"I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong." - Richard P. Feynman

Fan Guo

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory 2012 - present
Graduate Research Assistant/Associate, LPL/DPS 2007 - 2012

About me

I was a graduate student of Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL), and also Department of Planetary Sciences in University of Arizona. I worked with Professor Joe Giacalone, Professor Randy Jokipii and Dr. Jozsef Kota. My research interests are space and astrophysical plasma physics. The projects I was/am working on including particle acceleration by collisionless shocks, the transport of energetic particles in the solar wind and interaction between shocks and MHD turbulence. I use various numerical models (TestParticle/Monte Carlo, Hybrid, MHD, and full PIC) to study various aspects of these topics.
Our group website Solar and Heliospheric Research Group

Now I am a postdoc in Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory. My studies focus on particle acceleration in space physics and astrophysics.

My CV is here


2013 Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award

2010 Galileo Circle Scholarship

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“I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.” - Richard P. Feynman

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