Yuan Shi is a Ph.D. candidate in plasma physics, entering the program in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hong Kong, where he majored in physics, mathematics, and minored in chemistry.
One of his current research areas is laser plasma interaction. Together with his thesis advisors, Prof. Nathaniel Fisch and Prof. Hong Qin, he is exploring the possibility of using magnetized plasmas for amplifying intense laser pulses beyond the limit of current technologies. Another research area of Yuan Shi is relativistic quantum plasmas, where he uses quantum field theory to describe plasmas in exotic regimes.
For his second year project, Yuan Shi worked with Dr. William Tang and Dr. Bei Wang to parallelize a computational diagnostic package for GTC, such that the code can run efficiently on Mira. For his first year experimental project, Yuan Shi worked with Dr. Yevgeny Raitses and Dr. Ahmed Diallo and developed a novel laser diagnostics to measure time-dependent ion velocity distribution function in plasma thrusters.