Jörn DavidsenPhD in Theoretical Physics Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel Germany
Areas of Research
Physical, geophysical, chemical, living and man-made systems often show behaviors that cannot be understood by studying their building blocks or constituents to ever finer detail but that are emergent. The concept of emergence can be summarized by the statement that there exists an entity (e.g. an organism) which is more than the sum of its parts. This is often used as the defining property of a complex system. Prominent examples of such complex systems include the brain, the heart as well as the climate system, space weather and seismicity. Understanding emergent properties, their stability and the self-organization processes leading to them in non-equilibrium systems is one of the central quests of modern physics and beyond.
Working with this supervisor
I am always looking for excellent and motivated students. Current specific topics of interest include but are not limited to complex network theory, neuronal avalanches and brain networks, earthquake triggering, network inference and network information as well as rock fracture and hydraulic fracturing. Many of the ongoing theoretical and computational projects are pursued in close collaboration with experimentalists. You can find my contact details on my homepage.