About Tammy

Academic background

I have a PhD and a 1st class honours degree in physics from the University of New South Wales. I have previously worked in physics research in Australia (at UNSW and the University of Wollongong), as well as in the U.S. (at the University of Santa Cruz, California) and Europe (at the University of Geneva), with my last academic position being a Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship in 2006.

I continue to work academically as time permits (which is not that often now that I have a one year old as well as two older sons!).

Teaching background

I am a fully qualified high school physics teacher, with a Diploma of Education from Macquarie University (2008). I teach full time at James Ruse Agricultural High School.

I have been preparing students for the physics olympiad as well as teaching HSC physics since 2009. My students have come first at selective and private schools, and have represented Australia at the Asian and International Physics Olympiads.

I teach with genuine enthusiasm (and enjoyment). My goal is present physics as a unified, coherent whole, with an emphasis on building real understanding and strong connections to students’ everyday experience of the world through extensive practical activities and meaningful problem solving.

A short publication list (full list at google scholar)

Recent papers

A century-old question: Does a Crookes paddle wheel cathode ray tube demonstrate that electrons carry momentum?“, T.E. Humphrey & Vaishnavi Calisa, The Physics TeacherVol 52, page 142 (2014).

Selected papers

Tammy as a post-doc at the International Thermoelectrics Conference at Clemson University in 2005.

Experimental Tunneling Ratchets H. Linke, T.E. Humphrey, A. Löfgren, A.O. Sushkov, R. Newbury, R.P. Taylor and P. Omling, Science, 286, 2314-2317 (Dec. 1999).

Reversible thermoelectric nanomaterials T.E. Humphrey and H. Linke, Phys. Rev. Lett94 096601 (2005).

A Reversible Quantum Brownian Heat Engine for electrons” T.E. Humphrey, R. Newbury, R.P. Taylor and H. Linke, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 116801 (2002).

PhD. thesis

“Mesoscopic Quantum Ratchets and the Thermodynamics of Energy Selective Electron Heat Engines” T.E. Humphrey, PhD, UNSW (1999).

Older papers

2006

Concept study for a high efficiency nanowire based thermoelectric” M. F. O’Dwyer, T. E. Humphrey and H. Linke, Nanotechnology, Volume 17, Number 11 (2006).

Symmetry of magnetoconductance fluctuations of quantum dots in the nonlinear response regime” A. Löfgren, C.A. Marlow, T. E. Humphrey, I. Shorubalko, R.P. Taylor, P. Omling, R. Newbury, P.E. Lindelof and H. Linke, Phys. Rev. B73 235321 (2006).

2005

Electronic Efficiency in nanostructured thermionic and thermoelectric devices” M. F. O’Dwyer, R. A. Lewis, C. Zhang, T. E. Humphrey, Phys. Rev. B, 72 205330 (2005).

Reversible thermoelectric nanomaterials T.E. Humphrey and H. Linke, Phys. Rev. Lett94 096601 (2005).

Solid State thermoelectrics and thermionics in the ballistic transport regime” T.E. Humphrey, M. F. O’Dwyer, C. Zhang and R. Lewis, J. Appl. Phys. 98 026108 (2005).

Power Optimisation of Thermionic Devices” T.E. Humphrey and H. Linke, J. Phys. D38 2051 (2005).

Particle Conservation in the Hot Carrier Solar Cell P. Würfel, A. Brown, T.E. Humphrey, M.A. Green, Prog. Photo. 13 277 (2005).

Quantum, cyclic and particle exchange heat engines” T.E. Humphrey and H. Linke, presented at “Frontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Physics”, Prague 2004. Physica E29 390 (2005).

2004

Inhomogeneous doping in thermoelectric nanomaterials” T.E. Humphrey and H. Linke, Plenary presentation at the “International Thermoelectrics Conference”, Adelaide 2004.

2002

A Reversible Quantum Brownian Heat Engine for electrons” T.E. Humphrey, R. Newbury, R.P. Taylor and H. Linke, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 116801 (2002).

Quantum Ratchets and quantum heat pumps” H. Linke, T.E. Humphrey, P.E. Lindelof, A. Löfgren, R. Newbury, P. Omling, A.O. Sushkov, R.P. Taylor and H. Xu, Appl. Phys. A75 237 (2002).

2001

Pumping Heat with Quantum Ratchets” T.E. Humphrey, H. Linke and R. Newbury, Physica E, 11 281-286 (2001).

1999

Experimental Tunneling Ratchets H. Linke, T.E. Humphrey, A. Löfgren, A.O. Sushkov, R. Newbury, R.P. Taylor and P. Omling, Science, 286, 2314-2317 (Dec. 1999).

 

Fathoming Physics

HSC physics and Physics Olympiad tutoring with Dr. Tammy Humphrey, a PhD qualified physics teacher. Classes include all practical work as well as all theoretical work required by the new HSC physics syllabus.

38A Langston Pl, Epping NSW 2121
 0473-645-857
tammy@fathomingphysics.nsw.edu.au

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