Department of Mathematics - College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University

Dr. Olivier Pinaud recipient of a NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Olivier Pinaud recipient of a NSF CAREER Award

Ken Klopfenstein

Congratulations to Dr. Olivier Pinaud for wining a Young Researcher (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. This is the first CAREER Award received by a faculty member in the history of the department.

The funded project is titled Transport Phenomena in Quantum Systems and Random Media. Transport phenomena are ubiquitous in nature, whether at the large scale of our macroscopic world or at the very small scale of particles. They describe interactions and exchanges between systems, and how quantities of interest are transported from one location to another. The research focuses on two important instances of these phenomena, the transport of light or sound waves in complex environments and the transport of particles in devices at the nanometer scale. These two topics have many applications in various fundamental areas such as telecommunications, non-destructive testing, medical imaging, and nanoelectronics. Very often, transport phenomena are multiscale, in the sense that the underlying physics involves various spatial or temporal scales of very different orders of magnitude. As a consequence, the description and the simulation of transport processes are extremely difficult, and this is where mathematical analysis plays a central role. By identifying a set of important parameters, the original models can be simplified into reduced models, more amenable to analysis and computations. This notion of asymptotic analysis is the common thread of the two topics of the project. The research will advance new mathematical models and techniques, as well as new computational methods, for transport phenomena in random media and in quantum systems.

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