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Luther, Stefan, Prof. Dr.

  • 2009 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

  • 2008 Adjunct Professor of Physics, Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics, Georg-August-University, Goettingen

  • 2006 Head of Biomedical Physics Group (W2, Max Planck Research Group), Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

  • 2004-06 Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2001-04 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Twente, Enschede, NL

  • 2000 PhD, Georg-August-University, Goettingen

  • 1997 Diplom in Physics, Georg-August-University Goettingen

Major Research Interests

The mission of the Biomedical Physics Group is the investigation of self-organization far from equilibrium in complex biological and hydrodynamic systems, combining expertise from fluid dynamics, soft- condensed matter physics, nonlinear dynamics and theoretical biology.
The research group is devoted to both analysis of biological and medical processes using physical methodology and facilitation of medical procedures by technical means.
Complex spatio-temporal wave dynamics underlies a variety of debilitating crises in extended excitable systems. An example are cardiac arrhythmias. This electro-mechanical malfunction of the heart is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the industrialized world.
We employ experimental, numerical and theoretical techniques to elucidate fundamental molecular and dynamical mechanisms underlying cardiac fibrillation, and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

Homepage Department/Research Group

Selected Recent Publications

  • P. Bittihn, G. Luther, E. Bodenschatz, V. Krinsky, U. Parlitz and S. Luther, Far field pacing supersedes anti-tachycardia pacing in a generic model of excitable media, New J. Phys. 10 No 10, 103012 (2008).

  • N.F. Otani, A. Mo, S. Mannava, F.H. Fenton, E.M. Cherry, S. Luther, and R.F. Gilmour, Jr., Characterization of multiple spiral wave dynamics as a stochastic predator-prey system, Phys. Rev. E. 78, 021913 (2008).

  • E. van Nierop, S. Luther, J. Bluemink, J. Magnaudet, A.
    Prosperetti, and D. Lohse, Drag and lift forces on bubbles in a rotating flow, J. Fluid Mech. 571, 439-454 (2007).

  • R. Toegel, S. Luther, and D. Lohse, Viscosity destabilizes bubbles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 114301 (2006).

  • T.H. van den Berg, S. Luther, D. Lathrop, and D. Lohse, Drag reduction in bubbly Taylor-Couette turbulence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 044501 (2005).

GGNB Luther

Prof. Dr. Stefan Luther
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Biomedical Physics
Am Fassberg 17
37077 Göttingen

phone: +49-(0)551-5176 370
fax: +49-(0)551-5176 371

GGNB Affiliation
Theoretical and Computational Neur

Physics of Biological and Complex
Systems (IMPRS)