Frank Robinson

This is the web page of Frank Robinson, a Research Scientist in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Astronomy and Lecturer at Yale. I am an applied mathematician interested in numerical modelling of the Sun, Sun-like stars, the Earth's atmosphere and laboratory convection experiments.

Stellar surface convection

  • 15 minutes of granulation in the Sun (3500km by 3500km)

  • 42 minutes of granulation in Procyon (29000km by 29000km)

  • Convective plumes in Procyon (14500km by 16300km)

    Moist convection over a flat island

  • convective burst (200km x 15km)

    Rayleigh-Benard convection in a perfect gas (DNS)

  • Boussinesq (3.5cm x 2cm x 1cm)

  • Non-Boussinesq (3.5cm x 2cm x 1cm)

    Dry convection over continuously heated terrain

  • Density current (100km x 5km)

  • Slippery thermals and the cumulus entrainment paradox, Sherwood, S.C., Hern├índez-Deckers, D., Colin, M. amd Robinson, F.J. JAS 70,2426 (2013)
    A Numerical Modeling Study of the Propagation of Idealized Sea-Breeze Density Currents, Robinson, F.J., Patterson, M.D. and Sherwood, S.C. JAS 70,653 (2013)
    A Storm Brewing (non-peer reviewed), Robinson, F.J. International Innovation (2012)
    Exploring the Land-Ocean contrast in Convective Vigor using Islands, Robinson, F.J., Sherwood, S.C., Gerstle, D., Liu,C. and Kirshbaum, D. JAS 68,602 (2011)
    Dissipation Efficiency in Turbulent Convective Zones in Low-Mass StarsPenev, K., Sasselov,D., Robinson, F. & Demarque, P. ApJ 704,930 (2009)
    The Nature of p-modes and Granulation in Procyon: New MOST Photometry and New Yale Convection Models Guenther et al. ApJ 687,1448 (2008)
    Resonant Response of Deep Convection to Surface Hot Spots Robinson, F., Sherwood, S. & Li, Y. JAS 65, 276 (2008)
    On dissipation inside turbulent convection zones from three-dimensional simulations of solar convection Penev, K., Sasselov,D., Robinson, F. & Demarque, P. ApJ 655,1166 (2007)
    On the effects of coherent structures on higher order moments in models of solar and stellar surface convection Kupka, F. & Robinson, F.J. MNRAS 374,305 (2007)
    Modeling the Impact of Convective Entrainment on the Tropical Tropopause Robinson, F.J. & Sherwood, S.C. JAS 63, 1013 (2006)
    Simulating the Outer Layers of Procyon A: a Comparison with the Sun Robinson, F.J., Demarque, P., Guenther, D.B., Kim, Y.-C. & Chan, K.L. MNRAS 362, 1031 (2006)
    Non-Boussinesq Simulations of Rayleigh-Benard Convection in a Perfect Gas, Robinson, F.J. & Chan, K.L. Phys. Fluids 16 (5), 1321 (2004)
    3d Simulations of the Upper Radiation-Convection Transition layer in Subgiant Stars, Robinson, F.J., Demarque, P., Li, L.H., Sofia, S., Kim, Y.-C., Chan, K.L. & Guenther, D.B. MNRAS 347, 1208 (2004)
    Three-dimensional convection simulations of the outer layers of the Sun using realistic physics Robinson, F.J., Demarque, P., Li, L.H., Sofia, S., Kim, Y.-C., Chan, K.L. & Guenther, D.B. MNRAS 340, 923 (2003)
    Global parameter and helioseismic tests of solar variability models , Li, L.H., Basu, S., Sofia,S., Robinson, F.J. and Demarque, P.D. ApJ 591, 1267 (2003)
    Inclusion of turbulence in solar modelling , Li, L.H., Robinson, F.J., Demarque, P.D., Sofia, S. & Guenther, D.B. ApJ 567, 1192 (2001)
    A Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Compressible Convection: Differential Rotation in the Solar Convection Zone , Robinson, F.J. & Chan, K.L. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. (MNRAS) 321, 723 (2001)
    A list of most my astronomy and physics papers, along with some conference proceedings, is available via the ADS database.
    Physics and Maths Teacher FIS (HK) (1992-94)
    CEO Tutors of Oxford (Hong Kong) (1992-98)
    Academic Director in Sc and QR Yale College (2005-)
    Frank Robinson (
    Department of Geology and Geophysics
    Yale University
    New Haven, CT 06520-8101

    Tel: 203-432-7128 or FAX: 203-432-5048