The Fusion and Astrophysical Plasma Physics Group (FAPPG) at University of California San Diego studies the physics of plasma—hot, ionized gas—with the aims of advancing fusion energy and humankind’s understanding of the universe.

Jiacong Li

Jiacong C. Li
"Nuclear fusion is the ideal clean energy... There are many interesting physics problems to be curious about."

Ph.D. Student — University of California San Diego

Jiacong Li, a Ph.D. student advised by Professor Pat Diamond, conducts research on interactions between waves and flows in plasma turbulence.

Mr. Li develops theoretical and computational models focusing on:

  • The generation of intrinsic parallel flows at zero magnetic shear
  • Wave–flow resonance effects on stability and zonal flow saturation
  • Dynamical competition between instrinsic parallel and perpendicular flows

In 2016, Mr. Li received a U.S. Transport Task Force Workshop student prize. He has presented his research on intrinsic flows at scientific meetings, including U.S. Transport Task Force workshops and annual meetings of the APS Division of Plasma Physics.

Mr. Li was also a visiting graduate student researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2015.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China).

Jiacong C. Li presenting at a conference

On the Web

Email: jli@physics.ucsd.edu

LinkedIn: Jiacong Li's profile

Center for Space and Astrophysics Sciences: cass.ucsd.edu


Intrinsic Plasma Flows in Straight Magnetic Fields: Generation, Frictionless Saturation, and Interaction
Li, Jiacong
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Physics, UC San Diego, 2018
[pdf, author's version]

Negative Viscosity from Negative Compressibility and Axial Flow Shear Stiffness in a Straight Magnetic Field
J.C. Li and P.H. Diamond
Physics of Plasmas 24, 032117, 2017; doi:10.1063/1.4978956

Dynamics of intrinsic axial flows in unsheared, uniform magnetic fields
J.C. Li, P.H. Diamond, X.Q. Xu and G.R. Tynan
Physics of Plasmas 23, 052311, 2016; doi:10.1063/1.4950830

See more FAPPG Publications.

Li et al. 2016; Fig. 2a, Sketch of axial plasma flow in CSDX turbulent flow pipe