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Thomas Peacock

Thomas Peacock

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Room 3-360
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-258-0736  
Fax: 617-258-8742  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Raymond G Hardin
Room 1-310
Phone: 617-253-5328  


B.Sc. in Physics, Manchester University , 1994
D. Phil. in Physics, Oxford University, 1998

MIT Service

2008-present: Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

2007-2008:  ARCO Associate Professor in Energy, Mechanical Engineering

2005-2007: ARCO Assistant Professor in Energy, Mechanical Engineering

2003-2005: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering 

2000-2003: Instructor, Mathematics


Other related Experience

Mar2008-Jun2008: Visiting Professor, Mathematics, UBC

1998-2000:  Research Associate, University of Colorado


Research Interests

Internal Waves; Stratified Flows; Nonlinear Dynamics; Fluid Dynamics; Experimental Methods.


Teaching Interests

Mechanics; Nonlinear Dynamics; Fluid Dynamics; Experimental Techniques.



Co-producer of Internal Waves Documentary for Baddog Productions


Journal Publications

  1. Mullin, T. and Peacock, T., "Hydrodynamic instabilities in nematic liquid crystals under oscillatory shear," Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 455, 2635-2653, 1999.
  2. Peacock, T. and Mullin, T., "Bifurcation phenomena in flows of a nematic liquid crystal," International Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos, 9, 427-441. 
  3. Peacock, T. and Mullin, T., "From low- to high-dimensional dynamics in a microscopic fluid flow," Physical Review Letters, 82, 1446-1449, 1999.
  4. Peacock, T. and Mullin, T., "Homoclinic bifurcations in a liquid crystal flow," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 432, 369-386, 2000.
  5. Peacock, T. and Mullin, T., "The transition to turbulence in a microscopic fluid flow," Physics of Fluids, 12, S8, 2000. 
  6. Ma, Z.C., Bradley, E., Peacock, T., Hertzberg, J.R. and Lee, Y.C., "Solder assembled large MEMS flaps for fluid mixing," IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging, 26, 268-276, 2003.
  7. Peacock, T., Bradley, E., Hertzberg, J. and Lee, Y.C., "Forcing a planar jet flow using MEMS," Experiments in Fluids, 37, 22-28, 2004.
  8. Peacock, T., Stocker, R. and Aristoff, J., "An experimental investigation of the angular dependence of diffusion-driven flow," Physics of Fluids, 16, 3503-3505, 2004.
  9. Blanchette, F., Peacock, T. and Bush, J.W.M., "The Boycott effect in magma chambers," Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L05611, 2004.
  10. Heitz, R., Peacock, T. and Stocker, R., "Optimizing diffusion-driven flow in a fissure," Physics of Fluids, 17, Art. 128104, 2005.
  11. Peacock, T. and Weidman, P., "The effect of rotation on conical wave beams in a stratified fluid," Experiments in Fluids, 39, 32-37, 2005.
  12. Peacock, T., Blanchette, F. and Bush, J.W.M., "The stratified Boycott effect," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 529, 33-49, 2005.
  13. Peacock, T. and Tabaei, A., "Visualization of nonlinear effects in internal wave beam reflection," Physics of Fluids, 17, Art. 061702, 2005.
  14. Yick, K.Y., Stocker, R. and Peacock, T., "Microscale Synthetic Schlieren," Experiments in Fluids, 42, 41-48, 2007.
  15. Mathur, M., Haller, G. Peacock, T., Ruppert-Felsot, J.E. and Swinney, H.L., "Uncovering the Lagrangian Skeleton on Turbulence," Physical Review Letters, 98, Art. 144502, 2007.
  16. Alford, M.H., MacKinnon, J.A., Zhao, Z., Pinkel, R., Klymak, J. and Peacock, T., "Internal waves across the Pacific," Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L24601, 2007.
  17. Peacock, T., Echeverri, P. and Balmforth, N.J.B., "Experimental investigation of internal tide generation by two dimensional topography," Journal of Physical Oceanography, 38, 235-242, 2008.
  18. Peacock, T. and Bradley, E., "Going with (or against) the flow," Science, 320, 1302-1303, 2008.
  19. Blanchette, F., Peacock, T. and Cousin, R., "Stability of a stratified fluid with a vertically moving sidewall," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 609, 305-317, 2008.
  20. Weldon, M., Peacock, T., Jacobs, G.B., Helu, M. and Haller, G., "Experimental and numerical investigation of the kinematic theory of unsteady separation," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 611, 1-11, 2008.
  21. Balmforth, N.J.B. and Peacock, T., "Internal tide generation by supercritical topography," Journal of Physical Oceanography, 39, 1965-1974, 2009.
  22. Yick, K.Y., Torres, C., Peacock, T. and Stocker, R., "Particle settling in a stratified fluid at low Reynolds number," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 632, 49-68, 2009.
  23. Echeverri, P., Flynn, M.R., Winters, K.B. and Peacock, T., "Low-mode inernal tide generation: an experimental and numerical investigation," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 638, 91-108, 2009.
  24. Mathur, M. and Peacock, T., "Internal wave beam propagation in nonuniform stratifications," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 639, 133-152, 2009.
  25. Peacock, T. and Dabiri, J., "Lagrangian coherent structures," CHAOS, 20, 017501, 2010.
  26. Tang, W.E. and Peacock, T., "Lagrangian coherent structures and internal tide attractors," CHAOS, 20, 017508, 2010.
  27. Peacock, T., Mercier, M., Didelle, H., Viboud, S. and Dauxois, T., "A laboratory study of internal tide scattering by finite-amplitude topography," Physics of Fluids, 21, 121702, 2010.
  28. Mathur, M. and Peacock, T., "An internal wave interferometer," Physical Review Letters, 114, 118501, 2010.
  29. Allshouse, M.R., Barad, M.F. and Peacock, T., "Sailing on diffusion," Nature Physics, 6, 516, 2010.
  30. Echeverri, P. and Peacock, T., "Internal tide generation by aribtrary two-dimensional topography in arbitrary stratifications," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 659, 247, 2010.
  31. Mercier, M., Martinand, D., Mathur, M., Gostiuax, L., Peacock, T. and Dauxois, T., "New wave generation," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 657, 308, 2010.
  32. Echeverri, P., Yokossi, T., Balmforth, N.J. and Peacock, T., "Tidally generated internal wave attractors between double ridges," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 669, 354, 2011.
  33. Ghaemsaidi, S.J. and Peacock, T., “3D Stereoscopic PIV visualization of the axisymmetric conical internal wave field generated by an oscillating sphere,” Experiments in Fluids, 54, 1454, 2013.

  34. Peacock, T. and Haller, G., “Lagrangian Coherent Structures: the hidden skeleton of fluid flows,” Physics Today, 66, 41, 2013.

Honors and Awards

Gledden Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia (2012)

Visting Professor, ENS de Lyon (2012)

Invited Author, Physics Today (2010) 

Guest Editor, CHAOS (2009)

NSF CAREER Award in Physical Oceanography (2007)

Abkowitz International Travel Fellowship (2006)

ARCO Professorship in Energy (2005-2008)

ICTAM Travel Fellowship (2004)
APS Gallery of Fluid Motion (1999)
Royal Society Physics Research Award (1996)
Domus Scholarship, Oxford University (1995)
Samuel Bright Scholarship, Manchester University (1994)
Hatfield Scholarship, Manchester University (1993)



American Physical Society

American Geophysical Union

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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