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Waves seminar


The goals of this seminar are to expose students, postdocs, faculty and visitors to research about waves broadly speaking in a interdisciplinary setting. Topics include non linear waves, applications in acoustics, optics, etc. This seminar also provides opportunities to share interesting findings, and to potentially contribute with research ideas/projects.

Our group meetings and seminar are led by Professors Chrysoula Tsogka and Camille Carvalho and consist of graduate students, postdocs and faculty.

Fall 2020

For the Fall 2020 semester, seminars will take place on Thursdays from 10:30am to 11:30am via Zoom

September 3: Sean Horan (UCM)

Title: Double Spherical Harmonics And The Radiative Transport Equation

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September 17: Arnold Kim  (UCM)

Title: Direct and inverse scattering of extended objects


Both the direct and inverse scattering problems for extended objects are challenging problems. In this talk, I discuss the method of fundamental solutions for the direct scattering problem and signal subspace methods for the inverse scattering problem. The key to both of these methods is knowing the fundamental solution of the governing PDE. I will show some recent results for propagating waves and diffuse waves and discuss some ongoing research going on in the Sensing and Imaging SMaRT team.

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October 1: Boaz Ilan (UCM)

Title: Green’s function for nonimaging optics

Abstract: Nonimaging optics has application to designing solar energy concentrators and illumination engineering. In this talk, I will discuss how nonimaging optics can be described in the context of radiative transfer theory. The radiative transport equation reduces to a local transport equation, whose solution can be expressed in terms of a Green’s function. This new formalism may be useful for nonimaging designs.

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October 15: Stéphanie Chaillat-Loseille (UMA, ENSTA ParisTech)

Title: Recent advances on the preconditioning of 3D fast Boundary Element Solvers for 3D acoustics and elastodynamics

Abstract: Recent works in the Boundary Element Method (BEM) community have been devoted to the derivation of fast techniques to perform the matrix vector product needed in the iterative solver. Fast BEMs are now very mature. However, it has been shown that the number of iterations can significantly hinder the overall efficiency of fast BEMs. The derivation of robust preconditioners is now inevitable to increase the size of the problems that can be considered. I will present some recent works on analytic and algebraic preconditioners for fast BEMs.

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October 29: Ornella Mattei

Title: Wave propagation in space-time microstructures: the theory of field patterns

Abstract: Field patterns are a new type of wave propagating in one-dimensional linear media with moduli that vary both in space and time. Specifically, the geometry of these space-time materials is commensurate with the slope of the characteristic lines so that a disturbance does not generate a complicate cascade of subsequent disturbances, but rather concentrates on a periodic space-time  pattern, that we call field pattern. Field patterns present spectacularly novel features. One of the most interesting ones is the appearance of a wave generated from an instantaneous source, whose amplitude, unlike a conventional wake, does not tend to zero away from the wave front. Furthermore, very interestingly, the band structure associated with these special space-time geometries is infinitely degenerate: associated with each point on the dispersion diagram is an infinite space of Bloch functions, a basis for which are generalized functions each concentrated on a field pattern.

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November 12: Tomas Virgen (UCM)

Title: Time-Dependent Scattering By A Sound-Hard Sphere

Abstract: Time-dependent scattering in three dimensions is a difficult mathematical problem to solve analytically and numerically. Analytical solutions obtained using the method of separation of variables are complicated, and numerical methods to solve this problem have challenges for computing solutions at long distances and long times. We seek a simple, effective, and efficient method to solve this problem based on the method of fundamental solutions. The specific case of a sound-hard sphere is considered in the context of acoustics.

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December 3: TBA

Spring 2020

Seminars are on Thursdays, 2pm-3pm in ACS 362B

February 6: Dr. Nicki Boardman, 2pm-3pm in Granite Pass 120-125

February 20: Matthias Bussonnier

Title: Python overview

March 5:  

Camille Carvalho

Title: Subtraction tecnhiques for the close evaluation of layer potentials

Abstract: Close evaluation of layer potentials reffer to large errors occured at evaluation points near (but not on) the boundary. This is due to peaked behaviors of the integrands near the boundary. There exist subtraction techniques to smooth out the peaked behavior for Laplace's problems. In this talk we present how to extend those ideas to waves problems.


Arnold D. Kim 

Title: Optical imaging of colloids

Abstract: A colloidal suspension is a collection of nanometer to micron scaled particles in a fluid used to study self-assembly. A key to studying colloids lies in imaging these particles accurately and efficiently within a standard microscope setup. In this talk, we introduce this imaging problem, propose an imaging method that uses space, angle or wavelength diversity at the source to compensate for the intensity-only measurements, and demonstrate its effectiveness through numerical simulations.

March 19:  Cancelled

April 9: Lori Lewis

Title: Asymptotic approximations for boundary integral equations with regions of high curvature


April 23: 

Ben Latham

Title: Introduction to Surface Plasmons on a Planar Interface


Zoïs Moitier

Title: Where are the plasmons: asymptotics for the cavity case


Fall 2019 

The first meeting will be on Thursday, September the 12th, at 10-11am in ACS 362B.  The first meeting will be an organizational
meeting and introductions. The focus of this meeting will be on setting up the schedule, hence we'll need volunteers to give talks. If you can't make this meeting but would like to give a talk, please send me your title and preferred date as soon as possible. 

September 26th:

Arnold D. Kim, (Full Professor, Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced)
Title Talk:  Research projects about the multiple scattering of light

Abstract: In this talk I give an overview of my research projects about the multiple scattering of light. Then I discuss two specific projects in detail. First, I discuss modeling nano cloaking structures in collaboration with Prof. Ghosh's lab. Then I discuss some recent work in the diffuse optical imaging of tissues using spatially modulated light.


October 10th:

Chrysoula Tsogka, (Full Professor, Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced)
Title Talk:  Imaging in waveguides

Boaz Ilan, (Full Professor, Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced)
Title Talk:  Nonlinear eigenvalue problems in nonlinear waves

October 24th: 

Jay Sharping, (Professor, Physics, University of California, Merced)

Title Talk:  Tunable SRF cavities for 3D optomechanics

Abstract: Quantum mechanics is real! If you took a physics class on Quantum Mechanics, they (should have) told you to consider a mass on a spring and (should have) showed that the energy spectrum for that thing is quantized. Over the past 10 years or so we have finally been able to do just that in the lab. One of my research goals is to combine low loss oscillators such as optical or microwave cavities with mechanical oscillators in hopes of one day recognizing quantum behavior in large oscillators. In this talk I will (hopefully) get you excited about the prospects of this effort and then share designs, simulations and experiments with high-Q 3-dimensional cavities. I’ll give you a status report on my group’s journey to coupling these cavities to mechanical oscillators. 

November 7th: 

Zoïs Moitier, (Postdoc, Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced)

Title : Asymptotic expansions of Whispering Gallery Modes optical micro-cavities

Abstract: In this talk we study the resonance frequencies of bidimensional optical cavities. More specifically, we are interested in whispering-gallery modes (modes localized along the cavity boundary with a large number of oscillations). The first part deals with the numerical computation of resonances by the finite element method using perfectly matched layers, and with a sensibility analysis in the three following situations: an unidimensional problem, a reduction of the rotationally invariant bidimensional case, and the general case. The second part focuses on the construction of asymptotic expansions of whispering-gallery modes as the number of oscillations along of boundary goes to infinity. We start by considering the case of a rotationally invariant problem for which the number of oscillations can be interpreted as a semiclassical parameter by means of an angular Fourier transform. Next, for the general case, the construction uses a phase-amplitude ansatz of WKB type which leads to a generalized Schrödinger operator. Finally, the numerically computed resonances obtained in the first part are compared to the asymptotic expansions made explicit by the use of a computer algebra software.

November 21st: 

Cory MacCullough, (graduate student, Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced)
Title Talk:  TBA

Imran Khan, (graduate student, Physics, University of California, Merced)
Title Talk:  TBA

​December 12th: 

Title Talk:  TBA