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

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. Hu, Q., Farrugia, C. J., Osherovich, V. A., Möstl, C., Szabo, A., Ogilvie, K. W., and Lepping, R. P., Effect of electron pressure on the Grad-Shafranov reconstruction of interplanetary coronal mass ejections, Solar Physics, 284, 275 (2013).
  8. Jiang, C., Feng, X., Wu, S. T., and Hu, Q., Magnetohydrodynamic simulation of a sigmoid eruption of active region 11283, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 771, L30 (2013).
  9. Hu, Q., Webb, G. M., and McKenzie, J. F., Klein-Gordon equations for horizontal transverse oscillations in two-dimensional coronal loops, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 541, A53 (2012).
  10. Jiang, C., Feng, X., Wu, S. T., and Hu, Q., Study of the three-dimensional coronal magnetic field of active region 11117 around the time of a confined flare using a data-driven CESE-MHD model, Astrophysical Journal, 759, 85 (2012).
  11. 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).
  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. Webb, G. M., McKenzie, J. F., Hu, Q., and Zank, G. P., Toroidal hydromagnetic waves in an axi-symmetric magnetic field, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, A05229 (2012).
  14. Washimi, H., Zank, G. P., Hu, Q., Tanaka, T., Munakata, K., and Shinagawa, H., Realistic and time-varying outer heliospheric modelling, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 416, 1475 (2011).
  15. Li, G., Miao, B., Hu, Q., and Qin, G., Effect of current sheets on the solar wind magnetic field power spectrum from the Ulysses observation: from Kraichnan to Kolmogorov scaling, Physical Review Letters, 106, 125001 (2011).
  16. Chollet, E. E., Mewaldt, R. A., Cummings, A. C., Gosling, J. T., Haggerty, D. K., Hu, Q., Larson, D., Lavraud, B., Leske, R. A., Opitz, A., Roelof, E. C., Russell, C. T., and Sauvaud, J.-A., Multipoint connectivity analysis of the May 2007 solar energetic particle events, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, A12106 (2010).
  17. 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 13 December 2006 SEP event, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, A12103 (2010).
  18. Webb, G. M., Hu, Q., Dasgupta, B., Roberts, D. A., and Zank, G. P., Alfvén Simple Waves: Euler Potentials and Magnetic Helicity, Astrophysical Journal, 725, 2128 (2010).
  19. Webb, G. M., Hu, Q., Dasgupta, B., and Zank, G. P., Homotopy formulas for the magnetic vector potential and magnetic helicity: The Parker spiral interplanetary magnetic field and magnetic flux ropes, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, A10112 (2012).
  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. Hu, Q., Dasgupta, B., Derosa, M. L., Büchner, J., and Gary, G. A., Non-force-free extrapolation of solar coronal magnetic field using vector magnetograms, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 72, 219 (2010).
  22. Lu, Q., Hu, Q., and Zank, G. P., The interaction of Alfvén waves with perpendicular shocks, Astrophysical Journal, 706, 687 (2009).
  23. 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. 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.