The Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes Assistant Professor Yuan Shi to the faculty in August 2023! A theoretical plasma physicist, Professor Shi’s research uncovers the synergy between plasma physics and quantum physics. He studies how magnetic fields change laser-plasma interactions for fusion and photonics applications. He develops quantum algorithms for plasma-related problems and improves the performance of current quantum hardware. Professor Shi also explores field-theory models and uses them to investigate plasma behaviors in relativistic and quantum regimes.
Professor Shi received his PhD in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 2018. He received the Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award from the American Physical Society in 2020. He was awarded a prestigious Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship, and prior to joining CU Boulder Physics, he was a Research Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
When asked why he was excited to join CU Boulder Physics, Professor Shi said “Doing research at CU Physics gives me the opportunity to not only work with leading plasma physicists, but also to interact closely with top quantum physicists. I enjoy stimulating discussions and supportive colleagues, and I think CU Physics has them both. I’m excited to join CU also because of its commitment to word-class physics education, which I believe is important for training the next-generation STEM workforce as well as nurturing our future citizens.”
Welcome, Professor Shi!