Gang Li

Assistant 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 works focus on particle acceleration and transport in the heliosphere and beyond, and include both observational and theoreical aspects.


Current graduate students

Lulu Zhao

Xiaocan Li

Junxiang Hu

Ashraf Moradi


Selected recent publications

A statistical study of the spectral hardening of continuum emission in solar flares, X. Kong, G. Li (corresponding author), and Y. Chen, ApJ, 774, 140, (2013)

On the spectral hardening at ~>300 keV in solar flares, G. Li, X.L. Kong, G. Zank, and Y. Chen, ApJ, 769, 22, (2013).

Observation of Flux-tube crossings in the solar wind, L. Arnold, G. Li (corresponding author), X. Li, and Y. Yan, ApJ,766, 2, 2013, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/766/1/2

Compound Twin Coronal Mass Ejections in the 2012 May 17 GLE Event, C. Shen, G. Li(corresponding author), X. Kong, J. Hu, X. D. Sun, L. Ding, Y. Chen, Yuming Wang, and L. Xia, ApJ, 763, 114, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/763/2/114, 2013

The “TWIN-CME” Scenario and Large Solar Energetic Particle Events in Solar Cycle 23, Liuguan Ding, Yong Jiang, Lulu Zhao, and Gang Li (corresponding author), ApJ,763, 30, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/763/1/30, (2013)

Interplanetary Propagation of Solar Energetic Particle Heavy Ions Observed at 1 AU and the Role of Energy Scaling, M. Mason, G. Li, C. M. S. Cohen, M. I. Desai, D. K. Haggerty, R. A. Leske, R. A. Mewaldt, and G. P. Zank, (2012) doi:10.1088/0004-637X/761/2/104

Radial Dependence of Peak Proton and Iron Ion Fluxes in Solar Energetic Particle Events: Application of the PATH Code, O. P. Verkhoglyadova, G. Li, X. Ao, and G. P. Zank, ApJ, 757, 75, (2012) doi:10.1088/0004-637X/757/1/75

Coalescence of Macroscopic Magnetic Islands and Electron Acceleration from STEREO Observation, Hong-Qiang Song, Yao Chen, Gang Li (corresponding author), Xiang-Liang Kong and Shi-Wei Feng,Physical Review X 2, 021015 (2012) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.2.021015

Radio signatures of coronal-mass-ejection–streamer interaction and source diagnostics of type II radio burst, S. W. Feng, Y. Chen, X. L. Kong, G. Li, H. Q. Song, X. S. Feng, and Ying Liu, The Astrophysical Journal, 753, 2012, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/753/1/21, (2012)

A Broken Solar Type II Radio Burst Induced By A Coronal Shock Propagating Across The Streamer Boundary, X. L. Kong, Y. Chen, G. Li, S. W. Feng, H. Q. Song, F. Guo, and F. R. Jiao, ApJ, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/750/2/158, (2012)

Solar Cycle Abundance Variations in Corotating Interaction Regions: Evidence for A Suprathermal Ion Seed Population, G. M. Mason, M. I. Desai, and G. Li, ApJL, doi:10.1088/2041-8205/748/2/L31, (2012)

Particle acceleration and transport at an oblique CME-driven shock,G.Li, A. Shalchi, X. Ao, G. Zank, O.P. Verkhoglyadova, Adv. in Space Research, DOI: 10.1026/j.asr.2011.12.027, (2012).

A Twin-CME Scenario for Ground Level Enhancement Events, G.Li, R. Moore, R.A. Mewaldt, L. Zhao and A.W. Labrador, Space Sci Rev, 171, 141, DOI 10.1007/s11214-011-9823-7, (2012)

Effect of current sheets on the solar wind magnetic field power spectrum from the Ulysses observation - from Kraichnan to Kolmogorov scaling, Li,G., Miao, B., Hu,Q., Qin, G., Phy. Rev. Lett., 106125001, (2011).

Current sheets from Ulysses observation, B. miao, B. Peng and G.Li, (corresponding author) Ann. Geophys., 29,237-249, doi:10.5194/angeo-29-237-2011, (2011)


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