Mathematics and Mathematical Physics Research

 Our group focuses on applied mathematics, numerical analysis, combinatorics and topology, and mathematical physics.

For more information about our research activity, select individual researchers' names below.

Applied Mathematics

Our research combines diverse aspects of modelling and analysis.  We are developing and studying mathematical models of varied applications, including blood flow, powder flow and hydrothermal eruptions, and advancing theoretical aspects of dynamical systems and differential equations.  More information can be found here.

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A/Prof Bruce van Brunt

Professor Igor Boglaev

Dr Richard Brown

Dr Luke Fullard

Dr Tammy Lynch

Distinguished Professor Robert McLachlan

Dr David Simpson

Numerical analysis

Our work concerns the development of robust, rapid and accurate methods for the numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. Specific areas of interest include geometric integration and domain decomposition methods.

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Distinguished Professor Robert McLachlan

Professor Igor Boglaev

Dr Richard Brown

Dr David Simpson  

Combinatorics and topology

Our research involves the application of combinatorial techniques to problems ranging from the scheduling of sports tournaments to the study of knots and links in three and higher dimensions.

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Dr Chris Tuffley 

Biological physics

We study the physical processes governing biological systems. Consistent with the agri-food focus of the Manawatū campus, the research has ranged from the gasification of biomass, to combating the electrocution of whales. Much of the work has been in association with veterinary colleagues. Image analysis is an expanding area of interest.

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Dr Geoff Barnes 

Mathematical physics

We are using powerful mathematical techniques to investigate problems in physics, biophysics and interdisciplinary areas. The main focus is on theoretical particle physics, particularly the quark structure of matter and the properties of neutrinos.

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Professor Tony Signal

Dr Fu-Guang Cao

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