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Carries out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) is one of two Mathematics Departments at the University of Cambridge, the other being the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS). The two Departments together constitute the Faculty of Mathematics, and are responsible for the teaching of Mathematics and its applications within the Mathematical Tripos.

DAMTP has a 50-year tradition of carrying out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Members of DAMTP have made seminal theoretical advances in the development of mathematical techniques and in the application of mathematics, combined with physical reasoning, to many different areas of science. A unique strength is the G K Batchelor Laboratory, in which fundamental experimental science is also performed. Research students have always played a crucial role in DAMTP research, working on demanding research problems under the supervision of leading mathematical scientists and, in many cases, moving on to become research leaders themselves. The current aims of DAMTP are to continue this tradition, in doing so broadening the range of subject areas studied and using new mathematical and computational techniques.

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  • The effect of texture granularity on turbulence 

    Xie, Wenxiong
    We study the effect of surface texture on an overlying turbulent flow for the case of textures made of an alternating slip/no-slip pattern, a common model for super- hydrophobic surfaces. For texture sizes L⁺ ≤ 20, it has ...
  • Scattering by porous aerofoil adaptations 

    Priddin, Matthew
    Machines, and aircraft, in particular, can generate a large amount of noise that causes disruption and irritation. From the beginning of the jet era, the need to control aeroacoustic noise generation has been important in ...
  • Theoretical investigations into principles of topographic map formation and applications 

    Gale, Nicholas
    Topographic maps are ubiquitous brain structures that are fundamental to sensory and higher order systems and are composed of connections between two regions obeying the relationship: physically neighbouring cells in a ...
  • Magneto-thermal Instability in Dilute Magnetized Plasmas 

    Perrone, Lorenzo Maria
    In dilute, magnetised plasmas exchanges of heat across magnetic field lines are strongly suppressed, as charged particles rapidly gyrate around magnetic field lines but only infrequently scatter due to Coulomb collisions. ...

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