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LIU Brooklyn Michael James Kavic

Michael James Kavic

Associate Professor of Physics, Full-Time

B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Physics)
B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Astrophysics)
M.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Physics)Ph.D., Virginia Tech (Physics)


Michael Kavic joined the faculty of Long Island University at the Brooklyn campus as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2011. Prior to coming to LIU he served as a visiting assistant professor at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Virginia Tech in 2009, his MS in Physics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2004 and two BS degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2002. He pioneered a line of research investigating astrophysical tests of extra dimensional models and has worked extensively on foundational issues in quantum gravity with a focus on the problem of time.

He is currently investigating astronomical sources of radio transients with a particular emphasis on sources related to quantum gravitational models. Observational searches are conducted for such radio transient signals with two recently constructed radio telescope arrays, the Long Wavelength Array (LWA) located in Socorro, NM and the Eight-meter-wavelength Transient Array (ETA) located in western Virginia. More recently Dr. Kavic has been investigating using LWA/ETA ionospheric data to investigate the effect of cosmic ray events on cloud formation. His work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals including Astrophysical Journal Letters and the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP). His work has been featured in national periodicals such as Science Daily, Nature News and New Scientist.

Dr. Kavic’s pedagogical interests span a wide variety of topics in physics/astrophysics education. He has extensive experience in teaching general physics and introductory astrophysics. He makes use of methods for maintaining an interactive classroom environment including the use of "clickers", peer teaching and the workshop physics approach. He is the PI on a NASA-funded program, IMPRESS-Ed, which provides a summer research experience for future science teachers.


Quantum Gravity, Astrophysics


Co-author, "Modeling Time's Arrow," published in Entropy.
Co-author, "Probing the climatological impact of a cosmic ray-cloud connection through low-frequency radio observations,"  published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics.
Co-Author, "A Precision Test for an Extra Spatial Dimension Using Black Hole - Pulsar Binaries," published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Co-author, "Astrophysical Tests of Extra dimensional Models,"  published in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS).
Co-author, "On the Origin of Time and the Universe," published in International Journal of Modern Physics A.
Co-author, "The Big Bang as the Ultimate Traffic Jam,"  published in the International Journal of Modern Physics D.
Author, "Quantum gravitational astrophysics," published in Nuclear Physics B- Proceedings Supplements.
Co-author, "Searching for Transient Pulses with the ETA Radio Telescope", published in ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems.
Co-author, "Transient Astrophysical Pulses and Quantum Gravity," published in International Journal of Modern Physics D.
Co-author, "Transient Pulses from Exploding Primordial Black Holes as a Signature of an Extra Dimension," published in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.
Co-author, "Time and M-theory", published in International Journal of Modern Physics A.
Co-author, "Fine structure of dark energy and new physics,"  published in Advances in High Energy Physics.
Author, "Matching Weak Coupling and Quasiclassical Expansions for Dual QES Problems," published in International Journal of Modern Physics A.

Professional Affiliations

Referee, Physical Review & Research International
Member, American Astronomical Association (AAS)
Referee, Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science
Member, American Physical Society (APS)
Reviewer, Mathematical Reviews, American Mathematical Society