Britton Olson

  • Program Years: 2008-2012
  • Academic Institution: Stanford University
  • Field of Study: Fluids: Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Academic Advisor: Sanjiva Lele
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2009)
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2010)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Aeronautical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012
    M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Stanford University, 2009
    B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2007

Current Status

  • Status: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Research Area: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Physics, Numerical Methods, Turbulence, Instabilities


B. J. Olson, A. W. Cook, "Rayleigh-Taylor shock waves," Phys. Fluids 19, 128108 (2007).

E. Johnsen, J. Larsson, A. V. Bhagatwala, W. H. Cabot, P. Moin, B. J. Olson, P. S. Rawat, S. K. Shankar, B. Sjogreen, H. C. Yee, X. Zhong, and S. K. Lele, "Assessment of high resolution methods for numerical simulations of compressible turbulence", J. Comput. Phys., 229 (2010) 1213-1237.

J. F. Latkowski, R. P. Abbott, S. Aceves, T. Anklam, A. W. Cook, J. DeMuth, L. Divol, B. El-Dasher, J. C. Farmer, D. Flowers, M. Fratoni, T. Heltemes, J. Kane, K. J. Kramer, R. Kramer, A. Lafuente, G. A. Loosmore, K. R. Morris, G. A. Moses, B. Olson, C. Pantano, S. Reyes, M. Rhodes, R. Sawicki, H. Scott, M. Tabak, S. Wilks, "Chamber Design for the Laser Inertial Fusion Energy (LIFE) Engine," Fusion Science and Technology 60(1), pp. 54-60, July 2011.

B. J. Olson, S. K. Lele, "Large-eddy simulation of an over-expanded planar nozzle", AIAA-2011-3908 (2011).

B. J. Olson, et. al., "Non-linear effects in the combined Rayleigh-Taylor/Kelvin Helmholtz Instabilities", Phys. Fluids 23, 114107 (2011).

B. J. Olson and S.K. Lele, "Directional artificial bulk viscosity for shock capturing on high-aspect ratio grids," Computational Science and Discovery, 5-014008 (2012).

B.J. Olson and S.K. Lele, "Low frequency unsteadiness in nozzle flow separation," AIAA-2012-2974 (2012).

B.J. Olson and S.K. Lele, "Directional artificial fluids properties for compressible large-eddy simulation," J. Comp. Phys., Under Review (2012).


Brigham Young Scholar, 2001-2002, 2004-2007
Tau Beta Pi, 2005
Golden Key Honor Society 2006
Phi Kappa Phi, 2007
Stanford Research Assistantship, 2007