Dr. Uwe Claus Täuber

Uwe Tauber
Photo by Amanda Loman, December 13, 2013 ©Virginia Tech


1982: Abitur, Gymnasium Bad Kissingen
1988: Dipl.-Phys., TU München
1992: Dr. rer. nat., TU München
1993-95: Postdoc at Harvard University, DFG postdoctoral fellow
1995-97: Postdoc at University of Oxford
1996-97: EU TMR Marie Curie fellow, JRF at Linacre College, Oxford
1997-98: Senior scientist, TU München, DFG habilitation fellow
1999: Dr. rer. nat. habil., TU München
1999-2003: Assistant professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2003-2006: Associate professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Summer 2005: CNRS research associate, University of Paris-Sud, Orsay
Fall 2005: Senior visiting member, Linacre College, Oxford University
Since 2006: Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Summer/fall 2012: Sabbatical at Institut des Systemes Complexes - Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF)
Nov. 2013: elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
2016-22: Director, Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics
May-July 2019: Visiting reseracher, Universidade de Lisboa
Sep. 2019: Visiting researcher, Higgs Centre, University of Edinburgh
Nov. 2019: Visiting researcher, SISSA Trieste
Since 2020: Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
2021 - 2023: Lead Editor, Physical Review E

Extended CV

Course information:

Spring 2024: Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 5705) - Syllabus

Research interests:

Structural phase transitions:
Influence of defects; dynamics; central peak
(Landau-Ginzburg theory of disordered systems; renormalization group).

Dynamic critical behavior near equilibrium phase transitions:
Universality classes; anomalies in the ordered phase of isotropic systems;
crossover behavior; stability against non-equilibrium perturbations
(Langevin equations; dynamic field theory; renormalization group).

Phase transitions and scaling in systems far from equilibrium:
Directed percolation; Burgers/Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation;
branching and annihilating random walks; diffusion-limited reactions;
driven diffusive systems; driven-dissipative Bose-Einstein condensation
(master and Langevin equations; field theory; renormalization group;
Monte Carlo simulations).

NSF "nugget" (powerpoint): Reaction-controlled diffusion

DOE "highlight" (powerpoint): Non-equilibrium Relaxation and Critical Aging for Driven Ising Lattice Gases

Statistical mechanics of flux lines in superconductors:
Mapping to boson quantum mechanics; influence of correlated disorder;
properties of the Bose glass phase; vortex transport and flux pinning;
critical properties of the normal- to superconducting transition with disorder;
voltage and flux density noise; non-equilibrium relaxation and aging features
(path integral description; Monte Carlo and Langevin dynamics simulations).

DOE "highlight" (powerpoint):
Magnetic Field Quench Effects on Vortex Relaxation Dynamics in Disordered Type-II Superconductors

Applications of statistical physics to biological problems:
Glassy properties of prokaryotic bacteria; receptor-ligand binding kinetics
on cell membranes; predator-prey population dynamics -> movies;
cyclic competition models in ecology; evolutionary population dynamics and epidemic spreading;
(mean-field and Smoluchowski theory; field theory; Monte Carlo simulations).

NSF "nuggets" (powerpoint): Correlations in chemical reaction kinetics
Complex patterns and fluctuations in stochastic lattice models for predator-prey competition and coexistence
Stochastic lattice models for predator-prey coexistence and host-pathogen competition

My research has in the past been funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft,
the European Commission TMR program, the U.S. National Science Foundation,
the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Research Office, and the Jeffress Memorial Trust.
Current funding through the U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences,
under grant NSF-DMS-2128587 is gratefully acknowledged.


Publication list

Obituary Prof. Dr. Franz Schwabl (1938 - 2009)

Selected conferences, workshops, symposia, summer schools:

Luxembourg summer school "Ageing and the Glass Transitions", Luxemburg, September 2005:
Lecture notes Field theory approaches to nonequilibrium dynamics;
published in Springer Lecture Notes in Physics 716.

Isaac Newton Institute School
Non-equilibrium dynamics of interacting particle systems, Cambridge, U.K., March 27 - April 7, 2006:
Lecture notes Field-theoretic approaches to interacting particle systems.

97th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University, May 6-8, 2007:
Invited talk Current distribution in driven diffusive systems.

Second annual French complex systems summer school,
Lyon and Paris, France, July 15 - August 10, 2008
Fluctuations and correlations in complex systems: An introduction to stochastic nonlinear dynamics.

2009 Boulder school for condensed matter and materials physics:
Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics - fundamental problems and applications,
Boulder, Colorado, USA, July 6 - 24, 2009.

EPSRC symposium workshop on non-equilibrium dynamics of spatially extended interacting particle systems (NEQ),
Warwick, U.K., January 11 - 13, 2010: Invited talk
Stochastic predator-prey models: population oscillations, spatial correlations, and the effect of randomized rates.

Model and data hierarchies for simulating and understanding climate: simulation hierarchies for climate modeling,
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA, May 3 - 7, 2010:
Invited talk (powerpoint) Stochastic fluctuations and emerging correlations in simple reaction-diffusion systems.

Continuum Models and Discrete Systems Symposium 12,
Centre for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics,
Kolkata, India, February 21 - 25, 2011: Invited talk (powerpoint)
Stochastic population oscillations in spatial predator-prey models.

49. Internationale Universitätswochen für Theoretische Physik,
Schladming, Austria, February 26 - March 5, 2011: Four lectures
Renormalization Group: Applications in Statistical Physics; lectures 1 & 2; lectures 3 & 4; lecture notes.

Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich,
Sommerfeld Theory Colloquium, December 12, 2012: slides; Nonequilibrium Relaxation and Aging Kinetics (Video).

STATPHYS 25, XXV IUPAP Conference on Statistical Physics, Seoul, South Korea, July 22 - 26, 2013:
Invited talk (powerpoint) Environmental vs. demographic variability in stochastic lattice predator-prey models;
see also invited talk at 2014 APS March Meeting, Denver, CO, March 3 - 7, 2014.

2nd Workshop on Statistical Physics, Bogota, Columbia, September 22 - 26, 2014: lecture slides.

Conference Renormalization Methods in Statistical Physics and Lattice Field Theories,
Montpellier, France, August 24 - 28, 2015:
Invited talk Critical dynamics in driven-dissipative Bose-Einstein condensation.

STATPHYS 26 Satellite Meeting, Non-Equilibrium Dynamics in Classical and Quantum Systems: From Quenches to Slow Relaxations,
Pont-\`a-Mousson, France, July 13, 2016: Invited talk Aging scaling in driven systems.

Physics Department Colloquium (powerpoint):
The 2016 Nobel prize in physics: Topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter

Graduate textbook Critical Dynamics (Cambridge University Press, 2014)


Introducing a unified framework for describing and understanding complex interacting systems common in physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and the social sciences, this comprehensive overview of dynamic critical phenomena covers the description of systems at thermal equilibrium, quantum systems, and non-equilibrium systems.

Powerful mathematical techniques for dealing with complex dynamic systems are carefully introduced, including field-theoretic tools and the perturbative dynamical renormalization group approach, rapidly building up a mathematical toolbox of relevant skills. Heuristic and qualitative arguments outlining the essential theory behind each type of system are introduced at the start of each chapter, alongside real-world numerical and experimental data, firmly linking new mathematical techniques to their practical applications. Each chapter is supported by carefully tailored problems for solution, and comprehensive suggestions for further reading, making this an excellent introduction to critical dynamics for graduate students and researchers across many disciplines within physical and life sciences.

List of contents:
Chap. 1: Equilibrium critical phenomena
Chap. 2: Stochastic dynamics
Chap. 3: Dynamic scaling
Chap. 4: Dynamic perturbation theory
Chap. 5: Dynamic renormalization group
Chap. 6: Hydrodynamic modes and reversible mode couplings
Chap. 7: Phase transitions in quantum systems
Chap. 8: Non-equilibrium critical dynamics
Chap. 9: Reaction-diffusion systems
Chap. 10: Active to absorbing state transitions
Chap. 11: Driven diffusive systems and growing interfaces


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Office: Virginia Tech, Department of Physics, MC 0435
Address: 850 West Campus Drive, Robeson Hall, Room 109
Office hours: Monday, 1.15 - 2.00 pm; Thursday 11.00 - 11.45 am; or by appointment

 E-mail: tauber@vt.edu

last modified on January 23, 2024