Dr. Gang Li

Professor, Space Science Department


Dr. Li graduated from the department of Physics in Indiana University with a Ph.D in Nuclear Theory in 2000. He also obtained a Master degree of computer science at the same time. His Ph. D dissertation concerns neutrino transport in supernova core. He started work in space physics when he did his postdoc from 2001 to 2005 in Univ. of California Riverside, with Dr. Zank. He joined Space Science Lab in Univ. of California Berkeley in 2006, and became a faculty member in the Dept. of Physics at UAH in 2008. Dr. Li was a funding member of the Dept. of Space Science which inaugurated in 2014. He led the curriculum development of SPA526 and SPA622, and is responsible for the current revision of SPA771 and SPA796. He serves as the chair of the graduate committee.

He is interested in a variety of problems in solar physics and space plasma physics. His recent work focuses on, 1) particle acceleration and transport in the heliosphere and beyond, and includes both observational and theoretical aspects; and 2) various structures in the solar wind and solar wind magnetic field turbulence. His research is well supported by external funding. He is a winner of the NSF CAREER award in 2008 and served as Principal Investigator on multiple NASA grants, as well as co-Investigator on numerous other projects.

Dr. Gang Li's Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2000
  • M.S., Indiana University, 1998
  • B.S., Tsinghua University, 1994

Classes Taught

Honors & 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

Selected Publications

  • Propagation of Scatter-free Solar Energetic Electrons in a Meandering Interplanetary Magnetic Field, A. Moradi, G. Li, ApJ, 887, 102, (2019)
  • Statistical Analysis of Interplanetary Magnetic Field Path Lengths from Solar Energetic Electron Events Observed by WIND, Lulu Zhao, Gang Li, Ming Zhang, Linghua Wang, Ashraf Moradi, and Frederic Effenberger, ApJ, 878, 107.
  • Effect of Star Rotation Rates on the Characteristics of Energetic Particle Events, Shuai Fu, Yong Jiang, Vladimir Airapetian, Gang Li, Junxiang Hu, Gary P. Zank, (2019), ApJL, 878, L36.
  • Modeling a Single SEP Event from Multiple Vantage Points Using the iPATH Model, Junxiang Hu, Gang Li, Shuai Fu, Gary Zank, Xianzhi Ao, ApJ, 854, L19, (2018).
  • Modeling Particle Acceleration and Transport at a 2D CME‐Driven Shock, Hu, J., Li, G., Ao, X., Zank, G. P., & Verkhoglyadova, O. (2017). JGR, 122., doi: 10.1002/2017JA024077
  • The Injection of Ten Electron/He3-rich SEP Events, by Linghua Wang, Sam Krucker, Glenn Mason, Robert P Lin and Gang Li, A&A 585, A119, 2016.
  • Spectral Properties of Large Gradual Solar Energetic Particle Events. I. Fe, O and Seed Material, M I Desai, G M Mason, M A Dayeh, R W Ebert, D J McComas, G Li, C M S Cohen, R A Mewaldt, N A Schwadron, and C W Smith, ApJ, 816, 68, 2016.
  • Modeling Transport of Energetic Particles in Corotating Interaction Regions: A Case Study, JGR, by L Zhao, G Li (corresponding author), R W Ebert, M A Dayeh M I Desai G M Mason, Z Wu, and Y Chen, JGR 121, doi:10.1002/2015JA021762, 2016.
  • Diffusive Shock Acceleration and Reconnection Acceleration Processes, by G P Zank, P Hunana, P Mostavavi, J A le Roux, Gang Li, G M Webb, O Khabarova, A Cummings, E Stone and R Decker, ApJ 814, 137, 2015.
  • An Observational Revisit of Band-Split Solar Type-Ii Radio Bursts, by Guohui Du, Ziangliang Kong, Yao Chen, Shiwei Feng, Bing Wang, and Gang Li, ApJ 812, 171, 2015.
  • Seed Population in Large Solar Energetic Particle Events and the Twin-CME Scenario, by Liu-Guan Ding, Gang Li (Corresponding Arthur), Gui-Ming Le, Bin Gu, and Xin-Xin Cao, ApJ, 812, 171, 2015.
  • Nonthermally Dominated Electron Acceleration During Magnetic Reconnection in a Low-beta Plasma, by Xiaocan Li, Fan Guo, Hui Li and Gang Li, ApJL 811, L24, 2015.
  • The Angular Distribution of Solar Wind Superhalo Electrons at Quiet Times, by Liu Yang, Linghua Wang, Gang Li, Jiansen He, Chadi S Salem, Chuanyi Tu, Robert F Wimmer-Schweingruber, and Stuart D Bale, ApJL 811, L8, 2015.
  • Simultaneous Radio and EUV Imaging of a Multi-lane Coronal Type II Radio Burst, by S W Feng, G H Du, Y Chen X L Kong, G Li and F Guo, Solar Physics, 290(4), 1195-1205, doi:10.1007/s11207-015-0673-4, 2015.
  • Small-Scale Magnetic Islands in the Solar Wind and Their Role in Particle Acceleration I. Dynamics of Magnetic Islands near the Heliospheric Current Sheet, by O Khabarova, G P Zank, G Li, J A leRoux, G M Webb, A Dosch, and O E Malandraki, The Astrophysical Journal, 808(2), 181, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/808/2/181, 2015.
  • Khabarova, O., Zank, G. P., Li, G., le Roux, J. A., Webb, G. M., Dosch, A., and Malandraki, O. E., Small-scale magnetic islands in the solar wind and their role in particle acceleration. I. Dynamics of magnetic islands near the heliospheric current sheet, Astrophysical Journal, 808, 181 (2015).
  • Wang, L., Li, G., Shih, A. Y., Lin, R. P., and Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F., Simulation of energetic neutral atoms from solar energetic particles, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793, L37 (2014).
  • Ding, L.-G., Li, G., Jiang, Y., Le, G.-M., Shen, C.-L., Wang, Y.-M., Chen, Y., Xu, F., Gu, B., and Zhang, Y.-N., Interaction between two coronal mass ejections in the 2013 May 22 large solar energetic particle event, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793, L35, (2014).
  • Huang, C., Yan, Y., Li, G., Deng, Y., and Tan, B., Tracking back the solar wind to its photospheric footpoints from wind observations - a statistical study, Solar Physics, 289, 3109 (2014).
  • Zhao, L., and Li, G., Particle acceleration at a pair of parallel shocks near the Sun, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 6106 (2014).
  • Tian, H., Li, G., Reeves, K. K., Raymond, J. C., Guo, F., Liu, W., Chen, B., Murphy, N. A. (2014). Imaging and Spectroscopic Observations of Magnetic Reconnection and Chromospheric Evaporation in a Solar Flare. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 797(2), L14.
  • Ding, L.-g., Li, G., Dong, L.-h., Jiang, Y., Jian, Y., Gu, B. (2014). On the identification of time interval threshold in the twin-CME scenario. Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 1463–1475.
  • Du, G., Chen, Y., Lv, M., Kong, X., Feng, S., Guo, F., Li, G. (2014). Temporal Spectral Shift and Polarization of a Band-splitting Solar Type II Radio Burst. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793(2), L39.
  • Chen, Y., Du, G., Feng, L., Feng, S., Kong, X., Guo, F., Wang, B., Li, G. (2014). a Solar Type Ii Radio Burst From Coronal Mass Ejection-Coronal Ray Interaction: Simultaneous Radio and Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging. The Astrophysical Journal, 787(1), 59.