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Phat Vu, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Physics
Institutional Research and Assessment Coordinator

Phone: 949-480-4039
Fax: 949-480-4263
Email: pvu@soka.edu

Education
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.S., Cornell University
  • B.A., Williams College
Positions Held
  • At SUA since 2000
  • 1999 - 2000, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wellesley College
  • 1998 - 1999, Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Research Interests
  • Observer mechanics, Markov chains, and their relationship to quantum formalism; neuroscience, cognition, and the relationship between the sciences and humanities
Selected Papers, Publications & Lectures
  • "Phonon Scattering and Internal Friction in Dielectric and Metallic Films at Low Temperatures," Physical Review B, Vol. 63, 2001
  • "Glasslike Lattice Vibrations in the Quasicrystal Al72.1Pd20.7Mn7.2," Physical Review B, Vol. 62, 2000
  • Low Temperature Thermal Conductivity Measurement of Thin Films, 25th International Thermal Conductivity Conference Proceedings, 1999
  • "Generation of Low-Energy Excitations in Silicon," Physical Review Letters, Vol. 81, 1998
  • "Phonon Scattering in Thin Silica Films Below 1K," Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Vol. 113, 1998
  • "Phonon Diffraction Gratings," Annalen der Physik, Vol. IV., 1995
  • "New Method for Studying Phonon Thermalization," Phonon Scattering in Condensed Matter VII, 1993
  • "Coherent Phonon Scattering by Submicron Structures," Phonon Scattering in Condensed Matter VII, 1993
Courses Taught at SUA
  • Heaven & Earth: A First Synthesis
  • Space, Time, & the Texture of Reality
  • Enduring Questions of Humanity
  • Enduring Questions in Contemporary Contexts
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Life & Death
  • Social Ethics
  • Education Theory & Practice
Selected Honors & Awards
  • Professor of the Year, 2012
  • Professor of the Year, 2007
  • Professor of the Year, 2006
  • Professor of the Year, 2005
  • Professor of the Year, 2004
  • Professor of the Year, 2003
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