Professor Noel Frederick Smyth


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  Present position:  Professor of Nonlinear Waves, School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh.


  • B.Sc. (Hons, first class), 1980, University of Queensland

  • Ph.D., 1984, California Institute of Technology

Photographs of G.B. Whitham memorial dedication

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Tim Minzoni's Conference, 11th to the 13th April, 2012:  Photographs

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WorkshopNonlinear Guided Waves VIII, Hotel Victoria, Oaxaca, Mexico, 29th to the 31st March, 2016.

Zip file of photographs from conference and Monte Alban

WorkshopNonlinear Guided Waves VII, Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, Highlands, Scotland, U.K., 7th to the 9th May, 2014.

Conference photos

Borders photos

Gaetano photos

WorkshopNonlinear Guided Waves VI, University of Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 7th to the 9th May, 2012. Photos

WorkshopNonlinear Guided Waves V, Feza Gürsey Institute for Fundamental Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey, 25th to 27th March, 2011.

WorkshopNonlinear Guided Waves IV, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco, 24th to 26th March, 2010.

WorkshopLight Induced Waveguides and their Applications to Nanophotonics, SASTRA University, Tamil Nadu, India, 7th to 9th December, 2008. 

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


Movies of Soliton Evolution in Two Dimensions

Possible PhD Projects

  • Steering of solitons in liquid crystals (nematicons) with a view to developing photonic devices.

  • Behaviour of solitons in liquid crystals (nematicons) at interfaces.

  • Interaction of one dimensional solitons in liquid crystals (nematicons).

  • Developing higher order corrections to variational methods for the NLS equation incorporating radiation.

  • Examining the stability of optical vortices in nonlocal media, with particular emphasis on liquid crystals.