Gang Li

Associate Professor


Office: Cramer Hall 2223

Phone: 256-961-7311






  • B.S. 1994, Tsinghua University
  • M.S. 1998, Indiana University
  • Ph.D. 2000, Indiana University


Research interests

I am interested in a variety of problems in solar physics and space plasma physics.  My recent work focuses on particle acceleration and transport in the heliosphere and beyond, and includes both observational and theoretical aspects.


Current graduate students


Xiaocan Li

Ph.D. expected 2015

Dissertation: "Particle acceleration in solar flares using test particle and kinetic simulations"


Junxiang Hu
Ashraf Moradi


Past graduate students


Lulu Zhao

Ph.D. 2015

Dissertation: "Particle acceleration and transport at shocks"


Selected recent publications

  • The Injection of Ten Electron/He3-rich SEP Events, by Linghua Wang, Sam Krucker, Glenn Mason, Robert P Lin and Gang Li, A&A 585, A119, 2016.
  • Spectral Properties of Large Gradual Solar Energetic Particle Events. I. Fe, O and Seed Material, M I Desai, G M Mason, M A Dayeh, R W Ebert, D J McComas, G Li, C M S Cohen, R A Mewaldt, N A Schwadron, and C W Smith, ApJ, 816, 68, 2016.
  • Modeling Transport of Energetic Particles in Corotating Interaction Regions: A Case Study, JGR, by L Zhao, G Li (corresponding author), R W Ebert, M A Dayeh M I Desai G M Mason, Z Wu, and Y Chen, JGR 121, doi:10.1002/2015JA021762, 2016.
  • Diffusive Shock Acceleration and Reconnection Acceleration Processes, by G P Zank, P Hunana, P Mostavavi, J A le Roux, Gang Li, G M Webb, O Khabarova, A Cummings, E Stone and R Decker, ApJ 814, 137, 2015.
  • An Observational Revisit of Band-Split Solar Type-Ii Radio Bursts, by Guohui Du, Ziangliang Kong, Yao Chen, Shiwei Feng, Bing Wang, and Gang Li, ApJ 812, 171, 2015.
  • Seed Population in Large Solar Energetic Particle Events and the Twin-CME Scenario, by Liu-Guan Ding, Gang Li (Corresponding Arthur), Gui-Ming Le, Bin Gu, and Xin-Xin Cao, ApJ, 812, 171, 2015.
  • Nonthermally Dominated Electron Acceleration During Magnetic Reconnection in a Low-beta Plasma, by Xiaocan Li, Fan Guo, Hui Li and Gang Li, ApJL 811, L24, 2015.
  • The Angular Distribution of Solar Wind Superhalo Electrons at Quiet Times, by Liu Yang, Linghua Wang, Gang Li, Jiansen He, Chadi S Salem, Chuanyi Tu, Robert F Wimmer-Schweingruber, and Stuart D Bale, ApJL 811, L8, 2015.
  • Simultaneous Radio and EUV Imaging of a Multi-lane Coronal Type II Radio Burst, by S W Feng, G H Du, Y Chen X L Kong, G Li and F Guo, Solar Physics, 290(4), 1195-1205, doi:10.1007/s11207-015-0673-4, 2015.
  • Small-Scale Magnetic Islands in the Solar Wind and Their Role in Particle Acceleration I. Dynamics of Magnetic Islands near the Heliospheric Current Sheet, by O Khabarova, G P Zank, G Li, J A leRoux, G M Webb, A Dosch, and O E Malandraki, The Astrophysical Journal, 808(2), 181, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/808/2/181, 2015.
  • Khabarova, O., Zank, G. P., Li, G., le Roux, J. A., Webb, G. M., Dosch, A., and Malandraki, O. E., Small-scale magnetic islands in the solar wind and their role in particle acceleration. I. Dynamics of magnetic islands near the heliospheric current sheet, Astrophysical Journal, 808, 181 (2015).
  • Wang, L., Li, G., Shih, A. Y., Lin, R. P., and Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F., Simulation of energetic neutral atoms from solar energetic particles, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793, L37 (2014).
  • Ding, L.-G., Li, G., Jiang, Y., Le, G.-M., Shen, C.-L., Wang, Y.-M., Chen, Y., Xu, F., Gu, B., and Zhang, Y.-N., Interaction between two coronal mass ejections in the 2013 May 22 large solar energetic particle event, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793, L35, (2014).
  • Huang, C., Yan, Y., Li, G., Deng, Y., and Tan, B., Tracking back the solar wind to its photospheric footpoints from wind observations - a statistical study, Solar Physics, 289, 3109 (2014).
  • Zhao, L., and Li, G., Particle acceleration at a pair of parallel shocks near the Sun, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 6106 (2014).
  • Tian, H., Li, G., Reeves, K. K., Raymond, J. C., Guo, F., Liu, W., Chen, B., Murphy, N. A. (2014). Imaging and Spectroscopic Observations of Magnetic Reconnection and Chromospheric Evaporation in a Solar Flare. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 797(2), L14.
  • Ding, L.-g., Li, G., Dong, L.-h., Jiang, Y., Jian, Y., Gu, B. (2014). On the identification of time interval threshold in the twin-CME scenario. Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 1463–1475.
  • Du, G., Chen, Y., Lv, M., Kong, X., Feng, S., Guo, F., Li, G. (2014). Temporal Spectral Shift and Polarization of a Band-splitting Solar Type II Radio Burst. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793(2), L39.
  • Chen, Y., Du, G., Feng, L., Feng, S., Kong, X., Guo, F., Wang, B., Li, G. (2014). a Solar Type Ii Radio Burst From Coronal Mass Ejection-Coronal Ray Interaction: Simultaneous Radio and Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging. The Astrophysical Journal, 787(1), 59.


Honors and awards

  • 2010/08 Chinese Outstanding Oversea Young Researcher
  • 2010/05 ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
  • 2009/07 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Award
  • 2009/02 National Science Foundation Early Career Award


Recent grants and contracts