"No research without action, no action without research." - Kurt Lewin
Ejecta formation occurs when a material is subjected to dynamic pressure such as asteroid impact or high-power laser irradiation. When a material is impacted, a shockwave forms and propagates inward. When the shock wave reaches the material's free surface, it causes surface acceleration which may result in localized material failure. Dr. Taylor simulated these ejecta using physical equations-of-state and hydrodynamic methods.
Everyone has seen an image. We know that an image is a two-dimensional representation of the object that is pictured. Images contain defects such as blurriness, bright spots, or even strong distortions. Sometimes in science, we have an image but we do not know the source of that image so we reconstruct it. Dr. Taylor implemented statistical techniques to recover a source for a given image.
Bose-Einstein Condensation & Schrödinger Equations
Schrödinger equations are are a class of universal equations in dispersive wave theory. Schrödinger equations model a wide range of physical phenomena, such as water waves, quantum mechanics and nonlinear optics. In quantum mechanics, the mean-field wavefunction of the Nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation represents the evolution and dynamics of a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). Dr. Taylor discovered a novel ground state BEC, known as the candlestick mode. For more on this project, check out this paper and Dr. Taylor's PhD dissertation!