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
- Wettlaufer, J.S., Surface phase transitions in ice: from fundamental interactions to applications, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A 377, 20180261 (2019).
- Pramanik, S. and J.S. Wettlaufer, Confinement effects in premelting dynamics with elasticity induced curvature, SIAM J. Appl. Math, in press, (2019).
- Toppaladoddi, S. and J.S. Wettlaufer, The combined effects of shear and buoyancy on phase boundary stability, J. Fluid Mech. 868, 648 (2019).
- Moon, W., S. Agarwal and J.S. Wettlaufer, Instrinsic pink-noise multidecadal global climate dynamics mode, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 108701 (2018).
- 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).
- 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