Paul D. Beale
Professor of Physics and Chair
Department of Physics
E1B32 Duane Physics, 390 UCB
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
(303) 492-0297 (Chair's Office)
(303) 492-3352 (FAX)
Home Page: http://spot.colorado.edu/~beale
Try the States
of Matter Java Applet on the Physics Education Technology Web site:
Explore the solid, liquid and vapor phases of neon, argon, oxygen and water.
The PhET simulation was based on my molecular dynamics code used in the applet above.
The following link is Java applet that simulates the two-dimensional Potts model.
Potts Model Java Applet
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1977)
Ph.D. Physics Cornell University, 1982.
Professor of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder (1997-)
Associate Professor of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder (1991-1997)
Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder (1984-1991)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Theoretical Physics, Oxford University (1982-1984).
Faculty Associate for Curricular Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences (1994-1996)
Acting Chair of the Department of Fine Arts (1996)
Dean of Summer School (1996)
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences (1996)
Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences (1997-1999)
Director of the Condensed Matter Laboratory, Department of Physics (1999-2001)
Acting Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences (2000)
Acting Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences (2000)
Director of the Honors Program (2006-2008)
Chair of the Department of Physics (2008-present)
My general field of research is the thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of condensed matter systems. This includes theoretical studies related to critical phenomena and phase transitions, ferroelectrics, Landau theories, hysteresis in spin models, magnetic materials, failure modes in random materials, theories of melting, effects of noise on nonlinear dynamical systems, phenomenological finite-size scaling, Monte Carlo methods, commensurate-incommensurate transitions, renormalization-group methods, and structural phase transitions.
My recent work includes a calculation of the exact distribution of energies in the two-dimensional Ising model. By using Kauffman's generalization of Onsager's solution of the two-dimensional Ising model, one can calculate the exact form of the partition function in the form of a low-temperature series expansion. Since the coefficients of the low-temperature series give the number of different states with a given energy, one can use the coefficients to calculate the exact distribution of energies at any specified temperature. This solution provides an exact distribution that can be used to verify the accuracy and convergence of Monte Carlo simulations.
"Microscopic origins of first-order Sm-A–Sm-C phase behavior in de Vries smectic liquid crystals," Zachary V. Kost-Smith, Paul D. Beale, Noel A. Clark, and Matthew A. Glaser, Physical Review E 87, 050502(R)-050507(R) (2013).
"A Thoughtful Approach to Instruction: Course transformation for the rest of us," Stephanie V. Chasteen, Katherine K. Perkins, Paul D. Beale, Steven J. Pollock, Carl E. Wieman, Journal of College Science Teaching, vol. 40, no. 4, 24-30 (2011).
"Transforming Upper-Division Quantum Mechanics: Learning Goals and Their Assessment," Steven Goldhaber, Steven J. Pollock, Michael Dubson, Paul D. Beale and Katherine K. Perkins, Proceedings of the Physics Education Research Conference, AIP Conference Proceedings Volume 1179, Eds: Mel Sabella, Charles Henderson, Chandralekha Singh (2009)
"Grain boundary free energy of hard disk assemblies under constant volume via thermodynamic integration," Mark T. Lusk, Michael R. Fellinger and Paul D. Beale, Journal of Chemical Physics, 124 064707-064716 (2006).
"Grain Boundary Free Energy in an Assembly of Elastic Disks", Mark T. Lusk and Paul D. Beale, Physical Review E, 69, 026117 (2004).
"Three-Dimensional Hard Dumbbell Solid Free Energy Calculation Via the Fluctuating Cell Model", Steven A. Kadlec, Paul D. Beale and James Rainwater, Proceedings of the Fifteenth Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, published in the International Journal of Thermophysics, 25 1415 (2004).
"Acoustic Crystal Thermodynamic Integration Method", Paul D Beale, Physical Review E 66, 036132-036139 (2002).
"Two Dimensional Hard Dumbbells,: I. Flucutating Cell Model", S. C. Gay, J. C. Rainwater, P.D. Beale, Journal of Chemical Physics, 112, 9841-9848 (2000).
"Thermodynamic perturbation theory applied to the dipolar heteronuclear dumbell fluid", S.C. Gay, P.D. Beale and J.C. Rainwater, Mol. Phys., 96, 301 (1999).
"Solid-liquid equilibrium of dipolar heteronuclear dumbells in a generalized van der Walls theory: Application to methyl chloride", S.C. Gay, P.D. Beale and J.C. Rainwater, J. Chem. Phys., 109, 6820 (1998).
"Exact Distribution of Energies in the Two-Dimensional Ising Model", Paul D. Beale, Physical Review Letters 76, 78-81 (1996). You can download a Mathematica routine that will calculate the exact partition function for the two dimensional Ising model on an nxm lattice. The program determines the coefficients of the low temperature power series expansion. IsingExactMathematica.html
"Breakdown of Two-Phase Random Resistor Networks," P.M. Duxbury, P.D. Beale, Phys. Rev. B 51, 476 (1995).
"Comparison of Classical Nucleation Theories with Monte Carlo Simulations of Ising Models," Paul D. Beale, Integrated Ferroelectrics 4, 107-111 (1994).
"Dielectric Breakdown in Continuous Models of Metal-Loaded Dielectrics," Mark F. Gyure, Paul D. Beale, Phys. Rev. B 46, 3736-3746 (1992).
"Grain-size effects in ferroelectric switching," H.M. Duiker, P.D. Beale, Phys. Rev. B 41, 490-495 (1990).
"Noise-induced escape from attractors in one-dimensional maps," P.D. Beale, Phys. Rev. A 40, 3998-4003 (1989).
"Elastic fracture in random materials," P.D. Beale and D.J. Srolovitz, Physical Review B. 37, 5500-5507 (1988).
"Dielectric breakdown in metal-loaded dielectrics," P.D. Beale and P.M. Duxbury, Physical Review B. 37, 2785-2791 (1988).
"The breakdown properties of quenched random systems - the random fuse network," P.M. Duxbury, P.L. Leath and P.D. Beale, Physical Review B 36, 367-380 (1987).
"Size effects of breakdown in quenched random media," P.M. Duxbury, P.D. Beale and P.L. Leath, Physical Review Letters 57, 1052 (1986).
"Finite-size scaling of the two-dimensional axial next-nearest neighbor Ising model," P.D. Beale, P.M. Duxbury and J.M. Yeomans, Physical Review B 31, 7166 (1985).
"Finite-size scaling at an Ising tricritical point," P.D. Beale, Journal of Physics A 17, L335 (1984).
"Wavevector scaling and the phase diagram of the chiral clock model," P.M. Duxbury, J. Yeomans and P.D. Beale, Journal of Physics A 17, L179 (1984).
"Renormalization-group study of crossover in structural phase transitions," P.D. Beale, S. Sarker and J.A. Krumhansl,Physical Review B 24 , 266 (1981).