John Wettlaufer

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A. M. Bateman Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Professor of Mathematics and of Physics
KGL 109
+1 (203) 432-0892

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. 

Recent publications

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  1. Wettlaufer, J.S., The universe in a cup of coffee, Physics Today 64 (5), 66 (2011).
  2. Moon, W. and J.S. Wettlaufer, A low-order theory of Arctic sea ice stability, Europhys. Lett. 96, 39001 (2011).
  3. Spannuth, M.J., S. G. J. Mochrie, S. S. L. Peppin and J.S. Wettlaufer, Particle-scale structure in frozen colloidal suspensions from small-angle x-ray scattering, Phys. Rev. E 83, 021402 (2011).
  4. Wells, A.J., J.S. Wettlaufer and S.A. Orszag, Brine fluxes from growing sea ice, Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L04501 (2011).
  5. Neufeld, J.A. and J.S. Wettlaufer, Shear flow, phase change and matched asymptotic expansions: pattern formation in mushy layers, Physica D 240, 140 (2011).
  6. Hansen-Goos, H. and J.S. Wettlaufer, A fundamental measure theory for the sticky hard sphere fluid, J. Chem. Phys.  134, 014506 (2011). 


Ph.D. University of Washington, 1991
Field of Study: 
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics