Henry Greenside

Henry Greenside

Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
097 Physics Bldg, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Physics Department, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2548


After working in nonlinear dynamics and nonequilibrium pattern formation for many years, my research group has begun studying problems in theoretical neurobiology in collaboration with Professor Richard Mooney's experimental group on birdsong at Duke University. The main scientific question we are interested in is how songbirds learn to sing their song, which is a leading experimental paradigm for the broader neurobiology question of how animals learn behaviors that involve sequences of time. My group is interested in problems arising at the cellular and network levels (as opposed to behavioral levels). One example is understanding the origin, mechanism, and eventually the purpose of highly sparse high-frequency bursts of spikes that are observed in the nucleus HVC of songbird brains (this is the first place where auditory information seems to be combined with motor information). A second example is to understand how auditory and motor information are combined, e.g., there are data that suggests that the same group of neurons that instruct the respiratory and syringeal muscles to produce song (again in nucleus HVC) are also involved in recognizing song. A third example is trying to understand changes in anatomy (increases in spine stability) that were recently observed in living brain tissue as a bird learns its song.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1981

  • M.A., Princeton University 1977

  • B.A., Harvard University 1974

Holland, B, Greenside, HS, and Schluter, M. "COHESIVE PROPERTIES OF Ge, Si, AND DIAMOND CALCULATED WITH MINIMUM BASIS SETS." Physica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research 126.2 (1984): 511-515.

Greenside, HS, and Schlater, M. "Pseudopotentials for the 3d transition-metal elements." Physical Review B 28.2 (1983): 535-543. Full Text

Greenside, HS, and Schlüter, MA. "Pseudopotential calculation of the ground-state properties of ferromagnetic bcc iron." Physical Review B 27.5 (1983): 3111-3114. Full Text

Greenside, HS, Wolf, A, Swift, J, and Pignataro, T. "Impracticality of a box-counting algorithm for calculating the dimensionality of strange attractors." Physical Review A 25.6 (1982): 3453-3456. Full Text

Greenside, HS, Jr, WMC, and Schryer, NL. "Nonlinear pattern formation near the onset of Rayleigh-Bénard convection." Physical Review Letters 49.10 (1982): 726-729. Full Text

Greenside, HS, Ahlers, G, Hohenberg, PC, and Walden, RW. "A simple stochastic model for the onset of turbulence in Rayleigh-Bénard convection." Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 5.2-3 (1982): 322-334.

Greenside, HS, Blount, EI, and Varma, CM. "Possible coexisting superconducting and magnetic states." Physical Review Letters 46.1 (1981): 49-53. Full Text

Greenside, HS, and Helfand, E. "NUMERICAL INTEGRATION OF STOCHASTIC DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS - 2." The Bell System technical journal 60.8 (1981): 1927-1940.

Greenside, HS, Helfand, E, and Walden, RW. "Numerical-integration of additive, stochastic differential-equations." Bulletin Of The American Physical Society 26.3 (1981): 273-274. (Academic Article)

Greenside, HS, and Hamann, DR. "Cl chemisorption on the Pd(001) surface: A self-consistent LCAO calculation of electronic structure." Solid State Communications 39.11 (1981): 1129-1132.