Vladimir Florinski

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Assistant Professor

Office: OB 332
Phone: 256-824-4176, 256-961-7317
Email: vladimir.florinski@uah.edu 

Research areas

  • Plasma physics of the interaction between the heliosphere and the Galaxy

  • Galactic cosmic ray transport in the heliosphere and beyond

  • Physics of charged particle acceleration by collisionless shocks with applications to the solar wind termination shock


  • M.S., Physics, St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia (1997)

  • Ph.D., Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson (2001)

Current grants and contracts

  • "Structure and physics of the global heliosphere during the minimum of solar cycle 24", NASA, $298,000, 03/2010 - 02/2013

  • "CAREER: computational physics for science and industry", NSF, $509,192, 03/2010 - 02/2014

  • "Effects of solar cycle 24 on spatial and temporal structure of the heliosphere and its impact on the modulation of galactic cosmic rays", NASA, $268,899, 03/2010 - 09/2013

  • "Investigating global energetic ion and neutral atom populations with IBEX and Voyager", NASA, $316,195, 05/2012 - 04/2015

Current Ph.D. students

  • Udara Senanayake, thesis project "Anomalous cosmic-ray acceleration at a blunt termination shock"

  • Yihong "Shirley" Wu, thesis project "Pickup ions in the heliosphere and heliosheath"


Recent publications

  1. Florinski, V., Alouani-Bibi, F., Kota, J., and Guo, X., Cosmic-ray diffusion in a sectored magnetic field in the distant heliosheath, Astrophysical Journal, 754, 31 (2012).

  2. Florinski, V., On the transport of cosmic rays in the distant heliosheath, Advances in Space Research, 48, 308 (2011).

  3. Florinski, V., Zank, G. P., Heerikhuisen, J., Hu, Q., and Khazanov, I., Stability of a pickup ion ring-beam population in the outer heliosheath: implications for the IBEX ribbon, Astrophysical Journal, 719, 1097 (2010).

  4. Florinski, V., and Pogorelov, N. V., Four-dimensional transport of galactic cosmic rays in the outer heliosphere and heliosheath, Astrophysical Journal, 701, 642 (2009).

  5. Florinski, V., Decker, R. B., le Roux, J. A., and Zank, G. P., An energetic-particle-mediated termination shock observed by Voyager 2, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L12101 (2009).

Curriculum Vita