Tom Solomon
Tom Solomon

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Address: Department of Physics & Astronomy, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone: (570) 577-1348; Fax: (570)577-3153

Email: or

Education: Ph.D., 1990, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Experimental Nonlinear Dynamics (Pattern Formation, Advection-Reaction-Diffusion processes, Chaos & Turbulence)

Click here for list of publications.
Click here for list of grants.

Movies from research activities

Current Projects

See publications link above for papers written on these subjects.

  • Advection-Reaction-Diffusion processes with chaotic mixing
    • Pattern formation in reacting systems and effects of chaotic mixing on those patterns.
    • Front propagation and mode-locking in a reacting system with chaotic mixing.
    • Synchronization of oscillators via superdiffusive mixing.

  • Active (Self-consistent) chaotic mixing

    • Examining how chaotic mixing of non-passive impurities can destablize a flow.

  • Chaotic advection (mixing) of immiscible impurities

    • Passive (neutrally-buoyant) mixing in 2-D, time-periodic flows.
    • Passive mixing in 3-D, time-independent flows.
    • Droplet breakup and coalescence in the presence of Lagrangian chaos.
    • The effects of Lagrangian chaos on particle aggregation.

  • Large-scale pattern formation in solidification of ammonium chloride

    • Chimney formation in the presence of enhanced mushy layer flows;
    • Aggregation patterns of flowing crystal seeds;
    • Measurements of temperature field both in liquid layer and within mushy layer.

  • Isotropic and anisotropic branching patterns in electrical discharges

Short video made for the Weis Center: ``What is a Miracle?''

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