Robert P. Behringer, James B. Duke Professor  

Robert P. Behringer

Office Location: 095 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-2550
Email Address: bob@phy.duke.edu
Web Page: http://behringer.phy.duke.edu

Specialties:
Experimental condensed matter physics
Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems

Education:
Ph.D., Duke University, 1975

Research Categories: Condensed Matter

Research Description: Dr. Behringer's research interests include granular materials: friction, earthquakes, jamming; nonlinear dynamics; and fluids: Rayleigh-Benard convection, the flow of thin liquid films, porous media flow, and quantum fluids. His studies focus particularly on experiments (with some theory/simulation) that yield new insights into the dynamics and complex behavior of these systems. His experiments involve a number of highly novel approaches, including the use of photoelasticity for probing granular systems, innovative experiments to characterize the stability of surface flows and properties of gels, and magnetic resonance imaging to study flows in porous media.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. AH Clark, L Kondic and RP Behringer, Steady flow dynamics during granular impact., Physical review. E, vol. 93 no. 5-1 (May, 2016), pp. 050901 [repository], [doi]  [abs].
  2. Y Zhao, K Liu, M Zheng, J BarĂ©s, K Dierichs, A Menges and RP Behringer, Packings of 3D stars: stability and structure, Granular Matter, vol. 18 no. 2 (May, 2016) [repository], [doi]  [abs].
  3. J Tang and RP Behringer, Orientation, flow, and clogging in a two-dimensional hopper: Ellipses vs. disks, EPL (Europhysics Letters), vol. 114 no. 3 (May, 2016), pp. 34002-34002 [repository], [doi]  [abs].
  4. S Sarkar, D Bi, J Zhang, J Ren, RP Behringer and B Chakraborty, Shear-induced rigidity of frictional particles: Analysis of emergent order in stress space., Physical review. E, vol. 93 no. 4-1 (April, 2016), pp. 042901 [repository], [doi]  [abs].
  5. T Bertrand, RP Behringer, B Chakraborty, CS O'Hern and MD Shattuck, Protocol dependence of the jamming transition., Physical review. E, vol. 93 no. 1 (January, 2016), pp. 012901 [repository], [doi]  [abs].

Highlight:
Dr. Behringer's research interests include granular materials: friction, earthquakes, jamming; nonlinear dynamics; and fluids: Rayleigh-Benard convection, the flow of thin liquid films, porous media flow, and quantum fluids. His studies focus particularly on experiments (with some theory/simulation) that yield new insights into the dynamics and complex behavior of these systems. His experiments involve a number of highly novel approaches, including the use of photoelasticity for probing granular systems, innovative experiments to characterize the stability of surface flows and properties of gels, and magnetic resonance imaging to study flows in porous media.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Postdocs Mentored

  • Jonathan Bares (November 10, 2013 - present)  
  • Nicolas Brodu (October 1, 2012 - April 01, 2014)  
  • Joshua Dijksman (March 1, 2010 - February 01, 2014)  
  • Jie Zhang (2005 - January 01, 2010)  
  • Matthias Sperl (August, 2004 - November 28, 2006)  
  • Jean-Philippe Matas (2003/12-present)  
  • Brian Utter (2002/12-present)  
  • Karen Daniels (2002/12-present)  
  • Jeanman Sur (2002/12-present)  
  • Scott Paulson (2002/12-present)