Professor of Physics

Department of Engineering, Science and Mathematics

State University of New York Institute of Technology

P.O. Box 3050, Utica, New York 13504-3050.

E-mail: fariboa@sunyit.edu

Office: 1173 Donovan Bldg.

Tel: (315)792-7185

PHY 201 Calculus-Based Physics I

PHY 361 Intermediate Mechanics

PHY 371 Electromagnetism

PHY 381 Quantum Mechanics

There are four fundamental forces in nature: Gravitational, electromagnetic, weak and strong forces. It is the main objective of particle physics to explore these forces, and hopefully unify them into one fundamental theory. This goal, has made particle physics one of the most ambitious, attractive, challenging, and powerful areas of physics, and has attracted experts from other disciplines including pure and applied mathematics, and computer science.

My main area of research within particle physics is related to the strong interaction through which protons and neutrons are bound together. Of course, strong interaction is not just limited to inside the nucleus, as protons and neutrons belong to a large family of particles called hadrons, and all of these family members experience the strong interaction. It is known that hadrons can be best classified if they are to consist of other elementary particles called quarks. The theory that describes the strong interaction of quarks is called Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). This theory is very well established at high energies, and has successfully explained experiments at these energies. On the other hand, due to computational difficulties, this theory breaks down at low energies. At the present time, understanding the low energy behavior of QCD is one of the main challenges in theoretical particle physics. For more details of my work, please refere to list of my publications, invited talks, technical description of my research and additional links given below.

Other braches of high energy physics that I am generally interested in are: Quantum Field Theory, Standard Model of Particle Physics, Heavy Quark Physics, Supersymmetry, Supergravity and Superstrings.

Computational techniques play very important roles in any area of physics in which certain degree of calculational difficulties exist. In all areas of computational physics, significant amount of applied mathematics (in particular numerical analysis, ordinary/partial differential equations and symbolic manipulation) and computer skills are employed, in order to solve/approximate physics problems for which either an exact solution does not exist, or a pure analytical approach is not efficient. Moreover, computational physics provides general techniques of solving physics problems which are not just limited to any specific area of physics, and are indeed applicable to a wide variety of theoretical, experimental and industrial problems.

My research in theoretical elementary particle physics involves many calculational complications. I have used symbolic manipulation, numerical analysis, as well as a combination of symbolic-numerical techniques in most of my research projects. For some examples of my typical computations please see the link below.