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Campbell Hall 309
(205) 934 3931

Research and Teaching Interests: Understanding known fundamental principles of physics with depth and finding new principles or laws of physics

Office Hours: : By appointment only


  • Ph.D., Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, Physics

  • Research Interests
    • Theory of non-equilibrium physics (stochastic processes, irreversible processes, entropy production, fluctuation theorem)
    • Foundation of quantum mechanics (quantum measurement theory, quantum entanglement, quantum information, open quantum systems, quantum thermodynamics)
    • Theoretical biophysics (motor proteins, neurons, coupled oscillators, cellular biology)
    • Computational physics (parallel computing, GPU computation, ab initio electronic structure calculation, molecular dynamics simulation, quantum time evolution)
    • Origin of life and self-organization

    Learn more about Ryoichi Kawai's research.

  • Recent courses taught
    • PH420: Mathematical Methods for Physics I
    • PH423: Computational Physics
    • PH432: Statistical Thermodynamics
    • PH450: Intro. Quantum Mechanics I
    • PH451: Intro. Quantum Mechanics II
    • PH469: Directed Reading: General Relativity
    • PH475: Intro. Biophysics I
    • PH762: Computational Physics I
    • PH715: Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    • PH771: Quantum Mechanics I
    • PH772: Quantum Mechanics II
    • PH773: Application of Quantum Mechanics
    • PH797: Special Topics: Quantum Entanglement
  • Select publications
    • R Kawai, JMR Parrondo, C Van den Broeck, Physical Review Letters 98, 080602 (2007), “Dissipation: The phase-space perspective”
    • M Esposito, R Kawai, K Lindenberg, C Van den Broeck, Physical Review Letters 105, 150603 (2010), “Efficiency at maximum power of low-dissipation Carnot engines”.
    • C Van den Broeck, JMR Parrondo, R Toral, R Kawai, Physical Review E 55, 4084 (1997).
    • P Reimann, R Kawai, C Van den Broeck, P Hänggi, Europhysics Letters 45, 545 (1999).
    • M Esposito, R Kawai, K Lindenberg, CV Broeck, Physical Review E 81, 041106 (2010).
    • C Van den Broeck, R Kawai, P Meurs, Physical Review Letters 93, 90601 (2004), “Microscopic analysis of a thermal Brownian motor”.
    • R Kawai, JH Weare, Physical Review Letters 65, 80 (1990), ”From van der Waals to metallic bonding: The growth of Be clusters”.
    • PR Taylor, E Bylaska, JH Weare, R Kawai, Chemical Physics Letters 235, 558 (1995), “C20: fullerene, bowl or ring? New results from coupled-cluster calculations”.
    • M Valiev, R Kawai, JA Adams, JH Weare, Journal of the American Chemical Society 125, 9926 (2003), “The role of the putative catalytic base in the phosphoryl transfer reaction in a protein kinase: first-principles calculations”.

    See a complete list of Dr. Kawai's publications on his Google Scholar page.

  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships
    • American Physical Society
    • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1998)