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Prof Gennady El


Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Gennady El 

I graduated from the Department of Physics and Mechanics of the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (now St. Petersburg Polytechnic University) in 1986. I then moved to Moscow to work on a PhD project on nonlinear waves in plasma at the Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. After obtaining a PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1991 I have held the posts of Researcher (1991-1993), Senior Researcher (1994 – 1999) and Leading Researcher (2000 – 2005) at the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and also had visiting research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany (1993 – 1995); Duke University, USA (1998); Monash University, Australia (1998 – 2000), and Coventry University, UK (2001 – 2005). In 2005 -2018 I have worked at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University as a Lecturer (2005-2008), Senior Lecturer (2008 -2010), and a Reader in Applied Mathematics (2010 -2018).

In September 2018 I joined the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University as a Professor of Applied Mathematics. I am also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University (2018 – present) and an Invited Professor at the Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Atomes et Molécules (PhLAM), University of Lille, France (2015 – present)

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PGR Supervision

  • Henry Carr Integrable Turbulence and Statistical Mechanics of Nonlinear Dispersive Waves Start Date: 18/01/2021
  • Giacomo Roberti Analysis and control of rogue waves in fibre lasers and in hydrodynamics: integrable turbulence framework. Start Date: 01/10/2018

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Nonlinear dispersive waves; Solitons; Asymptotic methods for PDE's; Dispersive hydrodynamics


  • Theoretical Physics PhD June 30 1991
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy FHEA 2008

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Local emergence of Peregrine solitons: experiments and theory, Suret, P., Tikan, A., Randoux, S., El, G., Tovbis, A., Copie, ‪. 5 Feb 2021, In: Frontiers in Physics
  • From modulational instability to focusing dam breaks in water waves, Bonnefoy, F., Tikan, A., Copie, F., Suret, P., Ducrozet, G., Prabhudesai, G., Michel, G., Cazaubiel, A., Falcon, E., El, G., Randoux, S. 27 Mar 2020, In: Physical Review Fluids
  • Nonlinear Spectral Synthesis of Soliton Gas in Deep-Water Surface Gravity Waves, Suret, P., Tikan, A., Bonnefoy, F., Copie, F., Ducrozet, G., Gelash, A., Prabhudesai, G., Michel, G., Cazaubiel, A., Falcon, E., El, G., Randoux, S. 31 Dec 2020, In: Physical Review Letters
  • Solitary wave fission of a large disturbance in a viscous fluid conduit, Maiden, M., Franco, N., Webb, E., El, G., Hoefer, M. 25 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • Spectral theory of soliton and breather gases for the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation, El, G., Tovbis, A. 8 May 2020, In: Physical Review E
  • Bound state soliton gas dynamics underlying the spontaneous modulational instability, Gelash, A., Agafontsev, D., Zakharov, V., El, G., Randoux, S., Suret, P. 6 Dec 2019, In: Physical Review Letters
  • Early stage of integrable turbulence in the one-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation: a semiclassical approach to statistics, Roberti, G., El, G., Randoux, S., Suret, P. 19 Sep 2019, In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
  • Interaction of linear modulated waves and unsteady dispersive hydrodynamic states with application to shallow water waves, Congy, T., El, G., Hoefer, M. 25 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • Modulational instability of a plane wave in the presence of localized perturbations: Experiments in nonlinear fiber optics, Kraych, A., Suret, P., El, G., Randoux, S. 23 Jun 2019, 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019, Piscataway, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • Nonlinear evolution of the locally induced modulational instability in fiber optics, Kraych, A., Suret, P., El, G., Randoux, S. 8 Feb 2019, In: Physical Review Letters

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