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Physics Colloquium

Thursday 24 May 2018, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Open to

Alumni, Applicants, Postgraduates, Prospective Students, Public, Staff, Undergraduates


Registration not required - just turn up

Event Details

Spatially Localized Structures: Experiments, Theory and Numerics

In this colloquium I will introduce the notion of a spatially localized structure and illustrate the ubiquity of such structures in natural environments. Figure 1 shows an example of localized buckling of a cylinder under a compressive load, while Figure 2 shows an oscillating localized structure called an oscillon. In the talk I will outline how we think about such structures, both mathematically and physically, and show numerical computations of such structures in several situations arising in fluid mechanics, including convection and shear flow instability.


Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2


Prof. Edgar Knobloch University of California, Berkeley, USA

Contact Details

Name Dr Sergey Kafanov


Telephone number

+44 1524 593595