Celebrating Professor Liu Chen's scientific accomplishments
Liu Chen is awarded by the European
Physical Society (EPS) the 2008 Hannes Alfven Prize.
Liu Chen is awarded by the American Physical Society (APS) the 2012 APS James Clerk Maxwell Prize.
Professor Liu Chen has made
original contributions in basic plasma physics, fusion, and space
physics. His seminal works (13 papers with more than 100 citations
and more than 6,500 total citations according to SCI) include the discoveries
of /x-tad-bigger>kinetic Alfven waves, toroidal Alfven
eigenmode modes,/x-tad-bigger> and /x-tad-bigger>energetic
particle modes/x-tad-bigger>; the theories of /x-tad-bigger>geomagnetic
wave heating, and fishbone oscillations/x-tad-bigger>; the
first formulation of /x-tad-bigger>nonlinear gyrokinetic
equations/x-tad-bigger>; and the fundamental contributions
to /x-tad-bigger>drift wave instabilities and turbulence/x-tad-bigger>.
Prof. Chen received the APS Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research in 2004 "For the Theoretical Discovery and Experimental Identification of Toroidicity
Induced Alfven Eigenmodes".
He also received the European Physical Society (EPS) the 2008 Hannes Alfven
"for his many seminalworks on Alfven wave physics in both laboratory and space
plasmas, for his continuing contribution of new ideas which have fostered
creativity and promoted cross-fertilization in both these areas of research,
and for his fundamental contributions in educating a new generation of
researchers for which he is an example to emulate".
Prof. Chen has supervised many
prominent Ph.D students including T.S. Hahm, H. Biglari, A. A. Chan, F. Zonca,
G. Vetoulis, G. Zhao, Z. Guo, Z.Qiu, D.J.Liu, and A.Biancalani and postdocs including F. Waelbroeck, R.A. Santoro, G. Hu, L.J.
Zheng, S. Dettrick, W. Wang, S. Hu, C. Crabtree, A. Bierwage, and X. Wang. They have
established a school of thought that has been shaping a generation of theoretical
According to Science Citation
Index (SCI), Prof. Chen's papers have received a total of 7000+ citations,
including 51 papers with 40+ citations and 13 papers with 100+ citations.
Prof. Chen has published >190
peer-reviewed papers and one textbook, "Waves and Instabilities in
of five reprints to be included in the nomination package:
"high impact" papers: full-length text and comments
Alfven wave heating and kinetic Alfven waves
comments by Fulvio Zonca
Contact Zhihong Lin for questions/comments