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Neil Ribe

Research Director CNRS

Laboratoire FAST - Bat. 502
Campus Universitaire - 91405 Orsay Cedex  (France)
Phone: 33 1 69 1 53732 - Fax: 33 1 69 15 80 60
Room: 114

►Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics; Geodynamics; History of Science

FAST DynEPlanetI-Lab(?)

  • Plume/lithosphere interaction at Hawaii and Iceland. Read more

  • Mechanics of polycrystals and the generation of seismic anisotropy.Read more

  • Mechanics of liquid ropes. Read more

  • Mechanics of elastic rods. Read more

  • Toricelli's curtain: morphology of laminar viscous jets under gravity. Read more

  • Dynamics of free subduction. Read more


    Journal articles

  • On the importance of advection in determining the local isotopic composition of the mantle
    Richter F M, Ribe N M Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 43, 212-222 (1979)
  • Observations of flexure and the geological evolution of the Pacific Ocean basin
    Watts A B, Bodine J H, Ribe N M
    Nature 283, 532-537 (1980)
  • On the interpretation of frequency response functions for oceanic gravity and bathymetry
    Ribe N M
    Geophys. J. R. Astr. Soc. 70, 273-294 (1982)
  • The distribution of intraplate volcanism in the Pacific Ocean basin: a spectral approach
    Ribe N M, Watts A B
    Geophys. J. R. astr. Soc. 71, 333-362 (1982)
  • Diapirism in the Earth's mantle: experiments on the motion of a hot sphere in a fluid with temperature dependent viscosity
    Ribe N M J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 16, 221-245 (1983)
  • On geoid heights and flexure of the lithosphere at seamounts
    Watts A B, Ribe N M J. Geophys. Res. 89, 11152-11170 (1984)
  • On the determination of the deflection of the vertical using satellite altimetry
    Watts A B, Horai K-I, Ribe N M Marine Geodesy 8, 85-127 (1984)
  • The generation and composition of partial melts in the Earth's mantle
    Ribe N M Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 73, 361-376 (1985)
  • The deformation and compaction of partially molten zones
    Ribe N M Geophys. J. R. astr. Soc. 83, 487-501 (1985)
  • Goethe's critique of Newton: a reconsideration
    Ribe N M Stud. Hist. Phil. Sci. 16, 315-335 (1985) Italian translation: La critica di Goethe a Newton: una riconsiderazione, Il Minotauro XIV, 54-68 and XV, 55-67 (1987)
  • Melt segregation driven by dynamic forcing
    Ribe N M Geophys. Res. Lett. 13, 1462-1465 (1986)
  • A stagnation-point flow model for melt extraction from a mantle plume
    Ribe N M, Smooke M D J. Geophys. Res. 92, 6437-6443 (1987)
  • Theory of melt segregation: a review
    Ribe N M J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 33, 241-253 (1987)
  • On the dynamics of mid-ocean ridges
    Ribe N M J. Geophys. Res. 93, 429-436 (1988)
  • Dynamical geochemistry of the Hawaiian plume
    Ribe N M Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 88, 37-46 (1988)
  • The effect of lateral viscosity variations on surface observables
    Koch D M, Ribe N M Geophys. Res. Lett. 16, 535-538 (1989)
  • A continuum theory for lattice preferred orientation
    Ribe N M Geophys. J. 97, 199-207 (1989)
  • Mantle flow induced by back-arc spreading
    Ribe N M Geophys. J. 98, 85-91 (1989)
  • Seismic anisotropy and mantle flow
    Ribe N M J. Geophys. Res. 94, 4213-4223 (1989)
  • A theory for plastic deformation and textural evolution of olivine polycrystals
    Ribe N M, Yu Y J. Geophys. Res. 96, 8325-8335 (1991)
  • The dynamics of thin shells with variable viscosity and the origin of toroidal flow in the mantle
    Ribe N M Geophys. J. Int., 110, 537-552 (1992)
  • On the relation between seismic anisotropy and finite strain
    Ribe N M J. Geophys. Res.} , 97, 8737-8747 (1992)
  • Three-dimensional modeling of plume-lithosphere interaction
    Ribe N M, Christensen U R J. Geophys. Res. 99, 669-682 (1994)
  • The global distribution of hotspots and instability of D"
    Ribe N M, de Valpine D P Geophys. Res. Lett. 21, 1507-1510 (1994)
  • The dynamics of plume-ridge interaction, 1: Ridge-centered plumes
    Ribe N M, Christensen U R, Theissing J Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 134, 155-168 (1995)
  • Radioactive disequilibrium among 238U series nuclides in recent volcanic rocks: a model for chronology and mechanism of formation
    Turekian K K, Krishnaswami S, Ribe N M, Reinitz I M Geochem. Int. 33, 1-14 (1996)
  • The dynamics of plume-ridge interaction, 2: Off-ridge plumes
    Ribe N M J. Geophys. Res. 101, 16,195-16,204 (1996)
  • Cartesian optics and the mastery of nature
    Ribe N M Isis 88, 42-61 (1997).
  • The dynamics of plume-ridge interaction--III. The effects of ridge migration
    Ribe N M, Delattre W L Geophys. J. Int. 133, 511-518 (1998)
  • Spouting and planform selection in the Rayleigh-Taylor instability of miscible viscous fluids
    Ribe N M J. Fluid Mech. 377, 27-45 (1998)
  • The dynamical origin of Hawaiian volcanism
    Ribe N M, Christensen U R Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 171, 517-531 (1999)
  • Geoid height versus topography for a plume model of the Hawaiian swell
    Cserepes L, Christensen U R, Ribe N M (2000) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 178, 29-38.
  • Dynamic elevation of the Cordillera, western United States
    Lowry A R, Ribe N M, Smith R B J. Geophys. Res. 105 23,371-23,390 (2000)
  • Stretching and bending of thin viscous sheets
    Ribe N M J. Fluid Mech. 433, 135-160 (2001)
  • A kinematic model for recrystallization and texture development in olivine polycrystals
    Kaminski E, Ribe N M Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 189, 253-267 (2001)
  • A general theory for the dynamics of thin viscous sheets
    Ribe N M J. Fluid Mech. 457, 255-283 (2002)
  • Time scales for the evolution of seismic anisotropy in mantle flow
    Kaminski E, Ribe N M Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 10 (2002)
  • Exploratory experimentation: Goethe, Land, and color theory
    Ribe N M, Steinle F Physics Today 55/7 43-49 (2002)
  • Periodic folding of viscous sheets
    Ribe N M Phys. Rev. E 68, 036305 (2003) [discussion: 'Liquids fold according to density-viscosity ratio: New theory sheds light on plate tectonics and pancake batter', Nature Science Update , 15 September 2003, www.nature.com/nsu/030908/030908-19.html]
  • Optics, polemics and ethics in Goethe's critique of Newton
    Ribe N M Arch. int. hist. sci. 53, 257-263 (2003)
  • Through Thick and Thin (News and Views)
    Ribe N M Nature 427, 793-795 (2004)
  • D-Rex, a program for calculation of seismic anisotropy in the convective upper mantle
    Kaminski E, Ribe N M, Browaeys J T Geophys. J. Int. 158, 744-752 (2004)
  • Coiling of viscous jets
    Ribe N M Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 460, 3223-3239 (2004)
  • Liquid rope coiling on a solid surface
    Maleki M, Habibi M, Golestanian R, Ribe N M, Bonn D Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 214502 (2004)
  • Partial melting and upwelling rates beneath the Azores from a U-series perspective
    Bourdon B, Turner S P, Ribe N M Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 239, 42-56. (2005)
  • Multiple coexisting states of liquid rope coiling
    Ribe N M, Huppert H E, Hallworth M A, Habibi M, Bonn D J. Fluid Mech. 555 275-297 (2006)
  • Stability of liquid rope coiling
    Ribe N M, Habibi M, Bonn D Phys. Fluids 18 084102 (2006)
  • Dynamics of mantle plumes: insights from U-series geochemistry
    Bourdon B, Ribe N, Stracke A, Saal A E, Turner S P Nature 444, 713-717 (2006)
  • Stability of a dragged viscous thread: onset of 'stitching' in a fluid mechanical 'sewing machine'
    Ribe N M, Lister J R, Chiu-Webster S Phys. Fluids 18, 124105 (2006)
  • Dynamics of liquid rope coiling
    Habibi M, Maleki M, Golestanian R, Ribe N, Bonn D Phys. Rev. E 74, 066306 (2006)
  • Buckling instabilities of subducted lithosphere beneath the transition zone
    Ribe N M, Stutzmann E, Ren Y, van der Hilst R Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 254} 173-179 (2007)
  • Coiling of elastic ropes
    Habibi M, Ribe N M, Bonn D Phys. Rev. Lett. , 99, 154302 (2007) [press commentary: "Researchers uncover physics of coiling ropes", http://www.physorg.com/news112357305.html; "Unravelling the mysteries of coiling ropes'', http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/31564, 23/10/2007]
  • Spontaneous generation of spiral waves by a hydrodynamic instability
    Habibi M, M\oller P, Ribe N M, Bonn D Europhys. Lett. 81, 38004 (2007)
  • Meandering instability of a viscous thread
    Morris S W, Dawes J H P, Ribe N M, Lister J R Phys. Rev. E 77 066218 (2008)
  • Deformation modes of subducted lithosphere at the core-mantle boundary: An experimental investigation
    Loubet N, Ribe N M, Gamblin Y Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. , 10, Q10004 (2009)
  • Bending mechanics and mode selection in free subduction: a thin-sheet analysis
    Ribe N M Geophys. J. Int. 180, 559-576 (2010)
  • Buckling of liquid columns
    Habibi M, Rahmani Y, Bonn D, Ribe N M Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 074301 (2010)
  • Inferring nonlinear mantle rheology from the shape of the Hawaiian swell
    Asaadi N, Ribe N M, Sobouti F Nature 473, 501-504 (2011)
  • Pattern formation in a thread falling onto a moving belt: an 'elastic sewing machine'
    Habibi M, Najafi J, Ribe N M Phys. Rev E 84, 016219 (2011)
  • All bent out of shape : Buckling instabilities of sheared fluid layers
    Ribe N M J. Fluid Mech. 694, 1-4 (2012)
  • A numerical investigation of the fluid mechanical sewing machine
    Brun P-T, Ribe N M, Audoly B Phys. Fluids 24, 043103 (2012)
  • Dynamics of free subduction from 3-D boundary-element modeling
    Li Z, Ribe N M J. Geophys. Res. 117, B06408 (2012)
  • New constraints on the origin of the Hawaiian swell from wavelet analysis of the geoid to topography ratio
    Cadio C, Ballmer M, Panet I, Diament M, Ribe N Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 359-360, 40-54 (2012)
  • Delayed capillary breakup of falling viscous threads
    Javadi A, Eggers J, Bonn D, Habibi M, Ribe N M Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 144501 (2013)
  • Dynamical similarity and density (non-) proportionality in experimental tectonics
    Ribe N M, Davaille A Tectonophys. 608, 1371-1379 (2013)
  • Small-scale convection in a plume-fed low-viscosity layer beneath a moving plate
    Agrusta R, Arcay D, Tommasi A, Davaille A, Ribe N, Gerya T Geophys. J. Int. 194, 591-610 (2013)
  • Development of texture and seismic anisotropy during the onset of subduction
    Di Leo J F, Walker A M, Li Z.-H., Wookey J, Ribe N M, Kendall J-M, Tommasi A Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. , 15, 192-212 (2013)
  • Subduction-induced mantle flow, finite strain, and seismic anisotropy: Numerical modeling
    Li Z, Di Leo, J F, Ribe, N M. J. Geophys. Res. 119, 5052-5076 (2014)
  • Liquid supercoiling
    Habibi M, Hosseini S M, Khatami M H, Ribe N M Phys. Fluids 26, 024101 (2014)
  • An introduction to the dynamics of the lasso
    Brun P-T, Ribe N M, Audoly B Proc. R. Soc. London A 470, 20140512 (2014)
  • Liquid ropes: A geometrical model for thin viscous jet instabilities
    Brun P-T, Audoly B, Ribe N M, Eaves T S, Lister J R Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 174501 (2015)
  • Analytical parametrization of self-consistent polycrystal mechanics: Fast calculation of upper mantle anisotropy
    Goulding N J, Ribe N M, Castelnau O, Walker A M, Wookey J Geophys. J. Int. 203, 334-350 (2015)
  • A hybrid boundary-integral/thin-sheet equation for subduction modelling
    Xu B, Ribe N M Geophys. J. Int. 206, 1552-1562 (2016)
  • Liquid rope coiling: a synoptic view
    Ribe N M J. Fluid Mech. 812, R2 (2017)
  • Book chapters

  • Fluid mechanics of mantle plumes
    Ribe N M, Davaille A, Christensen U in Mantle Plumes - A Multidisciplinary Approach , eds. J. R. R. Ritter and U. R. Christensen, pp. 1-48, Springer, Berlin (2007)
  • Analytical Approaches to Mantle Dynamics
    Ribe N M in Treatise on Geophysics , vol. 7, Mantle Dynamics , 2nd ed., ed. D. Bercovici, pp. 145-196, Elsevier Scientific (2015)
  • Liquid rope coiling
    Ribe N M, Habibi M, Bonn D Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 44, 249-266 (2012)
  • Mariotte
    Ribe N M in The Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century French Philosophers , ed. Luc Foisneau (London, New York: Thoemmes Continuum), 823-826 (2008)
  • Popularizing articles

  • Instabilites de flambage dans les fluides visqueux : du laboratoire au manteau terrestre
    Ribe N M, Habibi M, Bonn D, Stutzmann E (2008) Reflets de la physique , no. 11, octobre 2008, 9-12 (2008)
  • The liquid rope trick
    Ribe N M, Habibi M, Bonn D Sci. American 310, 66-71 (2014)