Prize Recipient

Hyun-Kyung Chung

Hyun-Kyung Chung
International Atomic Energy Agency


"For creative and novel use of the hard xray free electron laser to isochorically create high density plasmas and accurately measure the ionization potential depression, and for new theory that addresses discrepancies with long standing models and provides stimulus for continued developments."


Hyun-Kyung Chung graduated with her degree in nuclear engineering from Seoul National University in 1992 and received a Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. Following postdoctoral work at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics with Drs J. Babb, K. Kirby and Prof. A. Dalgarno on the topic of line broadening of high pressure sodium vapor she worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the field of high energy density physics. Main areas of her research are studies of atomic processes to understand extreme plasma states produced in laboratory and astrophysical objects. Her time-dependent collisional-radiative code FLYCHK is widely used by the plasma community for spectroscopic analysis. Currently at the International Atomic Energy Agency, she coordinates research projects for atomic, molecular and plasma-material interaction data for fusion applications.

Selection Committee:

Paul Terry, Chair; Mark Herrmann; Hartmut Zohm; Eric Blackman; Warren Mori