University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis


The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is a distinguished public research university located in Davis, California. Established in 1905, UC Davis has evolved into a leading institution known for its academic excellence, innovative research, and commitment to addressing global challenges. The university is part of the renowned University of California system and is consistently ranked among the top public universities in the United States.

The Davis Millimeter Wave Research (DMRC) Center was founded in June 2008 by Professors Anh-Vu Pham and Neville Luhmann, Jr. as an industry-university cooperative research program. The DMRC is broadly focused on fostering millimeter wave technology for wireless communications, radar, sensing, and imaging systems. The activities in the DMRC range from devices, integrated circuits, components and packaging, and sub-systems to system implementation.


The UC Davis plasma diagnostic group supports graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and scientists working at DIII-D, focusing on fusion plasma physics research and burning plasma diagnostics technology development at DIII-D, including 2D millimeter-wave imaging (Electron Cyclotron Emission Imaging, Microwave Imaging Reflectometry, Synthetic Imaging Diagnostics), diagnostic data streaming and real-time interpretation, and machine learning for disruption prediction (collaboration with Princeton University, UC Irvine, and General Atomics). All research work at DIII-D performed by UC Davis members is carried out under Professor Luhmann.

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Professor Neville Luhmann Jr., Distinguished Professor, APS Fellow, IEEE Fellow

Fusion plasma diagnostics technology development

Millimeter wave solid state devices and systems, ultra short pulse electronics, phased antenna arrays, gyrotrons, free electron lasers, plasma physics, millimeter wave imaging, tokamak diagnostics, far-infrared lasers, MEMS, microwave/plasma interactions, and vacuum electronics.

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Yilun Zhu, Associate Scientist

Dr. Yilun Zhu is the deputy group leader. He is full-time involved in microwave system-on-chip technology application on fusion plasma diagnostics, synthetic imaging diagnostic, imaging data streaming, and pedestal physics study at DIII-D.

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Guanying Yu, Assistant Scientist

Dr. Guanying Yu is full-time involved in the microwave imaging diagnostic operation and physics data interpretation at DIII-D. His research work focuses on pedestal MHD instabilities, wave-particle interaction, disruption prediction, and synthetic microwave diagnostics.

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Xiaoliang Li, Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Xiaoliang Li is full-time postdoctoral researcher working on DIII-D. He is working on OMFIT synthetic imaging module development for synthetic imaging database establishment and disruption prediction study with fusion recurrent neural network (FRNN).

Join the UC Davis Team

For more information about how to join the UC Davis team as a student/postdoc/staff, please reach out to Professor Luhmann and Dr. Yilun Zhu to learn about any current opportunities. Prospective graduate students are also encouraged to visit our website:

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