Robert P. Behringer

James B. Duke Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
095 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2550


Dr. Behringer's research interests include granular materials: friction, earthquakes, jamming; nonlinear dynamics; and fluids: Rayleigh-Benard convection, the flow of thin liquid films, porous media flow, and quantum fluids. His studies focus particularly on experiments (with some theory/simulation) that yield new insights into the dynamics and complex behavior of these systems. His experiments involve a number of highly novel approaches, including the use of photoelasticity for probing granular systems, innovative experiments to characterize the stability of surface flows and properties of gels, and magnetic resonance imaging to study flows in porous media.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1975

Geng, J, and Behringer, RP. "Slow Drag in 2D Granular Media."

Clark, AH, and Behringer, RP. "Granular Impact Model as an Energy-Depth Relation." EPL 101: 64001-. Full Text

Lois, G, Zhang, J, Majmudar, TS, Henkes, S, Chakraborty, B, O'Hern, CS, and Behringer, RP. "Entropic origin of stress correlations in granular materials." Phys. Rev. E 80: 060303-.

Coulais, C, Behringer, RP, and Dauchot, O. "Contacts Dynamics Reveals Widom Lines for Jamming." EPL 100: 44005-. Full Text