Robert P. Behringer

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

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

Bi, D, Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Chakraborty, B. "Fluctuations in Shear-Jammed States: A Statistical Ensemble Approach." Full Text

Coulais, C, Behringer, RP, and Dauchot, O. "The Jamming point street-lamp in the world of granular media." Soft Matter 10: 1519-1536. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sarkar, S, Bi, D, Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Chakraborty, B. "Origin of Rigidity in Dry Granular Solids." Full Text

Clark, AH, Petersen, AJ, and Behringer, RP. "Collisional Model for Granular Impact Dynamics." Phys. Rev. E 89: 012201-. Full Text