Hi, my name is Calvin K. Lau, and I am a PhD candidate with the UCI plasma theory group led by Prof. Zhihong Lin.
My research is focused on microturbulence and transport phenomena in fusion plasmas in FRCs (field-reversed configuration) using our group’s in-house turbulence simulation code, GTC (gyrokinetic toroidal code.. although “gyrokinetic” does not cover the total of what it can do now) as well as ANC (a new code which I have been co-developing with Dr. Dan Fulton). My work on FRC plasmas is currently funded via the Norman Rostoker Fellowship.
While my research is currently primarily focused on fusion plasmas, I have also studied the physics of ponderomotive acceleration and betatron radiation in astrophysical plasmas with Prof. Toshiki Tajima. On the side, I also have been working on writing up PYTHALGORAS (a very easily modifiable and readable set of plasma simulation subroutines in Python) for testing interesting physics or numerical models (as well as to help guide new graduate students who may be unfamiliar with computational physics).
I am interested in strengthening my skills for a post-graduate career in a National Lab or industry research setting (and not limited to just plasma physics!). In addition, I am also interested in academic research and teaching. The easiest way to reach me is by e-mail.
E-mail: calvin (dot) lau (at) uci (dot) edu
Office: Frederick Reines Hall 4155