"On the miscible Rayleigh-Taylor instability". Click here for the abstract, and here for the main part of the thesis in pdf format (1.0MB).

Journal Articles

  • Steady drop size distribution in turbulent two-phase flows (.pdf), with F. Ham, N. Riemer, M. Herrmann and V. Cristini, submitted.
  • Stratified Kolmogorov Flow: Part II, with N. Balmforth, accepted, to appear in Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  • Registration-Based Morphing of Active Contours for Segmentation of CT Scans (.pdf), with D. Levy, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 2, 79-96, 2005.
  • A comparative study of the turbulent Rayleigh-Taylor instability using high-resolution 3D numerical simulations: The Alpha-Group collaboration (.pdf), with G. Dimonte and the alpha-group, Physics of Fluids, 16(5), 1668-1693, 2004.
  • Weakly non-linear analysis of wind-driven gravity waves (.pdf), with A. Alexakis and R. Rosner, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 503 171-200, 2004.
  • A hybrid Eulerian-Lagrangian method for LES of atomizing spray, with F. Ham, S. Apte and M. Herrmann, Advances in Fluid Mechanics, 37 313, 2004.
  • Whirling and defect chaos in non-Boussinesq convection, with H. Riecke and W. Pesch, New Journal of Physics, 5135.1-135.16, 2003.
  • Penta-hepta defect chaos in a model for rotating hexagonal convection (.pdf), with H. Riecke, Physical Review Letters, 90, 134502, 2003.
  • Induced defect nucleation and side-band instabilities in hexagons with rotation and mean flow (.pdf), with H. Riecke, Physica D, 176, 107-124, 2003.
  • Universality of scalar statistics in stably stratified turbulence, with S. Wunsch, Physical Review E, 66,016306, 2002.
  • Mean flow in the hexagonal convection: stability and nonlinear dynamics, with H. Riecke (.pdf), Physica D 163, 166-183, 2002.
  • Shear instability of fluid interfaces: Stability analysis (.pdf), with A. Alexakis and R. Rosner, Physical Review E, 65, 026313, 2002.
  • Stratified Kolmogorov flow (.pdf), with N. Balmforth, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 450, 131-167, 2002.
  • On the C/O Enrichment of Novae Ejecta, with R. Rosner, A. Alexakis, J. Truran and W. Hilderbrandt, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 562, L177-L179, 2001.
  • On the miscible Rayleigh-Taylor instability: two and three dimensions (.pdf), with H. Tufo, A. Dubey and R. Rosner, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 447, 377-408, 2001.
  • Flash code: Studying astrophysical thermonuclear flashes, with R. Rosner and the FLASH team, Computing in Science and Engineering, 2, 33-41, 2000.
  • Numerical simulation of double-diffusive convection in a rectangular box, with R. Rosner, Physical Review E, 61, 2676-2694, 2000.
  • Linear and weakly nonlinear analysis of doubly diffusive vertical slot convection, with R. Rosner, Physical Review E, 57, 5554-5563, 1998.
  • Linear stability analysis of doubly-diffusive vertical slot convection, with R. Rosner, Physical Review E, 57, 1183-1186, 1998.

    Conference Proceedings (* = refereed)

  • Stratified Kolmogorov flow, in Stirring and Mixing, 1999 Summer Study Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics , Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Available from
  • *Transition from Eulerian to Lagrangian description of multiphase flows using the particle level set method, ILASS Americas 15th annual conference on liquid atomization and spray systems, Monterey, CA, May 2003.
  • *Stratified Kolmogorov flow, with N. Balmforth, Proceedings of the 12th Taylor-Couette Conference, September, 2001.
  • *On the miscible Rayleigh-Taylor instability: 2D versus 3D, with H. Tufo, A. Dubey and R. Rosner, Proceedings of the 2000 ICTAM meetings at Chicago, September, 2000.

    Technical Reports (* = referreed)

  • *Turbulent mixing of multiphase flows, with J. Ferziger, F. Ham and M. Herrmann, CTR Annual Review Brief, 2003.
  • *Subgrid scale modeling in solar convection simulations using ASH, with M. Miesch and N. Mansour, CTR Annual Review Brief, 2003.
  • *A Cartesian adaptive level set method for two-phase flows, with F. Ham, CTR Annual Review Brief, 2003.
  • *Interaction between turbulent flow and free surfaces, with F. Ham and N. Mansour, CTR Annual Review Brief, 2002.
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