Prof. Liang completed his Physics PhD in 1971 at UC Berkeley at the age of twenty three years. He joined the Rice faculty in 1991 after teaching careers at Michigan State University and Stanford University, plus research and management positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was an associate/deputy division leader in the Physics Directorate of LLNL prior to moving to Rice. His current research is in relativistic plasma physics with applications to high energy astrophysics, and plasma interactions with ultra-intense lasers, with applications to antimatter creation, laboratory astrophysics, fusion and particle accelerators. He is also interested in problems in fluid dynamics. He is the author or coauthor of over 270 papers and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Website: http://spacibm.rice.edu/~liang
Professor Liang teaches
ASTR100: Astrobiology and PHYS600 High Energy Density Physics
in the Spring Semester of 2013.
Current Graduate Student: Alexander Henderson
Current Postdoc: Wen Fu (PhD 2012, Cornell University)
Current Undergraduate Research Assistants: Willie Lo (BS 2016), Yi Hua (BS 2015), Xinyi Cen (BS 2016), Seth Davis (BS 2014)
Recent PhD Graduates: Dan Kocevski (PhD 2006, Research Staff at NASA GSFC, above picture left);
Guy Hilburn (PhD 2012)
Recent Postdocs: Kochi Noguchi (Technical Staff, Advancesoft, Tokyo, above picture right); Xin Wang (Shanghai Institute
of Optics) Position Open: Graduate research assistant for PhD in Relativistic Plasma Physics. Research will focus either on computer simulations of relativistic plasmas or experiments using ultra-intense lasers.
Dr. Edison Liang
Office: 342 Herman Brown Hall