Department/Office InformationPhysics and Astronomy
I am a theoretical physicist by training and came to Colgate in 2007. My Ph.D. and first postdoc were in cosmology, and my second postdoc was in computational neuroscience. I now work in both fields. My cosmology research is on the production of dark matter in the early Universe, and my neuroscience research is on the effects of neural network structure on dynamical behavior. I also have a longstanding collaboration with Profs. Ken Segall (Physics) and Dan Schult (Math) on modeling biologically realistic neurons with superconducting circuits containing Josephson junctions.
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago, 2002
- M.S., Physics, University of Chicago, 2001
- B.S., Physics and Mathematics, College of William and Mary, 1995
Current course names and numberings
|Course #||Course Title||Last Taught|
|FSEM 130||Energy and Sustainability (also as CORE 101)||2017|
|PHYS 131||Atoms and Waves (Recitation and/or Lab)||2015|
|PHYS 201||Mathematical Methods of Physics I (MATLAB)||2015|
|PHYS 205||Mathematical Methods of Physics||2018|
|PHYS 232||Introduction to Mechanics (Recitation, Lab, and/or Lecture)||2018|
|PHYS 233||Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism (Lab)||2018|
|PHYS 334||Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity||2014|
|PHYS 431||Classical Mechanics||2011|
|PHYS 432||Electricity and Magnetism||2018|
|PHYS 448||Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos||2018|
|PHYS 451||Computational Mechanics||2018|
|PHYS 456||Relativity and Cosmology||2017|
*: Colgate student; ^: Colgate faculty
- K. Segall^, M. LeGro*, S. Kaplan, O. Svitelskiy^, S. Khadka*, P. Crotty, D. Schult* (2017) Synchronization dynamics on the picosecond timescale in coupled Josephson junction neurons. Physical Review E 95:032220.
- K. Segall^, S. Guo*, P. Crotty, D. Schult^, M. Miller* (2014) Phase-flip bifurcation in a coupled Josephson junction neuron system. Physica B 455:71-75.
- P. Crotty, E. Lasker*, S. Cheng (2012) Constraints on the synchronization of entorhinal cortex stellate cells. Physical Review E 86:011908.
- P. Crotty, T. Sangrey (2011) Optimization of battery strengths in the Hodgkin-Huxley model. Neurocomputing 74:3843-3854.
- J. Seely*, P. Crotty (2010) Optimization of the leak conductance in the squid giant axon. Physical Review E 82:021906; republished in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research (15 August 2010).
- P. Crotty, D. Schult^, K. Segall^ (2010) Josephson junction simulation of neurons. Physical Review E 82:011914; republished in Virtual Journal of Applications of Superconductivity (1 August 2010).
- P. Crotty, W. B. Levy (2007) Effects of Na+ channel inactivation kinetics on metabolic energy costs of action potentials. Neurocomputing 70:1652-1656.
- W. B. Levy, T. Sangrey, W. O. Friesen, P. Crotty (2006) Reply to Jurisic and Bezanilla’s Letter to the Editor. Journal of Neurophysiology 96:960.
- P. Crotty, T. Sangrey, W. B. Levy (2006) Metabolic energy cost of action potential velocity. Journal of Neurophysiology 96:1237-1246.
- P. Crotty, W. B. Levy (2006) Intersymbol interference in axonal transmission. Neurocomputing 69:1006-1009.
- P. Crotty, W. B. Levy (2005) Energy-efficient interspike interval codes. Neurocomputing 65:371-378.
- P. Crotty, J. Lesgourgues, S. Pastor (2004) Current cosmological bounds on neutrino masses and relativistic relics. Physical Review D 69:123007.
- P. Crotty, J. Garcia Bellido, J. Lesgourgues, A. Riazuelo (2003) Bounds on isocurvature perturbations from cosmic microwave background radiation and large scale structure data. Physical Review Letters 91:171301.
- J. M. Cline, P. Crotty, J. Lesgourgues (2003) Does the small CMB quadrupole moment suggest new physics? Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 9:010.
- P. Crotty, J. Lesgourgues, S. Pastor (2003) Measuring the cosmological background of relativistic particles with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. Physical Review D 67:123005.
- P. Crotty (2002) High-energy neutrino fluxes from supermassive dark matter. Physical Review D 66:063504.
- J. F. Beacom, P. Crotty, E. W. Kolb (2002) Enhanced signal of astrophysical tau neutrinos propagating through Earth. Physical Review D 66:021302.
- D. J. H. Chung, P. Crotty, E. W. Kolb, A. Riotto (2001) Gravitational production of superheavy dark matter. Physical Review D 64:043503.
- Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2017 - present
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 2013 - present
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 2007 - 2013
- University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, 2004 - 2007
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neurosurgery, 2003 - 2004
- Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique Théorique, Annecy, France
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2002 - 2003
- KITP Scholar, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2014 - 2016
- Picker Interdisciplinary Science Grant, Colgate University, 2008 - 2010 (with K. Segall and D. Schult)
- Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health, 2004 - 2007
- McCormick Fellowship, Physical Sciences Division, University of Chicago, 1996 - 1998
- James Monroe Scholarship, College of William and Mary, 1991
- National Merit Scholarship, 1991