Hanno Essén

Universitetslektor (retired), Department of Mechanics, KTH
Docent, Theoretical Physics, Stockholm University


I am a retired, but still active in research, senior lecturer (associate professor) at the Department of Mechanics, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. Former Director of undergraduate studies (studierektor) 1990-2012 and former chairman of the Swedish Skeptics (Föreningen Vetenskap och Folkbildning, VoF).

Bild på några styrelsemedlemmar i VoF. Hanno längst till höger.


Course information and pedagogics:
SG2150, Rigid Body Dynamics (Analytical Mechanics) Texts on Rigid body dynamics and on Lagrangian mechanics
Mekanik mk SG1102, 2 gamla tentor med lösningar
Mekanik I, gamla tentor med lösningar mm
Mekanik II, gamla tentor med lösningar mm
Kandidatarbete i Mekanik (Detta hanteras numera av Gustav Amberg)
Manuscripts: History of mechanics, Celestial or Space mechanics, and Motion in accelerated reference frames (pdfs)


Research and professional:

I have done research in many different areas over the years and remain fairly unspecialized. A main theme in recent year has been the role of magnetic interaction energy in plasmas and superconductivity. I am interested in all areas of science but a main theme has been to improve the clarity and conceptual simplicity of our understanding of some areas of physics and theoretical chemistry. Here is a list of topics:
Theoretical chemistry: The Born-Oppenheimer separation, Vibration-Rotation coupling, Electronic structure theory, Hund's rules, The Thomas-Fermi approximation, the Periodic table.
General relativity: Scalar gauge theory of GR, Curvature, Kaluza-Klein ideas.
Classical mechanics: Non-holonomic dynamics, Angular velocity, Rotation of non-rigid systems, Separability.
Electromagnetic theory: The nature of magnetism, The Darwin Hamiltonian with applications to plasmas and superconductivity. See link below!
Pedagogical and popular accounts of physics.


For further information, see links:
Vita
Lists of Publications (publikationslistor)
Superconductivity, Plasmas and the Darwin Hamiltonian
Evclid: a geometric calculator and editor mainly intended for work with molecular geometries, with Guide (pdf).

Non-professional stuff:
Dikter (Poems)
Alan Turing du var inte ensam - Homosexualitet i vetenskapshistorien (extended november 2013)

You can reach me by e-mail at: hanno@mech.kth.se