J. Nathan Kutz

Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo Professor
Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics

Lewis Hall #118
kutz (at) uw.edu

Research topics

Nonlinear waves and coherent structures
Mathematical Methods


Professor Kutz was awarded the B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) in 1990 and the PhD in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in 1994. He joined the department in 1998 and served as Chair during 2007--2015.

Professor Kutz is especially interested in a unified approach to applied mathematics which includes modeling, computation and analysis. His area of current interest concerns phenomena in the optical sciences: laser dynamics and modelocking in fiber lasers, soliton propagation and mode-coupling dynamics for optical fiber communications, and pattern formation and stability of optical structures in optical parametric oscillators. Mathematically, the analysis and computation of the above phenomena naturally fall within the context of the methods of contemporary dynamical systems, nonlinear wave propagation, perturbation and asymptotic methods, and bifurcation theory applied to the underlying nonlinear differential equations and partial differential equations.

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