Professor Alastair M. Rucklidge

Professor Alastair M. Rucklidge

Research interests

Regular patterns are ubiquitous in nature, and their formation and stability is governed by the intricate interactions of symmetry, dynamics and nonlinearity. My research aims to understand how the nonlinear interaction of waves in different directions leads to the formation of (for example) quasipatterns in Faraday waves and quasicrystals in soft matter, and of spatio-temporal chaos in reaction-diffusion systems. I am interested in spirals, found for example in models of cyclic competition (Rock-Paper-Scissors), and their stability. My work ranges from quantitative explanations of fluid dynamics experiments, through developing new models for understanding mode interactions and localised patterns, to new ideas on heteroclinic bifurcations and networks.

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  • PhD (Cantab)
  • SM (MIT)
  • BASc (Toronto)

Professional memberships

  • London Mathematical Society
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Royal Astronomical Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Nonlinear Dynamics

Current postgraduate researchers

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