Zhihong Lin


Professor of Physics and Astronomy

University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA

Tel: 949-824-2717; Email: zhihongl@uci.edu







My research group studies instability, turbulence, and transport in laboratory and space plasmas. First-principles massively parallel simulations (using GTC code) and associated theory have led to physics discovery in turbulence self-regulation by zonal flows, transport scaling, and wave-particle decorrelation in plasma turbulence. I am leading a multi-institutional U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SciDAC project (GSEP Center) in support of burning plasma experiment ITER, the crucial next step in the quest for fusion energy.


Selected Recent Publications:

Microturbulence in DIII-D Tokamak Pedestal. I. Electrostatic Instabilities, D. Fulton, Z. Lin, I. Holod, and Y. Xiao, Phys. Plasmas 21, 042110 (2014).

Highly Cited (>100 citations by SCI):

1.     Turbulent Transport Reduction by Zonal Flows: Massively Parallel Simulations, Z. Lin, T. S. Hahm, W. W. Lee, W. M. Tang, and R. B. White, Science 281, 1835 (1998).

2.     Effects of Collisional Zonal Flow Damping on Turbulent Transport, Z. Lin, T. S. Hahm, W. W. Lee, W. M. Tang, and P. H. Diamond, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 3645 (1999).

3.     Shearing rate of time-dependent E X B flow, T. S. Hahm, M. A. Beer, Z. Lin, G. W. Hammett, W. W. Lee, and W. M. Tang, Phys. Plasmas 6, 922 (1999).

4.     Excitation of zonal flow by drift waves in toroidal plasmas, Liu Chen, Zhihong Lin, and Roscoe White, Phys. Plasmas 7, 3129 (2000).

5.     Size Scaling of Turbulent Transport in Magnetically Confined Plasmas, Z. Lin, T. S. Hahm, S. Ethier, and W. M. Tang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 195004 (2002).