John Peterson

  • Program Years: 2020-2023
  • Academic Institution: Stanford University
  • Field of Study: Plasma Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Siegfried Glenzer
  • Residencies:
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2021)
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2022)
  • Degree(s):
    B. S. Physics, Brigham Young University, 2018

Current Status

  • Research Area: Plasma Physics


Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Enhanced stimulated Raman scattering during intense laser propagation," J. Ryan Peterson, Bahman Hafizi, Theodore G. Jones, Luke A. Johnson, Daniel F. Gordon, Yu-Hsin Chen, and Antonio Ting. (accepted to Optics Express in Nov 2022; awaiting publication)

"Spatiotemporal dynamics of ultrarelativistic beam-plasma instabilities," P. San Miguel Claveria, X. Davoine, J. R. Peterson, M. Gilljohann, I. Andriyash, R. Ariniello, H. Ekerfelt, C. Emma, J. Faure, S. Gessner, M. Hogan, C. Joshi, C. H. Keitel, A. Knetsch, O. Kononenko, M. Litos, Y. Mankovska, K. Marsh, A. Matheron, Z. Nie, B. O'Shea, D. Storey, N. Vafaei-Najafabadi, Y. Wu, X. Xu, J. Yan, C. Zhang, M. Tamburini, F. Fiuza, L. Gremillet, and S. Corde. Phys. Rev. Research 4, 023085 (2022). Available at

"Magnetic Field Amplification by a Plasma Cavitation Instability in Relativistic Shock Precursors," J. Ryan Peterson, Siegfried Glenzer, and Frederico Fiuza. ApJL 924, L12 (2022). Available at

"Ultrafast visualization of incipient plasticity in dynamically compressed matter," Mianzhen Mo, Minxue Tang, Zhijiang Chen, J. Ryan Peterson, Xiaozhe Shen, John Kevin Baldwin, Mungo Frost, Mike Kozina, Alexander Reid, Yongqiang Wang, Juncheng E, Adrien Descamps, Benjamin K. Ofori-Okai, Renkai Li, Sheng-Nian Luo, Xijie Wang, and Siegfried Glenzer. Nat. Comm. 13, 1055 (2022). Available at

"Magnetic Field Amplification by a Nonlinear Electron Streaming Instability," J. Ryan Peterson, Siegfried Glenzer, and Frederico Fiuza, Phys. Rev. Lett., 126, 215101 (2021). Available at

"Extremely Dense Gamma-Ray Pulses in Electron Beam-Multifoil Collisions," A. Sampath et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 126, 064801 (2021). Available at

"Nonlinear underwater propagation of picosecond ultraviolet laser beams," Yu-Hsin Chen, J. Ryan Peterson, Luke A. Johnson, Theodore G. Jones, Bahman Hafizi, Alexander B. Stamm, Antonio C. Ting, John P. Palastro, Michael H. Helle, and Dmitri Kaganovich, Opt. Lett. 45, 4344 (2020). Available at

"High-Pressure Melt Curve and Phase Diagram of Lithium," Mungo Frost, Jongjin B. Kim, Emma E. McBride, J. Ryan Peterson, Jesse S. Smith, Peihao Sun, and Siegfried H. Glenzer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 065701 (2019). Available at

"Instability growth seeded by DT density perturbations in ICF capsules," J.R. Peterson, B.M. Johnson, S.W. Haan, Phys. Plasmas 25, 092705 (2018). Available at

"Lead sulfide quantum dots inside ferritin: synthesis and application to photovoltaics," K. R. Hansen, J.R. Peterson, A. Perego, M. Shelley, C. R. Olson, L. D. Perez, H. L. Hogg, R. K. Watt, J.S. Colton, Appl. Nanosci. 8 (7), 1687-1699 (2018). Available at

"Tuning Ferritin's band gap through mixed metal oxide nanoparticle formation," C.R. Olsen, J.S. Embley, K.R. Hansen, A.M. Henrichsen, J.R. Peterson, J.S. Colton, R.K. Watt, Nanotechnology 28, 195604 (2017). Available at

"Permanganate-based synthesis of manganese oxide nanoparticles in ferritin," C.R. Olsen, T.J. Smith, J.S. Embley, J.H. Maxfield, K.R. Hansen, J.R. Peterson, A.M. Henrichsen, S.D. Erickson, D.C. Buck, J.S. Colton, and R.K. Watt, Nanotechnology 28, 195601 (2017). Available at

"Fabrication of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Native and Non-Native Nanocrystals in Ferritin as the Dye," A. Perego, C. Olsen, J.R. Peterson, K. Hansen, J.S. Colton, R.K. Watt, J. Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters 2016, 183 (2017). Available at

Other Publications

"Characterization and Modeling of Nonlinear Laser Propagation in Water and Dielectrics," J. Ryan Peterson, Bahman Hafizi, Yu-hsin Chen, Theodore G. Jones, Luke A. Johnson, Antonio Ting, and Daniel F. Gordon. Optica, Rochester, NY, in Proceedings of Frontiers in Optics, 18 October 2022. (to be published)

"SNOPROP: A Solver for Nonlinear Optical Propagation," J. Ryan Peterson, Theodore G. Jones, Bahman Hafizi, Daniel F. Gordon, Naval Research Laboratory Report NRL/MR/6795--20-10,121 (2020). Available at


Best poster award, EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, June 22, 2021.
Best poster award, NIF/JLF User Group Meeting, November 10, 2020.
NSF Graduate Fellowship Program Honorable Mention (2019)
Heritage Scholarship at Brigham Young University (full tuition for four years)
Dean's list at Brigham Young University (multiple semesters)