Plasma Physics Laboratory
Forrestal Campus, C-Site, Room L222
Princeton University
PO Box 451, Princeton, NJ 08543

Tel: (609) 243-2162

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Department of Astrophysical Sciences
Peyton Hall, Room 207
Princeton University
4 Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08544

Tel: (609) 258-9969

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Hantao Ji

I am a Professor at Department of Astrophysical Sciences and a Distinguished Research Fellow at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) (try here and here also), Princeton University.

News: A manuscript by Sayak Bose has been submitted to a refereed journal reporting first experimental detection of Alfven wave reflection relevant to solar corona heating!

News: A new review paper titled, “Laboratory study of collisionless magnetic reconnection”, has been published in Space Science Reviews (here is its pdf). It concisely summaries the progress made in the past two decades from the laboratory on collisionless magnetic reconnection in direct relation with space measurements. Highlights include spatial structures of electromagnetic fields in diffusion regions, energy conversion and partitioning from magnetic field to ions and electrons, kinetic plasma waves, and plamoid-mediated multiscale reconnection. The latter topic offers immediate and long-term future research opportunities. This review is part of International Space Science Institute book titled "Magnetic Reconnection: Explosive Energy Conversion in Space Plasmas"

News: A pair of papers have been published in Nature Physics in 2023 to report experimental results using a newly developed laboratory platform to study magnetic reconnection at low plasma beta using capacitor coils powered by lasers. The first paper is titled "Non-thermal electron acceleration from magnetically driven reconnection in a laboratory plasma" and the second paper is titled "Ion and Electron Acoustic Bursts during Anti-Parallel Reconnection Driving by Lasers".  There is a News & Views story by Giovanni Lapenta on Nature Physics. Click here for a news story by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and click here for a news story by Also, here is a news story by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and another news story by Laboratory of Laser Energetics, University of Rochester. These results were highlighted at Press Release at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Denver, October 30 to November 3, 2023.

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Current Course: AST552 (General Plasma Physics II: Magnetohydrodynamics)

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