Luiza Angheluta
Luiza Angheluta
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Luiza Angheluta, Associate Professor
Condensed Matter Physics Group
Department of Physics, University of Oslo
P.O. 1048 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway
luiza.angheluta@fys.uio.no
(+47) 22 85 67 63

Profile:
Luiza Angheluta is an associate professor (since 2013) in the Condensed Matter Physics Group (Department of Physics), and co-leader of Earth Flows, a cross-disciplinary program on interface dynamics in geophysical flows at the University of Oslo (UiO). She completed her B.Sc. (2004) and MSc (2006) in Physics from the University of Copenhagen/Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark). During the undergraduate studies, she was supervised by Mogens H. Jensen on dynamical systems and turbulence, and was given the opportunity to work on turbulence in the group of Itamar Procaccia at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. In 2009, she received her PhD in Physics from UiO on the evolution of interfaces in reactive and deformable multiphase systems. The thesis was awarded the H. M. King's Gold Medal for the best PhD thesis in 2009 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiO. The project, supervised by Joachim Mathiesen, was part of a Norwegian Center of Excellence called Physics of Geological Process (PGP) directed by Bjørn Jamtveit. During her postdoctoral years, she was a long-term visiting scholar at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (USA), and worked with Nigel Goldenfeld on various topics from turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection to intermittent and dislocation driven plastic deformations in single crystals. In 2012, she was awarded the Fridtjof Nansen Award for young researchers by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Research:
Within theoretical statistical physics, Dr. Angheluta's research is focused on the nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation in spatially extended complex systems. The primary ramifications from this general topic are two-dimensional turbulent flows, plastic deformations, and interfacial processes. Some of the research questions relate to the role of small-scale long-range interactions in the formation of large-scale patterns, the analogy between classical and quantum two-dimensional turbulence from the perspective of vortex dynamics, the connections between turbulence and plasticity stemming from the topological similarity between vortices (flow defects) and dislocations (crystal defects), and the governing balance laws at the fluid-rock interfaces where dissolution/precipitation reactions are coupled with flow and deformation. Dr. Angheluta uses statistical methods, combined with computational approaches including phase field and phase field crystal models, point vortex model, discrete dislocation model, Lattice Boltzmann Method.
Research Topics:
  • Analogy between classical and quantum turbulence
  • Small-scale plastic deformations in crystals
  • Dispersion and reactive transport
  • Collective interactions of tological defects, i.e. vortices and dislocations
  • Interface dynamics, phase field and phase field crystal models
Teaching:
Statistical Mechanics, Fys4130, UiO