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I received my Ph.D. in May 1987 from the University of Paris VII.
After a post-doc at the Mathematics Department of the University of Arizona, I was hired at CNRS in 1988.

Research Interests

Nonlinear waves: Alfvén Wave Dynamics

Patterns: Phase dynamics for Rayleigh-Bénard convection far from onset.
Rotating convection

Turbulence : compressible flows ; vortex tube formation

Astrophysical fluid dynamics:
Supersonic MHD turbulence in the ISM; statistics of density fluctuations and magnetic pressure

 Hydrodynamic modeling of bacterial colonies


List of recent publications


Simulations of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in astrophysics: recent achievements and perspectives

Review articles on the topics of this conference have appeared in volume 614 of the Series
Lecture Notes in Physics, published by Springer Verlag, entitled
"Turbulence and Magnetic Fields in Astrophysics"

Simulations numériques de la dynamique des milieux non-collisionnels

Alfvén 2004 Workshop on Space Environment Turbulence

Original papers presented at this conference were published in a special issue of
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, volume 11 and 12 (2004)
Advances in space environment turbulence

The Seventh International Workshop on Nonlinear Waves and Turbulence in Space Plasmas

Original papers presented at this conference were published in a special issue of
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, volume 15 and 16 (2009)
Coupling between large and small scale turbulence in space and laboratory plasmas

pdfA review talk presented at the Trieste Autumn College on Plasma Physics: Long-Lived Structures and Self Organization in Plasmas

Alfvén Wave Filamentation

Involved in that work are :

Stephanie Champeaux (Engineer at CEA)
Dimitri Laveder (IR2, CNRS, OCA)
Thierry Passot
Pierre-Louis Sulem

Physical context and main results


pdfRemarks on the parallel propagation of small-amplitude Alfvén waves Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 6, 169-178 (1999).

gzAlfvén wave filamentation beyond the envelope formalism Physica Scripta, T84, 38--41 (2000).

gzInstabilities and filamentation of dispersive Alfvén waves Proceedings of the fourth UNAM Supercomputing Conference; Computational Fluid Dynamics,
Mexico City, June 27-30 2000; World Scientific.

gzDirect numerical simulation of Alfvén-wave filamentation in Hall-MHD Proc. 2000 International Congress on Plasma Physics; (Quebec City, Oct. 23-27, 2000), 204-207.

pdfTransverse collapse of low-frequency Alfvén waves Physica D, 152-153, 694--704 (2001).

Transverse dynamics of dispersive Alfvén waves: I. Direct numerical evidence of filamentation : Phys. Plasmas, 9, 293-304 (2002).

Transverse dynamics of dispersive Alfvén waves II. Driving of a reduced MHD flow : Phys. Plasmas, 9, 305-314 (2002).

pdfWave collapse in dispersive magnetohydrodynamics: direct simulations and envelope modeling. Physica D, 184, 237-258 (2003).

A movie


pdfFilamentation instability of long Alfvén waves in warm collisionless plasmasPhys. Plasmas, 10, 3914-3921 (2003).

Landau-fluid model for dispersive MHD waves in collisionless plasmas

pdfLong-Alfvén-wave trains in collisionless plasmas. I. Kinetic theory, Phys. Plasmas, 10, 3887-3905 (2003).

pdfLong-Alfvén-wave trains in collisionless plasmas. II A Landau-fluid approach, Phys. Plasmas, 10, 3906-3913 (2003).

pdfA fluid description for Landau damping of dispersive MHD waves Nonlinear Proc. Geophys., 11, 245-258 (2004).

pdfA Landau fluid model for dispersive magnetohydrodynamics Phys. Plasmas 11, 5173-5189 (2004).

pdfTowards fluid simulations of dispersive MHD waves in a warm collisionless plasma in ``Dynamical Processes in Critical Regions of the Heliosphere'', R. von Steiger and M. Gedalin eds.,
Advances in Space Research, in press.

pdfLandau-fluid simulations of Alfvén-wave instabilities in a warm collisionless plasma Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics 11, 609-618 (2004).

pdfA Landau -fluid model for dispersive magnetohydrodynamics Talk given at the conference "Magnetic Fields in the Universe", Angra dos Reis, Brésil, November 28 - December 3, 2004.

pdfA Landau fluid model for warm collisionless plasmas Phys. Plasmas, sous presse.


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