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PAQUETTE, Glenn Curtis

Education/Job Career History

  • 1993 Completion of Ph.D. in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1993--1995  Kyoto University Department of Physics, JSPS Post-doctoral Researcher
  • 1995--1997  Media Dynamics Corp., Ltd., Director
  • 1997--2008  Paquette Research, Director
  • 2008 Brown University Department of Physics, Visiting Scientist
  • 2009-- the endo of March 2011   Kyoto University Department of Physics, GCOE Associate Professor

Research History

There have been two main areas of my research to this time, condensed matter theory and applied mathematics. The field of condensed matter physics is concerned with elucidating the universal behavior exhibited by condensed matter systems. In this context, I have focused mainly on the study of phase separation dynamics, turbulence, chaos and pattern formation. Within applied mathematics, I have investigated the so-called realizability problem (that is, the problem of formulating methods to distinguish the physically realizable and physically unrealizable behavior exhibited by mathematical models) and the asymptotic analysis of differential equations. In particular, I have studied the formulation of a renormalization group framework within which we can understand these and other issues related to the modeling of physical phenomena.

Research Plan at GCOE

Presently, my main interest is in the construction of a theoretical framework for describing non-equilibrium phenomena. Attempts to construct theories of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics began more than one-hundred years ago, but it is fair to say that these fields are still in their infancy, and the seminal discoveries that will shape their futures have yet to be made. I am presently particularly interested in constructing a formalism for non-equilibrium steady states and extending fluctuation theorems to regimes far from equilibrium. In addition, I am attempting to apply such ideas to the study of biological systems and the earth's climate.