Faculty Profile
 
  Ping Zhu
     
Department: Department of Modern Physics
Mailing Address:
96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui, China
Postal Code:
230026
Phone:
+86-0551-63600321
Fax:
+86-0551-63600321
Homepage:
http://staff.ustc.edu.cn/~pzhu
 
       

Research Profile

Education:

2001 Physics, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
1996 Physics, M.Sc. Chinese Academy of Sciences
1992 Physics, B.Sc. Fudan University

Primary Appointments:

2013-present Professor, University of Science and Technology of China 
2012-2012    Visiting Associate Professor, National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan)
2011-2013    Associate Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007-2011    Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2005-2007    Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
2003-2005    Research Scientist II, University of New Hampshire 
2001-2003    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Iowa 
1999-2000    Visiting Research Scientist, Lehigh University 

Research Interests:

Theoretical and computational plasma physics
Fusion plasma physics
Space plasma physics

Synergistic Activities:

Journal Referee

Physics of Plasmas                                
Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics   
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion                     
Nuclear Fusion
Journal of Computational Physics                              

Proposal Reviewer and Panelist

U.S. National Science Foundation                  
U.S. Department of Energy                         
Ministry of Science and Technology of China
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Ministry of Education of China
 
     
Selected Publications
1) P. Zhu, A. Bhattacharjee, A. Sangari, Z.-C. Wang, and P. Bonofiglo, Three-dimensional geometry of magnetic reconnection induced by ballooning instability in a generalized Harris sheet , Phys. Plasmas , 2017 , 24, 024503
2) P. Zhu, C.R. Sovinec, and C.C. Hegna, The formation of blobs from a pure interchange process , Phys. Plasmas , 2015 , 22, 022311
3) P. Zhu and J. Raeder, Ballooning instability-induced plasmoid formation in near-Earth plasma sheet , J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics , 2014 , 119, 131-141
4) P. Zhu and J. Raeder, Plasmoid formation in current sheet with finite normal magnetic component , Phys. Rev. Lett. , 2013 , 110, 235005
5) P. Zhu, J. Raeder, C. C. Hegna, and C. R. Sovinec, Nature of axial tail instability and bubble-blob formation in near-Earth plasma sheet , J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics , 2013 , 118, 653-663
6) P. Zhu, C. C. Hegna, and C. R. Sovinec, Stabilizing effects of edge current density on pedestal instabilities , Phys. Plasmas , 2012 , 19, 032503
7) P. Zhu, C.C. Hegna, C.R. Sovinec, A. Bhattacharjee, and K. Germaschewski, Intermediate nonlinear regimes of line-tied g mode and ballooning instability , Nucl. Fusion , 2009 , 49, 095009
8) P. Zhu, C. C. Hegna, and C. R. Sovinec, Exponential growth of nonlinear ballooning instability , Phys. Rev. Lett. , 2009 , 102, 235003
9) P. Zhu, J. Raeder, K. Germaschewski, and C. C. Hegna, Initiation of ballooning instability in the near-Earth plasma sheet prior to the 23 March 2007 THEMIS substorm expansion onset , Ann. Geophys. , 2009 , 27, 1129-1138
10) P. Zhu and C. C. Hegna, Ballooning filament growth in the intermediate nonlinear regime , Phys. Plasmas , 2008 , 15, 092306
11) P. Zhu, D. D. Schnack, F. Ebrahimi, E. G. Zweibel, M. Suzuki, C. C. Hegna, and C. R. Sovinec, Absence of complete finite-Larmor-radius stabilization in extended MHD , Phys. Rev. Lett. , 2008 , 101, 085005
12) P. Zhu, C.R. Sovinec, C.C. Hegna, A. Bhattacharjee, and K. Germaschewski, Nonlinear ballooning instability in the near-Earth magnetotail: Growth, structure, and possible role in substorms , J. Geophys. Res. , 2007 , 112, A06222
13) P. Zhu, C.C. Hegna, C.R. Sovinec, A. Bhattacharjee, and K. Germaschewski, Intermediate nonlinear regime of a line-tied g mode , Phys. Plasmas , 2007 , 14, 055903
14) P. Zhu, C.C. Hegna, and C.R. Sovinec, Nonlinear growth of a line-tied g mode near marginal stability , Phys. Plasmas , 2006 , 13, 102307
15) P. Zhu, A. Bhattacharjee, and K. Germaschewski, Intermediate nonlinear evolution of the Parker instability: Formation of convection-induced discontinuities and absence of finite-time singularities , Phys. Rev. Lett. , 2006 , 96, 065001
16) P. Zhu, A. Bhattacharjee, and Z.W. Ma, Finite-ky ballooning instability in the near-Earth magnetotail , J. Geophys. Res. , 2004 , 109, A11211
17) P. Zhu, A. Bhattacharjee, and Z.W. Ma, Hall MHD ballooning instability in the magnetotail , Phys. Plasmas , 2003 , 10, 249
18) P. Zhu, G. Bateman, A.H. Kritz, and W. Horton, Predictive transport simulations of internal transport barriers using the Multi-Mode model , Phys. Plasmas , 2000 , 7, 2898
19) P. Zhu, W. Horton, and H. Sugama, The radial electric field in a tokamak with reversed magnetic shear , Phys. Plasmas , 1999 , 6, 2503
20) P. Zhu and S.T. Tsai, Effect of sheared flow on drift and Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities in a tandem mirror , Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion , 1996 , 38, 405
21) D. Banerjee, P. Zhu, and R. Maingi, Stabilizing effects of resistivity on low-n edge localized modes in NSTX , Phys. Plasmas , 2017 , 24, 054501
22) A. Hussain, Z.-L. Zhao, J.-L. Xie, P. Zhu, W.-D. Liu, A. Ti and EAST Team, Observations of compound sawteeth in ion cyclotron resonant heating plasma using ECE imaging on experimental advanced superconducting tokamak , Phys. Plasmas , 2016 , 23, 042504
23) W.-L. Huang and P. Zhu, The locking and unlocking thresholds for tearing modes in a cylindrical tokamak , Phys. Plasmas , 2016 , 23, 032505
24) W.-L. Huang and P. Zhu, Mode locking and island suppression by resonant magnetic perturbations in Rutherford regime , Phys. Plasmas , 2015 , 22, 032502
25) J. Raeder, P. Zhu, Y. Ge, and G. Siscoe, Auroral signatures of ballooning mode near substorm onset: Open Geospace General Circulation Model simulations , Geophys. Monogr. Ser. , 2012 , 197, 389-395
26) J. Raeder, P. Zhu, Y. Ge, and G. Siscoe, OpenGGCM simulation of a substorm: Axial tail instability and ballooning mode preceding substorm onset , J. Geophys. Res. , 2010 , 115, A00I16
27) B. J. Burke, S. E. Kruger, C. C. Hegna, P. Zhu, P. B. Snyder, C. R. Sovinec, and E. C. Howell, Edge localized linear ideal magnetohydrodynamic instability studies in an extended-magnetohydrodynamic code , Phys. Plasmas , 2010 , 17, 32103
28) K. Avinash, P. Zhu, V. Nosenko, and J. Goree, Nonlinear compressional waves in a two-dimensional Yukawa lattice , Phys. Rev. E , 2003 , 68, 046402
29) W. Horton, B. Hu, J. Q. Dong, and P. Zhu, Turbulent electron thermal transport in tokamaks , New J. Phys. , 2003 , 5, Art. No. 14
30) B. Hu, W. Horton, P. Zhu, and F. Porcelli, Density profile control with current ramping in a transport simulation of Ignitor , Phys. Plasmas , 2003 , 10, 1015
31) W. Horton, F. Porcelli, P. Zhu, A. Aydemir, Y. Kishimoto, and T. Tajima, Ignitor physics assessment and confinement projections , Nucl. Fusion , 2002 , 42, 169
32) G. T. Hoang, C. Bourdelle, X. Garbet, G. Giruzzi, T. Aniel, M. Ottaviani, W. Horton, P. Zhu, and R. V. Budny, Experimental determination of critical threshold in electron transport on Tore Supra , Phys. Rev. Lett. , 2001 , 87, 125001
33) G. M. Staebler, R. E. Waltz, J. E. Kinsey, G. Bateman, A. H. Kritz, T. Onjun, A. Pankin, P. Zhu, and W. Horton, Drift wave based modeling of poloidal spin-up precursor and stepwise expansion of transport barriers , Nucl. Fusion , 2001 , 41, 891
34) W. Horton and P. Zhu, Transport barrier dynamics , Phys. Plasmas , 2000 , 7, 4534
35) W. Horton, P. Zhu, G. T. Hoang, T. Aniel, M. Ottaviani, and X. Garbet, Electron transport in Tore Supra with fast wave electron heating , Phys. Plasmas , 2000 , 7, 1494
36) J. M. Kwon, W. Horton, P. Zhu, P. J. Morrison, H. B. Park, and D. I. Choi, Global drift wave map test particle simulations , Phys. Plasmas , 2000 , 7, 1169
37) M. Sun, P. Zhu, and S. Z. Yang, A model of plasma source ion implantation for inner surface modification , J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. , 1996 , 29, 274
 
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