Graduate Student

PhD Physics, Brandeis University, 2015
MS Physics, Brandeis University, 2010
BA Physics, Reed College, 2005

Office: Abelson-Bass-Yalem 210
Dept. of Physics, MS 057
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454, USA
Phone (Lab): (781) 736-2885

Nate Tompkins

Research Interests

Observation and manipulation of the synchronous attractor states of nonlinear chemical oscillators, specifically the photo-inhibited Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction.

We are attempting to understand the available attractor states of weakly coupled nonlinear chemical oscillators in a 2D emulsion environment with the aim of specifying and controlling the current attractor state of the system using external optical stimulation. This will enable us to study other oscillatory chemical networks found in nature such as the locomotion of gastropods and the signaling dynamics of networks of neurons.