Jose L Balduz Jr
Assistant Professor of Physics
Science & Engineering Bldg 205

Mercer University
1400 Coleman Ave
Macon, GA 31207 USA

While my research work is entirely theoretical, I keep in mind that physics is fundamentally an experimental endeavor, hence my abiding interest in quantum measurement theory. I've also done work in global climate models, soliton theory, nuclear theory, density functional theory of atoms and molecules, quark-gluon jet phenomenology and non-perturbative quantum field theory. Currently I am most interested in creating a theory of discrete space and time based on simple graphs and causal sets.

Doctoral Dissertation:
`Dynamical Model of Quantum Measurement,' Department of Physics,  Carnegie Mellon University (1995). Abstract.


Refereed Publications:

  • Submitted for publication: `New Lorentz Transformations of the Maxwell, Proca, and KGM-Dirac Fields in Minkowski Spacetimes,' Rollin S. Armour, Jr. and Jose L. Balduz, Jr.; Proceedings of the 26th International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics, June 26-30, 2006, New York.

  • `Estimation of the Fadeev-Popov Spectral Density and Determinant,' J.L.Balduz, R.E.Cutkosky, and W.Tsao; Nuclear Physics B261(1985)239. PDF file: NucPhysB.pdf  

  • `Density-Functional Theory for Fractional Particle Number: Derivative Discontinuities of the Energy,' John P. Perdew, Robert G. Parr, Mel levy, and Jose L. Balduz, Jr.; Physical Review Letters 49(1982)1691. PDF file: PRL.pdf 

Conference Presentations:

  • "Effective Length in Extended Causal Sets", April Meeting of the American Physical Society, April 2007. Jacksonville.

  • "Causal Sets, Hypergraphs and Cosmology," April Meeting of the American Physical Society, April 2005, Tampa.

  • "Multiple Observer Model of Quantum Measurement," April Meeting of the American Physical Society, April 5-8, 2003, Philadelphia.

  • "Quantum Observer and Spacetime Hierarchies," 18th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, March 29-30, 2002, University of California at Davis.

  • "Kinematics of the Non-Local Spacetime Web," April Meeting of the American Physical Society, April 28-May 1, 2001, Washington, DC.

  • "Non-Local Spacetime Web," Centennial Meeting of the American Physical Society, March 20-26, 1999, Atlanta.

  • "The One-Way Speed of Light and Absolute Space," One-Day Mini-Conference on Quantum Mechanics and Relativity Theory, May 1, 1995, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 

Seminar Presentations:

Mercer University Physics Department

  • 10/18/2006 Journal Club: "Spacetime and Euclidean Geometry," by Dieter Brill and Ted Jacobson, Gen.Rel.Grav. 38 (2006) 643-651

  • 7/19/2005 "Quantum Observer Hierarchies" and "Causal Sets, Hypergraphs and Cosmology"

  • 1/26/2005 "The Graph Laplacian as a Tool for Network Resistance and Discrete Space Distance"

  • 10/13/2004 "Modeling Space with Simple Graphs"

  • 4/7/2004 "Density Functional Theory"

  • 10/29/2003 "Soccer Ball-Shaped Universe (!?) ... and other cosmic tales"

  • 1/22 & 1/29/2003 "Quantum Strangeness. Part 1: The Problem & Part 2: Solutions?"

  • 1/23/2002 "Quantum Computing and Shor's Algorithm"

  • 10/10/2001 "Unification of Physics and the Standard Model"

  • 3/21/2001 "Kinematics of the Non-Local Spacetime Web"

  • 9/13/2000 "Additional Dimensions in Spacetime"

  • 3/1/2000 "More on Simple Predator-Prey Models"

  • 9/22 & 9/29/1999 "Non-Local Spacetime Web. Parts 1 & 2"

  • Spring 1999 "Absolute Space and the One-Way Speed of Light"

  • Fall 1998 "Dynamical Model of Quantum Measurement. Parts 1, 2 and 3"

Tulane University Physics Department

  • Spring 1997 "Applications of the Multiple Observer Model"

  • Spring 1997 "Dynamical Model of Quantum Measurement, with Multiple Observers and Chaos. Parts 1 and 2"

Work in progress:

  • `Causal Sets, Hypergraphs and Cosmology'

  • `Distance Measures on Simple Space Graphs," with Samson Alva

  • `Covariance of the Maxwell Equations,' with Rollin S. Armour Jr.

  • `Spinor Spacetime Coordinates,' with Rollin S. Armour Jr.

  • `Spin-1/2 Maxwell Equations with Isospin and Iso-Boosts,' with Rollin S. Armour Jr.

  • `Non-Local Spacetime Web'

  • `Kinematics of Non-Local Operators'

Work of close collaborators:

  • Rollin S. Armour Jr., "Spin-1/2 Maxwell Fields," Foundations of Physics 34 (5): 815-842, May 2004; see also "Spin-1/2 Maxwell Fields," arXiv:hep-th/0305084, 12 May 2003.