Leverhulme Trust Lecture by Professor Friedrich Busse

 Dr Sotos Generalis
Dr Sotos Generalis with Professor Friedrich Busse
The world-renowned, multi-award winning physicist, Professor Friedrich Busse, speaks on his innovative research into turbulence.

Date: Wednesday 13th November 2013, 2pm at Aston University.

Turbulence can be experienced in everything from air travel - the mixing of high and low speed air in the atmosphere, through to signal disruption along long-distance optical communication networks. The international engineering partnership of Aston academics and Professor Busse aims to improve our understanding of turbulent processes.

Professor Busse is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and Professor in Residence of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his doctorate in Physics from the University of Munich in 1962 and has had postdoctoral appointments at the Department of Mathematics at MIT and at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (UCLA).

The interdisciplinary field of geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics characterises Professor Busse's research interests, which range from the fundamental problems of instability and the onset of turbulence in everything from fluid systems to applications, to the dynamics of the Earth's core and of stellar interiors. He is the creator of the famous 'Busse balloon', which shows the stable region of the strongly non-linear interactions in Rayleigh–Bénard convection. He was the first to show that the solar differential rotation is caused by large scale convection flows in the sun and that a similar effect is responsible for the band structure of the major planets. He has also demonstrated that the dependence of the moment of inertia tensor of the Earth on mantle convection is responsible for the north-south alignment of plate tectonics. 

This lecture, entitled "Coherent Structures of Turbulence Modeled by Sequences of Bifurcations", will provide an exciting insight into the innovative research being carried out by Professor Busse and colleagues in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston. Aside from these new advances, Professor Busse will also talk about the new path in fluid dynamical research that he initiated some 40 years ago - trying to understand turbulence in a step-by-step approach from the laminar flow state. He will explain how we can gain additional information about the structure of turbulence if we follow the sequential approach, and how this understanding can be used to understand a variety of physical phenomena, including the events in the solar corona.

To book your free place at the event, click here to RSVP by email, or call 0121 204 5497. There will also be the opportunity to pose questions and network.

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