The primary goal of

Arizona Center For
Mathematical Sciences - ACMS,

Director
: Dr. J. V. Moloney, is to provide an environment for
research and learning in the Mathematical Sciences. Its basic
research themes are the modeling, understanding and
applicability of nonlinear processes in optics, fluids, neural
networks, and random distributed systems with continuing
investigations into pattern dynamics, percolation, behavior of
lattice gasses, nonlinear stability, low dimensional chaos,
turbulence, dynamical systems and the nature of integrable
systems of differential equations.

Research and learning takes place at all levels. The
breadth of activity and spectrum of interest and talent among
visiting collegaues serves to stimulate interdisciplinary work
and promote the cross fertilization of ideas. Graduate
students interested in applied mathematics enjoy a unique
environment in which they can experience first hand the unity
in the approaches (modeling, simulation, analysis, and
involvement in experiments) with which mathematical scientists
tackle a diverse set of problems from all areas of the
physical sciences. There are several ongoing weekly working
seminars in addition to regular departmental colloquia. These
are in the areas of applied analysis, computation, dynamical
systems, nonlinear optics, neural networks, integrable
systems, and mathematical physics.

Nonlinear Optics has attained a special status at ACMS and
the exceptional multidisciplinary culture at Arizona provides
a unique environment for collaborative research with
colleagues at the Optical Sciences Center, and the Program in
Applied Mathematics. Graduate students in Applied Mathematics,
Optical Sciences and Physics work together on research
projects at the frontiers of this exciting field. Tucson's
designation as "Optics Valley", reflects the large
concentration of Optics industries in the region and provides
a strong industrial link to the University of Arizona.