Phil Matheson

Phil Matheson

Philip Matheson

Office: PS-207

Phone: 801-863-7161

Mailstop: 179

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My current research interests are in the area of RF-generated plasma and magnetoplasma rockets. Dr. Ray Perkins and I are currently building and characterizing a small research device with the help of students. Past UVU projects have included perturbed angular correlations studies used to characterize defects in crystal structures. Over 2 dozen students have been mentored in these projects and the results have been published in a variety of venues and publications.

I currently the Physics Department Chair and teach the "Mathematical Methods of Physics", "Thermodynamics" and "E&M labs".

I have been at UVU since 2001 after previous positions at Ricks College, the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab, the University of Southern California Department of Aerospace Engineering and Salt Lake Community College.

The most rewarding aspect of my career in physics has been participating in the learning process with students. I enjoy helping students learn, explore and become excited by physics. I am deeply moved by seeing the success and growth of students as they mature into competent and engaged physicists. Although like any physicist, I am in physics for the personal gratification of learning about nature and the workings of the universe, still, if I can facilitate student success by helping to provide scholarship or stipends or avenues to success in research labs with other professors, then I am gratified and pleased.

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