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Yasuhiko  Sentoku

Yasuhiko Sentoku

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Engineering 1999 Osaka University, Japan
  • M.S., Engineering 1991 Keio University, Japan
  • B.S., Engineering 1989 Keio University, Japan

Professional Experience

  • 2011 - Present Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2007 - 2011 Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2006 -2007 Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2003-2006 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2002-2003 Scientist, General Atomics, San Diego, California
  • 2000-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Japan
  • 1999-2000 Researcher, Institute for Laser Technology, Osaka, Japan

Research Interests

  • Physics of high energy density matter created by ultra short laser pulse. Numerical modeling of high energy density plasmas and ultra-intense laser - matter interaction, including atomic physics, such as collision and ionization, and radiation processes.
  • Development of plasma simulation codes on a massive parallel computer system.


  • "Scaling of resistive guiding of laser-driven fast-electron currents in solid targets", P. Leblanc, and Y. Sentoku, Phys. Rev. E 89, 023109 (2014).
  • "Effect of Target Material on Fast-Electron Transport and Resistive Collimation", S. Chawla, M. S. Wei, R. Mishra, K. U. Akli, D. D. Chen, H. S. McLean, A. Morace, P. K. Patel, H. Sawada, Y. Sentoku, R. B. Stephens, and F. N. Beg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 025001 (2013).
  • "Collisional particle-in-cell modeling for energy transport accompanied by atomic processes in dense plasmas", R. Mishra, P. Leblanc, Y. Sentoku, M. S. Wei, and F. N. Beg, Phys. Plasmas 20, 072704 (2013).
  • "Higher order terms of radiative damping in extreme intense laser-matter interaction", R. R. Pandit, and Y. Sentoku, Phys. Plasmas 19, 073304 (2012)
  • "Dynamic Control over Mega-Ampere Electron Currents in Metals Using Ionization-Driven Resistive Magnetic Fields", Y. Sentoku, E. d’Humieres, L. Romagnani, P. Audebert, and J. Fuchs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 135005 (2011)
  • "Enhanced propagation for relativistic laser pulses in inhomogeneous plasmas using hollow channels", J. Fuchs, E. d'Humieres, Y. Sentoku et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 225001 (2010).
  • "Heat transport in solid target following relativistic laser-matter interaction", Y. Sentoku, and M. C. Downer, High Energy Density Phys. 6, 268 (2010).
  • "Superthermal and efficient-heating modes in the interaction of a cone target with ultraintense laser light", H. Nakamura, B. Chrisman, T. Tanimoto, M. Borghesi, K. Kondo, M. Nakatsutsumi, T. Norimatsu, M. Tampo, K. A. Tanaka, T. Yabuuchi, Y. Sentoku, and R. Kodama, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 045009 (2009).
  • "Hot-electron energy coupling in ultraintense laser-matter interaction", A. J. Kemp, Y. Sentoku, and M. Tabak, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 075005 (2008).
  • "Fast heating of cylindrically imploded plasmas by petawatt laser light", H. Nakamura, Y. Sentoku, T. Matsuoka, K. Kondo, M. Nakatsutsumi, T. Norimatsu, H. Shiraga, K. A. Tanaka, T. Yabuuchi, and R. Kodama, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 165001 (2008).
  • "Intensity scaling of hot electron energy coupling in cone-guided fast ignition", B. Chrisman, Y. Sentoku, and A. J. Kemp, Phys. Plasmas 15, 056309 (2008).
  • "Numerical methods for particle simulations at extreme densities and temperatures", Y. Sentoku, and A. J. Kemp, J. Comp. Phys. 227,6846 (2008).
  • "Isochoric heating in heterogeneous solid targets with ultrashort laser pulses", Y. Sentoku, A. J. Kemp, R. Presura, M. Bakeman, and T. E. Cowan, Phys. Plasmas 14,122701 (2007).
  • "Collisional relaxation of super thermal electrons generated by relativistic laser pulses in dense plasma", A. J. Kemp, Y. Sentoku, V. Sotnikov, and S. C. Wilks, Phys. Rev. Lett., (2006).
  • "The production of ultrafast bright K-alpha X-rays from laser produced plasmas for medical imaging", J. Rassuchine, G. Dyer, B. Cho, Y. Sentoku, T. Cowan, S. Kneip, T. Ditmire, and N. Renard-Le Galloudec, Med. Phys, 33, 2251 (2006).
  • "Transient electrostatic fields and related energetic proton generation with a plasma fiber", Z. L. Chen, G. R. Kumar, Z. M. Sheng, M. Matusoka, Y. Sentoku, M. Tampo, K. A. Tanaka, T. Tsutsumi, T. Yabuuchi, and R. Kodama, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 084802 (2006).
  • "Laser hole boring and hot electron generation in the fast ignition scheme", Y. Sentoku, W. Kruer, M. Matsuoka, A. Pukhov, Fus. Sci. and Tech., 49, 278 (2006). "Electron cyclotron heating by fast magnetosonic waves generated during the interaction of a laser pulse with a magnetized plasma", V. I. Sotnikov, Y. Sentoku, and V. B. Krasovitskii, Phys. Plasmas 12, 110703 (2005)"
  • "Broad-range neutron spectra identification in ultraintense laser interactions with carbon-deuterated plasma", A. Youseef, R. Kodama, H. Habara, K. A. Tanaka, Y. Sentoku, M. Tampo, and Y. Toyama, Phys. Plasmas 12, 110703 (2005).
  • "Comparison of laser ion acceleration from the front and rear surfaces of thin foils", J. Fuchs, Y. Sentoku, S. Karsh, J. Cobble, A. Nikroo, M. Roth, P. Audebert, E. Brambrink, A. Blazevic, E. M. Campbell, J. Fernandez, J. -C. Gauthier, M. Geissel, M. Hegelich, R. Johnson, S. Letzring, H. Pepin, N. Renard-Le Galloudec, H. Ruhl, T. Shimada, J. Screiber, R. B. Stephens, and T. E. Cowan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 045004 (2005).
  • "Petawatt-laser direct heating of uniformly imploded deuterated-polystyrene shell target", Y. Kitagawa, Y. Sentoku, S. Akamatsu, W. Sakamoto, K. A. Tanaka, R. Kodama, H. Nishimura, Y. Inubushi, M. Nakai, T. Watari, T. Norimatsu, and A. Sunahara', Phys. Rev. E 71, 016403 (2005).
  • "Plasma devices to guide and collimate a high density of MeV electrons", R. Kodama, Y. Sentoku, Z. L. Chen, G. R. Kumar, S. P. Hatchett, Y. Toyama, T. E. Cowan, R. R. Freeman, J. Fuchs, Y. Izawa, M. H. Key, Y. Kitagawa, K. Kondo, T. Matsuoka, H. Nakamura, M. Nakatsutsumi, P. A. Norreys, T. Norimatsu, R. A. Snavely, R. B. Stephens, M. Tampo, K. A. Tanaka, and T. Yabuuchi,, Nature 432, 1005 (2004).
  • "Anomalous inhibition of electron transport in laser-matter interaction at subrelativistic intensities", A. J. Kemp, Y. Sentoku, T. E. Cowan, J. Fuchs, and H. Ruhl, , Phys. Plasmas, 11, L69 (2004).
  • "Laser light and hot electron micro focusing using a conical target", Y. Sentoku, K. Mima, H. Ruhl, Y. Toyama, R. Kodama, and T. E. Cowan, Phys. Plasmas 11, 3083 (2004).
  • "Electron acceleration in an ultra-intense laser illuminated capillary", Y. Kitagawa, Y. Sentoku, S. Akamatsu, W. Sakamoto, R. Kodama, K. A. Tanaka, T. Norimatsu, T. Matsuoka, H. Fujita, and H. Yoshida, , Phys. Rev. Lett., {bf 92}, 205002 (2004).

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