Zhihong Lin

Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1996, Plasma Physics

B.S., Peking University, China, 1989, Physics

Phone: (949) 824-2717
Fax: (949) 824-2174
Email: zhihongl@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
4176 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
plasma physics, turbulence, transport, massively parallel computing, particle-in-cell simulation
Academic Distinctions
Chang Jiang Scholars, Ministry of Education, China, 2009.

American Physical Society, Fellow, 2006.

NSF CAREER Award, 2004.

DOE Plasma Physics Junior Faculty Development Award, 2003.

US Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, 2000.

DOE Early Career Awards in Science and Engineering, 2000.

Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics and Technology Development, 1999.
Research Abstract
My research group studies instability, turbulence, and transport in high temperature plasmas using massively parallel simulation. First-principles simulations and associated theory have led to key discovery in the physics of zonal flows, transport scaling, and wave-particle decorrelation in plasma turbulence. Particle simulation of turbulence self-regulation by zonal flows using GTC code was published in a 1998 Science paper, the most cited magnetic fusion research paper in the last 15 years. I am leading a multi-institutional U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SciDAC project (GSEP Center), and a DOE INCITE project in support of burning plasma experiment ITER, the crucial next step in the quest for fusion energy.
Wave-particle decorrelation and transport of anisotropic turbulence in collisionless plasmas, Z. Lin, I. Holod, L. Chen, P. H. Diamond, T. S. Hahm, and S. Ethier, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 265003 (2007).

Nonlinear Saturation of Mirror Instability, H. Qu, Z. Lin, and L. Chen, Geophy. Res. Lett. 35, L10108 (2008).

Transport of Energetic Particles by Microturbulence in Magnetized Plasmas, Wenlu Zhang, Zhihong Lin, and Liu Chen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 095001 (2008).

Turbulent transport of trapped electron modes in collisionless plasmas, Yong Xiao and Zhihong Lin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 085004 (2009).

Electromagnetic formulation of global gyrokinetic particle simulation in toroidal geometry, I. Holod, W. L. Zhang, Y. Xiao, and Z. Lin, Phys. Plasmas 16, 122307 (2009).

Gyrokinetic particle simulations of reversed shear Alfven eigenmode excited by antenna and fast ions, Wenjun Deng, Zhihong Lin, Ihor Holod, Xin Wang, Yong Xiao, and Wenlu Zhang, Phys. Plasmas 17, 112504 (2010).

Gyrokinetic particle simulation of beta-induced Alfven eigenmode, H. S. Zhang, Z. Lin, I. Holod, X. Wang, Y. Xiao, W. L. Zhang, Phys. Plasmas 17, 112505 (2010).

Effects of electron dynamics in toroidal momentum transport driven by ion temperature gradient turbulence, I. Holod and Z. Lin, Plasma Phys. Contr. Fusion 52, 035002 (2010).
DOE, Theoretical Research in Plasma and Fusion Science, 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2012.
DOE, SciDAC, Center for Gyrokinetic Simulation of Energetic Particle Turbulence and Transport, 2/15/2008-2/14/2016.
DOE, Plasma Science Center, 9/15/2009-9/14/2014
NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering, 9/1/2009-8/31/2012
Professional Societies
American Physical Society
American Geophysical Union
Other Experience
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine 2005—2008

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine 2002—2005

Research Physicist
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University 2001—2002

Staff Research Physicist
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University 1997—2001

U.S. Department of Energy Fusion Energy Postdoctoral Fellow
Princeton University 1995—1997

Research Centers
U.S. Department of Energy SciDAC Initiative GSEP Center (Center for Gyrokinetic Simulation of Energetic Particle Turbuelnce and Transport).
Plasma Science Center, University of California, Irvine
Fusion Simulation Center, Peking University
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