Athanasios N. Petridis

‌Athanasios N. Petridis
Associate Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Harvey Ingham Hall, Room 31C
Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
Phone: 515-271-3723
Fax: 515-271-1943


  • Ph.D. Theoretical High Energy Physics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (1992)
  • B.S. Physics, National University of Athens, Athens, Greece (1986)

Professional History

  • Assistant Professor, Drake University (2001-2006)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Drake University (2000-2001)
  • Assistant Physicist, Iowa State University (1996-2000)
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University (1992-1996)
  • Member of the PHENIX Collaboration (1992-2002)
  • Member of the American Physical Society
  • Member of the Iowa Academy of Sciences

Teaching Activity

  • Electromagnetic Theory (junior-level course)
  • Theoretical Mechanics (junior-level course)
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics (senior-level course)
  • Introduction to Physics II (freshman/sophomore-level course for majors)
  • General Physics I (non-major physics course)
  • General Physics II (non-major physics course)
  • Electronics (junior-level course)
  • Modern Physics (sophomore-level course)
  • Advanced Laboratory I (junior-level course)
  • Advanced Laboratory II (senior-level course)
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (senior-level independent study course)
  • Error Theory (junior-level course in conjunction with Advanced Lab. I)
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (senior-level course)
  • Introduction to Biophysics (a seminar-type course)
  • Plasma Physics (senior-level independent study course)
  • The Science in the Art of Leonardo Da Vinci (honors course)

Research Interests

  • Suppression of charmonium states, and direct photon production, Drell-Yan cross sections in relation with Quark Gluon Plasma formation and nuclear effects
  • Simulations of relativistic heavy ion reactions, event generators; high performance computing
  • Time-dependent relativistic and non-relativistic quantum mechanics
  • Information Theory in relation with parton distributions in nuclei and quantum mechanics
  • Non-extensive statistics
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