Phone: 616-331-2274
Fax: 616-331-3740
Dr. Richard Vallery (Chair)
valleryr@gvsu.edu

117 Padnos Hall of Science, 1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

Dr. Brett Bolen

Associate Professor of Physics
159 Padnos Hall of Science
Department of Physics
Tel: 616-331-.2291
Fax: 616-331-3740.
Email:  bolenbr@gvsu.edu



Education
  • Ph.D. University of Mississippi, Oxford MS  (2003)
  • M.S. University of Mississippi, Oxford MS  (1996)
  • B.S. University of Evansville, Evansville IN (1993)

Professional Experience
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2014 - Present.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, 2009 - 2014. 
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Western Kentucky University, 2005 - 2009 .
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Mississippi, Spring 2004 - Spring 2005.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Rhodes College, Fall 2003.

Teaching

Courses taught at GVSU (2009 - Present):
  • PHY 220 - General Physics I, Fall 2009.
  • PHY 231 - Principles of Physics II, Winter 2010.
  • PHY 303 - World After Einstein, Winter 2010.
  • PHY 307 - Light and Sound, Winter 2010.
  • PHY 430 - Advanced Mechanics, Fall 2011.
  • PHY 480 - Special Topics: General Relativity, Winter 2010, 2011.

Research Interests

My research is in both classical and quantum aspects of Einstein's theory of gravity known as general relativity. I am especially interested in
  • Black Hole Thermodynamics
  • Loop Quantum Gravity
  • The generalized uncertainly principle
  • The effect of minimum length on quantum mechanical systems

 Research with Undergraduates

Supervised Student Research (2006 - Present):

  1. Bill Richardon - Exploring the Equation of State for Multicomponent Universes (2011).
  2. Scott Bleiler - Comparison of the Effects of Global Expansion and Gravitational Radiation on Orbiting Bodies (2010).
  3. Scott Bleiler and Wyatt Brege - Effects of Minimal Length on Quantum Mechanical Scattering (2010)
  4. Jason Musser,WKU Senior Math Thesis - Effects of generalized uncertainty principle on quantum tunneling. (2008)
  5. Cassidy Wix, WKU Senior Math Thesis - Studies in physics of Lorentzian Geometry. (2007)
  6. Jason Carson, WKU - Effective Cosmological Constant for a Extra Dimensional FRW Gauss-Bonnet Cosmology. (2007)
  7. Lisa Taylor, WKU - Studies of the Void probability function for Galaxy formation using the GADGET code. (2007)
  8. Sarah McMurrey, WKU - Simulation of Galactic Clustering due to Dark Matter using the GADGET code. (2006)
  9. Charles Poteet -  WKU Senior Math Thesis - Derivation and Use of the Geodesic Equation in Physics. (2006)

Recent Publications
  1. Keith Andrew, Brett Bolen, and Chad A. Middleton,  SOLUTIONS OF HIGHER DIMENSIONAL GAUSS-BONNET FRW COSMOLOGY, Gen.Rel.Grav.39:2061-2071,2007 [arXiv:0708.0373]
  2. Keith Andrew, Brett Bolen, and Chad A. Middleton, EFFECTS OF DYNAMICAL COMPACTIFICATION ON D-DIMENSIONAL GAUSS-BONNET FRW  COSMOLOGY   [hep-th/0608127]
  3. Brett Bolen, Marco Cavaglia`, (ANTI-)DE SITTER BLACK HOLE THERMODYNAMICS AND THE GENERALIZED UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE, Gen.Rel.Grav. 37 (2005) 1255-1262  [gr-qc/0411086]
  4. Brett Bolen, Luca Bombelli, Alejandro Corichi, MINISUPERSPACES: COHERENT AND SEMICLASSICAL STATES  I , Class. Quant. Grav. 21 (2004) 4087-4106 [gr-qc- 0404004]
  5. Brett Bolen, Luca Bombelli, Raymond Puzio, EXPANSION INDUCED CONTRIBUTION TO THE PRECESSION OF BINARY ORBITS. Class. Quant. Grav.18:1173-1178,2001. [gr-qc-0009018]

Professional Service

Professional Affiliations:
  • Member of American Physical Society.

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