Tomas Dohnal
Tomáš Dohnal


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Mailing Address:

Universität Dortmund
Fachbereich Mathematik
Vogelpothsweg 87
44221 Dortmund, Germany

Current and recent teaching:


approximate solitary wave in
                  the 2D periodic NLS

Research interests:      broadly speaking "PDEs"

  • waves, dispersive PDEs
    • rigorous asymptotics of wavepackets in nonlinear problems
    • solitary waves in periodic structures and at surfaces
    • Evans function for studying stability of solitary waves
  • PDE bifurcation problems
    • bifurcation of nonlinear solutions from spectrum
    • bifurcation in PT-symmetric (non-selfadjoint) problems
  • numerics
    • simulation of nonlinear waves 
    • bifurcation package PDE2PATH for elliptic PDEs
    • perfectly matched layers for wave simulations


PhD Students:
Oberseminar angewandte Analysis

 "WAS IST ...?" - talks for a broad math-audience



  1. T. Dohnal and B. Schweizer, ``A Bloch wave numerical scheme for scattering problems in periodic wave-guides,'' submitted, 2017. (arXiv:1708.06427)
  2. T. Dohnal and D. Pelinovsky, ``Bifurcation of nonlinear bound states in the periodic Gross-Pitaevskii equation with PT-symmetry,'' submitted, 2017. (arXiv:1702.0346)

Journal articles:

  1. T. Dohnal and L. Helfmeier, ``Justification of the Coupled Mode Asymptotics for Localized Wavepackets in the Periodic Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation,'' J. Math. Anal. Appl. 450, 691-726 (2017). (arxiv:1602.04121)
  2. T. Dohnal and P. Siegl, ``Bifurcation of eigenvalues in nonlinear problems with antilinear symmetry,''  J. Math. Phys 57, 093502 (2016). (arXiv:1504.00054)
  3. T. Bartsch, T. Dohnal, M. Plum and W. Reichel, ``Ground States of a Nonlinear Curl-Curl Problem in Cylindrically Symmetric Media,'' Nonlinear Differ. Equ. Appl. (2016) 23: 52. (arXiv:1411.7153)
  4. T. Dohnal and H. Uecker, ``Bifurcation of Nonlinear Bloch Waves from the Spectrum in the Gross-Pitaevskii Equation,''  J. Nonlin. Sci. 26(3):581-618 (2016). (arXiv: 1409.4199)
  5. T. Dohnal, A. Lamacz, and B. Schweizer, ``Dispersive homogenized models and coefficient formulas for waves in general periodic media,'' Asymptotic Analysis 93, 21-49 (2015). (arXiv:1401.7839)
  6. T. Dohnal, A. Lamacz, and B. Schweizer, ``Bloch-wave homogenization on large time scales and dispersive effective wave equations,'' Multiscale Model. Simul. 12, 488-513 (2014). (arXiv:1302.4865)
  7. T. Dohnal, ``Traveling Solitary Waves in the Periodic Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation with Finite Band Potentials,'' SIAM Appl. Math. 74, 306-321 (2014). (arXiv:1305.3504)
  8. T. Dohnal, K. Nagatou, M. Plum and W. Reichel, ``Interfaces Supporting Surface Gap Soliton Ground States in the 1D Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation,'' J. Math. Anal. Appl. 407 , 425-435 (2013). (arXiv:1202.3588)
  9. T. Dohnal and W. Dörfler, ``Coupled Mode Equation Modeling for Out-of-Plane Gap Solitons in 2D Photonic Crystals,'' Multiscale Model. Simul. 11, 162-191 (2013). (arXiv:1202.3583)
  10. T. Dohnal and D. Pelinovsky, ``Vortex families near a spectral edge in the Gross-Pitaevskii equation with a two-dimensional periodic potential,'' Phys. Rev. E 85:026605 (2012). (arXiv:1110.3780)
  11. T. Dohnal, M. Plum and W. Reichel, ``Surface gap soliton ground states for the nonlinear Schrödinger equation,'' Comm. Math. Phys. 308, 511-542 (2011). (arXiv:1011.2886)
  12. E. Blank and T. Dohnal, "Families of Surface Gap Solitons and their Stability via the Numerical Evans Function Method," SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Syst. 10, 667-706 (2011). (arXiv:0910.4858)
  13. T. Dohnal and H. Uecker, ``Erratum to `Coupled Mode Equations and Gap Solitons for the 2D Gross-Pitaevskii equation with a non-separable periodic potential' by T. Dohnal and H. Uecker [Physica D 238 (2009), 860-879],'' Physica D 240, 357-362 (2011).
  14. T. Dohnal, M. Plum and W. Reichel, ``Localized Modes of the Linear Periodic Schrödinger Operator with a Nonlocal Perturbation,'' SIAM J. Math. Anal. 41, 1967-1993 (2009). (arXiv:0811.4514)
  15. T. Dohnal, ``Perfectly Matched Layers for Coupled Nonlinear Schrödinger Equations with Mixed Derivatives,'' J. Comput. Phys. 228, 8752–8765 (2009). (arXiv:0905.2321)
  16. A. Peleg, Y. Chung, T. Dohnal, and Q. M. Nguyen, ``Diverging probability density functions for flat-top solitary waves,'' Phys. Rev. E 80:026602 (2009). (arXiv:0906.3001)
  17. T. Dohnal and H. Uecker, ``Coupled Mode Equations and Gap Solitons for the 2D Gross-Pitaevskii equation with a non-separable periodic potential,'' Physica D 238, 860-879 (2009). (arXiv:0810.4499) Note: The arXiv version is a largely revised and corrected one.
  18. T. Dohnal, D. Pelinovsky and G. Schneider, ``Coupled-mode equations and gap solitons in a two-dimensional nonlinear elliptic problem with a separable periodic potential,'' J. Nonlin. Sci. 19, 95-131 (2009). (arXiv:0707.3731)
  19. T. Dohnal and D. Pelinovsky, ``Surface Gap Solitons at a Nonlinearity Interface," SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Syst. 7, 249-264 (2008). (arXiv:0704.1742)
  20. T. Dohnal and T. Hagstrom, ``Perfectly matched layers in photonics computations: 1D and 2D Nonlinear Coupled Mode Equations," J. Comput. Phys. 223, 690-710 (2007).
  21. A.B. Aceves and T. Dohnal, ``Finite dimensional model for defect-trapped light in planar periodic nonlinear stuctures," Opt. Lett. 31, 3013-3015 (2006).
  22. A. Peleg, T. Dohnal and Y. Chung, ``Effects of dissipative disorder on front formation in pattern forming systems,'' Phys. Rev. E 72:027203 (2005).
  23. T. Dohnal and A.B. Aceves, ``Optical soliton bullets in (2+1)D nonlinear Bragg resonant periodic geometries,'' J. Yang, editor, Nonlinear Wave Phenomena in Periodic Photonic Structures, Studies in Applied Math. 115:209-232 (2005).

Conference proceedings:

  1. T. Dohnal, J. Rademacher, H. Uecker, D. Wetzel, pde2path 2.0: multi-parameter continuation and periodic domains, in H. Ecker, A. Steindl, S. Jakubek, eds, ENOC 2014 - Proceedings of 8th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference, ISBN: 978-3-200-03433-4.
  2. A.B. Aceves and T. Dohnal, ``Stopping and bending light in 2D photonic structures,'' Proceedings of OSA topical meeting on Nonlinear Guided Waves and their Applications, Toronto, March 2004.
  3. A.B. Aceves and T. Dohnal, ``Stopping and bending light in 2D photonic structures,'' in `` Nonlinear Waves: Classical and Quantum Effects,'' p. 293 - 302, F. Kh. Abdullaev and V.V. Konotop (eds.), Kluwer, 2004.

Dissertation:  Optical bullets in (2+1)D photonic structures and their interaction with localized defects, PhD dissertation, Univ. of New Mexico, 2005.

Habilitation:   Localized Waves in Periodic Structures, Karslruhe Institute of Technology, May 2012.

Software Package:

  • PDE2PATH, a Matlab package for continuation and bifurcation in 2D elliptic systems, with J. Rademacher, H. Uecker, and D. Wetzel. (manual also on arXiv)

Past teaching:

Short (professional) history:

ICIAM 07 Minisymposia: 
Strongly Nonlinear Phenomena in Optics, BECs, Hydrodynamics and Biology

Curriculum vitae: pdf file


Past affiliations:

Department of Mathematics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

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Seminar for Applied Mathematics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Mexico, USA

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (Group T7), Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA

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The Technical University in Liberec, Czech Republic

Nonprofessional history:

I am married and have three kids. I come from Jablonec nad Nisou, a town in the north of the Czech Republic. I was, however, born in Prostejovicky,  a  beautiful village in Moravia - the eastern part of the country. The tiny village with about 280  people is close to a town called Prostejov .

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