Current Members


    

Oreste Piro

(Associate Professor)

was born in Tres Arroyos, Argentina, at the heart of the best food supply for mankind. He studied at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata from which he also got his PhD working on the chaotic behavior of nonlinear relaxation oscillators. He was a Visiting Scholar at University of Chicago for two years and a Senior Scientist at both Brookhaven Nationa Lab (for another year) and at Queen Mary, University of London for another two. His main area of expertise is Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, and he have applied this knowledge to a broad range of problems in different fields, such as biology and biophysics, fluid dynamics both at the laboratory and geophysical scales, electronics, quantum physics, etc. Some of the specific problems that he is currently interested in are the role of fluid dynamics in embryology and development, the motion of small particles organisms in fluids, the dynamics of hearing and the behavior of excitable systems and media in nature.



          

Julien Javaloyes

(Associate Professor)

was born in Antibes, France. He obtained his M.Sc. in Physics at the ENS Lyon and obtained a PhD in Physics at the Institut Non Linéaire de Nice / Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis where he studied the recoil induced instabilities and self organization processes occurring in cold atoms. He worked on delay induced dynamics in coupled semiconductor lasers during a postdoctoral stage in Brussels and on VCSEL polarization dynamics in Palma de Mallorca. He was a Research associate at Glasgow University where provided for the modeling of the dynamics of monolithic semiconductor diodes. He joined in 2010 the Physics Department of the Universitat de les Illes Balears as a Ramón y Cajal fellow. His research interests include laser dynamics, atom-light interaction modeling and applied numerical bifurcation analysis.



          

Fabian Maucher

(Assistant Professor)

was born in Berlin, Germany. He studied in Germany and Switzerland and undertook his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. After that he undertook a Postdoc at Durham University (UK) funded by the Leverhulme Trust and at Aarhus University (Denmark). He is primarily interested in nonlinear dynamics in optical systems, ultracold atomic gases and excitable soft-matter systems.



       

Svetlana Gurevich

(Associate Professor)

was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She obtained her M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics at the Saint-Petersburg State University and a PhD in Physics at the Institute of Applied Physics of the University of Münster, Germany, where she studied self-organization and pattern formation in gas-discharge systems. She joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Mönster in 2008 as a research assistant where she obtained her Habilitation in Theoretical Physics in 2017. She is a DAAD fellow within P.R.I.M.E. program at the Universitat de les Illes Balears and was an invited guest professor at the Universitat de les Illes Balears and the Institut Lumiè€re Matiè€re, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France. Her research interests include control of self-organization, pattern formation, bifurcation analysis, soft matter and nonlinear laser dynamics.



       

Ignacio Ortega Piwonka

(Post-doc)

obtained his MSc in Physics at the University of Chile, Santiago, where he graduated with Maximum Distinction. He finished his PhD in Mathematics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2017 where he proposed and developed a stochastic model to study the bias to a cyclic motion of optically trapped indium phosphide nanowires. He then worked as a Data Scientist at Fulcrum3D, an Australian weather forecasting company with a focus on renewable energy. In 2019 he joined the University of the Balearic Islands as a Postdoctoral Researcher and a collaborator in the ChipAI Project. Dr Ortega has been awarded with the UNSW International Postgraduate Award, the UNSW School of Mathematics Top-up Award and the Becas Chile Scholarship. His research interests include nonlinear optics, stochastic modelling, bifurcation analysis and random walks.



      

Alina Steinberg

(PhD candidate)

finished her MSc. in 2020 at University of Münster, Germany, where she studied how to derive partial differential equations from data of pattern forming systems. As a Phd student she is now researching pattern formation in Bose-Einstein condensates in a co-operation between the Universities of Münster and the Balearic Islands.



      

Christian Schelte

(PhD candidate)

joined in 2017 the Physics Department of the Universitat de les Illes Balears as a Phd Student of the group of Non-linear Waves. He is working on the theoretical aspects of the use of temporal localized structures in passively mode-locked semiconductor lasers for applications in frequency comb generations. His research interests include laser dynamics, pattern formation and applied numerical bifurcation analysis.



      

Dennis Hessel

(PhD candidate)

obtained his M. Sc. in Physics at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Münster in 2019. Afterwards he joined the Physics Department of the Universitat de les Illes Balears as a Phd Student of the group of Non-linear Waves in co-direction with the University of Münster. His research interests include the dynamics and bifurcation analysis of delayed dynamical systems, especially coupled micro-cavities. Furthermore, he is passionate about writing high quality research code.



      

Thomas Seidel

(PhD candidate)

finished his MSc. in 2020 at University of Münster, Germany, where he studied the influence of time-delayed feedback on the temporal localized pulses in the output of a passively mode-locked semiconductor laser. Since then he joined the group as a Phd Student in co-direction with the University of Münster. His Phd focuses on laser dynamics, pattern formation and applied numerical bifurcation analysis.







Former Members


          

Salvador Balle

was born in Manacor, Mallorca. He graduated in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he also obtained a PhD in Physics on the electronic structure of strongly correlated Fermi liquids. After postdoctoral stages in Palma de Mallorca and Philadelphia where he became interested in stochastic processes and Laser dynamics, he joined in 1994 the Physics Department of the Universitat de les Illes Balears, where he is Professor Catedràtic of Optics since 2006. His research interests include laser dynamics, semiconductor optical response modeling, mode-locking and multimode dynamics of lasers, multiple phase fluid dynamics and laser ablation phenomena.