YuanFeng Shi received his bachelor of Physics at Tsinghua University (Beijing, PRC) and then started his PhD at Oxford in 2019. Currently, YuanFeng is investigating the non-thermal electron dynamics in plasmas.
YuanFeng's work focuses on understanding the behaviour of hot-dense plasmas at the level of electron collisions. This involves creating a targeted non-thermal distribution of electrons and observing their relaxation under femtosecond resolution. Practically, this is done by Xray Free Electron Lasers (e.g. LCLS, EuXFEL, etc.) where the wavelength is fully tunable and thus highly energetic electrons with arbitrary energy can be created on-demand. This non-thermal electron distribution creates an ideal environment for electron collisions and this provides insights for studying the electron dynamics in hot dense plasmas.