UAH

Gary Zank

Distinguished ProfessorZank-11

 

Office: Cramer Hall 2039

Phone: 256-961-7401

Email: garyp.zank@gmail.com

 

 

Education

  • B.S. 1982, University of Natal, South Africa
  • M.S. 1983, University of Natal, South Africa
  • Ph.D. 1987, University of Natal, South Africa

 

Research interests

All aspects of interplanetary space physics, physics of the solar corona, physics of the local interstellar medium, interaction of nonmagnetized bodies with the solar wind.

 

Current graduate students

 

Laxman Adhikari

Parisa Mostafavi

 

Past graduate students

 

Brian Fayock

Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation: "Analysis of solar Lyman-alpha scattering in the heliosphere"

 

Lauren Khare

M.S. 2013

Thesis: "Pickup ion driven simulation of bulk properties of the outer heliosphere as compared to Voyager observations"

 

Linda Neergard-Parker

Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation: “Particle acceleration at interplanetary shock waves”

 

Selected Recent Publications

Book: Zank, G. P., Transport Processes in Space Physics and Astrophysics, Lecture Notes in Physics 877, Springer, New York (2013).

  1. Heerikhuisen, J., Zirnstein, E. J., Funsten, H. O., Pogorelov, N. V., and Zank, G. P., The effect of new interstellar medium parameters on the heliosphere and energetic neutral atoms from the interstellar boundary, Astrophysical Journal, 784, 73 (2014).
  2. Zirnstein, E. J., Heerikhuisen, J., Zank, G. P., Pogorelov, N. V., McComas, D. J., and Desai, M. I., Charge-exchange coupling between pickup ions across the heliopause and its effect on energetic neutral hydrogen flux, Astrophysical Journal, 783, 129 (2014).
  3. 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).
  4. Schwadron, N. A., Adams, F. C., Christian, E. R., Desiati, P., Frisch, P., Funsten, H. O., Jokipii, J. R., McComas, D. J., Moebius, E., and Zank, G. P., Global anisotropies in TeV cosmic rays related to the Sun’s local galactic environment from IBEX, Science, 343, 988 (2014).
  5. Fayock, B., Zank, G. P., and Heerikhuisen, J., Comparison of Pioneer 10, Voyager 1, and Voyager 2 ultraviolet observations with anti-solar Lyman-alpha backscatter simulations, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 775, L4 (2013).
  6. Abramenko, V. I., Zank, G. P., Dosch, A., Yurchyshyn, V. B., Goode, P. R., Ahn, K., and Cao, W., Characteristic length of energy-containing structures at the base of a coronal hole, Astrophysical Journal, 773, 167 (2013).
  7. Pogorelov, N. V., Suess, S. T., Borovikov, S. N., Ebert, R. W., McComas, D. J., and Zank, G. P., Three-dimensional features of the outer heliosphere due to coupling between the interstellar and interplanetary magnetic fields. IV. Solar cycle model based on Ulysses observations, Astrophysical Journal, 772, 2 (2013).
  8. Hunana, P., Goldstein, M. L., Passot, T., Sulem, P. L., Laveder, D., and Zank, G. P. Polarization and compressibility of oblique kinetic Alfvén waves, Astrophysical Journal, 766, 93 (2013).
  9. Zank, G. P., Heerikhuisen, J., Wood, B. E., Pogorelov, N. V., Zirnstein, E., and McComas, D. J., Heliospheric structure: the bow wave and the hydrogen wall, Astrophysical Journal, 763, 20 (2013).
  10. Washimi, H., Webber, W. R., Zank, G. P., Hu, Q., Florinski, V., Adams, J. H., and Kubo, Y., A role of magnetosonic pulses on variations of Voyager-1 MeV electron intensity in the heliosheath, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 757, L2 (2012).
  11. Neergaard Parker, L., and Zank, G. P., Particle acceleration at quasi-parallel shock waves: Theory and observations at 1 AU, Astrophysical Journal, 757, 97 (2012).
  12. Zank, G. P., Jetha, N., Hu, Q., and Hunana, P., The transport of density fluctuations throughout the heliosphere, Astrophysical Journal, 756, 21 (2012).
  13. McComas, D. J., Alexashov, D. B., Bzowski, M., Fahr, H., Heerikhuisen, J., Izmodenov, V. V., Lee, M. A., Moebius, E., Pogorelov, N. V., Schwadron, N. A., and Zank, G. P., The heliosphere’s interstellar interaction: No bow shock, Science, 336, 1291 (2012).
  14. Pogorelov, N. V., Borovikov, S. N., Zank, G. P., Burlaga, L. F., Decker, R., and Stone, E. C., Radial velocity along the Voyager 1 trajectory: the effect of solar cycle, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 750, L4 (2012).
  15. Desai, M. I., Allegrini, F. A., Dayeh, M. A., De Majistre, B., Funsten, H., Heerikhuisen, J., McComas, D. J., Pogorelov, N. V., Schwadron, N. A., and Zank, G. P., Spectral properties of ~0.5-6 keV energetic neutral atoms measured by the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer (IBEX) along the lines of sight of Voyager, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 749, L30 (2012).
  16. Pogorelov, N. V., Heerikhuisen, J., Zank, G. P., Borovikov, S. N., Frisch, P. C., and McComas, D. J., Interstellar Boundary Explorer measurements and magnetic field in the vicinity of the heliopause, Astrophysical Journal, 742, 104 (2011).
  17. Zank, G. P., Dosch, A., Hunana, P., Florinski, V., Matthaeus, W. H., and Webb, G. M., The transport of low-frequency turbulence in astrophysical flows I. Governing equations, Astrophysical Journal, 745, 35 (2012).
  18. Washimi, H., Zank, G. P., Hu, Q., Tanaka, T., Munakata, K., and Shinagawa, H., Realistic and time-varying outer heliospheric modeling, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 416, 1475 (2011).
  19. Frisch, P. C., Heerikhuisen, J., Pogorelov, N. V., DeMajistre, B., Crew, G. B., Funsten, H. O., Janzen, P., McComas, D. J., Moebius, E., Müller, H.-R., Reisenfeld, D. B., Schwadron, N. A., Slavin, J. D., and Zank, G. P., Can IBEX identify variations in the galactic environment of the Sun using energetic neutral atoms?, Astrophysical Journal, 719, 1984 (2010).
  20. 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).
  21. Hunana, P., and Zank, G. P., Inhomogeneous nearly incompressible description of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, Astrophysical Journal, 718, 148 (2010).
  22. Burrows, R. H., Zank, G. P., Webb, G. M., Burlaga, L. F., and Ness, N. F., Pickup ion dynamics at the heliospheric termination shock observed by Voyager 2, Astrophysical Journal, 715, 1109 (2010).
  23. Verkhoglyadova, O. P., Li, G., Zank, G. P., Hu, Q., Cohen, C. M. S., Mewaldt, R. A., Mason, G. M., Haggerty, D. K., von Rosenvinge, T. T., and Looper, M. D., Understanding large SEP events with the PATH code: modeling of the December 13, 2006 SEP event, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, A12103 (2010).
  24. Heerikhuisen, J., Pogorelov, N. V., Zank, G. P., Crew, G. B., Frisch, P. C., Funsten, H. O., Janzen, P. H., McComas, D. J., Reisenfeld, D. B., and Schwadron, N. A., Pick-up ions in the outer heliosheath: A possible mechanism for the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer ribbon, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 708, L126 (2010).
  25. Zank, G. P., Heerikhuisen, J., Pogorelov, N. V., Burrows, R., and McComas, D. J., Microstructure of the heliospheric termination shock: Implications for energetic neutral atom observations, Astrophysical Journal, 708, 1092 (2010).
  26. McComas, D. J., Allegrini, F., Bochsler, P., Bzowski, M., Christian, E. R., Crew, G. B., DeMajistre, R., Fahr, H., Fichtner, H., Frisch, P. C., Funsten, H. O., Fuselier, S. A., Gloeckler, G., Gruntman, M., Heerikhuisen, J., Izmodenov, V., Janzen, P., Knappenberger, P., Krimigis, S., Kucharek, H., Lee, M., Livadiotis, G., Livi, S., MacDowall, R. J., Mitchell, D., Möbius, E., Moore, T., Pogorelov, N. V., Reisenfeld, D., Roelof, E., Saul, L., Schwadron, N. A., Valek, P. W., Vanderspek, R., Wurz, P. and Zank, G. P. , Global observations of the interstellar interaction from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), Science, 326, 959 (2009).
  27. Schwadron, N. A., Bzowski, M., Crew, G. B., Gruntman, M., Fahr, H., Fichtner, H., Frisch, P. C., Funsten, H. O., Fuselier, S., Heerikhuisen, J., Izmodenov, V., Kucharek, H., Lee, M., Livadiotis, G., McComas, D. J., Moebius, E., Moore, T., Mukherjee, J., Pogorelov, N. V., Prested, C., Reisenfeld, D., Roelof, E. and Zank, G. P. , Comparison of Interstellar Boundary Explorer observations with 3D global heliospheric models, Science, 326, 966 (2009).
  28. Lu, Q., Hu, Q., and Zank, G. P., The interaction of Alfvén waves with perpendicular shocks, Astrophysical Journal, 706, 687 (2009).
  29. Zank, G. P., Pogorelov, N. V., Heerikhuisen, J., Washimi, H., Florinski, V., Borovikov, S., Kryukov, I., and Müller, H.-R., Physics of the solar wind-local interstellar medium interaction: role of magnetic fields, Space Science Reviews, 146, 295 (2009).
  30. Pogorelov, N. V., Borovikov, S. N., Zank, G. P., and Ogino, T., Three-dimensional features of the outer heliosphere due to coupling between the interstellar and interplanetary magnetic fields. III. The effects of solar rotation and activity cycle, Astrophysical Journal, 696, 1478 (2009).
  31. Pogorelov, N. V., Heerikhuisen, J., Mitchell, J. A., Cairns, I. H., and Zank, G. P., Heliospheric asymmetries and 2-3 kHz radio emission under strong interstellar magnetic field conditions, Astrophysical Journal, 695, L31 (2009).
  32. Shalchi, A., le Roux, J. A., Webb, G. M., and Zank, G. P., Analytical description for field-line wandering in strong magnetic turbulence, Physical Review E, 80, 066408 (2009).
  33. 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).
  34. Shalchi, A., le Roux, J. A., Webb, G. M., and Zank, G. P., Nonlinear field-line random walk for non-Gaussian statistics, Journal of Physics A, 42, 345501 (2009).
  35. Verkhoglyadova, O. P., Li, G., Zank, G. P., Hu, Q., and Mewaldt, R. A., Using the PATH code for modeling gradual SEP events in the inner heliosphere, Astrophysical Journal, 693, 894 (2009).

 

Recent grants and contracts

  1. Microstructure of the termination shock (NASA NNH07ZDA001N-SHP) - $360,000.
  2. Particle acceleration for solar energetic particle and energetic storm particle events (NASA NNH08ZDA001N-HGI) - $363,000.
  3. The dynamical inner heliosheath and the space radiation environment (NASA NNH09ZNE002C EPSCoR) - $665,478.
  4. Physics of the Ribbon and related problems (NASA NNH09ZDA001N-SHP) - $414,649.
  5. Particle acceleration at inner heliospheric shock waves during solar maximum (NASA NNH13ZDA001N-HGI) - $507,181.