Professor Alastair M. Rucklidge


  • Head of School of Mathematics

Research interests

Regular patterns are ubiquitous in nature, and their formation and stability is governed by the intricate interactions of symmetry and nonlinearity. My research aims to understand how the nonlinear interaction of waves in different directions leads to the formation of (for example) quasipatterns (one of the outstanding problems of pattern formation), spatio-temporal chaos and other forms of chaotic dynamics. My work ranges from quantitative explanations of fluid dynamics experiments and large-scale numerical solutions of the equations for convection with magnetic fields, through developing new models for understanding mode interactions, to new ideas on heteroclinic networks, and existence proofs for quasipatterns.

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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

Postgraduate research opportunities

We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our research opportunities allow you to search for projects and scholarships.

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