgs mechanism.

Stephen Naculich


  • PhD, Princeton University, 1988.
  • MA, Princeton University, 1985.
  • BS, Case Western Reserve University, 1983.

Research Interests

  • Elementary particle theory and string theory

Bowdoin College, Professor, 2005-present.
Bowdoin College, Associate Professor, 1999-2005.
Bowdoin College, Assistant Professor, 1993-99.

Research Appointments

Harvard University, Visiting Scholar, 1996-97.
Johns Hopkins University, Postdoc, 1990-93.
Brandeis University, Postdoc, 1988-90.

Natalie, Nicholas, Ned, and Dad (summer 2005).

Natalie, Nicholas, and Dad at Waldameer (summer 2005).

Natalie, Nicholas, and Dad on the Bowdoin quad (circa 1998).

Various physics links.