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Nicolás Mujica Fernández

Full professor

DEPARTAMENTO DE FISICA, FCFM, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

Líneas de Investigación


Granular matter, fluid instabilities and ultrasonic material characterization

Educación

  •  Physics, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. Chile, 1998
  •  Physics, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. Chile, 1995
  •  Física, UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE-PARIS VI. Francia, 2002

Experiencia Académica

  •   Research Associate Full Time

    UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

    College Park, Estados Unidos

    2002 - 2004

  •   Profesor instructor Full Time

    UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

    Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas

    Santiago, Chile

    2001 - 2004

  •   Profesor asistente Full Time

    UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

    Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas

    Santiago, Chile

    2004 - 2008

  •   Profesor asociado Full Time

    UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

    Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas

    Santiago, Chile

    2008 - 2017

  •   Profesor titular Full Time

    UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

    Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas

    Santiago, Chile

    2017 - A la fecha

Formación de Capital Humano


1) Undergraduate students (*=jointly supervised):

Makarena Osorio (Physical Engineering, USACH, 2018)
Juan Silva* (Computer Science Engineering, U. de Chile, 2012). Co-advised by N. Hitschfeld (Computer Science Department, FCFM, U. de Chile). Current position: Engineer Developer for video games at Atakama Labs.
Andres Caru (Acoustical Engineering Degree, Universidad Austral de Valdivia, 2007). Current position: In charge of teaching laboratories, Department of Physics, FCFM, U. of Chile.

2) Graduate Students advised (*=jointly supervised)

Verónica Gaete (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, expected defense 2019)
Juan Carlos Sobarzo (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, expected defense 2019)
Carolina Espinoza (Ph.D. in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2019)
Juvenal Letelier (Ph.D. in Fluidynamics, Universidad de Chile, 2016)
Carolina Espinoza (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2013)
Gustavo Castillo (Ph.D. in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2013). Current position: Postdoc at LPS-ENS Paris, France.
Leonardo Gordillo (Ph.D. in Physics, U. de Chile, 2012). Current position: Postdoc at Université Paris VII, France.
Tania Sauma* (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2012, co-advised by M. Clerc). Current position: Ph.D. student at University of Manchester, UK.
Suomi Ponce (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2012). Current position: Ph.D. student at ESPCI – Paris, France.
Loreto Oyarte (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2010). Current position: Ph.D. student at University of Twente, Netherlands.
María Teresa Cerda* (Master Degree in Physics, U. de Chile, 2009, co-advised by F. Barra). Current position: Professor at University Adolfo Ibañez, Santiago & Viña del Mar, Chile. Also Master in Geo-physics student at University of Chile.
Germán Varas (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2007). Current position: Associate professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.
Cristobal Arratia (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2007). Current position: Postdoc at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.
Maria Luisa Cordero (Master Degree in Physics, Universidad de Chile, 2006). Current position: Assistant professor at Department of Physics, FCFM, Universidad de Chile.

3) Postdocs (*=jointly supervised)

Antonella Rescaglio, since May 2017. Quimal.
Héctor Alarcón, Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2018. Fondecyt.
Vicente Salinas*. Since 2014. Funded by ANR 38 (Co-advised by F. Lund) & Fondecyt.
David Espíndola*. Dec. 2012 – Nov. 2013. Funded by ANR 38. Co-advised by F. Lund.
Nicolas Perinet*. July 2012 – July 2013. Funded by Anillo ACT 127. Co-advised by C. Falcón.
Julián Martínez*. Dec. 2011 – Sept. 2012. Funded by Anillo ACT 127 grant. Oct. 2012 – Sept. 2014 Funded by Fondecyt Postdoctoral grant 3130492. Co-advised by C. Falcón.
Aurelien Merkel*. Sept. 2011 – June 2012. Funded by ANR 38. Co-advised by F. Lund.
Li-Hua Luu. March – September 2011. Funded by Anillo ACT 127 grant; October 2011 – September 2012. Funded by Fondecyt Postdoctoral grant 3120172.
Thomas Séon, Dic. 2006 – Dic. 2007. Funded by SCAT program.

- Guidance of undergraduate students (research internships)

• ECOS Ph.D. student training: Basile Gallet (december 2009 - january 2010 & July – August 2010).
• Student research assistant from U. of Chicago internship program (July – september 2010): Michael Baumer (undergraduate)
• Student research assistants from U. of Chicago internship program (July – september 2009): Alexander Brandt (undergraduate), Scott Waitukaitis (graduate student).
• Undergraduate research assistant: Nicolás Rivas, march – december 2007.
• Undergraduate research assistant: Jocelyn Dunstan, march 2006 – december 2007.
• Undergraduate research assistant: Suomi Ponce, january – december 2008.
• Undergraduate research assistant: Tania Sauma, march 2008 – present.
• Undergraduate research assistants from U. of Chicago internship program (July – september 2005): Colin McFaul, Matthew O’Meara.
• Undergraduate research assistants from U. of Chicago internship program (July – september 2006): Katheryn Huff, Jessica Millar.
• Undergraduate research assistants from U. of Chicago internship program (July – september 2007): Elliott Brannon.
• Undergraduate research assistants from U. of Chicago internship program (July – september 2008): Daniel Citron, Samuel Oberdick.
• Undergraduate research assistant: Thomas Barois, from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France (May – July 2007).
• Undergraduate research assistant: Valentin Louf, from Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, France (May – July 2008).
• Summer research internship at U. de Chile: Germán Varas, Cristian Gonzalez (january 2005).
• Summer research internship at U. de Chile: Juan Macías (january 2006).
• Summer research internship at U. de Chile: Nicolás Rivas (january 2007).
• Summer research internship at U. de Chile: Suomi Ponce, Tania Sauma (january 2008).
• Summer research internship at U. de Chile: Sebastián Céspedes, Ignacio Vergara (january 2009).
• Summer research internship at U. de Chile: Piero Ferrari, Pia Homm, Osvaldo Fredes, Enrique Oyanedel & Carolina Espinoza (january 2010).


Difusión y Transferencia


Outreach
• Talk for general public "Donde conviven lo simple y lo complejo. Medios granulares", Corporación Cultural de Las Condes, August 16, 2018
• Talk for general public "Donde conviven lo simple y lo complejo. Medios granulares", Casa Central Universidad de Chile, October 12, 2017.
• Interview for Radio France International about granular matter (Feb. 2015). http://es.rfi.fr/ciencia/20150217-la-arena-y-sus-misterios
• Appearance in TV show Mentes Brillantes. Chapter dedicated to F. Lund (Oct. 2014). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OammVTcU7g
• Co-author of “Dinámica de medios heterogéneos y desordenados: Buscando señales certeras”, published in the FCFM bulletin (2012) and at the DFI web page (http://www.dfi.uchile.cl/divulgacion-cientifica/).
• Between 2012 and 2013 in charge of high school teacher program “Física del desorden, materiales didácticos”; experimental kits were designed and provided to teachers with a practical course. http://colegios.dfi.uchile.cl
• Responsible of stand “Patterns in nature” composed of five simple experiments showing the appearance of pattern formation in nature. This stand was setup in the Physics Fair show held in the Interactive Museum Mirador as part of the XI National Week of Science and Technology organized by Explora-Conicyt, October 11-16, 2005.
• Appearance in TV show Estamos Conectados, edition about Albert Einstein’s work in celebration of the World Year of Physics. Canal 13 Cable (Chile), September 2005.
• Invited talk “Planetary and extra-planetary magnetic fields; the experimental challenge”. World Year of Physics 2005 series of talks organized by Departamento de Física, FCFM, Universidad de Chile, June 22, 2005.
• Responsible of stand “Granular model of Brownian Motion” presented in show Quantos, organized by Explora-Conicyt as first activity of the World Year of Physics 2005. Metro station Quinta Normal, May 5-15, 2005.

Consulting and technology transfer
• Jan. 2016; Dec. 2018 and Jan. 2019: Measurement of transverse and longitudinal sound speed for Mining Industry.
• 2017-2018: consulting for Argenta. In situ ultrasonic characterization of pressure cylinders. Guidance of Mechanical Engineering student for professional internship: finite element numerical simulation of pressure cylinders in order to predict zones of largest applied stress.
• July 2007 – march 2008: Ultrasound diagnostics for IDIEM (Institute for Materials Research and Testing) of U. of Chile. Measurement of dynamic elastic constants (Young Modulus and Poisson ratio) of concrete samples.
• Consulting for IM2-Codelco during March-April 2008.


Premios y Distinciones

  •   Fundación Andes Fellowship Inicio de carrera de jóvenes investigadores

    FUNDACION ANDES

    Chile, 2004

    Grant C-13960/9, “Experimental study of acoustic interactions in two-phase media”.

  •   Winning poster at the second Annual Gallery of Nonlinear Images exhibit

    American Physical Society

    Estados Unidos, 2005

    2005 March Meeting of the American Physical Society. Visualizing the invisible: Ultrasound velocimetry in liquid sodium, B.E. Brawn, K. Joshi, D.P. Lathrop, N. Mujica, & D.R. Sisan.

  •   Aguirre-Basualdo Award

    Chancellerie des universités de Paris

    Francia, 2000

    Aguirre-Basualdo Award, 80.000 French Francs


 

Article (35)

Hyperuniform states generated by a critical friction field
Perturbative corrections for the scaling of heat transport in a Hele-Shaw geometry and its application to geological vertical fractures
A high-speed tracking algorithm for dense granular media
Linear Versus Nonlinear Acoustic Probing of Plasticity in Metals: A Quantitative Assessment
In situ monitoring of dislocation proliferation during plastic deformation using ultrasound
Streaming patterns in Faraday waves
Enhancement of synthetic schlieren image resolution using total variation optical flow: application to thermal experiments in a Hele-Shaw cell
Gravity wave instability in a turbulent free-surface Taylor-Couette flow: experiments and comparison with an amplitude equation with additive noise
Universality and criticality of a second-order granular solid-liquid-like phase transition
Dynamics of a first-order transition to an absorbing state
Measurement of the velocity field in parametrically excited solitary waves
Capillarylike fluctuations of a solid-liquid interface in a noncohesive granular system
Phase transition in an out-of-equilibrium monolayer of dipolar vibrated grains
Fluctuations and Criticality of a Granular Solid-Liquid-Like Phase Transition
Shear modulus of an elastic solid under external pressure as a function of temperature: The case of helium
Ultrasound as a probe of dislocation density in aluminum
Can non-propagating hydrodynamic solitons be forced to move?
Coalescence cascade of dissipative solitons in parametrically driven systems
Sudden Chain Energy Transfer Events in Vibrated Granular Media
Subharmonic wave transition in a quasi-one-dimensional noisy fluidized shallow granular bed
MEASURING DISLOCATION DENSITY IN ALUMINUM WITH RESONANT ULTRASOUND SPECTROSCOPY
Soliton pair interaction law in parametrically driven Newtonian fluid
Liquid-solid-like transition in quasi-one-dimensional driven granular media
Resonant frequency shifts induced by a large spherical object in an air-filled acoustic cavity
Hysteretic gravity-wave bifurcation in a highly turbulent swirling flow
Bistability and hysteresis in a highly turbulent swirling flow
Visualizing the invisible: Ultrasound velocimetry in liquid sodium
Experimental Observation and Characterization of the Magnetorotational Instability
Experimental study of the Doppler shift generated by a vibrating scatterer
Scattering of a sound wave by a vibrating surface
Scattering of sound by sound in the vicinity of the liquid-vapor critical point
Sound velocity and absorption in a coarsening foam
Experimental study of solid-liquid-type transitions in vibrated layers and the relation with surface waves
Collective motion and solid-liquid type transitions in vibrated granular layers
Solid-liquid transition and hydrodynamic surface waves in vibrated granular layers

EditorialMaterial (1)

New Horizons for Mechanical Spectroscopy in Materials Science

Proyecto (8)

Ultrasound as a probe of plasticity in steels
The juggling soliton: a new kind of localized structure in a Faraday system
Experimental Astrophysical Research into Terrestrial growtH (EARTH)
Ultrasound as a probe of plasticity in copper and copper alloys
Dynamics of confined noncohesive granular systems
In situ monitoring of plastic deformation of metals and alloys using ultrasound
On the relation between microscopic dynamics and collective behavior in granular systems
Dynamics of disordered and heterogeneous media
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Nicolás Mujica

Full professor

DEPARTAMENTO DE FISICA, FCFM, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

8
Marcel Clerc

Full professor

Department of Physics

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

6
Rodrigo Soto

Full professor

Physics

DEPARTAMENTO DE FISICA, FCFM, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

4
Fernando Lund

Profesor Titular

Physics

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

3
Francisco Melo

FULL PROFESSOR

FISICA

UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE CHILE

SANTIAGO, Chile

3
Gustavo Castillo

Coinvestigador

Université Paris Diderot - Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes (MSC)

París, Francia

3
Rodrigo Espinoza

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering Biotechnology and Materials

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

3
Leonardo Gordillo

Assistant Professor

Física

Universidad de Santiago de Chile

RM, Chile

2
Dino Risso

Professor

Department of Physics

UNIVERSIDAD DEL BIO-BIO

Concepción, Chile

2
Aliro Cordero

Full professor

FCFM, Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

2
Claudio Falcón

Profesor Asociado

Departamento de Física

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

2
Felipe Barra

Profesor Asociado

Física

DEPTO DE FISICA - FCFM - U DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

2
German Varas

Associate Professor

Pontificia UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE VALPARAISO

Valparaiso, Chile

2
Jaime Ortega

Full Professor

Ingeniería Matemática & Centro de Modelamiento Matemático

DIM-CMM, FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS FÍSICAS Y MATEMÁTICAS, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Jocelyn Dunstan

Profesora Asistente

Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Maria Cordero

Profesora asistente

Departamento de Física

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Judit Lisoni

Full Professor

Facultad de Ciencias

Universidad Austral de Chile

Valdivia, Chile

1
Ignacio Espinoza

Profesor Asistente

Instituto de Física

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Pablo Gutiérrez

Profesor asistente

Instituto de ciencias de la ingeniería

Universidad de O'Higgins

Rancagua, Chile

1
Cristobal Navarro

PROFESSOR

INFORMATICA

UNIVERSIDAD AUSTRAL DE CHILE

VALDIVIA, Chile

1
Mauricio Cerda

Assistant Professor (appointed)

Programa de Anatomía y Biología del Desarrollo

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Nancy Hitschfeld

Associate Professor

Computer Science

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE , DEPTO CIENCIAS COMPUTACION

Santiago, Chile

1
Claudio Aguilar

Professor

Metallurgy and Materials

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa María

Valparaíso, Chile

1
Ignacio Espinoza

Profesor Asistente

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Sergio Rica

Professor

Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias

UNIVERSIDAD ADOLFO IBÁÑEZ

Santiago, Chile

1
Vicente Salinas

Profesor Asistente

Universidad Autónoma de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Carolina Espinoza

Profesora Asistente

Sonido

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Alejandro Jara

Investigador Postdoctoral FONDECYT

Departamento de Física

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

VALPARAISO, Chile

1
Maria Cerda

Lider Sistemas Solares Térmicos

Fraunhofer Chile Research

Santiago, Chile

1
Nestor Sepulveda

Investigador

Física

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile