David Nichols

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Office location and address
382 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
AS-PHYS Dynamical and Strong-Gravity Effects from Black-Hole Binaries
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2023
AS-PHYS Searching for the gravitational-wave memory effect in LIGO and Virgo data
June 01, 2021 – May 31, 2022
PHYS 3210: Classical Mechanics
Credits: 3
Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies treated with extensive use of vector calculus; includes the Lagrangian formulation of mechanics. Prerequisite: MATH 3255 (preferred) or MATH 3250, and PHYS 1720, or instructor permission.
PHYS 3995: Research
Credits: 3
A research project on a topic in physics carried out under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written report. May be taken more than once. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PHYS 8240: Advanced General Relativity
Credits: 3
This course will build upon PHYS 5240 and will explore topics in relativity that are frequently used in research in gravitation and cosmology theory. This will include Hamiltonian, tetrad, and Landau-Lifshitz formulations of relativity; perturbations of flat spacetime, black holes, and compact stars; conformal methods, singularity theorems, and black-hole mechanics; and inflation and cosmological perturbation theory. Prerequisite: PHYS 5240 or Instructor Permission
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.