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Yasuhiko Sentoku


Professor at the Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE), Osaka University

Yasuhiko Sentoku

Dr. Sentoku received his PhD from the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University in 1999. He had been a scientist at General Atomics (2002-2003) and a Professor at Physics Department of University of Nevada, Reno (2003-2016). Since 2016 he has been a professor at ILE, Osaka University, Japan. He is a theorist in laser-plasma physics and an expert of Particle-in-Cell (PIC) simulations. He developed the multi-dimensional PIC code, PICLS, which enables simulations of intense laser (or x-ray laser) – matter interactions including atomics physics i.e., collisions and ionizations, and radiation transport physics. The PICLS code has been used to simulate electron/ion acceleration, plasma formation, dense plasma heating, and x-ray/gamma-ray radiations. He has authored or co-authored over 300 journal papers which has been cited over 10,000 times (h-index 56). He received the Dr. Donald Mousel & Dr. William Feltner Award for Excellence in Research, College of Science, University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 and is a Fellow of American Physical Society since 2018.


LaserNetUS Affiliations:

  • SimNet Committee Member


Featured Publications:

  • K. Sugimoto, Y. He, N. Iwata, I-L. Yeh, K. Tangtartharakul, A. Arefiev, and Y. Sentoku, “Positron generation and acceleration in a self-organized photon collider enabled by an ultraintense laser pulse”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 065102 (2023). DOI:
  • N. Iwata, A. J. Kemp, S. C. Wilks, K. Mima, D. Mariscal, T. Ma, and Y. Sentoku, “Lateral confinement of fast electrons and its impact on laser ion acceleration”, Phys. Rev. Research 3, 023193 (2021). DOI:
  • Y. Sentoku, E. d’Humieres, L. Romagnani, P. Audebert, and J. Fuchs, “Dynamic Control over Mega-Ampere Electron Currents in Metals Using Ionization-Driven Resistive Magnetic Fields”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 135005 (2011). DOI:
  • Y. Sentoku and A. J. Kemp, “Numerical methods for particle simulations at extreme densities and temperatures: Weighted particles, relativistic collisions and reduced currents”, J. Comp. Phys. 227, 6846 (2008).
  • Y. Sentoku, K. Mima, P. Kaw, and K. Nishikawa, “Anomalous resistivity resulting from MeV electron transport in overdense plasma”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 155001 (2003).

  • Simulations Committee