School of Mathematics

Noel Smyth

The University of Edinburgh The School of Mathematics Room: 6218 James Clerk Maxwell Building, The King's Buildings, Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD Scotland
Tel: Work 0131 650 5080


Research Interests

Research interests

Nonlinear waves in general

Nonlinear optics

Korteweg-de Vries and related equations

Nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) and related equations

Modulation theory

Nonlinear waves in liquid crystals

Sine-Gordon equation and its applications

Nonlinear waves in meteorology and oceanography

Research Groups

Current and Recent PhD Students

1991: J.P. Best, Thesis: The dynamics of underwater explosions.

1992: A.H. Pincombe, Thesis: On the microwave heating of materials with temperature dependent properties.

1998: S.J. Galloway, Thesis: A numerical study of the Stefan problem with an application to the growth of crystalline microstructure.

2002: J.J. Brandt, Thesis: Modelling of All-Optical Devices.

2010: B.D. Skuse, Thesis: The Interaction and Steering of Nematicons

2012: W.J. Xia, Thesis: Refraction of Nonlinear Light Beams in Nematic Liquid Crystals

2012: B. Tope

2013: W.L. Sciberras, Thesis: Propagation of nonlinear optical beams in finite liquid crystal cells

2015: H. Kursungecmez, Thesis: Numerical simulation of shock propagation in one and two dimensional domains

2016: J.M.L. MacNeil, Thesis: Solitary waves in focussing and defocussing nonlinear, nonlocal optical media

2014: X. An

Biographical Statement


1984 Research Fellow, California Institite of Technology.

1985-1986, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne.

1986-1987, Research Associate, University of New South Wales.

1987-1990, Lecturer, University of Wollongong.

1990-1999, Lecturer B, University of Edinburgh.

1999-2004, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.

2004-present, Reader, University of Edinburgh.

Education Background

B.Sc. (Hons, first class), University of Queensland, 1980. PhD., California Institute of Technology, 1984.