Couette-Taylor flow: history of a paradigm

  • Tuckerman, Laurette (PMMH)

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Laurette Tuckerman is a senior researcher at PMMH (Physique et Mecanique des Milieux Heterogenes), an institute affiliated with the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), ESPCI and Sorbonne University. Prior to this, she was at the University of Texas at Austin and she obtained her bachelors and PhD degrees from Princeton and MIT. She studies hydrodynamic instabilities (such as those in Couette flows, thermal convection, and Faraday waves) using the methods of computational fluid dynamics and of bifurcation theory. She also studies the laminar-turbulent patterns which occur during transition to turbulence in wall-bounded shear flows. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of Euromech. Laurette Tuckerman began her scientific career by studying spherical Couette flow, but eventually branched out to cylindrical (Taylor) and plane Couette flows. She has been attending the ICTW for 40(!) years.