John Lindner

John Lindner

Professor of Physics and The Moore Professor of Astronomy

Department/Affiliation: Physics
Phone: 330-263-2120
Office Address: Taylor 107


  • B.S., University of Vermont 1982
  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 1988

Courses Taught

  • Astronomy of Stars & Galaxies
  • Astronomy of the Solar System
  • Modern Physics Lab
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Astrophysics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Computational Physics
  • General Relativity
  • Particle Physics
  • First Year Seminar
  • Thermal Physics
  • Calculus Physics
  • Algebra Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Math Methods
  • Junior and Senior Independent Study

Recently Advised Senior Theses [abstracts]

  • Hannah Peltz-Smalley (Wellesley College), Sliding on a Massive Spinning Asteroid: Order and Chaos, 2018
  • Avi Vajpey, (Physics and Computer Science), Studying Universality with Physics Engines: Accelerating Granular Flow on GPUs with OpenCL and CUDA, 2018
  • Justine Walker (Physics and Dance), Dancing Our Way to the Cosmos: A Study in How Extraterrestrial Travel Will Change the Mechanics of Dance, 2018
  • Ziyi Sang, Understanding Mental Causation in the Enlightenment of Top-down Causation within the Physical, 2017
  • Alex Gould, Chaos Dynamics in the Rotation of the Small Moons of Pluto, 2017
  • Roy Hadfield, C//, 2017
  • Dylan Hamilton, Development of a Turbulent Fluid Flow Simulation Using the k-ω Turbulence Model, 2017
  • Colm Hall, Nonlinear Dynamics Analysis of Stellar Data Sets, 2016
  • Noah Megregian, Stochastic Resonance in a Mechanical Bistable System, 2016
  • Calvin Milligan, Strange Nonchaotic Pendulum, 2016
  • Graham Schattgen, Air Powered One-Way Arrays, 2016
  • Benjamin Harris, Establishing Methods to Track Surface Avalanches on a Bead Pile, 2014
  • Danielle Shepherd, Go with the Flow: Developing Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations According to the Navier-Stokes Equations, 2014
  • Prakrit Shrestha, Universe from Scratch, Exploring Quantum Gravity in 2+1 Dimensions Using the Causal Dynamical Triangulation Method, 2014
  • Andrew Blaikie, //, 2013
  • Samuel Mermall, The Motion of a Flapping Flag: Chaos or Noise?, 2013
  • Syne Salem, Spacetime: Engineering and Metaphysics, 2013
  • Phil Wales, ξ., 2013
  • Norman Israel, Quantum Gravity: Exploring the Causal Dynamical Triangulation Approach, 2012
  • Katsuo Maxted, A Cyclic Aero-mechanical Array of One-way Coupled Oscillators, 2012
  • Larry Markley, Perturbing Spacetime, 2012
  • Alyse Marquinez, The Rocket Science Behind the Political Science: Comparing Space Visions for the Presidents from 1993-2011 and the Rocket Technology That Helped Characterize Them, 2012
  • Louisa Catalano, Tighten Up: A Preliminary Study of Knots, 2011
  • Alex Saines, // Order and Chaos in the Rotation and Revolution of Two Line Segments, 2011
  • Matthew T. Gorski, The Consistent Histories Interpretation as a Solution to the Quantum Measurement Problem, 2009
  • Kelly M. Patton, Experimental Observation of Solitons Propagating in a Hydro-Mechanical Array of One-Way Coupled Oscillators, 2008
  • Lisa May Walker, Spacetime Whirlpools, 2007

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • The Planetary Society
  • American Physical Society
  • Nature Conservancy

Recent Publications (*student co-author)

Implementing Boolean functions in hybrid digital-analog systems, V. Kohar, B. Kia, J. F. Lindner, W. L. Ditto, Physical Review Applied, volume 7, pages 044006(1-7) (2017)

A wind-powered one-way bistable medium with parity effects, T. Rosenberger*, G. Schattgen*, M. King-Smith*, P. Shrestha*, K. J. Maxted*, J. F. Lindner, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, volume 27, pages 023114(1-5) (2017)

Nonlinear Dynamics as an Engine of Computation, B. Kia, J. F. Lindner, W. L. Ditto, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society, Series A,volume 375, pages 20160222(1-13) (2017)

Dynamical Coupling Outperforms "Majority Wins" in Organizing Redundancy to Mitigate Noise, B. Kia, J. F. Lindner, W. L. Ditto, Nonlinear Dynamics, volume 87, pages 605-615 (2017)

Harvesting wind energy to detect weak signals using mechanical stochastic resonance, B. Breen, J. Rix, S. Ross, Y. Yu, J. Lindner, N. Mathewson*, E. Wainwright*, I. Wilson*,  Physical Review E, volume 94, pages 062205(1-4) (2016)

A Simple Nonlinear Circuit Contains an Infinite Number of Functions, B. Kia, J. F. Lindner, W. L. Ditto, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, volume 63, pages 944-948 (2016)

Simple nonlinear model suggests variable star universality, J. Lindner, V. Kohar, B. Kia, M.  Hippke, J.G. Learned, W.L. Ditto, Physica D, volume 316, pages 16-22 (2016)

Reduction of additive colored noise using coupled dynamics, V. Kohar, B. Kia, J.F. Lindner, W.L. Ditto, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, volume 26, pages 1650005(1-9) (2016)

Role of network topology in noise reduction using coupled dynamics, V. Kohar, S. Kia, B. Kia, J.F. Lindner, W.L. Ditto, Nonlinear Dynamics, volume 84, pages 1805-1812 (2016).

Superlinearly scalable noise robustness of redundant coupled dynamical systems, V. Kohar, B. Kia, J.F. Lindner, W.L. Ditto, Physical Review E, volume 93, pages 032213(1-9) 2016.

Strange nonchaotic stars, J.F. Lindner, V. Kohar, B. Kia, M. Hippke, J.G. Learned, W.L. Ditto, Physical Review Letters, volume 114, pages 054101(105) (2015)

Nonlinear Dynamics Based Digital Logic and Circuits, B. Kia, J.F. Lindner, W.L. Ditto, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, volume 9, pages 00049 (2015)

Coupling reduces noise: applying dynamical coupling to reduce local white additive noise, B. Kia, S. Kia, J.F. Lindner, S. Sinha, W.L. Ditto, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Sciences, volume 25, pages 1550040(1-12) (2015)

Watch your step: Integrating nonlinear dynamical flows by stepping through space and time, B. Kia, J. F. Lindner, W. L. Ditto, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, volume 24, pages 1450145(1-6) (2014)

Simple and inexpensive stereo vision system for 3D data acquisition, S. E. Mermall*, J. F. Lindner, American Journal of Physics, volume 82, pages 1005-1007 (2014)

Noise Tolerant Spatiotemporal Chaos Computing, B. Kia, S. Kia, J.F. Lindner, S. Sinha, W.L. Ditto, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, volume 24, pages 043110(1-7) (2014)

Order and chaos in the rotation and revolution of two massive line segments, A. Blaikie*, A. D. Saines*, M. Schmitthenner*, M. Lankford*, R. D. Pasteur, J. F. Lindner, Physical Review E, volume 89, pages 042917(1-9) (2014)

Artificial Gravity Field, L. C. Markley*, J. F. Lindner, Results in Physics,volume 3, pages 24-29 (2013)

Quantum Gravity on a Laptop: 1+1 Dimensional Causal Dynamical Triangulation Simulation, N. S. Israel*, J. F. Lindner, Results in Physics,volume 2, pages 164-169 (2012)

Electronic and mechanical realizations of one-way coupling in one and two dimensions, B. J. Breen, A. B. Doud, J. R. Grimm, A. H. Tanasse, S. J. Tanasse, J F. Lindner, K. J. Maxted*, Physical Review E, volume 83, pages 037601(1-4) (2011)

Tracking Stars, Sun, and Moon to Connect with the Universe, T. C. McAlpine, C. Atwood-Stone*, T. Brown*, J. F. Lindner, American Journal of Physics, volume 78, pages 1128 - 1131 (2010)

Order and choas in the rotation and revolution of a line segment and a point mass, John F. Lindner, Jacob Lynn*, Frank W. King*, Amanda Logue*, Physical Review E, volume 81, pages 036208(1-10) (2010)

Demystifying decoherence and the master equation of quantum Brownian motion, J. K. Gamble*, J. F. Lindner, American Journal of Physics, volume 77, pages 244-252 (March 2009)

Experimental observation of soliton propagation and annihilation in a hydromechanical array of one-way coupled oscillators, J. F. Lindner, K. M. Patton*, P. M. Odenthal*, J. C. Gallagher*, B. J. Breen, Physical Review E, volume 78, pages 066604(1-5) (2008)

Invitation to embarrassingly parallel computing, B. J. Breen, C. E. Weidert, J. F. Lindner, L. M. Walker*, K. Kelly*, E. Heidtmann*, American Journal of Physics, volume 76, pages 347-352 (April/May 2008)

Precession and Chaos in the Classical Two-Body Problem in a Spherical Universe, J. Lindner, M. Roseberry*, D. Shai*, N. Harmon*, K. Olaksen*, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol. 18, No. 2, pages 455-464 (February 2008)

One-way coupling enables noise-mediated spatiotemporal patterns in media of otherwise quiescent multistable elements, J. Lindner, A. Bulsara, Physical Review E, volume 74, 020105(R)(1-4) (2006)

Coupling-induced cooperative behavior in dynamic ferromagnetic cores in the presence of a noise floor, A. Bulsara, J. Lindner, V. In, A. Kho, S. Baglio, V. Sacco, B. Ando, P. Longhini, A. Palacios, W. Rappel, Physics Letters A, volume 353, pages 4-10 (2006)

Potential energy landscape and finite-state models of array-enhanced stochastic resonance, J. Lindner, M. Bennett, K. Wiesenfeld, Physical Review E, volume 73, 031107(1-8) (2006)

Stochastic Resonance in the Mechanoelectrical Transduction of Hair Cells, J. Lindner, M. Bennett, K. Wiesenfeld, Physical Review E, volume 72, 051911(1-4) (2005).