PhD, University of Rochester, 2012 BS, University of Science and Technology of China, 2005 Professor Yan’s research interest is generally in the area of high energy density physics (HEDP). In particular, he is interested in exciting plasma physics topics relevant to inertial confinement fusion (ICF). He uses large-scale Paricle-in-Cell (PIC) and has been developing fluid models to help understanding different levels of physical details in these highly nonlinear areas of physics. He has published more than 40 papers on leading academic journals.

Hydrodynamic instabilities, laser plasma interactions, HEDP

Fusion energy is expected to be a reliable future energy source for human kind. HEDP is the study of matter under extreme states of pressure roughly between 1Mbar to 1000 Gbar. At these conditions matter behaves very differently from that under Earth-like circumstances and exhibiting rich physics. HEDP helps understanding the key processes in ICF and a number of important astrophysical phenomena. You will have a tour on HEDP topics on modern fusion science, fluid dynamics, and laser-plasma physics. You will be working together with Dr. Yan’s group on fluid modeling and performing simulations for hydrodynamic instabilities and/or laser plasma instabilities.


Desired skill & background: Applicants with a physics or mechanics background are preferred. You are expected to have taken a series of math and physics courses in college, eg. calculus, linear algebra, complex analytics, classical mechanics, electromagnetics, and/or fluid mechanics.