Department of Physics & Astronomy

Frederick Cummings

Frederick Cummings

Frederick W. Cummings

Professor Emeritus

Email: fredcmgs@alumni.stanford.edu

611 Larkspur Plaza Dr. Larkspur, CA 94939

Phone: (415) 758-7062(home) 415-272-7761 (cell)


Research Interests:

  • Biophysics of development
  • Theoretical physics
  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics
  • Many-body theory
  • Non-linear dynamics


BS:  L.S.U. 1955; Ph.D.:  Stanford University 1960


Born, New Orleans, LA 1931, U.S. Army, 1950-1952, in infantry in Korea

1952-1955, LSU Physics and Math major (BS).

1955-1960, Physics Department, Stanford University (Ph.D.).

1960-1963, Aeronutronic Reserach Labs, Ford Motor Co., Newport Beach, CA

1963-1993, Professor, UCR, Riverside, CA

Married in 1964 to Kathleen Sturgis of Riverside, CA; one child, Anne M. Cummings, M.D.

Selected Publications:

  1. F.W. Cummings, "Comparison of Quantum and Semiclassical Radiation Theories with application to the Beam Maser", PhD. thesis, Stanford University, 1962.
  2. E.T. Jaynes and F.W. Cummings, "Comparison of Quantum and Semiclassical Radiation Theories with application to the Beam Maser", IEEE 51, 89 (1963).
  3. F.W. Cummings, "Interaction of a two level atom with a stochastic e-m field", Amer. J. Physics, (1963).
  4. E.R. Buley and F.W. Cummings, "Dynamics of a system of N atoms interacting with a radiation field", Phys. Rev. 44, (1964).
  5. F.W. Cummings, "A single mode radiation field coupled to a two level atom", Phys. Rev. 140 A1051 (1965).
  6. F.W. Cummings and J.R. Johnston, "Theory of Superfluidity" , Phys. Rev. 151, 105 (1966), and reprinted in Coherent States: applications in Physics and Mathematical Physics, (eds. J.R.Klauder and Bo-Sture Skagerstam, World Scientific, Singapore 1985).
  7. M. Tavis and F.W. Cummings, "N atoms interacting with a single mode radiation field", Phys. Rev. 170, 379 (1968).
  8. F.W. Cummings, "Macroscopic Wave Functions" in Statistical Mechanics: new concepts, new problems, new applications", IUPAP conference Proceedings, eds., S. Rice, K. Freed and J. Light (Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1972). (cf: E.C. Svensson and Sears, Physica 137B, 1986).
  9. F.W. Cummings, "Aspects of Condensation in 4He II", in Cooperative Phenomena, eds. H. Haken and M. Wagner (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 1973).
  10. F.W. Cummings, "On morphogenesis in living systems", in Energy Transfer Dynamics: studies and essays in honor of Herbert Fröhlich, eds. T. Barrett and H.A. Pohl, (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, 1987).
  11. F.W. Cummings, "On suppression of spontaneous emission" Phys. Rev. Lett. (1985*).
  12. F.W. Cummings and A.K. Rajagopal, "Realization of the Fock state with the micromaser", Phys. Rev. A39, 3414 (1989).
  13. F.W. Cummings, D.D. Dixon, and P.E. Kaus, "A model of neutron star dynamics" Astrophy. Jour. 386, 221 (1992).
  14. Frederick W. Cummings, "A model of growth and form based on adhesion molecules", J. Theor. Biol. 178, 229-238 (1996).
  15. F. W. Cummings and J.C. Strickland, "A Model of Phyllotaxis", J. Theor. Biol., 192, 531-544 (1998).
  16. F.W. Cummings, "Waves of pattern formation and signaling pathways", J. Theor. Biol. 196, 27-31 (1999).
  17. A.K. Rajagopal, K.L. Jensen, and F. W. Cummings, "Quantum entangled states in the Jaynes-Cummings model", Phys. Lett. A 259, 285 290 (1999).
  18. F. W. Cummings, "A model of pattern formation based on signaling pathways", J. Theor. Biol. 207, 107-116 (2000).
  19. Frederick W. Cummings, "The Interaction of Surface Geometry with Morphogens" J. Theor. Biol. 212, 303-313 (2001).
  20. F.W. Cummings, "A Model of Morphogenesis", Physica A, vol.339, 531-547 (2004).
  21. F.W. Cummings, "Interaction of morphogens with geometry", Physica A, vol. 355/2-4, 427-438 (2005).
  22. F.W. Cummings, "On the origin of pattern and form in early Metazoans", Int'l J. Develop. Biol. 50 (2/3) 193-208 (2006).
  23. Frederick W. Cummings, "A Model of Pattern Coupled to Form in Metazoans", in: Mathematical Modelling of Biosystems, pp. 45−86; eds. R. P. Mondaini and P. M. Pardalos, Springer, 2008.
  24. Michael Tavis and Frederick Cummings, 2013, "Stimulated and spontaneous emission of radiation in a single mode", J. Phys. B (Special issue on 'Fifty Years of the Jaynes-Cummings model'), 46 224011.

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