Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Neurowissenschaften, Biophysik und Molekulare Biowissenschaften

Dr. Stephan Weiss

Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

  • Since 2015: Project leader at the LFPB, MPI-DS
  • 2012 -2013 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, USA with Prof. R.D. Deegan
  • 2009-2012 and 2013-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara, USA with Prof. G. Ahlers
  • 2005-2009 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) Experimental Physics, Georg-August University Göttingen/MPIDS with Prof. E. Bodenschatz
  • 1999-2005 Studies and Diploma in Physics, University of Bayreuth

Major Research Interests
Turbulent thermal convection is one of the most important heat transport mechanism and a model system for turbulence. It occurs in many geo- and astrophysical systems, such as the Earth's atmosphere, its outer core, or stellar interiors. Due to its turbulent nature no exact models exists to describe such flows and or predict the heat transport therein.
Therefore, experiments are particular important. In my work I conduct experiments to answer various questions concerning turbulent convection.
In example I study, how rotation affects the flow structure and the transported heat in thermal convection, a question most relevant for atmospheric research. Another question is, how phase transitions in the convecting fluid change the convection pattern and the heat transport.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • S. Weiss and R.D. Deegan, Quantized orbits in weakly coupled Belousov-Zhabotinsky reactors, Europhys. Lett., 110, 60004 (2015)

  • S. Weiss and G. Ahlers, Nematic - isotropic phase transition in turbulent thermal convection, Journ. Fluid Mech., 737, 308 (2013)

  • S. Weiss, G. Seiden and E. Bodenschatz, Pattern Formation in Spatially Forced Thermal convection, New Journ. of Phys., 14, 053010 (2012)

  • S. Weiss and G. Ahlers, Turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection in a cylindrical container with aspect ratio Γ = 0.50 and Prandtl number Pr=4.38, Journ. of Fluid Mech., 676, 1-4 (2011)

  • S. Weiss, R.J.A.M. Stevens, J.-Q. Zhong, H.J.H. Clercx, D. Lohse, G. Ahlers, Finite-size effects lead to supercritical bifurcations in turbulent rotating Rayleigh-Benard convection, Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 225401 (2010)