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Warren Mori


Distinguished Professor at University of California at Los Angeles, Departments of Physics and Astronomy and of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Warren Mori

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 and was the 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. 

Featured Publications:

  1. C Joshi, S Corde, WB Mori, Perspectives on the generation of electron beams from plasma based-based accelerators and their near and long term applications,” Physics of Plasmas 27 (7), 070602 (2020).
  2. Mangles, S.P.D., Murphy, C.D., Najmudin, Z., Thomas, A.G.R., Collier, J.L., Dangor, A.E., Divall., E.J., Foster, P.S., Gallacher, J.G., Hooker, C.J., Jaroszynski, D.A., Langley, A.J., Mori, W.B., Norreys, P.A., Tsung, F.S., Viskup, R. Walton., B.R., Krushelnick, K., “Monoenergetic beams of relativistic electrons from intense laser-plasma interactions,” Nature, Vol. 431, p. 535 (2004).
  3. Lu W., Tzoufras M., Joshi C., Tsung F.S., Mori W.B., Vieira J., Fonseca R.A., Silva L.O., "Generating Multi-GeV Electron Bunches Using Single Stage Laser Wakefield Acceleration in a 3D Nonlinear Regime," Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams Vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 061301 June 2007.
  4. Fonseca, R.A., Silva, L.O., Tsung, F.S., Decyk, V.K., Lu, W., Ren, C., Mori, W.B., Deng, S., Lee, S., Katsouleas, T., Adam, J.C., “OSIRIS: A Three-Dimensional, Fully Relativistic Particle in Cell Code for Modeling Plasma Based Accelerators,” Computational Science - ICCS 2002 Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2002, Volume 2331/2002, pp. 342-351
  5. Lu W., Huang C., Zhou M., Mori W.B., and Katsouleas T., “Nonlinear theory for relativistic plasma wakefields in the blowout regime,” Physical Review Letters, Vol. 96, no. 16 pp. 165002/1-4 28 April 2006.
  6. A Pak, KA Marsh, SF Martins, W Lu, WB Mori, C Joshi, “Injection and trapping of tunnel-ionized electrons into laser-produced wakes, Physical Review Letters 104 (2), 025003 (2010).
  7. Dan Haberberger, Sergei Tochitsky, Frederico Fiuza, Chao Gong, Ricardo A Fonseca, Luis O Silva, Warren B Mori, Chan Joshi, “Collisionless shocks in laser-produced plasma generate monoenergetic high-energy proton beams,” Nature Physics 8 (1), 95-99 (2012).
  8. Mori, W.B., “The Physics of the Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas at Relativistic Intensities for Short-Pulse Lasers,” IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, Vol. 33, No. 11, pp. 1942-1953 (November 1997).
  9. SF Martins, RA Fonseca, W Lu, WB Mori, LO Silva, “Exploring laser-wakefield accelerator regimes for near-term lasers using particle-in-cell simulation in Lorentz boosted frames,” Nature Physics 6 (4), 311-316 (2010).
  10. FS Tsung, C. Ren, LO Silva, WB Mori, T Katsouleas, “Generation of ultra-intense single-cylce laser pulses by using photon deceleration,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99 (1), 29-32 (2002).

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