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MICDE Seminar: Warren B. Mori, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zoom Event

Bio: Warren B. Mori is a Distinguished Professor in the departments of Physics and Astronomy and of Electrical and Computer Engineering a UCLA. He received his BS from UC Berkeley in 1981, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from UCLA in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He has been at UCLA from 1981 until today. He served as the Director of the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education from 2006 until 2021. His current research interests are in advanced computing, particle-in-cell simulations of plasmas, basic plasma physics, high intensity laser and beam plasma interactions, plasma based accelerators and light sources, nonlinear optics of plasmas, inertial fusion science, and high energy density science. He is the coauthor of more than 400 publications on a variety of topics in plasma and computational physics. He is a fellow of both APS (1997) and IEEE (2009) and is a current member of both societies. In 1987 he received the International Center for Theoretical Physics Medal for Excellence in Nonlinear Plasma Physics by a Young Researcher was a recipient of the Advanced Accelerator Concepts Prize in 2016 for, “ his leadership and pioneering contributions in theory and particle-in-cell code simulations of plasma based particle acceleration.” In 2020 he received the APS James Clerk Maxwell prize for, “leadership in and pioneering contributions to the theory and kinetic simulations of nonlinear processes in plasma-based acceleration and relativistically intense laser and beam plasma interactions.


Particle accelerators are critical components of high energy physics colliders and x-ray free electron lasers (XFELs), which are complex and expensive tools for scientific discovery. To reduce the size and cost of these tools there is active research aimed at finding new technologies for compact accelerators. One such possibility is the use of plasma waves which phase velocities near the speed of light that can be excited as wakefields behind intense lasers and particle beams as they traverse tenuous plasmas. These ideas are the basis for the field of plasma based acceleration (PBA). In this talk I will describe how PBA works, and how high fidelity computer simulations have and are playing a critical role in its development. I will also describe the simulation methods and their associated algorithms. Last, I will offer some perspectives for the future of plasma based acceleration and the simulation methods that will critical role in this future. Work supported by DOE and NSF.

This seminar is co-presented by the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering and the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering. Dr. Mori will be hosted by Professor Alec Thomas, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Physics.

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The MICDE Winter 2021 Seminar Series is open to all. University of Michigan faculty and students interested in computational and data sciences are encouraged to attend.

Questions? Email MICDE-events@umich.edu


March 11
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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MI United States