Cristian C. Lalescu studied physics at the University of Craiova (UCv), from which he received his diploma in 2006. He then spent a year at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), through the SOCRATES/ERASMUS exchange program. In 2007 he started a joint doctorate program, under the supervision of Prof. Daniele Carati from ULB and Prof. Bucur D. Grecu from UCv, working mostly in Brussels.
After having defended his thesis in 2011, he joined the group of Prof. Gregory L. Eyink in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, as a postdoctoral fellow. In the summer of 2015 he moved to the MPIDS to join the Wilczek group. He is primarily interested in dynamical system theory, turbulence and the related mathematics and computer science.


  • Cristian C Lalescu and Michael Wilczek, How tracer particles sample the complexity of turbulence, New J. Phys., (20):013001 (2018)
  • Cristian C. Lalescu and Michael Wilczek, Acceleration statistics of tracer particles in filtered turbulent fields, J. Fluid Mech., 847:R2 (2018)
  • Theodore D. Drivas, Perry L. Johnson, Cristian C. Lalescu, and Michael Wilczek, Large-scale sweeping of small-scale eddies in turbulence: A filtering approach, Phys. Rev. Fluids, 2:104603 (2017)
  • J. Graham, K. Kanov, X. I. A. Yang, M. Lee, N. Malaya, C. C. Lalescu, R. Burns, G. Eyink, A. Szalay, R. D.Moser, and C. Meneveau, A web services accessible database of turbulent channel flow and its use for testing a new integral wall model for LES, Journal of Turbulence, 17(2):181-215 (2016)
  • Cristian C. Lalescu, Yi-Kang Shi, Gregory L. Eyink, Theodore D. Drivas, Ethan T. Vishniac, and Alexander Lazarian, Inertial-range reconnection in magnetohydrodynamic turbulence and in the solar wind, Phys. Rev. Lett., 115:025001 (2015)
  • Kalin Kanov, Randal Burns, Cristian Lalescu, and Gregory Eyink, The Johns Hopkins Turbulence Databases: An open simulation laboratory for turbulence research, Computing in Science & Engineering, 17(5) (2015)
  • C.C. Lalescu, I. Petrisor, M. Negrea, and B. Teaca, Test particles transport in two-dimensional turbulent plasma, Annals of the University of Craiova, Physics, 24:97-103 (2014)
  • Cristian C. Lalescu, Charles Meneveau, and Gregory L. Eyink, Synchronization of chaos in fully developed turbulence, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110(8) (2013)
  • C.C. Lalescu, B. Teaca, and D. Carati, Influence of numerical schemes on statistical properties of computed charged particle trajectories in turbulent electromagnetic fields, Journal of Computational Physics, 241(0):546-557 (2013)
  • Gregory Eyink, Ethan Vishniac, Cristian Lalescu, Hussein Aluie, Kalin Kanov, Kai Bürger, Randal Burns, Charles Meneveau, and Alexander Szalay, Flux-freezing breakdown in high-conductivity magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, Nature, 497(7450):466-469 (2013)
  • Marian Negrea, Iulian Petrisor, Heinz Isliker, Athanasios Vogiannou, Loukas Vlahos, Dana Constantinescu,
    and Cristian Constantin Lalescu, On the diffusion of impurities in tokamak plasma, Romanian Journal of Physics, 56 Supplement (2011)
  • Cristian Constantin Lalescu, Generic Euler extrapolations. Accumulation errors apparently independent of precision of floating point arithmetic, Physics AUC, 21:1-10 (2011)
  • C C Lalescu, D Carati, M Negrea, and I Petrisor, Particle transport in incompressible MHD Kolmogorov flow, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 333:012010 (2011)
  • Dana Constantinescu, Marie-Christine Firpo, Marian Negrea, Iulian Petrisor, and Cristian Constantin Lalescu, Study of the magnetic reconnection during the sawtooth instability, Romanian Journal of Physics, 56 Supplement (2011)
  • C. C. Lalescu, B. Teaca, and D. Carati, Implementation of high order spline interpolations for tracking test particles in discretized fields, Journal of Computational Physics, 229 (17):5862-5869 (2010)
  • C. C. Lalescu, D. Carati, B. Teaca, B. Weyssow, and B. D. Grecu, Kolmogorov flows in magnetohydrodynamics, Physics AUC, 17 (part II):1-10 (2007)


  • C. C. Lalescu and M. Wilczek, How tracer particles sample the complexity of turbulence, ArXiv e-prints arXiv:1706:02870 (2017)
  • Kai Bürger, Marc Treib, Rüdiger Westermann, Suzanne Werner, Cristian C. Lalescu, Alexander Szalay, Charles Meneveau, and Gregory L. Eyink, Vortices within vortices: hierarchical nature of vortex tubes in turbulence, arXiv preprint arXiv:1210.3325 (2012)
  • B. Teaca, C. C. Lalescu, B. Knaepen, and D. Carati, Controlling the level of the ideal invariant fluxes for MHD turbulence using TURBO spectral solver, arXiv preprint arXiv:1108:2640 (2011)
  • Cristian Constantin Lalescu, Patterns in the sine map bifurcation diagram, ArXiv e-prints arXiv:1011.6552 (2010)
  • Cristian Constantin Lalescu, Two hierarchies of spline interpolations. practical algorithms for multivariate higher order splines, ArXiv e-prints arXiv:0905:3564 (2009)

Conference Proceedings:

  • C Lalescu, G Eyink, K Kanov, R Burns, C Meneveau, A Szalay, E Vishniac, H Aluie, and K Bürger. Fluxfreezing breakdown observed in high-conductivity magnetohydrodynamic turbulence. In APS April Meeting 2013
  • Iulian Petrisor, Marian Negrea, Cristian Constantin Lalescu, and Daniele Carati. Particle diffusion in prescribed electrostatic turbulence and sheared space dependent magnetic field. In 2012 International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPCS), pages 623-627. IEEE
  • C. C. Lalescu, B. Teaca, and D. Carati. Implementation of high order spline interpolations for tracking charged particles in discretized fields. volume 33E, pages P–5.084, Europhysics Conferences Abstracts. 36th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, Sofia, June 29 - July 3, 2009
  • C. C. Lalescu, B. Teaca, and D. Carati. Implementation of high order spline interpolations for tracking charged particles in discretized fields. In The 13th European Fusion Theory Conference - 12-15/10/2009 - Riga - Latvia


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