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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interaction of linear modulated waves and unsteady dispersive hydrodynamic states with application to shallow water waves, Congy, T., El, G., Hoefer, M. 25 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Schrödinger equations and the universal description of dispersive shock wave structure, Congy, T., El, G., Hoefer, M., Shearer, M. 1 Apr 2019, In: Studies in Applied Mathematics
  • 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
  • Nonlinear spectral analysis of Peregrine solitons observed in optics and in hydrodynamic experiments, Randoux, S., Suret, P., Chabchoub, A., Kibler, B., El, G. 21 Aug 2018, In: Physical Review E
  • Solitonic dispersive hydrodynamics: theory and observation, Maiden, M., Anderson, D., Franco, N., El, G., Hoefer, M. 6 Apr 2018, In: Physical Review Letters
  • Hydrodynamic optical soliton tunnelling, Sprenger, P., Hoefer, M., El, G. 29 Mar 2018, In: Physical Review E
  • Dispersive shock waves in systems with nonlocal dispersion of Benjamin-Ono type, El, G., Nguyen, L., Smyth, N. 27 Feb 2018, In: Nonlinearity
  • Stationary expansion shock waves for a regularized Boussinesq system, El, G., Hoefer, M., Shearer, M. 2 Jan 2018, In: Studies in Applied Mathematics
  • Rogue Waves in Integrable Turbulence: Semi-Classical Theory and Fast Measurements, El, G., Suret, P., Onorato, M., Randoux, S. Dec 2017, Guided wave optics: A testbed for extreme events, Institute of Physics
  • Oblique spatial dispersive shock waves in nonlinear Schrödinger flows, Hoefer, M., El, G., Kamchatnov, A. 17 Aug 2017, In: SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics

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Giacomo Roberti Start: 01/10/2018


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