Me in NYC for the Sherwood Conference!My name is Calvin Lau, and I was a student with the UCI plasma theory group led by Dr. Zhihong Lin. I study transport and turbulence in field-reversed configuration plasmas funded via the Norman Rostoker Fellowship. I have also studied ponderomotive acceleration and betatron radiation in astrophysical plasmas with Dr. Toshiki Tajima in the past. I have finished my PhD and am now working for TAE Technologies (formerly known as Tri Alpha Energy).

As some of you know, I have a clear fondness for Jupyter and, especially, its notebook interface. I've established one for my analysis scripts here. You'll find scripts for analysis of GTC simulation data, of the plasma-wakefield-1D data, and of the nonlinear 3d gyro-kinetic slab geometry code data.

Some of my scripts can also be found on the BitBucket server which contains the repositories of our code.

E-mail: calvin (dot) lau (at) uci (dot) edu
Office: Frederick Reines Hall 4155


Publications:
Manuscripts in preparation:

  • Drift-wave Stabilities in the Field-Reversed Configuration
    C.K. Lau, D.P. Fulton, I. Holod, Z. Lin, M. Binderbauer, T. Tajima, and L. Schmitz. Manuscript submitted for publication.

  • First Observation of Gyro-scale Electron Turbulence and Inverted Toroidal Wavenumber Spectrum in the C-2 Field-Reversed Configuration
    L. Schmitz, D.P. Fulton, C.K. Lau, E. Ruskov, T. Tajima, Z. Lin, B. Deng, H. Gota, M. Binderbauer, and the Tri Alpha Energy team. In press.

Talks:
  • Electrostatic Driftwaves in the Field-Reversed Configuration: destabilized in the scrape-off layer, robustly stabilized in the core
    C.K. Lau, D. Fulton, J. Bao, I. Holod, Z. Lin, M. Binderbauer, T. Tajima, L. Schmitz.
    US-Japan Workshop on Compact Toroid 2016 at Irvine, California

  • Field-Reversed Configuration: understanding turbulence in an unconventional approach to fusion energy
    C.K. Lau, D. Fulton, I. Holod, Z. Lin, M. Binderbauer, T. Tajima, L. Schmitz.
    AGS Symposium 2016 at Irvine, California

Conference posters:

  • Electrostatic Drift-wave Instabilities in the Field Reversed Configuration
    C.K. Lau, D.Fulton, I.Holod, Z.Lin, S.Dettrick, M. Binderbauer, T.Tajima, L.Schmitz.
    Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference 2016 at Madison, Wisconsin

  • Electrostatic Drift-Wave Instability in Field-Reversed Configuration
    C.K. Lau, D. Fulton, I. Holod, Z. Lin, M. Binderbauer, T. Tajima, L. Schmitz.
    APS Division of Plasma Physics 2015 at Savannah, Georgia

  • Suppressed Ion-scale Turbulence and Critical Density Gradient in the C-2 Field Reversed Configuration
    L. Schmitz, D. Fulton, C. Lau, I. Holod, Z. Lin, E. Ruskov, B. Deng, H. Gota, T. Tajima, M. Binderbauer, D. Gupta, J. Douglass.
    APS Division of Plasma Physics 2015 at Savannah, Georgia

  • High Energy Photon Emission from Wakefields and its Signatures in Astrophysical Blazars
    D. Farinella, X. Zhang, C. Lau, S. Taimourzadeh, Y. Hwang, J. Koga, T. Ebisuzaki, T. Tajima.
    APS Division of Plasma Physics 2015 at Savannah, Georgia

  • Electrostatic Driftwave Instabilities in Field Reversed Configurations
    C.K. Lau, D.Fulton, I.Holod, Z.Lin, S.Dettrick, T.Tajima, L.Schmitz.
    Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference 2015 at New York City, New York

  • Ponderomotive Acceleration by Relativistic Waves
    C. Lau, P.C. Yeh, O. Luk, J. McClenaghan, T. Ebisuzaki, T. Tajima
    APS Division of Plasma Physics 2014 at New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Kinetic Particle Simulation of Turbulence in an FRC Geometry
    D. Fulton, C. Lau, I. Holod, Z. Lin, S. Dettrick, M. Binderbauer, T. Tajima.
    APS Division of Plasma Physics 2014 at New Orleans, Louisiana