Hi, my name is Calvin K. Lau, and I am a PhD candidate with the UCI plasma theory group led by Prof. Z. Lin.
For my thesis research, I study microturbulence and transport phenomena in fusion plasmas in FRCs (field-reversed configuration) by developing and applying GTC (our group’s in-house turbulence simulation code) and ANC (a new code I co-develop with Dr. D. Fulton of Tri Alpha Energy). My work on FRC plasmas is currently funded via the Norman Rostoker Fellowship.
Although my thesis research is focused on fusion plasmas, I have also investigated the physics of ponderomotive acceleration and betatron radiation in astrophysical plasmas with Prof. T. 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 expect to defend my thesis before the end of 2017 and am interested in a post-graduate career in a National Lab or industry research setting (and not limited to just plasma physics!). The easiest way to reach me is by the e-mail below.
E-mail: calvin (dot) lau (at) uci (dot) edu
Office: Frederick Reines Hall 4155