G. Todd Springer

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Physics faculty member G. Todd Springer

Todd Springer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Physics & Astronomy, 218 Ho Science Center
p 315-228-6184


BA, Physics, Carleton College, 2002
PhD, Physics, University of Minnesoa, Twin Cities, 2009

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow (Nuclear Theory), McGill University, (2009-2011)
Postdoctoral Researcher (Nuclear Theory), University of Illinois at Chicago (2011-2013)

Teaching Experience

Physics 111/112 - Fundamentals of Physics I and II (algebra based introductory courses for non-majors)
Physics 131 - Atoms and Waves (introductory modern physics course for majors)
Physics 201/202/203/204 - Math Methods for Physicists (complex numbers, Fourier analysis, vector calculus)
Physics 456 - General Relativity and Cosmology


High energy nuclear and particle physics, matter at extreme temperatures and densities, heavy ion collisions and quark-gluon plasma, hydrodynamics, physics of the early universe.


Conserved Charge Susceptibilities in a Chemically Frozen Hadron Gas.  Under review, preprint available arXiv:1508.02409 (2015), (with J. Ang'ong'a - student author)

Hydrodynamics of charge fluctuations and balance function.  Phys Rev. C 89, 064901 (2014),  (with B. Ling and M. Stephanov)

Hydrodynamic fluctuations and two point correlations. Nuclear Physics. A 904-905, 1027c-1030c (2013). Proceedings of the XXIII International Conference on Ultrarelativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions, (with M. Stephanov).

 Bulk spectral functions in single and multi-scalar gravity duals Phys Rev. D 82, 126011 (2010), (with C. Gale and S. Jeon)

Shear spectral sum rule in a non-conformal gravity dual Phys Rev. D 82, 106005 (2010), (with C. Gale, S. Jeon and S.H. Lee)

 Potentials for soft wall AdS/QCD Phys. Rev. D 81, 086009 (2010) (with J. I. Kapusta)

Second order hydrodynamics for a special class of gravity duals Phys. Rev. D 79, 086003 (2009)

Sound mode hydrodynamics from bulk scalar fields Phys. Rev. D 79, 046003 (2009)

Shear transport coefficients from gauge/gravity correspondence Phys. Rev. D 78, 066017 (2008) (with J. I. Kapusta)

Cosmological black hole formation due to QCD and electroweak phase transitions arXiv:0706.1111 [astro-ph] (2007) (with J. I. Kapusta)