Zhihong Lin

Professor, Physics & Astronomy
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University of California, Irvine

Zhinong Lin studies the physics of high temperature plasma, the fourth state of matter that constitutes 99% of the visible universe. Plasma physics is the scientific foundation for fusion energy, which powers the stars such as the Sun and promises for a clean and unlimited energy source for the humanity. Lin uses advanced simulations on the world’s fastest supercomputers to study turbulent transport, which is one of the most important scientific challenges in the burning plasma experiment at ITER, the crucial next step in the quest for the fusion energy and the biggest international science collaboration involving US, EU, China, India, Japan, Russia, and South Korea.


Ph.D.; Princeton University; Plasma Physics; 1996
B.S.; Peking University, China; Physics; 1989