K.W. Chow


  • Blood Flow and the Cardiovascular System
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Waves and Solitons
  • Optical Fibers and Communications


Prof. K.W. Chow completed his undergraduate studies at the California Institute of Technology, USA and obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He stayed at MIT briefly as a post-doctoral fellow in fluid dynamics. He then pursued his teaching and research career at the University of Arizona, USA. After serving a brief visiting appointment in 1995, he formally joined the University of Hong Kong in 1996. He has worked extensively in the fields of wave propagation, fluid mechanics and nonlinear dynamics. The evolution and properties of nonlinear localized modes (solitons) are of great importance in hydrodynamic and optical waveguides. He is serving on the Editorial Board of the journal 'Wave Motion'. His research interests in medical engineering focus on the applications of continuum mechanics in blood flows and the upper airway.


    Fluid Mechanics

  • Zhenyun QIN and Kwok Wing CHOW: The One Dimensional Motion of a Monatomic Gas with a Gaussian Decay in Density, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 81, 035004 (2 pages) (2012).
  • K.W. Chow: Logarithmic nonlinear Schr¨odinger equation and irrotational, compressible flows: An exact solution, Physical Review E 84, 016308 (7 pages) (2011).
  • Bernard K. Ee, R. H. J. Grimshaw, K.W. Chow, and D-H. Zhang: Steady transcritical flow over an obstacle: Parametric map of solutions of the forced extended Korteweg–de Vries equation, Physics of Fluids 23, 046602 (11 pages) (2011).
  • S Pak and K W Chow: Free surface waves on shear currents with non-uniform vorticity: third-order solutions, Fluid Dynamics Research 41, 035511 (13 pages) (2009).
  • D. Gurarie, K.W. Chow: Vortex arrays for sinh Poisson equation of two dimensional fluids: Equilibria and stability, Physics of Fluids 16, 3296 – 3305 (2004).
  • K.W. Chow, S.C. Tsang, C.C. Mak: Another exact solution for two dimensional, inviscid sinh Poisson vortex arrays, Physics of Fluids 15, 2437 – 2440 (2003).
  • R.H.J. Grimshaw, K.H. Chan, K.W. Chow: Transcritical flow of a stratified fluid: the forced extended Korteweg - de Vries model, Physics of Fluids 14, 755 – 775 (2002).
  • K.W. Chow, N.W M. Ko, R.C.K. Leung, S.K. Tang: Inviscid two dimensional vortex dynamics and a soliton expansion of the sinh Poisson equation, Physics of Fluids 10, 1111 – 1119 (1998).

    Medical Engineering

  • A.Y.S. Tang, Y. Fan, S.W.K. Cheng and K.W. Chow: Biomechanical factors influencing type B thoracic aortic dissection: Computational fluid dynamics study, Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 6, No. 4, 622-632 (2012).
  • Abraham Yik-Sau Tang, Siu-Kai Lai, Kar-Ming Leung, Gilberto Ka-Kit Leung, Kwok-Wing Chow: Influence of the aspect ratio on the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms: A computational investigation, J. Biomedical Science and Engineering 5, 422-431 (2012).
  • Y. Fan, L. K. Cheung, M. M. Chong, H. D. Chua, K. W. Chow, and C. H. Liu: Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis on the Upper Airways of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using Patient – Specific Models, IAENG International Journal of Computer Science 38:4, IJCS_38_4_10 (2011).
  • Yi Fan, Stephen Wing-Keung Cheng, Kai-Xiong Qing, Kwok-Wing Chow: Endovascular repair of type B aortic dissection: a study by computational fluid dynamics, Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering 3, 900-907 (2010).
  • S.W.K. Cheng, S.K. Lam, G.S.K. Fung, K.W. Chow: A computational fluid dynamic study of stent graft remodeling after endovascular repair of thoracic aortic dissections, Journal of Vascular Surgery 48, 303 – 310 (2008).
  • S.K. Lam, G.S.K. Fung, S.W.K. Cheng, K.W. Chow: A computational study on the biomechanical factors related to the stent graft models in the thoracic aorta, Medical & Biological Engineering and Computing 46 (Special issue on patient specific hemodynamic modeling), 1129 – 1138 (2008).
  • George S.K. Fung, S.K. Lam, Stephen W.K. Cheng, K.W. Chow: On stent-graft models in thoracic aortic endovascular repair: A computational investigation of the hemodynamic factors, Computers in Biology and Medicine 38, 484-489 (2008).
  • K.W. Chow, C.C. Mak: A simple model for the two dimensional blood flow in the collapse of veins, Journal of Mathematical Biology 52, 733-744 (2006).
  • Nonlinear Waves and Dynamics

  • C. Rogers and K.W. Chow: Localized pulses for the quintic derivative nonlinear Schr¨odinger equation on a continuous-wave background, Physical Review E 86, 037601 (3 pages) (2012).
  • Boris A. Malomed, Edwin Ding, K.W. Chow and S. K. Lai: Pinned modes in lossy lattices with local gain and nonlinearity, Physical Review E 86, 036608 (8 pages) (2012).
  • S K Lai and KW Chow: Exact solutions for oscillators with quadratic damping and mixed-parity nonlinearity, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 80, 064001 (7 pages) (2011).
  • Tat Leung YEE, Alan Cheng Hou TSANG, Boris MALOMED, and Kwok Wing CHOW: Exact Solutions for Domain Walls in Coupled Complex Ginzburg–Landau Equations, Physica Scripta 85, 045006 (6 pages) (2012).
  • K.W. Chow, I M. Merhasin, B.A. Malomed, K. Nakkeeran, K. Senthilnathan, P.K.A. Wai: Periodic waves in fiber Bragg gratings, Physical Review E 77, 026602 (8 pages) (2008).
  • K.W. Chow, K.K.Y. Wong, C.K. Lam: Modulation instabilities for a system of four, coupled nonlinear Schrödinger equations, Physics Letters A 372, 4596 (2008).
  • K.W. Chow, C.K. Lam, K. Nakkeeran, B.A. Malomed, Transmission and stability of solitary pulses in complex Ginzburg – Landau equations with variable coefficients, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 77, 054001 (5 pages) (2008).
  • K.W. Chow: A class of doubly periodic waves for nonlinear evolution equations, Wave Motion 35, 71 – 90 (2002).


  • Jin Hua Li, Kin Seng Chiang, and Kwok Wing Chow: Suppression of pulse splitting in two-core optical fibers with Kerr nonlinearity, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Vol. 30, No. 2, 460-467 (2013).
  • J H Li, K S Chiang, B A Malomed and K W Chow: Modulation instabilities in birefringent two-core optical fibres, Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 45, 165404 (11 pages) (2012).
  •  Jin Hua Li, Kin Seng Chiang, and Kwok Wing Chow: Modulation instabilities in two-core optical fibers, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Vol. 28, No. 7, 1693-1701 (2011).
  • H. S. Chiu and K.W. Chow: Effect of birefringence on the modulation instabilities of a system of coherently coupled nonlinear Schrödinger equations, Physical Review A 79, 065803 (4 pages) (2009).
  • S.C. Tsang, K. Nakkeeran, B.A. Malomed, K.W. Chow: Coupled periodic waves with opposite dispersions in a nonlinear optical fiber, Optics Communications 249, 117 – 128 (2005).
  • S.C. Tsang, K.S. Chiang, K.W. Chow: Soliton interaction in a two-core optical fiber, Optics Communications 229, 431 – 439 (2004).
  • D.W.C. Lai, K.W. Chow, K. Nakkeeran: Multiple pole soliton interactions in optical fibers with higher order effects, Journal of Modern Optics 51, 455 – 460 (2004).
  • K.W. Chow, K. Nakkeeran, B.A. Malomed: Periodic waves in bimodal optical fibers, Optics Communications 219, 251 – 259 (2003).