Sergio Rica

Professor  of  Physics


Recent Publications

  1. 1.K. Baudin, A. Fusaro, J. Garnier, K. Krupa, N. Berrti, I. Carusotto, S. Rica, G. Millot, & A. Picozzi, “Energy and wave-action flows underlying Rayleigh-Jeans thermalization of optical waves propagating in a multimode fiber”, European Physics Letters 134, 14001 (2021).

  2. 2.K. Baudin, A. Fusaro, K. Krupa, J. Garnier, S. Rica, G. Millot, & A. Picozzi, “Rayleigh-Jeans condensation of classical light: Observation and thermodynamic characterization’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 244101 (2020).

  3. 3.P. Mellado, A. Concha, & S. Rica, ‘Magnetoelectric effect in dipolar clusters”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 237602 (2020).

  4. 4.E. Goles, P. Medina, A. Mascareño, and S. Rica, “Migration-induced transition in social structures: A view through the Sakoda model of social interactions”, Scientific Reports 10, 18338 (2020);

  5. 5.P. Caroca Soto, C. Cartes, T.P. Davies, J. Olivari, S. Rica, & K. Vogt-Geisse, “The anatomy of the 2019 Chilean social unrest”, Chaos 30, 073129 (2020);

  6. 6.C. Josserand, Y. Pomeau & S. Rica, Finite-time singularities as a mechanism for dissipation in a turbulent media'', Phys. Rev. Fluids 5, 054607 (2020);

  7. 7.M. Montalva-Medel, S. Rica, and F. Urbina, “Phase space classification of an Ising cellular automaton: The Q2R model”, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 133, 109618 (2020);

  8. 8.G. During, C. Josserand, G. Krstulovic, and S. Rica, “Is turbulence universal? A Kolmogorov spectrum for strongly vibrating plates",  Phys Rev. Fluids 4, 064804 (2019);

  9. 9.S. Slepneva, B. O'Shaughnessy, A.G. Vladimirov, S. Rica, E.A. Viktorov and G.Huyet, “Convective Nozaki-Bekki holes in a long cavity OCT laser", Optics Express 27, 16395-16404 (2019).

  10. 10.S. Rica, “Self-similar vortex reconnection", C. R. Mecanique 347, 365 (2019). (

  11. 11.M.C. Jarur, J. Dumais, and S. Rica, “Limiting speed for Jumping", C. R. Mecanique 347, 305 (2019). (

  12. 12.M.A. Valle, G.A. Ruz, S. Rica, “Market basket analysis by solving the inverse Ising problem: Discovering pairwise interaction strengths among products", Physica A 524,  36-44 (2019).

  13. 13.C. Canals, E. Goles, A. Mascareño, S. Rica, and G.A. Ruz, “School Choice in a Market Environment: Individual versus Social Expectations," Complexity, 2018, Article ID 3793095, 11 pages, (2018). (

  14. 14.F. Mora, P. Coullet, S. Rica and E. Tirapegui, “Numerical path integral calculation of the probability function and exit time: an application to non-gradient drift forces", Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 376: 20180027 (2018).

  15. 15.G. Düring, C. Josserand, & S. Rica, ``Wave turbulence theory of elastic plates'',  Physica D  347, 42-73 (2017). (

  16. 16.P. Medina, E. Goles, R. Zarama, and S. Rica, “Self-organized societies: on the Sakoda Model of Social Interactions”, Complexity, vol. 2017, Article ID 3548591, 16 pages, (2017). (doi:10.1155/2017/3548591).

  17. 17.A. Reid, F. Lechenault, S. Rica and M. Adda-Bedia, “Geometry and design of origami bellows with tunable response”, Phys. Rev. E  95, 013002 (2017).

For the past 30 years, I have contributed to a large variety of problems in nonlinear physics, from the interaction of defects, pattern formation, models of superfluidity to the kinetics and thermodynamics of Bose-Einstein condensation, theory of supersolidity and wave turbulence theory.  Since 1993 I have been researcher at the CNRS France at both the Institute Nonlinear de Nice and Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. I have been appointed at the Universidad de Chile and Universidad Adolfo Ibanez. Currently,  I am Professor at the Institute of Physics  at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile.