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2nd year graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Physics. I'm primarily interested in particle theory and mathematical physics. I have some interest in pure mathematics, especially geometry and topology, and outside of particle physics in other fields including cosmology, topologically protected phases in condensed matter physics, and information theory.

I haven't had much time for this site recently. It's rather difficult to use this site to ask research questions, and it seems there are many people here who are capable of and willing to answer the basic questions which are very common here. If someone starts a new research-level Q&A site about physics (either on SE or elsewhere) I'd be interested in participating.


Sep
16
accepted How Fundamental is Spin-Orbit Coupling to Topological Insulators?
Sep
16
comment How Fundamental is Spin-Orbit Coupling to Topological Insulators?
I see. I probably misunderstood because I'm not coming from a condensed matter perspective and Kramers theorem is not something I was well-acquainted with. I think this direction should be sufficient to begin reading on the subject, and hopefully correcting my misinterpretation.
Sep
16
accepted What are the justifying foundations of statistical mechanics without appealing to the ergodic hypothesis?
Sep
16
comment What are the justifying foundations of statistical mechanics without appealing to the ergodic hypothesis?
Alright, after rereading it seems to me that you are claiming that the standard foundations of statistical mechanics do not invoke the ergodic hypothesis at all, and that the emphasis on it is the fault of poor pedagogy rather than a bad choice of fundamental principles and postulates. I misread that earlier. In any case, this fully and completely answers the question, so I've accepted it.
Sep
16
asked How Fundamental is Spin-Orbit Coupling to Topological Insulators?
Sep
15
comment What are the justifying foundations of statistical mechanics without appealing to the ergodic hypothesis?
I appreciate the in-depth response, and it certainly answers most of my question. As Slaviks suggests, I was also interested in what are the right starting points. Anything along those lines (even if just pointing to a reference where foundations are discussed thoroughly) would be appreciated. I wasn't aware the ergodic hypothesis could mean two different things. I've always seen it as the statement you chose. For the moment I haven't accepted this yet, but I plan to do so later today.
Sep
14
asked What are the justifying foundations of statistical mechanics without appealing to the ergodic hypothesis?
Jul
12
awarded  Student
Jul
12
asked Why should one expect closed timelike curves to be impossible in quantum gravity?