Head of Studies of Mathematical, Computational & Statistical Sciences (MCS)
Professor Florin Nicolae Diacu obtained his Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and his PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He spent most of his career at the University of Victoria, in Canada, and served recently as Vice-President of the Canadian Mathematical Society. He is a recipient of the ‘Best Academic Book Award’ in 1996 and 2011 and of the J.D. Crawford Prize in 2015 from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics for his research in dynamical systems. He joined the faculty at Yale-NUS in 2017.
Professor Diacu’s research is in dynamical systems, celestial mechanics, chaos theory, and mathematical physics, with recent focus on the N-body problem in spaces of constant curvature. He also published papers on the history of mathematics and contributed to the popularisation of the topics he enjoys working on.
Some recent publications:
F. Diacu, On the singularities of the curved N-body problem, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc.
363, 4 (2011), 2249–2264.
F. Diacu, Polygonal homographic orbits of the curved 3-body problem, Trans. Amer. Math.
Soc. 364 (2012), 2783–2802.
F. Diacu, Relative equilibria of the curved N-body problem, Atlantis Studies in Dynamical
Systems, vol. 1, Atlantis Press, Amsterdam, 2012.
F. Diacu, Relative equilibria of the 3-dimensional curved n-body problem, Memoirs Amer.
Math. Soc. 228, 1071 (2013), 1-81.
F. Diacu and S. Kordlou, Rotopulsators of the curved N-body problem, J. Differential Equations, 255 (2013), 2709-2750.
F. Diacu and B. Thorn, Rectangular solutions of the curved 4-body problem, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., 143 (2015), 1583-1593.
F. Diacu, S. Ibrahim, C. Lind, and S. Shen, The Vlasov-Poisson system for stellar dynamics in spaces of constant curvature, Comm. Math. Phys. 346, 3 (2016), 839-875.
F. Diacu, The classical N-body problem in the context of curved space, Canad. J. Math.
69, 4 (2017), 790–806.
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