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

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

Mort, P, McKenzie, K, Wambaugh, J, and Behringer, R. "Granular flow through an orifice - effect of granule size and shape distributions." AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings (2006).

Yu, P, and Behringer, RP. "Granular friction: a slider experiment." Chaos 15.4 (December 2005): 041102-. Full Text

Daniels, KE, Mukhopadhyay, S, and Behringer, RP. "Starbursts and wispy drops: surfactants spreading on gels." Chaos 15.4 (December 2005): 041107-. Full Text

Majmudar, TS, and Behringer, RP. "Contact force measurements and stress-induced anisotropy in granular materials." Nature 435.7045 (June 23, 2005): 1079-1082. Full Text