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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi

Dr. Likun Zhang

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Office: 1032 NCPA
Phone: (662) 915-5656

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Physics, 2012, Washington State University
  • M.S., Physics/Acoustics, 2008/07, Washington State University/Nanjing University
  • B.S., Acoustics, 2003, Nanjing University


  • 2022-         : Associate Professor, The University of Mississippi
  • 2016-2022: Assistant Professor, The University of Mississippi
  • 2015-2016: Research Associate, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2012-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

My research interests lie in acoustics and fluid dynamics to understand how physical phenomena interact with the environment and how they can be harnessed for practical applications, as they relate to oceans, climate, space, energy, and health solutions. The topics range from wave dynamics in oceans for climate modeling to fluid behaviors in microgravity for space processing, and from underwater acoustics for oceanography studies to acoustic methods for non-contact manipulation of objects for biomedical applications. Specifically, we currently focus on three directions:

  • Ocean physics — Wave dynamics, underwater acoustics, and applications of data science to advance knowledge of ocean mixing, climate, and underwater acoustics applications;
  • Acoustofluidics physics — Theory and applications of sound waves to transport and manipulate fluids or suspended particles in fluids without physical contact;
  • Microgravity fluid physics — Fluid dynamics and transport phenomena in microgravity conditions related to fluid containment and control strategies in space processing.

We integrate theoretical models, numerical simulations, and experimental measurements in our research. The research is inherently multidisciplinary as it involves knowledge of fluid mechanics, acoustics, physics, oceanography, engineering design and manufacturing, and data science. We collaborate with oceanographers, geophysicists, engineers, and computer scientists, etc. Eventually, students with different backgrounds and interests can find a fit in our multidisciplinary research. We are open for motivated students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scholars to join our research group. Our research group resides in the National Center for Physical Acoustics building on campus. Feel free to contact us or visit us in person.

Our research has been widely funded by a variety of external agencies (including NOAA, Gulf Research Program, NASA, NSF, and ONR). Check Google Scholar to see our publications.


Graduate level:

Phys 710 Advanced Mechanics II (Spring 2020)
Phys 709 Advanced Mechanics I (Fall 2019; Fall 2020)
Phys 652 Mathematical Methods of Physics II (Spring 2018; Spring 2019; Spring 2022)
Phys 651 Mathematical Methods of Physics I (Fall 2017; Fall 2018; Fall 2021)
Phys 605 Advanced Acoustics (Spring 2021, Spring 2024)
Phys 510 Physics and Astronomy Colloquium (Spring 2018; Fall 2018; Spring 2020; Fall 2020)

Undergraduate level:

Phys 308 Mathematical Physics (Spring 2022)
Phys 212 Physics for Science and Engineering II (Spring 2017)
Phys 211 Physics for Science and Engineering I (Fall 2016, Fall 2023)


Editorial Boards:
Associate and Coordinating Editor in Physical Acoustics for The Journal of Acoustical Society of America
Associate Editor for Ultrasonics

Honors and Awards

Invited international speaker, University of Lille, France, 2023
R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), 2021
Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from ASA, 2013-14
Keynote speaker, Acoustofluidics meeting, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, 2018
Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year, American Association of Physics Teachers, 2009


American Physical Society (APS)
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Research Group

Current members:
Madusanka Abeykoon, PhD Student; B. S in Physics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Xinyue Gong, PhD Student; M.S. in Physics, Jilin University, China
Guoqin Liu, PhD Student; B.S. in Physics, University of Science and Technology, China
Zhengwu “Jack” Wang, PhD Student; M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK
Joao Luis Ealo Cuello, Fulbright Scholar; Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Robert “Bobby” Lirette (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018-2021)
Zheguang Zou (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018-2021)
Xudong Fan (PhD, Fall 2021)
Cheng Chen (M.S., Summer 2019)
Mukunda Acharya (M.S., Spring 2019)
Maryam Landi (M.S., Fall 2017)
Bibek Gupta (Undergraduate, BASS, Summer 2019)
Shaila Collins (Undergraduate, REU, Summer 2018)
Jonathan Pittman (Undergraduate, Physics, Spring 2018)
Elizabeth Mcqueney (Undergraduate, BASS, Summer 2017)
Feiyan Cai (Visitor, Summer 2019- Fall 2020)
Zhixiong Gong (Visitor, Summer 2018)
Xue Jiang (Visitor, Fall 2016)
Jiajun Zhao (Visitor, Fall 2016)
Bin Dao (Oxford High School, ARISE, Summer 2021)

Selected Publications

  • Xudong Fan, and Likun Zhang, Born approximation of trapping by acoustical Bessel and vortex fields, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 154 (5), 3354-3363 (2023) . [PDF]
  • Xudong Fan, and Likun Zhang, Phase shift approach for engineering desired radiation force: Acoustic pulling force example, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 150 (1), 102-110 (2021). [PDF]
  • Zheguang Zou, Parsa Bakhtiari Rad, Leo Macelloni, and Likun Zhang, Temporal and spatial variations in three-dimensional seismic oceanography, Ocean Science 17 (4), 1053-1066 (2021). [PDF]
  • Zheguang Zou, and Likun Zhang, Enhancing low-frequency water-column acoustic reflections in marine multichannel seismic data for seismic oceanography, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 150, 3852 – 3860 (2021). [PDF]
  • Zheguang Zou, Robert Lirette, and Likun Zhang, Orbital Angular Momentum Reversal and Asymmetry in Acoustic Vortex Beam Reflection, Physical Review Letters 125 (7), 074301, 2020. [PDF]
  • Robert Lirette, Joel Mobley, and Likun Zhang, Ultrasonic extraction and near-field manipulation of droplets from a liquid-liquid interface, Phys. Rev. Applied 12, 061001 (2019). [PDF; Supplemental Materials]
  • Maryam Landi, Jiajun Zhao, W. E. Prather, Ying Wu, and Likun Zhang, Acoustic Purcell effect for enhanced emission, Physical Review Letters 120, 114301 (2018). [PDF]
  • Xue Jiang, Y. Li, and Likun Zhang, Thermoviscous effects on sound transmission through a metasurface of hybrid resonances, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141(4), EL363-EL368 (2017). [PDF]
  • Xue Jiang, Y. Li, B. Liang, J.-C. Cheng, and Likun Zhang, Convert acoustic resonances to orbital angular momentum, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 034301 (2016). [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, Generalized optical theorem for an arbitrary incident field, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 145, EL185-EL189 (2019). [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, Reversals of orbital angular momentum transfer and radiation torque, Phys. Rev. Applied 10, 034039 (2018)}. [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, M. C. Buijsman, E. Comino, and H. L. Swinney, Internal wave generation by tidal flow over periodically and randomly distributed seamounts, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 122, 5063-5074 (2017). [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, and H. L. Swinney, Virtual seafloor reduces internal wave generation by tidal flow, Physical Review Letters 112, 104502 (2014). [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, and P. L. Marston, Acoustic radiation force expressed using complex phase shifts and momentum-transfer cross sections, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 140, EL178-EL183 (2016). [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, and P. L. Marston, Angular momentum flux of nonparaxial acoustic vortex beams and torques on axisymmetric objects, Physical Review E 84, 065601(Rapid Communication) (2011). [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, and D. B. Thiessen, Capillary wave scattering from an infinitesimal barrier and dissipation at dynamic contact lines, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 719, 295 – 313 (2013). [PDF]
  • Likun Zhang, X. L. Wang, and Z. Y. Tao, Spatiotemporal bifurcation of a parametrically excited solitary wave, Physical Review E 75, 036602 (2007). [PDF]