Professor Deegan’s research focuses on the dynamics of non-equilibrium systems. As a system, such as a fluid or a solid, is driven from equilibrium, it undergoes a series of transitions to progressively more organized dynamics. Everyday examples of this phenomenon are the bands of Jupiter, the Giant’s Causeway, and the crumpled edges of lettuce leaves.
Professor Deegan studies dynamical transitions though table-top experiments with the aim of understanding the origin of this behavior in each specific case and in general. His research covers a broad range of phenomena from drying drops to bursting balloons to vibrated slurries.