Suxing Hu

High-Energy-Density Physics Group Leader
Senior Scientist
(585) 273 3794


Dr. Hu received a B.S. in theoretical physics from Guizhou University in 1993 and earned his Ph.D. in atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences at Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics in 1998. After graduation, he took the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and continued his theoretical AMO physics research at the University of Freiburg and Max-Born-Institute in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Hu came to the U.S. in 2001 as a postdoc Research Associate at University of the Nebraska-Lincoln. He became a Director's Postdoc Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He joined LLE as a Scientist in 2006 and became a Senior Scientist in 2013. Dr. Hu has published over 160 research articles that have received ~4000 citations. For his contributions to attosecond physics, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013.

Research Areas

  • High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP): First-principles investigations on equation-of-state (EOS), transport properties, opacity, and stopping power of materials at extreme conditions through density-functional theory based quantum molecular dynamics (QMD), orbital-free molecular dynamics (OFMD), and path-integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) simulations
  • Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF): Implementing/Using accurate QMD-based EOS, transport, opacity, and stopping-power models in radiation–hydrodynamics codes for reliable ICF simulations; designing/analyzing implosion experiments to understand and control Rayleigh–Taylor instability growth and thermonuclear burns in ICF targets through multidimensional radiation–hydrodynamics simulations
  • Computational physics: Developing time-dependent density-functional-theory (TDDFT) codes for ab initio studies of high-energy-density plasmas; Exploring new rezoning/regriding strategies in Lagrangian hydrodynamics; Developing advanced finite-element algorithms for quantum/classical simulations of many-body systems
  • Intense/Ultrafast Laser Interactions with Atoms, Molecules, Clusters, Solids, and Plasmas: Understanding the ultrafast ionization and radiation behaviors in intense/ultrafast laser interactions with matter