Alejandro Aceves




Office Location

Clements Hall 237


Professor (Ph.D. 1988, University of Arizona)
Nonlinear wave phenomena, and dynamical systems applied to nonlinear optics and photonics and climate modeling.

Professor Aceves' main research focuses on the mathematical modeling of phenomena in nonlinear optics and photonics . By using modern techniques in applied mathematics, together with numerical simulations, this research studies the pulse dynamics in nonlinear optical media. Most recent work includes ultraviolet light filament formation in the atmosphere and optical pulse propagation in novel photonic structures. In recent years he branched out to other applications, including using a dynamical systems approach to study climate as it relates to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and studies of covid-19 and spread of malaria in Africa. These last two topics were in collaboration with scientists from Africa. Currently he is the principal investigator of the NSF funded RTG program (see the RTG website in the Dept. webpage).
Besides working with his current PhD students and postdoctoral fellows,  other collaborations include scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico, Nokia Bells as well as research teams in Italy the UK and France. Recent work has appeared in Physica D, Phys. Rev. A and Scientific Reports. He is an affiliate of the Theoretical Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. and fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Optical Society of America (OSA).
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