UK Nonlinear News, August 2003


Pattern Formation and Nonlinear Dynamics (PANDA)

University of Leeds, 1st August 2003

By Alastair Rucklidge

A one-day meeting on pattern formation and nonlinear dynamics was held on Friday 1st August 2003 in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds. The theme of the meeting was 'Imperfections, boundaries and noise in pattern formation'. The LMS-funded PANDA network links Surrey, Cambridge, Leeds and Nottingham. This was the second meeting of the year: the next one will be help in Nottingham on Thursday 23rd October.

Twenty-six people (including seven postdocs and nine postgraduate students) participated in the meeting. There were two review lectures by Grant Lythe (Leeds), who spoke on 'Timescales and lengthscales from noise', and Peter Daniels (City), who reviewed the field of `Boundaries and imperfections in pattern formation'. After tea, there were four shorter research talks: Francesco Papoff (Strathclyde), on `Average symmetry and multimode coherence in lasers'; Rob Sturman (Leeds) on `Intermittent dynamics in an interaction of saddle-node and Hopf bifurcations'; Jon Dawes (Cambridge) on `Instabilities induced by a weak breaking of the 1:2 spatial mode interaction'; and Alastair Rucklidge (Leeds) on `Boundary effects and the onset of Taylor vortices'.


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