Parks Faculty

William Thacker, Ph.D., Department Chair

William Thacker, Ph.D., Department Chair

Professor

Phone:
(314) 977-8422
Education:

Ph.D. in Physics 
University of Colorado-Boulder

M. S. in Physics
University of Illinois, Urbana

B. S. in Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Dr. Thacker’s research interests include theoretical physics, theory and modeling of turbulence. Focus of current research includes:

  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information Theory
  • Turbulence in time-dependent mean flows
  • The influence of compressibility on turbulent correlations involving pressure
  • Development of turbulence models that incorporate transition
  • Probability density functions for turbulence and for chaotic advection
  • Theory of chaos and dynamical systems

Below is a list of William Thacker’s selected publications. For more information on each publication, please visit the Parks College Publication Database.

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Lang, A.W., Thacker, W.D., “On the Interaction of Water Waves with a Surface-Parallel Vortex”, Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 130, pp. 051302-1 to 051302-7 (2008). doi: 10.1115/1.2907430

  • Thacker, W.D., Sarkar, S., and Gatski, T.B., “Analyzing the Influence of Compressibility on the Rapid Pressure-Strain Rate Correlation in Turbulent Shear Flows”, Theoretical and Computational  Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 21, pp. 171-199 (2007). doi: 10.1007/s00162-007-0043-4

  • Pruett, C.D., Gatski, T.B., Grosch, C.E., and Thacker, W.D.,, “The temporally filtered Navier-Stokes equations: Properties of the residual stress”, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 15, pp. 2127-2140 (2003). doi: 10.1063/1.1582858

  • Thacker, W.D., Gatski, T.B., Grosch, C.E., “Modeling the dynamics of ensemble-averaged linear disturbances in homogeneous shear flow”, Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, Vol. 63, pp. 39-58 (2000). doi: 10.1023/A:1009969805726

  • Thacker, W.D., Gatski, T.B., Grosch, C.E., “Analyzing mean transport equations of turbulence and linear disturbances in decaying flows”, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 11, pp. 2626-2631 (1999). doi: 10.1063/1.870124

  • Thacker, W.D., “A path integral for turbulence in incompressible fluids”, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 38, pp. 300-320 (1997). doi: 10.1063/1.532190

  • Thacker, W.D., “New Formulation of the Classical Path Integral with Reparameterization Invariance”, Journal of Mathematical Physics Vol. 38, pp.2389-2416 (1997). doi: 10.1063/1.531987

  • Dixit, V.V., Santhanam, T.S., and Thacker, W.D., “A Supersymmetric Dirac Oscillator with Scalar Coupling”, Journal of Mathematical Physics Vol. 33, pp.1114-1117 (1992). doi: 10.1063/1.529775

  • Gozzi, E., Reuter, M., Thacker, W.D., “Symmetries of the Classical Path Integral on a Generalized Phase Space Manifold”, Physical Review D Vol. 46, pp.757-765 (1992). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.46.757

  • Dixit, V.V., Santhanam, T.S., and Thacker, W.D., “Mass Matrix with Symmetric Mixing”, Physical Review D Vol. 43, pp. 945-947 (1990). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.43.945

  • Giavarini, G., Gozzi, E., Rohrlich, D., and Thacker, W.D., “Classical Adiabatic Holonomy in Field Theory”, Physical Review D Vol. 42, 2252-2262 (1990). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.42.2752

  • Kupsch, J., and Thacker, W.D., “Euclidean Majorana and Weyl Spinors”, Fortschritte der Physik Vol. 38, pp. 35-62 (1990). doi: 10.1002/prop.2190380103

  • Gozzi, E., Reuter, M., Thacker, W.D., “Hidden BRS Invariance in Classical Mechanics II”, Physical Review D Vol. 40, pp. 3363-3377 (1989). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.40.3363

  • Giavarini, G., Gozzi, E., Rohrlich, D., and Thacker, W.D.,”On the Removability of Berry’s Phase”, Journal of Physics A vol. 22, 3513-3529 (1989). doi: 10.1088/0305-4470/22/17/017

  • Giavarini, G., Gozzi, E., Rohrlich, D., and Thacker, W.D., “Some Connections Between Classical and Quantum Anholonomy”, Physical Review D Vol. 39, pp. 3007-3015 (1989). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.39.3007

  • Gozzi, E., and Thacker, W.D., “Classical Adiabatic Holonomy and its Canonical Structure”, Physical Review D Vol. 35, pp. 2398-2406 (1987). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.35.2398

  • Gozzi, E., and Thacker, W.D., “Classical Adiabatic Holonomy in a Grassmannian System”, Physical Review D Vol. 35, pp. 2388-2397 (1987). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.35.2388

  • Drechsler, W., and Thacker, W.D., “Generalized Spinor Fields and Gravitation”, Classical and Quantum Gravity Vol. 4, pp. 291-318 (1987). doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/4/2/012

  • Barut, A.O., and Thacker, W.D., “Zitterbewegung of the Electron in External Fields”, Physical Review D Vol. 31, pp. 2076-2088 (1985). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.31.2076

  • Barut, A.O., and Thacker, W.D., “Covariant Generalization of the Zitterbewegung of the Electron and its SO(4,2) and SO(3,2) Internal Algebras”, D Vol. 31, pp. 1386-1392 (1985). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.31.1386

In Proceedings
  • Hidalgo, P., Lang, A.W., Thacker, W.D., “POD Study of the Coherent Structures within a Turbulent Spot”, AIAA Paper presented at the 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting January 9-12 2006, Reno NV.
  • Thacker, W.D.,Sarkar, S., Gatski, T.B., “An Analysis of the Rapid Pressure-Strain Rate Correlation in Compressible Shear Flow”, in the Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena in Williamsburg, VA, 27-29 June 2005.
  • Rumsey, C.L., Thacker, W.D., Gatski, T.B., Grosch, C.E., “Analysis of Transition-Sensitized Turbulent Transport Equations”, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Paper 2005-0523, presented at the 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 10-13 2005, Reno NV.