# Robert Fisher, PhD he/him/his

## Professor

### Physics

## Contact

508-999-8353

508-999-9115

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## Education

2002 | University of California at Berkeley | PhD in Physics |

1994 | California Institute of Technology | BS in Physics with Honors |

## Teaching

## Programs

### Programs

## Teaching

### Courses

Calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics, emphasizing problem solving. Topics include 1- and 2-dimensional kinematics and dynamics; Newton's Laws of Motion; work, energy and momentum; and rotational motion and angular momentum. Many of these topics are further explored in laboratory experiments.

Calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics, emphasizing problem solving. Topics include 1- and 2-dimensional kinematics and dynamics; Newton's Laws of Motion; work, energy and momentum; and rotational motion and angular momentum. Many of these topics are further explored in laboratory experiments.

Calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics, emphasizing problem solving. Topics include 1- and 2-dimensional kinematics and dynamics; Newton's Laws of Motion; work, energy and momentum; and rotational motion and angular momentum. Many of these topics are further explored in laboratory experiments.

The laws of thermodynamics and their interpretation based on the microscopic behavior. Entropy and probability, equilibrium, reversibility, thermodynamic functions, phase changes, and quantum statistics are studied. Applications to problems in solid state physics are examined.

The laws of thermodynamics and their interpretation based on the microscopic behavior. Entropy and probability, equilibrium, reversibility, thermodynamic functions, phase changes, and quantum statistics are studied. Applications to problems in solid state physics are examined.

Supervised research on an experimental or theoretical topic in physics under a faculty advisor. This course is offered only to students indicating strong intention and ability to do thesis work in subsequent semesters. The credits are considered equivalent to Thesis (PHY 690) if thesis work on the same topic is taken up later. Otherwise, a written report is required at the end of the research. Graded A-F, or IP if the work is approved to be continued as PHY 690 Thesis, in which case the grade earned when the thesis is completed will replace the IP.

## Research

### Research Interests

- Fundamental Physics of Turbulent Flows
- Scientific Computing
- Star Formation and the Physics of the Interstellar Medium
- Type Ia Supernovae

Dr. Robert Fisher is a faculty member in the physics department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He earned his B.S. in physics with honors from Caltech in 1994. At Caltech he was the recipient of the George W. Green Memorial Prize in creative scholarship, awarded annually to an undergraduate for original research beyond the normal requirements of specific courses. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, where he received a NASA Graduate Research Fellowship. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research scholar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL, 2002-2005), and research scientist at the Department of Energy Advanced Simulation and Computing Flash Center in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago (2005-2008). While at Chicago, he was also an adjunct faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught a popular course on introductory astronomy for undergraduate art majors.

The primary theme of Dr. Fisher's research is the fundamental physics of turbulent flows, and its application to the two endpoints of stellar evolution—star formation and supernovae—using a combination of theoretical and computational techniques. While at LLNL, he developed the first quantitative theory of the distribution of stellar binary periods. At Chicago, Dr. Fisher led an international team of computational scientists and physicists in the development and analysis of the largest three-dimensional computer simulation of weakly-compressible fully-developed turbulence ever completed. Also at Chicago, Dr. Fisher was part of the team to carry out the first self-consistent computational simulation of the three-dimension detonation of a Type Ia supernova. This research on turbulence and Type Ia supernovae was honored in 2009 by the Department of Energy with a Certificate of Service.

At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dr. Fisher leads a group of graduate and undergraduate students pursuing several exciting research projects in star formation and supernovae. He invites graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in theoretical astrophysics and computational physics to drop by to speak with him. More information about Dr. Fisher's group, including recent publications, talks, and simulation animations, can be found at his research group website, novastella.org.