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Education

  • Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado-Boulder
  • M. S. in Physics from University of Illinois, Urbana
  • B. S. in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                                                                                                       
Research Interests

Theoretical Physics. Theory and Modeling of Turbulence. Focus of current research includes:

  • Turbulence in time-dependent mean flows
  • The influence of compressibility on turbulent correlations involving pressure
  • Development of turbulence models that incorporate transition
  • Probability density functions for turbulence and for chaotic advection
  • Theory of chaos and dynamical systems
  • Quantum information theory

Publications

  • W. D. Thacker, S. Sarkar, and T. B. Gatski, "Analyzing the Influence of Compressibility on the Rapid Pressure-Strain Rate Correlation in Turbulent Shear Flows", Theor. Comput. Fluid Dyn. Vol. 21, pp. 171-199 (2007) Click here to view paper (for TCFD subscribers only)

  • Pablo Hidalgo, Amy W. Lang, William D. Thacker, "POD Study of the Coherent Structures within a Turbulent Spot", AIAA Paper presented at the 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting January 9-12 2006, Reno NV

  • W. D. Thacker, S. Sarkar, and T. B. Gatski, "An Analysis of the Rapid Pressure-Strain Rate Correlation in Compressible Shear Flow", in the Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena in Williamsburg, VA, 27-29 June 2005.

  • C. L. Rumsey, W. D. Thacker, T. B. Gatski, and C. E. Grosch, "Analysis of Transition-Sensitized Turbulent Transport Equations", American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Paper 2005-0523, presented at the 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 10-13 2005, Reno NV.

  • C. D. Pruett, T. B. Gatski, C. E. Grosch, and W. D. Thacker, " The temporally filtered Navier-Stokes equations: Properties of the residual stress", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 15, pp. 2127-2140 (2003).

  • W. D. Thacker, T. Gatski, and C. Grosch, "Modeling the dynamics of ensemble-averaged linear disturbances in homogeneous shear flow", Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, Vol. 63, pp. 39-58 (2000).

  • W. D. Thacker, T. Gatski, and C. Grosch, "Analyzing mean transport equations of turbulence and linear disturbances in decaying flows", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 11, pp. 2626-2631 (1999).

  • W. D. Thacker, "A path integral for turbulence in incompressible fluids", Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 38, pp. 300-320 (1997).

  • W.D. Thacker, "New Formulation of the Classical Path Integral with Reparameterization Invariance", Journal of Mathematical Physics vol. 38, pp.2389-2416 (1997).

  • V.V. Dixit, T.S. Santhanam, and W.D. Thacker, "A Supersymmetric Dirac Oscillator with Scalar Coupling", Journal of Mathematical Physics vol. 33, pp.1114-1117 (1992).

  • E. Gozzi, M. Reuter, W.D. Thacker, "Symmetries of the Classical Path Integral on a Generalized Phase Space Manifold", Physical Review vol. D46, pp.757-765 (1992).

  • V.V. Dixit, T.S. Santhanam, and W.D. Thacker, "Mass Matrix with Symmetric Mixing", Physical Review vol. D43, pp. 945-947 (1990)

  • G. Giavarini, E. Gozzi, D. Rohrlich, and W.D. Thacker, "Classical Adiabatic Holonomy in Field Theory", Physical Review vol. D42, 2252-2262 (1990).

  • J. Kupsch and W.D. Thacker, "Euclidean Majorana and Weyl Spinors", Fortschritte der Physik vol. 38, pp. 35-62 (1990).

  • E. Gozzi, M. Reuter, and W.D. Thacker, "Hidden BRS Invariance in Classical Mechanics II", Physical Review vol. D40, pp. 3363-3377 (1989).

  • G. Giavarini, E. Gozzi, D. Rohrlich, and W.D. Thacker, "On the Removability of Berry's Phase", Journal of Physics A vol. 22, 3513-3529 (1989), (with G. Giavarini, E. Gozzi and D. Rohrlich).

  • E. Gozzi and W.D. Thacker, "Classical Adiabatic Holonomy and its Canonical Structure", Physical Review vol. D35, pp. 2398-2406 (1987).

  • W. Drechsler and W. D. Thacker, "Generalized Spinor Fields and Gravitation", Classical and Quantum Gravity vol. 4, pp.291-318 (1987).

  • A.O. Barut and W.D. Thacker, "Zitterbewegung of the Electron in External Fields", Physical Review" vol. D31, pp.2076-2088 (1998).

Current and Recent Student Projects

  • Chaos in Simple Fluid Flows

  • Blood Flow Simulations

  • Planetary Waves and Weak Turbulence

  • Modeling Energy Transport in a Photosynthetic Antenna Complex
  • Quantum Mechanics and Local Realism
  •  Entanglement in Bohm's Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics