Paul Beale Portrait
Professor • Director - Alumni Relations

Office: F621

Research Interests:

Theoretical Physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of condensed matter systems: exact calculations involving the two-dimensional Ising model, solid-liquid transitions in systems of small molecules, thermodynamic integration methods and their applications to equilibrium solids and grain boundary kinetics, phase transitions in systems of particles with soft repulsive interactions, mean-field theories of liquid crystal systems.

Selected Publications:

  1. "A new class of scalable parallel pseudorandom number generators based on Pohlig-Hellman exponentiation ciphers," Paul D. Beale, (2014). 
  2. "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). 
  3. "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). 
  4. Mark T. Lusk, Michael R. Fellinger and Paul D. Beale, “Grain boundary free energy of hard disk assemblies under constant volume via thermodynamic integration”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 124 064707-064716 (2006).
  5. Mark T. Lusk and Paul D. Beale, “Grain Boundary Free Energy in an Assembly of Elastic Disks”, Physical Review E, 69, 026117-026727 (2004).
  6. Paul D Beale, ”Acoustic Crystal Thermodynamic Integration Method”, Physical Review E 66, 036132-036139 (2002).
  7. S. C. Gay, J. C. Rainwater, P.D. Beale, ”Two Dimensional Hard Dumbbells,: II. Pressure in terms of Free Volumes and Surfaces.”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 112, 9849-9859 (2000).
  8. S. C. Gay, J. C. Rainwater, P.D. Beale, ”Two Dimensional Hard Dumbbells,: I. Flucutating Cell Model”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 112, 9841-9848 (2000).
  9. Paul. D. Beale, ”Exact Distribution of Energies in the Two-Dimensional Ising Model”, Physical Review Letters 76, 78-81 (1996).
  10. P.M. Duxbury, Paul D. Beale and C. Moukarzel, ”Breakdown of Two-Phase Random Resistor Networks”, Physical Review B 51, 3476-3488 (1995).
  11. H.M. Duiker and P.D. Beale, ”Grain-size effects in ferroelectric switching”, Physical Review B 41, 490-495 (1990).
  12. Mark F. Gyure and P.D. Beale, ”Dielectric breakdown in a random array of conducting cylinders”, Physical Review B 40, 9533-9540 (1989).
  13. P.D. Beale, ”Noise-induced escape from attractors in one-dimensional maps”, Physical Review A 40, 3998-4003 (1989).
  14. P.D. Beale and P.M. Duxbury, ”Dielectric breakdown in metal-loaded dielectrics,” Physical Review B. 37, 2785-2791 (1988).