Spring 2013, Thursdays, Milner 216, 4:00-4:50 PM

Date: April 18

"  An Introduction to Hydrodynamic Stability "
 Craig Gin  


The study of the instability of fluid flows and their transition to turbulence is important in many disciplines including astrophysics, biology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, and physics. In this talk, I will give a basic introduction to hydrodynamic stability. We will discuss what it means for a flow to be stable and what mathematical techniques are used in this analysis. This will be accomplished through several simple examples. I will conclude by discussing a problem in hydrodynamic stability that is a current area of research.