The Complex Dynamics of Faraday Pilot Waves: A Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogue
  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

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Faraday pilot waves are a newly discovered hydrodynamic structure that consist of a bouncing droplet which creates, and is propelled by, a Faraday surface wave. 

These pilot waves can behave in extremely complex ways exhibiting a classical form of wave-particle duality, and result in dynamics mimicking quantum mechanics, including multiple quantisation, probabilistic particle distributions reminiscent of QM, diffraction and tunnelling. Paul will show some of this fascinating behaviour and will develop a surface wave-droplet fluid model that captures many of the features observed, and focus on rationalising the emergence of the statistics of complex states.

Speaker biography

Paul Milewski obtained his PhD in mathematics from MIT in 1993 under the supervision of D J Benney. For many years he was professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with visiting positions at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and the IMPA in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2011 he has been professor at the University of Bath, where he is currently Head of Mathematical Sciences.

This talk is suitable for a mathematically interested audience.

There are no restrictions on attendance and booking is not necessary.

Contact raphael.stuhlmeier@plymouth.ac.uk for queries.

This event is part of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences Research Seminar Series.

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