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Wharton, Ken

Professor,  Physics & Astronomy

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(408) 924-5257



  • Doctor of Philosophy. Univ Of Cal-Los Angeles, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics
    Stanford Univ, California, United States, 1992


My research is in the field of quantum foundations. (Previously, I have also specialized in experimental high-intensity laser-matter interactions, but all of my research is now in theoretical physics.) I am particularly interested in time-symmetric and causally-neutral approaches, working towards the ultimate goal of reframing quantum theory in a manner fully compatible with general relativity. My specific research projects concern simple Lagrangian-based classical models that exhibit quantum-like behavior, and exploring basic deviations from strict classical theory that might lead to realistic explanations of quantum phenomena. These projects are currently being pursued by graduate students at SJSU, and the simplest models might be appropriate for undergraduates as well.