Benny Davidovitch 

Asisst. Professor 

Pattern formation and non-equilibrium phenomena in soft matter

Physics Dept., UMass Amherst


Phone: 413-545-0381






I am a theoretical physicist in the condensed matter physics group in the Physics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My research interests are primarily in the physics of soft matter, and in non-equilibrium physics. In particular, I study mechanisms for pattern formation in elastic membranes (e.g. wrinkling and crumpling),  fluids (e.g. capillary waves and shear banding), and solids (e.g. sputtering-induced nanopatterning).          

NEW: Opening for a postdoc position !!! 

Selected publications 

B. Davidovitch, H.G.E. Hentschel, Z. Olami, I. Procaccia, L. M. Sander, and E. Somfai, “Diffusion Limited Aggregation and Iterated Conformal Maps”, Phys. Rev. E 59, 1368 (1999).

F. Barra, B. Davidovitch, A. Levermann and I. Procaccia, “Laplacian Growth and Diffusion Limited Aggregation: Different Universality Classes”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 134501 (2002).

\M.Z. Bazant, J. Choi and B. Davidovitch, “Dynamics of conformal maps for a class of non-Laplacian growth phenomena”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 91, I-045503 (2003).

B. Davidovitch, D. Ertas and T.C. Halsey, Ripening of Porous Media”, Phys. Rev. E., 70, I-031609 (2004).

B. Davidovitch, E. Moro, and H.A. Stone, “Spreading of thin films assisted by thermal fluctuations”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, I-244505 (2005).

  I. Cohen, B. Davidovitch, M.P. Brenner and D.A. Weitz, “Slip, yield and bands in colloidal crystals under oscillatory shear”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, I-215502 (2006).

B. Davidovitch, M.J. Aziz and M.P. Brenner, “On the stabilization of ion-sputtered surfaces”, Phys. Rev. B., 76 I-205420 (2007)

F. Brau, B. Davidovitch, U. Ebert, “Moving boundary approximation for curved steamer ionization fronts: Solvability analysis”, Phys. Rev. E 78, 056212  (2008).

J. Huang, B. Davidovitch, C. Santangelo, T.R. Russel and N. Menon, “Smooth cascades of wrinkles at the edge of a floating elastic film”,

 B. Davidovitch, “Period fissioning and other instabilities of stressed elastic membranes”,



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