Robert S. Maier
Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Physics

Office: Math 609B
Related Links: Personal Website
Classification: Joint Faculty
Education: Ph.D., 1983, Rutgers University
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I'm a general theoretical physicist and applied mathematician, and am interested in many kinds of mathematical modeling. My current research focuses on stochastic modeling (noise models, random fluctuation theory) and the limiting properties of stochastic models, such as the way that activation by weak noise occurs. Applications are in statistical physics, chemical physics, and in noiseperturbed dynamical systems generally (e.g., in noisy electronic circuits). I'm also interested in quantummechanical WKB theory and in geometrical optics. The unifying theoretical concept is the concept of a semiclassical limit, which may be a weaknoise limit, a smallhbar limit, or a smallwavelength limit.