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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Faculty & Staff

Dr. Michael Engelhardt, Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Erlangen, Germany (1994)

Department of Physics

Office: Gardiner Hall 256A

New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM

Phone: 575-646-4393

FAX: 575-646-1934

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Michael Engelhardt
Office Hours Fall 2013

PHYS 451: Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Dr. Engelhardt's research in theoretical physics is focused on the low-energy sector of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the gauge field theory which describes the strong interaction. At low energies, the strong interaction is characterized by a number of phenomena which can only be analyzed using non-perturbative methods. Most prominent among these are the confinement of quarks and gluons into hadrons, the spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry, and the axial U(1) anomaly which arises due to topological properties of the gauge field. Currently, Dr. Engelhardt is predominantly active in two areas, namely, Lattice QCD studies of hadron structure (including Transverse Momentum-Dependent Parton Distributions (TMDs), Generalized Parton Distributions (GPDs), and hadron polarizabilities), as well as the center vortex picture of the strongly interacting vacuum.