Vatche B. Deyirmenjian
Lecturer/Research Physicist
Nonlinear and quantum optics; Condensed matter theory
Coherent control of quantum processes
 Theory of pattern formation
Physics education


 Department of Physics
University of Toronto
60 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A7

Tel: (416) 946 - 0336
Fax: (416) 978 - 2537
Office: MP129B



Curriculum Vitae

B. Sc. Physics and Mathematics, University of Toronto (1990)
Ph.D. Physics, University of Cambridge (1995)

Postdoctoral Researcher Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1995-6)
Postdoctoral Researcher Physics, University of Toronto (1996-2000)

Lecturer/Research Physicist Physics, University of Toronto (2000-present)

Research Interests

Coherent control of quantum processes
Coherent electron emission from metal surfaces
Pulse propagation in optical fibers
Spatiotemporal dynamics in nonlinear optical systems
Pattern formation in nonequilibrium systems
Physics education


V.B. Deyirmenjian, V. Heine, M.C. Payne, V. Milman, R.M. Lynden-Bell, and M.W. Finnis, Ab Initio Atomistic Simulation of the Strength of Defective Aluminum and Tests of Empirical Force Models, Phys. Rev. B 52, 15191 (1995). (PRB)

V.B. Deyirmenjian, V. Heine, M.C. Payne, V. Milman, and M.W. Finnis, Improved Representation of Metallic Bonding in Atomistic Simulations, Phil. Mag. Lett. 73, 39 (1996). (PML)

M.C. Payne, G.P. Francis, C. Molteni, N. Marzari, V.B. Deyirmenjian, and V. Heine, Ab Initio Investigation of Grain Boundary Sliding, in Materials Theory, Simulations, and Parallel Algorithms, E. Kaxiras, J. Joannopoulos, P. Vashishta, and R. Kalia eds. (Philadelphia, Mat. Res. Soc., 1996).

V.B. Deyirmenjian, Z.A. Daya, and S.W. Morris, Weakly Nonlinear Analysis of Electroconvection in a Suspended Fluid Film, Phys. Rev. E 56, 1706 (1997). (PRE)

Z.A. Daya, V.B. Deyirmenjian, S.W. Morris, and J.R. de Bruyn, Annular Electroconvection with Shear, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 964 (1998). (PRL)

V.B. Deyirmenjian and J.E. Sipe, A Cluster Expansion Approach to Modelling Single-Channel Bit String Propagation in Optical Fibers, Opt. Commun. 159, 49 (1998). (Optics Communications)

V.B. Deyirmenjian and J.E. Sipe, Coherent Control of the Angular Distribution of Electrons Photoemitted from Metal Surfaces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4942 (1999). (PRL)

Z.A. Daya, V.B. Deyirmenjian, and S.W. Morris, Electrically Driven Convection in a Thin Annular Film Undergoing Circular Couette Flow, Phys. Fluids 11, 3613 (1999). (Postscript) (Physics of Fluids)

Z.A. Daya, V.B. Deyirmenjian, and S.W. Morris, Bifurcations in Annular Electroconvection with an Imposed Shear, Phys. Rev. E 64, 036212 (2001). (Postscript) (PRE)

Z.A. Daya, V.B. Deyirmenjian, and S.W. Morris, Sequential Bifurcations in Sheared Annular Electroconvection, Phys. Rev. E 66, 015201 (2002). (PRE)

V.B. Deyirmenjian, Z.A. Daya, and S.W. Morris, Codimension-two points in annular electroconvection as a function of aspect ratio, Phys. Rev. E 72, 036211 (2005). (Postscript) (PRE)

J.R. Dwyer, C.T. Hebeisen, R. Ernstorfer, M. Harb, V.B. Deyirmenjian, R.E. Jordan, and R.J.D. Miller, Femtosecond electron diffraction: 'making the molecular movie', Philos. Trans. R. Soc. A 364, 741 (2006). (PTRS)

P. Tsai, Z.A. Daya, V.B. Deyirmenjian, and S.W. Morris, Direct numerical simulation of supercritical annular electroconvection, Phys. Rev. E 76, 026305 (2007). (Postscript) (PRE)

Conference Contributions

Weakly nonlinear analysis of pattern formation in a two-dimensional fluid, Workshop on Two-Dimensional Hydrodynamics, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, 1997.

Coherent control of photoemission from image states on metal surfaces, Symposium on Nanoscale Science and Technology, Center for Advanced Photonic and Electronic Materials, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1998.

Coherent control of the angular distribution of photoemitted electrons from metal surfaces, Symposium on Chemical Physics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 1998.

Coherent control of electrons photoemitted from metal surfaces, Laser Science Workshop, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada, 1999.

Coherent Electron Diffraction Using Ionized Image States, Symposium on Chemical Physics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, October, 2002.

Teaching Interests

PHY1860F Foundations of Quantum Optics
PHY2205S Special Topics in Quantum Optics: Photons and Atoms
PHY100F/S The Magic of Physics
PHY358S Atoms, Molecules, and Solids
PHY409S Quantum Methods Using Computer Algebra
PHY457F Quantum Mechanics II
PHY480S Basic Statistical Mechanics
JPU200Y The Way of Physics
PHY138Y Physics for the Life Sciences I
PHY491S/1491S Current Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Advice on how to do well in a physics course

Review the relevant sections of your textbook before each lecture or tutorial. By reading in advance, you will better comprehend the main themes of the course. Attend all lectures and tutorials and take careful notes. Make sure you understand all of the physics concepts that have been presented. Read the guide sheets or experimental outlines before attending your lab sessions. If you experience difficulties, talk to your tutor, lab demonstrator, a fellow student, or a lecturer. Discussing a problem with others will help you learn physics.

This page is maintained by dey== Last updated September, 2015.