Nikolai Pogorelov

Professornick pogorelov

Office: Cramer Hall 2006

Phone: 256-961-7617





  • M.S. 1975, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Ph.D. 1984 Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Sci. Habilitation 2001, Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation


Research interests

My research interests are computational fluid dynamics and MHD with the application to space physics and astrophysics. In particular, I perform numerical simulations of heliospheric problems, such as, solar wind (SW) interaction with the local interstellar medium and SW propagation from the solar surface toward Earth:

  • Global modeling of the heliospheric interface with time-dependent boundary conditions;
  • Coupling of the interstellar and heliospheric magnetic fields at the surface of the heliopause;
  • Adaptive physics approach to coupling of kinetic and fluid dynamics processes in the heliosphere;
  • Magnetic reconnection in turbulent plasmas;
  • Modeling solar wind flow using observational boundary conditions;
  • Astrophysical accretion and astrotails;
  • Mathematical aspects of numerical solutions of hyperbolic systems.

I co-authored 3 monographs and was the lead editor of 8 proceedings books on numerical modeling of space plasma flows. I lead the development of a unique software package (Multi-Scale Fluid-Kinetic Simulation Suite – MS-FLUKSS), which is capable of solving various multi-scale problems and is now in public domain.


Current graduate students


Matthew Bedford

Ph.D. expected 2015



Preethi Manoharan

M.S. expected 2015



Past graduate students

Tae Kim

Ph.D. 2014

Dissertation: “Modeling the solar wind outflow using boundary conditions from interplanetary scintillation observations”.


Selected recent publications

  • Local Interstellar Magnetic Field Determined from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer Ribbon, E Zirnstein, J Heerikhuisen, H O Funsten, G Livadiotis, D J McComas, N V Pogorelov, Astrophysics J. Lett., 818, L18 2016.
  • The Heliotail, N V Pogorelov, S N Borovikov, J Heerikhuisen, M Zhang, ApJ Lett., 812. L6, 2015.
  • Latidudinal and Energy Dependence of Energetic Neutral Atom Spectral Indices Measured by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer by M I Desai, F Allegrini, M A Dayeh, H Funsten, J Heerikhuisen, D J McComas, S A Fuselier, N Pogorelov, N A Schwadron, G P Zank, E J Zirnstein, Astrophysic J, 802, 100, 2015.
  • Simulations of a Dynamic Solar Cycle and Its Effects on the Interstellar Boundary Explorer Ribbon and Globally Distributed Energetic Neutral Atom Flux, E J Zirnstein, J Heerikhuisen, N V Pogorelov, D J McComas, M A Dayeh, Astrophysics J, 804, 5, 2015.
  • Where is the Cosmic-ray Modulation Boundary of the Heliosphere? by M Zhang, X Luo, N V Pogorelov, Physics Plasmas, 22, 091501, 2015.
  • A Numerical Simulation of Cosmic-Ray Modulation Near the Heliopause, X Luo, M Zhang, M Potgieter, X Feng, N V Pogorelov, Astrophysics J, 808, 82 2015.
  • Modeling Solar Wind with Boundary Conditions from Interplanetary Scintillations, P Manoharan, T Kim, N V Pogorelov, C N Arge, P K Manoharan, J. Phys. Conf. Ser., 642, 012016, 2015.
  • Transient Shocks Beyond the Heliopause, by R L Fermo, N V Pogorelov, L F Burlaga, J. Phys. Conf. Ser., 642, 012008 2015.
  • Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) Investigation: Design of the Solar Wind and Coronal Plasma Instrument Suite for Solar Probe Plus, by Justin C. Kasper, Robert Abiad, Gerry Austin, Marianne Balat-Pichelin, Stuart D. Bale, John W. Belcher, Peter Berg, Henry Bergner, Matthieu Berthomier, Jay Bookbinder, Etienne Brodu, David Caldwell, Anthony W. Case, Benjamin D.G. Chandran, Peter Cheimets, Jonathan W. Cirtain, Steven R. Cranmer, DavidW. Curtis, Peter Daigneau, Greg Dalton, Brahmananda Dasgupta, David DeTomaso, Millan Diaz-Aguado, Blagoje Djordjevic, Bill Donaskowski, Michael Effinger, Vladimir Florinski, Nichola Fox, Mark Freeman, Dennis Gallagher, S. Peter Gary, Tom Gauron, Richard Gates, Melvin Goldstein, Leon Golub, Dorothy A. Gordon, Reid Gurnee, Giora Guth, Jasper Halekas, Ken Hatch, Jacob Heerikuisen, George Ho, Qiang Hu, Greg Johnson, Steven P. Jordan, Kelly E. Korreck, Davin Larson, Alan J. Lazarus, Gang Li, Roberto Livi, Michael Ludlam, Milan Maksimovic, James P. McFadden, William Marchant, Bennet A. Maruca, David J. McComas, Luciana Messina, Tony Mercer, Sang Park, Andrew M. Peddie, Nikolai Pogorelov, Matthew J. Reinhart, John D. Richardson, Miles Robinson, Irene Rosen, Ruth M. Skoug, Amanda Slagle, John T. Steinberg, Michael L. Stevens, Adam Szabo, Ellen R. Taylor, Chris Tiu, Paul Turin, Marco Velli, Gary Webb, Phyllis Whittlesey, Ken Wright, S.T. Wu, Gary Zank, Space Sci Rev., DOI 10.1007/s11214-015-0206-3, 2015.
  • Mixing of the Interstellar and Solar Plasmas at the Heliospheric Interface in Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows: ASTRONUM-2014 by N V Pogorelov, S N Borovikov, 150–157, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conf. Ser. 498, San Francisco 2015.
  • Ion-Neutral Coupling in the Outer Heliosphere and Beyond, by N Pogorelov, J Heerikhuisen, I Kryukov, G Zank, Joint American Astronomical Society/American Geophysical Union Triennial Earth-Sun Summit, meeting 1, 405.05 2015.
  • Zhang, M., Zuo, P., and Pogorelov, N., Heliospheric influence on the anisotropy of TeV cosmic rays, Astrophysical Journal, 790, 5 (2014).
  • 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).
  • Borovikov, S. N., and Pogorelov, N. V., Voyager 1 near the heliopause, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 783, L16 (2014).
  • 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).
  • Desai, M. I., Allegrini, F. A., Bzowski, M., Dayeh, M. A., Funsten, H., Fuselier, S. A., Heerikhuisen, J., Kubiak, M. A., McComas, D. J., Pogorelov, N. V., Schwadron, N. A., Sokół, J. M., Zank, G. P., and Zirnstein, E. J., Energetic neutral atoms measured by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX): evidence for multiple heliosheath populations, Astrophysical Journal, 780, 98 (2014).
  • Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows: ASTRONUM-2014, by N W Pogorelov, E Audit, G P Zank, (eds), Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conf. Ser. 498, San Francisco: ASP.


Recent grants and contracts

  1. Heliosheath flow and energetic neutral atom fluxes in the time-dependent heliosphere (NASA NNH10ZDA001N-SHP) - $445,551.
  2. Collaborative research: Simulation of partially ionized plasma flows with kinetic treatment of neutrals and nonthermal ions (DOE DE-SC0008364) - $270,000.
  3. Modeling heliophysics phenomena with a Multi-Scale Fluid-Kinetic Simulation Suite (NSF PRAC award OCI-1144120) - $24,438.
  4. Multi-scale investigation of the energetic particle behavior in the vicinity of the heliopause (NASA NNH13ZDA001N-GCR) - $1,050,000.
  5. Solar wind with a time-dependent, MHD, interplanetary scintillation tomography (NSF SHINE) - $343,400.