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Anna L. Lin
Duke University Physics
Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0305

alin {at} phy.duke.edu


NSF Career Award

Smith Faculty Enrichment Award

Research Overview

Our group investigates the spatial and temporal patterns, and the instabilities from which they arise, found in chemical and biological systems far from thermodynamic equilibrium. We use different well-controlled experimental reaction-diffusion systems to study the non-equilibrium physical phenomena that are inherent in many complex naturally occurring systems such as cell populations, the brain, the heart, plasmas and combustion. We use these systems to develop quantitative descriptions of pattern formation, spatio-temporal dynamics, and non-equilibrium transition phenomena.

Our research approach is to simplify a system as much as possible with focus on investigation of a physical phenomenon, e.g. pattern formation or bifurcations, found in a broad class of systems. To develop and deepen our understanding we conduct computer simulations and closely collaborate with theorists.

Selected Publications

Linda B. Smolka, Bradley Marts and Anna L. Lin, "Effect of Inhomogeneities on Spiral Wave Dynamics in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction", Phys. Rev. E, 72, 056205 (2005). [pdf (283 kb)]

April C. Horton, Bence Rácz, Eric E. Monson, Anna L. Lin, Richard J. Weinberg, and Michael D. Ehlers, "Polarized Secretory Trafficking Directs Cargo for Asymmetric Dendrite Growth and Morphogenesis", Neuron 48 757-771 (8 Dec 2005). [pdf (1.7 Mb)]

Bradley Marts, Aric Hagberg, Ehud Meron and Anna L. Lin, "Bloch-Front Turbulence in a Periodically Forced Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction", Phys. Rev. Lett., 93, 108305 (2004). [pdf (260 kb)]

A. L. Lin, Bernward A. Mann, Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, Bryan Lincoln, Josef Kas, Harry L. Swinney, "Localization and Extinction of Bacterial Populations Under Inhomogeneous Growth Conditions", Biophys. J., 87, 75–80 (2004). [pdf (268 kb)]

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0348910. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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