Qiang Hu

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Office: Cramer Hall 2041

Phone: 256-961-7920

Email: qh0001@uah.edu




  • B.S. 1994, University of Science and Technology of China
  • M.S. 1997, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Ph.D. 2001, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College


Research interests

  • Spacecraft data analysis of transient structures in space plasma environment
  • Solar coronal magnetic field modeling
  • Turbulence properties of the solar wind and in-situ magnetic field data analysis
  • Interconnection between large-scale magnetic structures at Earth orbit and their solar sources


Current graduate students


Jinlei Zheng


Selected recent publications

    • Rossby Wave Green’s Functions in an Azimuthal Wind, by G M Webb, C T Duba, Q Hu, Geophysical & Astrophyscial Fluid Dynamics, in press, 2016.
    • A Data-Driven Three-Dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation Model for a Solar Storm (CME) Initiation, by S T Wu, Yufen Zhou, Chaowei Jiang, Xueshang Feng, Chin-Chun Wu, and Qiang Hu, J. Geophysics Research, 2016.
    • A Comparison Study of a Solar Active-region Eruptive Filament and a Neighboring Non-eruptive Filament, by C W Jiang, S T Wu, X S Feng, Q Hu, Research in Astonomy and Astrophysics 16, 018, 2016.
    • Modeling of the Outer Heliospheric Structures around the Heliopause, by H Washimi, G P Zank, Q Hu, T Tananka, K Munakata, The Astrophysical Journal, 809, 16 2015.
    • Magnetic Field Line Lengths inside Interplanetary Magnetic Flux Ropes, by Q Hu, J Qiu, S Krucker, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, 5266-5283, 2015.
    • Evidence of the Solar EUV Hot Channel as a Magnetic Flux Rope from Remote-sesnsing and In Situ Observations, by H Q Song, Y Chen, J Zhang, X Cheng, B Wang, Q Hu, G Li, Y M Wang, The Astrophysical Journal, 808, L15, 2015.
    • The Transport of Low-frequency Turbulence in Astrophysical Flows II. Solutions for the Super-Alfv{\’e}nic Solar Wind, by L Adhikari, G P Zank, R Bruno, D Telloni, P Hunana, A Dosch, R Marino, Q Hu, The Astrophyisical Journal 80563, 2015.
    • Preface to VarSITI Special Section by Q Hu, Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Pysics), 120, 10, 2015.
    • On the Grad­Shafranov Reconstruction of Toroidal Magnetic Flux Ropes, Q Hu, Solar Wind 14 Conference Proceedings, AIP Conf. Procs., 2016, in press.
    • Adhikari, L., Zank, G. P., Bruno, R., Telloni, D., Hunana, P., Dosch, A., Marino, R., and Hu, Q., The transport of low-frequency turbulence in astrophysical flows. II. Solutions for the super-alfvénic solar wind, Astrophysical Journal, 805, 63 (2015).
    • Gary, G. A., Hu, Q., and Lee, J. K., A rapid, manual method to map coronal-loop structures of an active region using cubic Bézier curves and its applications to misalignment angle analysis, Solar Physics, 289, 847 (2014).
    • Jiang, C., Wu, S. T., Feng, X., and Hu, Q., Nonlinear force-free field extrapolation of a coronal magnetic flux rope supporting a large-scale solar filament from a photospheric vector magnetogram, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 786, L16 (2014).
    • Neergaard Parker, L., Zank, G. P., and Hu, Q. Particle acceleration at quasi-perpendicular shock waves: Theory and observations at 1 AU, Astrophysical Journal, 782, 52 (2014).
    • Hasegawa, H., Sonnerup, B. U. Ö., Hu, Q., and Nakamura, T., Reconstruction of an evolving magnetic flux rope in the solar wind: Decomposing spatial and temporal variations from single-spacecraft data, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 97 (2014).
    • Jiang, C., Wu, S. T., Feng, X., and Hu, Q., Formation and eruption of an active region sigmoid. I. A study by nonlinear force-free field modeling, Astrophysical Journal, 780, 55 (2014).
    • Gary, G.A., Hu, Q., Lee, J.K., Aschwanden, M.J. (2014). Determining the 3D Structure of the Corona Using Vertical Height Constraints on Observed Active Region Loops. Solar Physics, 289, 3703-3721.
    • Hu, Q., Qiu, J., Dasgupta, B., Khare, A., Webb, G.M. (2014). Structures of Interplanetary Magnetic Flux Ropes and Comparison with Their Solar Sources. The Astrophysical Journal, 793, 53.
    • Adhikari, L., Zank, G. P., Hu, Q., Dosch, A. (2014). Turbulence Transport Modeling of the Temporal Outer Heliosphere. The Astrophysical Journal, 793, 52.
    • Webb, G.M., Hu, Q., McKenzie, J.F., Dasgupta, B., Zank, G.P. (2014). Advected Invariants in Magnetohydrodynamics and Gas Dynamics. In Hu, Q.; Zank, G.P. (Ed.), Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (vol. 484, pp. 228).
    • Hu, Q., Qiu, J., Zheng, J. (2014). Characteristics of Magnetic Flux Ropes from the Sun to the Heliosphere. In Hu, Q.; Zank, G.P. (Ed.), Outstanding Problems in Heliophysics: From Coronal Heating to the Edge of the Heliosphere (vol. 484, pp. 78).


Recent grants and contracts

  1. Non-force free extrapolation of coronal magnetic field from vector magnetograms (NASA) - $323,282.
  2. Analysis of solar active region energetics based on non-force-free coronal magnetic field (NSF SHINE) - $368,071.
  3. Investigation of magnetic flux ropes in the inner heliosphere and their solar sources from in-situ and remote-sensing observations (NASA NNH11ZDA001N-HGI) - $357,000.