[PAST EVENT] Zachary Sean Brown Final Oral Examination for the Ph.D. Degree, Physics

September 11, 2014
2pm - 4:30pm
Small Hall, Room 122
300 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
In the present work, spectroscopy and interactions of hadrons containing heavy quarks is investigated. In particular, a focus is placed on properties of exotic heavy hadronic states, including doubly and triply heavy baryons and doubly heavy tetraquark states. The framework in which these calculations are carried out is provided by lattice quantum chromodynamics, a discrete formulation of the modern theory of the strong interaction.
Zachary S. Brown was born on the 2nd of August, 1984 in Oak Harbor Washington. Shortly thereafter his family relocated to Western New York. He attended Attica Elementary, Middle and Senior High Schools in Attica, NY. During his senior year, he developed a keen interest in physics. In 2003, he began study at the State University of New York College at Fredonia in pursuit of a degree in Sound Recording Technology. After taking several university level physics courses, he rediscovered his interest in physics and decided to add it as a second major. He graduated from Fredonia Magna Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Physics and Sound Recording Technology, and a minor in applied mathematics. Zachary entered the College of William & Mary in the fall of 2008, and began work with Dr. Konstantinos Orginos in early 2010 working on applications of the framework of Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics in studying the interactions and energy spectra of heavy hadrons. He received a Master of Science in 2010.