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New Office: Hennings 406

String theory at UBC - group webpage

Currently teaching:
Physics 350 (Applications of Classical Mechanics)
Physics 117 (Dynamics and Waves)

Some prevously taught courses:
Physics 312 (Introduction to Mathematical Physics)
Physics 203 (Thermal Physics I)
Physics 200 (Relativity and Quanta)
Physics 313 (Thermal Physics)
Physics 501 (Quantum Mechanics II)
I accept students for 449 thesis projects.

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I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the beautiful University of British Columbia.

My reseach interests lie in the area of string theory. Recently, I have been thinking about noncommutative geometry, entanglement entropy, various matrix models, AdS/CFT, the black hole information paradox and String Field Theory. I have a general interest in emergent spacetime and emergent geometry. In the past, I have worked on time dependence, matrix cosmologies, the nonsinglet sectors of the c=1 matrix model, S-branes and the dynamics of tachyon condensation, as well as noncommutative geometry, matrix models and nonabelian structures in spacetime.

For a list of my publications from the INSPIRE database, click here.

In 2005-2006 I was a postdoc at the New High Energy Theory Center in the Physics Department at Rutgers University.

Before that, in 2002-2005, I was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and I worked in the High Energy Theory Group at the Physics Department at Harvard University.

I got my PhD in 2002 from the Physics Department at Princeton University (thesis).

In my previous, pre-string, life (while an undergraduate at Queen's University), I did research at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences at the National Research Council of Canada. I worked at the Femtosecond Science group on the theory of coherent control and interactions of laser fields with matter. To see papers from that time, click on the appropriate link below:

`Two-color control of localization: From lattices to spin systems,'
J. Karczmarek, M. Stott, and M. Ivanov,
Phys. Rev. A 60, R4225-R4228 (1999) | Phys Rev A on-line abstract

`Optical Centrifuge for Molecules,'
J. Karczmarek, J. Wright, P. Corkum, and M. Ivanov,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 3420-3423 (1999) | Phys Rev Lett on-line abstract

Joanna Karczmarek
Department of Physics and Astronomy
6224 Agricultural Rd
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Office: Hennings 406, 604-822-2929