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Peter H. Yoon, PhD
Education and Academic Experience
P. H. Yoon received undergraduate education in physics and earned BS degree in 1980 from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He earned PhD degree in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. After a brief stint of post-doctoral research associateship at MIT's Center for Space Research, he moved to the University of Maryland in 1989. He steadily rose in research faculty position from the Research Associate to Assistant Research Scientist in 1990, to Associate Research Scientist in 1994, to Senior Research Scientist in 2005.
Recognition and Professional Activities
In 2002, Yoon visited Kyoto University, Japan, as a visiting professor. In 2009, he was invited by Kyung Hee University, Korea, as World Class University (WCU) Professor, for a five-year appointment period. The WCU project was a Korean government-funded program, through which preeminent foreign faculty members were invited by several Korean Universities. Kyung Hee University was one of them. Yoon was one of the four faculty members invited by Kyung Hee University (KHU). In 2013, Yoon was reappointed by the same University as International Scholar Professor, and in that capacity, he regularly visits KHU. Peter Yoon was also appointed as Visiting International Professor by Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, for the period of 2015-2017. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers, and is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership.
Scientific Achievements and Publications
As of 2017, Yoon published more than 280 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. P. H. Yoon is regularly invited to give numerous talks, seminars, and lectures at various domestic and international conferences and scientific meetings.
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Among Yoon's research interests are:
- Plasma turbulence and charged particle acceleration
- Electromagnetic radiations in plasmas
- Microinstabilities operative in the current sheet
- Fundamental plasma kinetic theory