Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Neurowissenschaften, Biophysik und Molekulare Biowissenschaften

Dr. Michael Wilczek

  • 2001-2007 Diploma Studies in Physics, University of Münster
  • 2007-2011 PhD studies, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Münster
  • 2011-2012 Lecturer, postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Münster
  • 2013-2014 postdoctoral fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA)
  • 2014 postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics I, University of Bochum
  • since 2015 Head of the Max Planck Research Group ?Theory of Turbulent Flows", Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Major Research Interests

  • Despite its omnipresence and relevance in nature and engineering, a comprehensive understanding of turbulent flows remains elusive. From the viewpoint of theoretical physics, fully developed turbulence constitutes a paradigm of a complex system with a large number of strongly interacting degrees of freedom far from equilibrium. The goal of our research is to contribute to our understanding of turbulent flows by means of statistical theories, modeling, and numerical simulations. Besides studying fundamental aspects of turbulent flows, we furthermore strive for the transfer of most recent theoretical concepts to applied problems such as atmospheric turbulence and wind energy conversion.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • M. Wilczek, R. Stevens, C . Meneveau, Spatio-temporal spectra in the logarithmic layer of wall-turbulence: large-eddy simulations and simple models, J. Fluid Mech. 769, R1 (2015)
  • M. Wilczek, C. Meneveau, Pressure Hessian and viscous contributions to the velocity gradient statistics based on Gaussian random fields, J. Fluid Mech. 756, 191 (2014)
  • K. Petschel, S. Stellmach, M. Wilczek, J. Lülff, U. Hansen, Dissipation Layers in Rayleigh-Benard convection: A unifying view, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 114502 (2013)
  • M. Wilczek, Y. Narita, Wavenumber-frequency spectrum for turbulence from a random sweeping hypothesis with mean flow, Phys. Rev. E 86, 066308 (2012)
  • M. Wilczek, A. Daitche, R. Friedrich, On the velocity distribution in homogeneous isotropic turbulence: correlations and deviations from Gaussianity, J. Fluid Mech. 676, 191 (2011)
  • M. Wilczek, R. Friedrich, Dynamical origins for non-Gaussian vorticity distributions in turbulent flows, Phys. Rev. E 80, 016316 (2009)