UAH

Nikolai Pogorelov

Professornick pogorelov

Office: Cramer Hall 2006

Phone: 256-961-7617

Email: np0002@uah.edu

 

 

Education

  • 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

 

Tae Kim

Ph.D. expected 2014

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

 

Matthew Bedford

Ph.D. expected 2015

Dissertation:

 

Preethi Manoharan

 

Selected recent publications

  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. Borovikov, S. N., and Pogorelov, N. V., Voyager 1 near the heliopause, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 783, L16 (2014).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. Kucharek, H., Fuselier, S. A., Wurz, P., Pogorelov, N. V., Borovikov, S. N., Lee, M. A., Moebius, E., Reisenfeld, D., Funsten, H., Schwadron, N. A., and McComas, D. J., The solar wind as a possible source of fast temporal variations of the heliospheric ribbon, Astrophysical Journal, 776, 109 (2013).
  6. 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).
  7. Ebert, R. W., Dayeh, M. A., Desai, M. I., McComas, D. J., and Pogorelov, N. V., Hemispheric asymmetries in the polar solar wind observed by Ulysses near the minima of Solar Cycles 22 and 23, Astrophysical Journal, 768, 160 (2013).
  8. Luo, X., Zhang, M., Rassoul, H. K., Pogorelov, N. V., and Heerikhuisen, J., Galactic cosmic-ray modulation in a realistic global magnetohydrodynamic heliosphere, Astrophysical Journal, 764, 85 (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. Florinski, V., Ferreira, S. E. S., and Pogorelov, N. V., Galactic cosmic rays in the outer heliosphere: theory and models, Space Science Reviews, 176, 147 (2013).
  11. Gamayunov, K. V., Zhang, M., Pogorelov, N V., Heerikhuisen, J, and Rassoul, H. K., Self-consistent model of the interstellar pickup protons, alfvénic turbulence, and core solar wind in the outer heliosphere, Astrophysical Journal, 757, 74 (2012).
  12. 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).
  13. Borovikov, S. N., Pogorelov, N. V., and Ebert, R. W., Solar rotation effects on the heliosheath flow near solar minima, Astrophysical Journal, 750, 42 (2012).
  14. Desai, M. I., Allegrini, F. A., Dayeh, M. A., DeMajistre, 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).
  15. 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).
  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. Heerikhuisen, J., and Pogorelov, N. V., An estimate of the nearby interstellar magnetic field using neutral atoms, Astrophysical Journal, 738, 29 (2011).
  18. Luo, X., Zhang, M., Rassoul, H. K., and Pogorelov, N. V., Cosmic-ray modulation by the global merged interaction region in the heliosheath, Astrophysical Journal, 730, 13 (2011).
  19. Borovikov, S. N., Pogorelov, N. V., Burlaga, L. F., and Richardson, J. D., Plasma near the heliosheath: observations and modeling, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 728, L21 (2011).
  20. 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).
  21. 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).
  22. 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).
  23. 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).
  24. 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).
  25. Pogorelov, N. V., Heerikhuisen, J., Zank, G. P., Mitchell, J. J., and Cairns, I. H., Heliospheric asymmetries due to the action of the interstellar  magnetic field, Advances in Space Research, 44, 1337­ (2009).
  26. 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).
  27. Florinski, V., Balogh, A., Jokipii, J. R., McComas, D. J., Opher, M., Pogorelov, N. V., Richardson, J. D., Stone, E. C., Wood, B. E., The dynamic heliosphere: outstanding issues, Space Science Reviews, 143, 57 (2009).
  28. Heerikhuisen, J., and Pogorelov, N. V., Detecting neutral atoms from beyond the Heliopause with IBEX, Astrophysical Journal, 695, L58 (2009).
  29. 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).
  30. 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).

 

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.