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Oleg Kirillov

Vice-Chancellors Senior Research Fellow

Oleg had worked previously at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf for 5 years as a Senior Research Scientist of the Magnetohydrodynamics Department of the Institute of Fluid Dynamics; at the University of Darmstadt for 5 years as an Alexander von Humboldt and DFG Research Fellow; and at the Lomonosov Moscow State University for 7 years as a Senior Researcher. He gained a BSc with honours in Physics and Mathematics, followed by MSc with honours in Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and a PhD in Theoretical Mechanics from the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Since 2013 Oleg is a visiting professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, at the University of Trento, at ESPCI ParisTech, and at the University of Le Havre.

Oleg had organized a BIRS Research Workshop on Spectral Analysis, Stability and Bifurcation in Modern Nonlinear Physical Systems in Banff, Canada, in 2012. He is a coordinator and co-organizer of the CISM-AIMETA Advanced School “Dynamic Stability and Bifurcation in Nonconservative Mechanics” in Udine, Italy, in 2017. Oleg is a co-organizer of a Mini-Symposium on Instabilities in Structural Mechanics and Fluid-Structure Interactions at the EUROMECH European Solid Mechanics Conference in Bologna, Italy, in 2018.

Oleg is an author of the monograph “Nonconservative Stability problems of Modern Physics” published by De Gruyter in 2013.

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PhD, MSc (hons), BSc (hons)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Research of Dr. Kirillov is in the fields of mathematical physics, dynamical systems, solid and fluid mechanics, and stability theory. His particular interests are in non-Hermitian physics, dissipative systems, dissipation-induced instabilities and nonconservative stability, dynamics, and bifurcation problems of physics and mechanics. He has an expertise in the development and application of perturbation and asymptotic methods to the models described by non-self-adjoint operators, the spectral analysis of such operators and their multiple parameter families. Oleg collaborates with engineers on the problems of friction-induced vibrations and acoustics of friction and with physicists on the problems of wave propagation in absorptive media, magnetohydrodynamics dynamo, magnetorotational instability and multiple-diffusive instabilities in the flows of rotating fluids. His teaching responsibilities are in Applied Mathematics.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Dr. Kirillov has active research collaborations with the University of Trento, University of Cagliari, ESPCI ParisTech, Courant Institute at New York University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Le Havre, University of Kyushu, and University of Surrey.

Current/Recent Projects

WORKSHOP: Mini-Symposium “Instabilities in Structural Mechanics and Fluid-Structure Interactions” at the EUROMECH European Solid Mechanics Conference, Organizers O. Doare, O.N. Kirillov, Bologna, Italy (2018).

WORKSHOP: CISM-AIMETA Advanced School “Dynamic Stability and Bifurcation in Nonconservative Mechanics”, Organizers D. Bigoni, O.N. Kirillov, Udine, Italy (2017).

PROJECT: 959 - MetaNon “Non-Linear metamaterials": Exploiting the Multisymplectic Structure and Theory of Multiparameter Eigenvalue Problems, M. Brun, O.N. Kirillov (visiting professor), University of Cagliari (UNICA), Italy (2017).

PROJECT: ERC Advanced Grant "Instabilities and nonlocal multiscale modelling of materials" FP7-PEOPLE-IDEAS-ERC-2013-AdG, D. Bigoni (PI), O.N. Kirillov (visiting professor), University of Trento, Italy (2014-2019).

WORKSHOP: BIRS Research Workshop on Spectral Analysis, Stability and Bifurcation in Modern Nonlinear Physical Systems, Organizers P. Binding, T.J. Bridges, I. Hoveijn, Y. Fukumoto, O.N. Kirillov and D. Pelinovsky, Banff, Canada (2012).

PROJECT: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, University of Kyushu, Japan, O.N. Kirillov (visiting professor) (2010)

Key Publications

Tommasini M., Kirillov O.N., Misseroni D., and Bigoni D. The destabilizing effect of external damping: Singular flutter boundary for the Pfluger column with vanishing external dissipation. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 91 (2016), 204-215.

Kirillov O. N., Stefani, F., Fukumoto Y., “Local instabilities in magnetized rotational flows: a short-wavelength approach”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 760 (2014), 591–633

Kirillov, O.N., Nonconservative Stability Problems of Modern Physics, De Gruyter Studies in Mathematical Physics, 14, De Gruyter, Berlin, Boston, 2013, 429pp.

Kirillov, O.N., Stefani, F., “Extending the range of the inductionless magnetorotational instability”, Physical Review Letters, 111:061103 (2013)

Dietz, B., Harney, H. L., Kirillov, O. N., Miski-Oglu, M., Richter, A., and Schäfer, F., “Exceptional Points in a Microwave Billiard with Time-Reversal Invariance Violation”, Physical Review Letters, 106:150403 (2011)

Kirillov, O.N., Verhulst, F., “Paradoxes of dissipation-induced destabilization or who opened Whitney’s umbrella?”, Zeitschrift fur angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik-ZAMM, 90:6 (2010), 462 – 488

Kirillov O. N., Guenther U., Stefani F., “Determining role of Krein signature for three dimensional Arnold tongues of oscillatory dynamos”, Physical Review E, 79:1 (2009), 016205

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