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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  Chrysoula Tsogka and Symeon Papadimitropoulos and consist of graduate students, postdocs and faculty.

Spring 2023

For the Spring 2023 semester, seminars will take place on Mondays from 3pm to 4pm in Conference room 362C (ACS building) or via zoom.

  • April 3: Joseph Simpson (University of California, Merced)

Title: Scattering by a Slender Body

Abstract: Scattering of a time harmonic scalar field by a soft, slender body is calculated. The wavelength is assumed to be long compared to the radius of the body cross section, but of any size compared to the body length. The scattered field is represented as an integral of fields from monopoles and dipoles distributed along the centerline of the body. The strengths of these sources are determined by solving integral equations.


  • April 3: Jocelyn Ornelas Munoz (University of California, Merced)

Title: Image Classification from Coded Aperture Imaging

Abstract: Image classification is an essential task in medical imaging, and it plays a critical role in aiding clinicians to make accurate diagnoses. Coded aperture imaging is a novel imaging technique that has been gaining popularity in the medical field due to its ability to capture high-resolution images with reduced radiation exposure. The coded aperture technique involves placing a patterned mask in front of the detector to generate multiple images, which are then combined to form a high-resolution image. In this talk, we will discuss the use of image classification techniques to analyze coded aperture images. Our experimental results with the MNIST dataset demonstrate that our proposed methods have the potential to achieve high accuracy in image classification for coded aperture images, demonstrating its potential to aid in accurate medical diagnoses while reducing the radiation dose for patients.


  • March 20: Elsie Cortes (University of California, Merced)

Title: Modified Grid for EEC-BIE Framework for Optical Cloaking Models

Abstract: Boundary integral equation (BIE) methods are useful for reducing the complexity of problems by one dimension - in our case, allowing us to work on a two-dimensional problem in 1D. As part of these methods, our solution is represented by layer potentials that allow us to evaluate the solution anywhere in our domain. We are not restricted by the mesh constructed on the boundary, which is used to solve our system. The model used in this project consists of multiple, concentric boundaries separating layers defined by different properties. The layers are defined by a body-fitted grid such that the layer each point belongs to is easily identifiable. For this project, it was necessary to modify the grid such that it would be more refined near the boundaries. Furthermore, in order to treat the close evaluation problem near the boundaries, this refined sub-grid needed to be constructed from the boundary's inward or outward unit normal. The reduction in the error of our method from this modified grid is shown in the results.


  • March 6: Arnold Kim (University of California, Merced)

Title: Synthetic aperture imaging of dispersive targets

Abstract: A dispersive target is one whose scattering properties depend on the frequency of the wave incident on it. By reviewing the elementary theory of scattering by a particle, we introduce a dispersive point target model. We then develop an imaging method to identify and approximately locate dispersive point targets with synthetic aperture radar measurements. Using the predicted target locations, we introduce a method to recover information about their frequency dependence. This method opens up opportunities for classifying targets in addition to identifying and locating them.

Fall 2022

For the Fall 2022 semester, seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 3pm to 4pm in Conference room 362B (ACS building) or via zoom.

  • November 8: Matan Leibovich (New York University)

Title: Deep learning in uncertain scenarios

Abstract: Reliable probability estimation is of crucial importance in many real-world applications where there is inherent (aleatoric) uncertainty. Probability-estimation models are trained on observed outcomes (e.g. whether it has rained or not, or whether a patient has died or not), because the ground-truth probabilities of the events of interest are typically unknown. We investigate probability estimation from high-dimensional data using deep neural networks. We evaluate existing methods on the synthetic data as well as on three real-world probability estimation tasks, all of which involve inherent uncertainty: precipitation forecasting from radar images, predicting cancer patient survival from histopathology images, and predicting car crashes from dashcam videos. We also give a theoretical analysis of a model for high-dimensional probability estimation which reproduces several of the phenomena evinced in our experiments. Finally, we propose a new method for probability estimation using neural networks, which modifies the training process to promote output probabilities that are consistent with empirical probabilities computed from the data. The method outperforms existing approaches on most metrics on the simulated as well as real-world data.

Unsupervised denoising is a crucial challenge in real-world imaging applications. Unsupervised deep-learning methods have demonstrated impressive performance on benchmarks based on synthetic noise. However, no metrics are available to evaluate these methods in an unsupervised fashion. This is highly problematic for the many practical applications where ground-truth clean images are not available. In this work, we propose two novel metrics: the unsupervised mean squared error (MSE) and the unsupervised peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR), which are computed using only noisy data. We provide a theoretical analysis of these metrics, showing that they are asymptotically consistent estimators of the supervised MSE and PSNR. Controlled numerical experiments with synthetic noise confirm that they provide accurate approximations in practice. We validate our approach on real-world data from two imaging modalities: videos in raw format and transmission electron microscopy. Our results demonstrate that the proposed metrics enable unsupervised evaluation of denoising methods based exclusively on noisy data.

  • October 25: Benjamin Latham (University of California, Merced)

Title: Investigating Plasmonic Scattering by a Sphere using Enriched Finite Element Methods

Abstract: We will investigate scattering by as sphere under surface plasmonic conditions.  Surface plasmons are highly oscillatory waves localized to the interface between a dielectric (air, vacuum) and a metal (gold, silver). As surface plasmons lead to large field enhancements, they are useful for high-resolution imaging and other applications. It is challenging to capture them numerically, and standard methods do not succeed. In the context of a spherical scatterer, we identify where plasmonic excitations can arise, and investigate FEM-based methods for addressing the numerical issues.

  • October 11: Symeon Papadimitropoulos (University of California, Merced)

Title: The Double Absorbing Boundary method for the Helmholtz equation

Abstract: The Double Absorbing Boundary (DAB) is a recently proposed absorbing layer used to truncate an unbounded domain with high-order accuracy. While it was originally designed for time-dependent acoustics and elastodynamics, here the DAB construction is adapted and applied to the 2D Helmholtz equation. Both waveguide and corner configurations are considered. A high-order spectral finite  element scheme is used in order to match the discretization accuracy to the accuracy of the DAB. The DAB scheme is analyzed, and numerical experiments demonstrate its performance.


  • September 27: Elsie Cortes (University of California, Merced)

Title: Boundary Integral Equation Methods for Optical Cloaking Models

Abstract: Optical cloaking refers to the act of making an object invisible by preventing the light scattering in some directions as it hits the object. While our main interest is optical cloaking, this idea can be extended to other contexts such as radar and imaging. Developing a model to accurately capture cloaking comes with numerical challenges, however. In our model, we must determine how light propagates through a medium composed by multiple, thin layers of materials with different electromagnetic properties. In this talk we consider a multi-layered scalar transmission problem in 2D and use boundary integral equation (BIE) methods to compute the total field. The Kress product quadrature rule [1] is used to approximate singular integrals evaluated on boundaries, while in the layer we employ the Boundary Regularized Integral Equation Formulation (BRIEF) method [2] with Periodic Trapezoid Rule (PTR) to treat nearly singular ones appearing in the representation formula. Numerical results illustrate the efficiency of this approach, which may be applied to N arbitrary smooth layers.

[1] Kress, R. Boundary integral equations in time-harmonic acoustic scattering. 1991. Mathematical and Computer Modelling.

[2] Sun Q., Klaseboer E., Khoo B. C., and Chan D. Y. C. 2015. Boundary regularized integral equation formulation of the Helmholtz equation in acoustics.


  • September 13: Arnold D. Kim (University of California, Merced)

Title: Tunably high-resolution synthetic aperture imaging

We begin by reviewing a quantitative signal subspace imaging for multifrequency synthetic aperture imaging. The key to this method is a pre-processing step that rearranges the frequency response at each spatial location using the Prony method which produces a matrix that is suitable for quantitative signal subspace methods. This method also involves a user-defined parameter that can be used to tune the resolution. However, this method is limited to problems where the signal can be reliably distinguished from noise. To consider more general problems, we identify the elementary mechanism in this quantitative signal subspace method that leads to tunable resolution which allows us to propose a simple extension to Kirchhoff migration. This modification to Kirchhoff migration produces tunably high-resolution images for larger ranges of signal-to-noise ratios. We show numerical simulations that demonstrate the utility of these methods

Spring 2022

For the Spring 2022 semester, seminars will take place on Thursdays from 2pm to 3pm in Conference room 362B (ACS building) or via zoom.

  • January 27: Marie Graff (University of Auckland)

Title: Two methods to reconstruct wavefields from measurements, using absorbing boundary conditions in an unusual way

Starting from classical absorbing boundary conditions, we propose two methods to reconstruct wavefields from recorded data. The usual purpose of absorbing boundary conditions is to model an infinite domain while computing numerical solutions on a finite mesh grid. In these two methods, we divert the role of these conditions. The first method, called TRAC, allows us to reconstruct the wavefield everywhere in the domain from measurements at the boundary (modulo a well-chosen sink). The second method, called wave splitting, allows us to split the total wavefield measured on some boundary into its incident and scattered components. Both methods have been combined with an inverse problem solver to answer the following question: "How to solve inverse scattering problems without knowing the source term?"

Numerical results in time-dependent two-space dimensions are presented to illustrate each method.

Video  Slides

  • February 10: Arnold D. Kim (UC Merced)

Title: Direct and inverse obstacle scattering

We discuss elementary aspects of scattering by a particle. Using that knowledge of the direct scattering problem, we then consider the inverse scattering problem for synthetic aperture imaging systems. Instead of using measurements to reconstruct the boundary of the obstacle, we study the structure of the frequency spectrum of the measurements and propose a spectroscopic-based approach to distinguish different material and shape characteristics of particles. We present some preliminary simulation results and identify open problems to pursue.

  • February 24: Russel Luke (University of Göttingen)

Title: Wavefront Sensing on the James Webb Space Telescope

Abstract: We present the theory and practice of fine wavefront sensing for the JWST.

Video Slides

  • March 10: Daniel Appelö (Michigan State University)

Title: WaveHoltz: Parallel and Scalable Solution of the Helmholtz Equation via Wave Equation Iteration

Abstract: We introduce a novel idea, the WaveHoltz iteration, for solving the Helmholtz equation. Our method makes use of time domain methods for wave equations to design frequency domain Helmholtz solvers. We show that the WaveHoltz iteration we propose results in a symmetric and positive definite linear system even though we are solving the Helmholtz equation. As our method utilizes time-domain solvers we can exploit features such as local timestepping that are not present in the frequency domain. A unique “free lunch” property that WaveHoltz possesses allows us to solve for multiple frequencies at the cost of a single solve. We will present numerical examples, using various discretization techniques, that show that our method can be used to solve problems with rather high wave numbers.


  • March 31: Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou (New Jersey Institue of Technology, NJIT)

Title: Inverse problems in ocean acoustics: particle filtering and linearization for parameter estimation

Abstract: Solving the inverse problem in ocean acoustics, that is, obtaining from received acoustic fields parameters that are related to source location and the environment is a complex non-linear problem.  Efficiency and accuracy depend on the nature of the available data and the forward model employed in the inversion.  Full-field methods (such as Matched Field Processing) have been used in the past to solve such problems but those can be prone to errors due to the parameterization of the propagation medium and are often computationally inefficient.  To circumvent the use of full fields, we develop a method that extracts ray path arrival times from received fields; particle filtering is the foundation of the approach.   Probability density functions of arrival times computed via particle filtering are propagated backward through the proposed inversion process, which is conducted after linearizing the forward model.  We discuss the computation of the Jacobian matrix, which is necessary for the linearization process.  With the sequential filter providing full probability density functions of arrival times, we are able to obtain full probability densities of the unknown parameter, which enable uncertainty quantification in the inversion process. 

Video Slides

  • April 14: Daisy Duarte (UC Merced) /Elsie Cortes (UC Merced)

  • April 28: François Monard (UC Santa Cruz)

Title: Sampling the X-ray transform on simple surfaces

Abstract: On a Riemannian manifold-with-boundary, the geodesic X-ray transform maps a function to the collection of its integrals over all geodesics through the domain. The problem of inverting this transform arises in medical imaging (e.g., X-ray CT, SPECT) and seismology (e.g., linearized travel-time tomography). In the literature, it is now well-known that injectivity, stability (or mild instability) and inversion formulas hold at the continuous level, for example when $(M,g)$ is a 'simple' surface. By 'simple' we mean (i) no infinite-length geodesic, (ii) no conjugate points, (iii) strictly geodesically convex boundary, arguably the most inversion-friendly case. The question of interest becomes to address numerical inversion from discrete data, where sampling issues arise.

In this talk, I will discuss the issue of proper discretizing and sampling related to geodesic X-ray transforms on simple surfaces, addressing the following questions: 

(a) Given a bandlimited function $f$, what are the minimal sampling rates needed on its X-ray transform $I_0 f$ for a faithful (=unaliased) recovery?

(b) In the case where data is sampled below the expected requirements, can one predict the location, orientation and frequency of the artifacts generated?

The main tools to answer (a)-(b) are a combination of a reinterpretation of the classical Shannon-Nyquist theorem in semi-classical terms, as initiated by Plamen Stefanov in [1], and an accurate description of the canonical relation of the X-ray transform viewed as a (classical, then semi-classical) Fourier Integral Operator. Focusing on constant curvature surfaces as a first family of examples, we quantify the quality of a sampling scheme depending on geometric parameters of the surface (e.g., curvature and boundary curvature), and on the coordinate system used to represent the space of geodesics. Several (unaliased and aliased) examples will be given throughout. 

Joint with Plamen Stefanov (Purdue). Preprint available at


[1] P. Stefanov, Semiclassical sampling and discretization of certain linear inverse problems. SIAM J. Math. Anal., 52(6), 5554-5597, 2020. 


Fall 2021

For the Fall 2021 semester, seminars will take place on Thursdays from 2pm to 3pm in Conference room 362B (ACS building).

September 16: Arnold D. Kim (UC Merced)

Title: Quantitative signal subspace imaging

September 30: Boaz Ilan (UC Merced)

October 14: Pierre-David Letourneau (Reservoir Labs)

Title: Fast Multipole Method (FMM) for simulation of electromagnetic waves in 3D complex media

Abstract: In this talk, I will provide an overview of the Fast Multipole Method (FMM) algorithm and will discuss its use for the simulation of electromagnetic waves in 3D complex media. I will also discuss some recent results obtained in collaboration with UC Merced and Stanford demonstrating how such algorithms can be used for simulating the macroscopic response of materials directly from microstructure. FMMs represent a family of powerful algorithms that allow for the solution of N-body problems in optimal linear time (O(N)). The FMM was originally designed to address the Laplace potential (e.g. gravitational, 1/r) and has since been generalized in various ways. In this presentation, I will focus on the use of the FMM for simulating electromagnetic waves in 3D media consisting of a large number of disparate discrete scatterers. The talk will begin with an overview of tree-based FMM codes, followed by a description of its specialization to scalar waves and, finally, vector waves (Maxwell's equations). I will also introduce the concept of T-matrix and Foldy-Lax system for the efficient treatment of multiple scattering. Numerical results will demonstrate the advantageous empirical scaling of our implementation in practice, and examples will be provided that demonstrate how it is now possible to capture the macroscopic and asymptotic behaviors of electromagnetic waves from first principles, including in the effective medium and diffusion regimes.

October 28: Cory McCullough, Elsie Cortes (UC Merced)

Title: Scattering by Two Closely Situated Sound-Hard Spheres

Title: Extended BIE System for Scattering in Multilayered Media

November 18: Benjamin Latham (UC Merced)

Title: Subtraction method for computing spherical surface plasmons excitation

Spring 2021

For the Spring 2021 semester, seminars will take place on Thursdays from 15:00 to 16:00am via Zoom

February 4: Adar Kahana (Tel Aviv University)

Title: Solving PDE related problems using deep-learning

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Abstract: In this talk I will present our work on PDE related problems and how integrating deep-learning can help achieve better results. We discuss the accelerating topic of physically-informed neural networks: a method for solving PDEs with neural networks. With this in mind, we present our work in this field and present two interesting variants of this method. Motivated by the physical experiment of acoustic waves propagating in an underwater homogeneous domain, we discuss the inverse problem: Simulating the physical experiment, we solve the acoustic wave equation and save the data at a small number of sensors over many time steps and given these sensor measurements we aim to find and identify the shape of an obstacle inside the domain. We cast it to a data-driven problem by building an image segmentation of the domain where the segment is an arbitrary polygon (the obstacle). We improve the model using a physically-informed loss term designed based on the wave equation. After that we switch to a completely different area - we discuss an explicit nonlinear numerical scheme for the 1D wave equation that remains stable when violating the CFL condition. We create a data-set based on a stable wave propagation process and train a network to infer a non-stable process. We incorporate a physically-informed loss term here as well to achieve better accuracy (lower deviation from the analytic solution) for our scheme.

February 18: Remi Cornaggia (Sorbonne University)

Title: Modeling and controlling dispersive waves in architected materials : second-order homogenization and topological optimization

We are interested in waves in two-phase periodic materials, whose phase distribution is to be optimized to obtain specific dispersive properties (typically, to maximize the dispersion in given directions of wave propagation). 
The two-scale asymptotic homogenization procedure will first be recalled. In particular, the second-order asymptotic expansion enables to model the low-frequency dispersive behavior of waves in these media. Illustratrations will be given for bilaminates in 1D, for which we designed correctors for boundary and transmission conditions, that complement the wave model to obtain an overall second-order approximation in bounded domains [1].
The topological optimization algorithm [2] will then be presented for scalar waves in 2D media (e.g. acoustic or antiplane shear waves). First, simple dispersion indicators are extracted from the homogenized model. Cost functionals to be minimized to achieve certain goals are then defined using these indicators. The minimization is then performed thanks to an iterative algorithm, which relies on the concept of topological derivative (TD) of the cost functional. The TD quantifies the sensitivity of the functional to a localized phase change in the unit cell, and therefore indicates optimal locations where to perform these phase changes. The TD of the cost functionnal can be computed from the TDs of the coefficients of the homogenized model, whose expressions were determined in a previous work [3]. At each step, the cell problems underlying the homogenized model, whose solutions are needed to compute the TDs, are solved thanks to FFT-accelerated solvers [4].
Two applications of the method will be presented: maximizing the dispersion in given directions, and determining the microstructure of an architected material from phase velocity measurements. 

[1] Second-order homogenization of boundary and transmission conditions for one-dimensional waves in periodic media,
Remi Cornaggia and Bojan B. Guzina, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2020

[2] Tuning effective dynamical properties of periodic media by FFT-accelerated topological optimization,
Rémi Cornaggia, Cédric Bellis, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2020 

[3] Microstructural topological sensitivities of the second-order macroscopic model for waves in periodic media.
Marc Bonnet, Rémi Cornaggia and Bojan B. Guzina, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 2018

[4] A numerical method for computing the overall response of nonlinear composites with complex microstructure, 
Hervé Moulinec et Pierre Suquet, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 1998  

(files of [1,2,3] available on HAL : )

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March 4: No seminar due to the Conference SIAM CSE

March 18: Pedro Gonzalez Rodriguez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Title: Solving the Helmholtz equation using RBF-FD

Abstract: In this talk I am going to explain the RBF-FD method  starting from the basic RBF interpolation and finishing with the use of polyharmonic splines combined with polynomials. Finally I will apply it to solve the Helmholtz equation and show some results.

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April 8 :

Benjamin Latham (UC Merced)

Title: Finite element methods for 3D plasmonic problems

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Cory McCullough (UC Merced)

Title: Near-Field Acoustic Scattering by Sound Hard Spheres

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April 22: Elsie Cortes (UC Merced)

Title: Modeling Scattering Problems for Multilayered Media

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May 6: Imaging and Sensing journal club

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: Camille Carvalho

Title: Limiting Amplitude Principle for plasmonic structures with corners

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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