Young Dae Yoon
Hi! I am a Junior Research Group Leader/Professor at the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics where I am conducting research on magnetized plasma physics and relativistic beam dynamics. I am interested in a variety of topics, including but not limited to
- Magnetic reconnection
- Magnetogenesis and dynamo
- Plasma equilibration and self-organization
- Relativistic wave-particle interactions
- Collective beam instabilities
These are relevant to planetary magnetospheres, solar wind and corona, stellar dynamos, accretion disks and jets, interstellar medium, thermonuclear fusion, and particle accelerators. I mainly do analytical and numerical work, but I always try to compare my results with experiments and observations.
I received my PhD at Caltech in the Bellan Plasma Group, where I built a novel theoretical framework for magnetic reconnection, explained the origin of extreme ion heating during reconnection, and derived the condition for which electromagnetic waves effectively scatter energetic electron beams.
For more details about my work, please check out my publications page.
I am also a Career Mentoring Fellow at American Physical Society and am devoted to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for current and future colleagues in physics.
I regularly play tennis and soccer, and also play the guitar and the piano. I play in a band when I have the chance.