John Wettlaufer

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A.M. Bateman Professor of Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics
KGL 109
+1 (203) 432-0892
Research Areas: 
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Biographical Sketch: 

I am trained as a condensed matter theorist and have a wide variety of research interests in soft matter, statistical physics and applied mathematics.  I am interested in trying to construct simple but observationally constrained theories and analogue experiments for complex phenomena in nonlinear dynamics, fluid dynamics, astrophysics, biophysics and geophysics – particularly rapid climate change.  The scales of interest range from atomic to astronomical units.  I collaborate with a people from many disciplines and my students and post docs come to Yale from departments of engineering, physics and applied mathematics. 

Representative recent publications

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  1. Wettlaufer, J.S., Surface phase transitions in ice: from fundamental interactions to applications, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A 377, 20180261 (2019).
  2. Pramanik, S. and J.S. Wettlaufer, Confinement effects in premelting dynamics with elasticity induced curvature, SIAM J. Appl. Math, in press, (2019).
  3. Toppaladoddi, S. and J.S. Wettlaufer, The combined effects of shear and buoyancy on phase boundary stability, J. Fluid Mech. 868, 648 (2019).
  4. Moon, W., S. Agarwal and J.S. Wettlaufer, Instrinsic pink-noise multidecadal global climate dynamics mode, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 108701 (2018).
  5. Weady, S., S. Agarwal, L.A. Wilen. and J.S. Wettlaufer, Circuit bounds on stochastic transport in the Lorenz equations, Phys. Lett. A 382, 1731 (2018).
  6. Guarnieri, F., W. Moon and J.S. Wettlaufer, Solution of the Fokker-Planck equation with a logarithmic potential and mixed eigenvalue spectrum, J. Math. Phys.  58, 093301 (2017). 


Ph.D. University of Washington, 1991