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

Behringer, RP, Herrmann, HJ, and Luding, S. "Granular Matter: Editorial." Granular Matter 10.5 (2008): 351--. Full Text

Wambaugh, JF, Behringer, RP, Matthews, JV, and Gremaud, PA. "Response to perturbations for granular flow in a hopper." Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 76.5 Pt 1 (November 2007): 051303-. Full Text

Daniels, KE, Mukhopadhyay, S, Houseworth, PJ, and Behringer, RP. "Instabilities in droplets spreading on gels." Phys Rev Lett 99.12 (September 21, 2007): 124501-. Full Text

Majmudar, TS, Sperl, M, Luding, S, and Behringer, RP. "Jamming transition in granular systems." Phys Rev Lett 98.5 (February 2, 2007): 058001-. Full Text

Dutt, M, and Behringer, RP. "Effects of surface friction on a two-dimensional granular system: numerical model of a granular collider experiment." Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 75.2 Pt 1 (February 2007): 021305-. Full Text

Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Oron, A. "Maragoni convection in binary mixtures." Phys. Rev. E 76 (2007): 106307-. (Academic Article)

Kondic, L, O'Hern, C, and Behringer, RP. "Dense Granular Systems: From Theory to Applications." SIAM News 40 (2007): 13-15. (Academic Article)

Behringer, RP, Wilkinson, A, and Metzger, PT. "Grenular Matter: Editorial." Granular Matter 9.5 (2007): 293-294. Full Text

Zhang, J, Behringer, RP, and Oron, A. "Marangoni convection in binary mixtures." Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 76.1 (2007). Full Text

Daniels, KE, and Behringer, RP. "Characterization of a freezing/melting transition in a vibrated and sheared granular medium." Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 7 (2006). Full Text