Dr. Nikolai Pogorelov

Professor, Space Science Department


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. With the current NSF-NASA funding, the part of this code related to space weather prediction will be released to the public.


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

Classes Taught

Recent Grants & Contracts

  • Helium and the Heliopause (NASA, 80NSSC18K1212) - $644,036
  • Pickup Ions in the Outer Heliosphere and Beyond (NASA, 80NSSC18K1649) - $746,286
  • Turbulence as Indicator of Physical Processes at the Heliospheric Interface (NASA, 80NSSC19K0260) - $524,773
  • Coronal Mass Ejections and Space Weather: Synergy of Observations and Modeling (UAH IIDR) - $49,563
  • NSF-BSF: Collaborative Research: Rankine-Hugoniot Conditions Relating the Gyrotropic Regions of Collisionless Shocks in Non-thermal Plasma (NSF) – $200,000
  • Modeling Coronal Mass Ejections in the Solar Wind Driven by Photospheric Data (NSF/NESSF, 80NSSC18K1200) - $120,000
  • F/NSF/Collaborative Research: Travel Supplement for Frontera’s “Multi-Scale, MHD-Kinetic Modeling of the Solar Wind and its Interaction with the Local Interstellar Medium” (NSF, 2031611) - $7,082 and 500,000 Node-hours

Selected Publications

  • Czechowski, A.; Bzowski, M.; Sokół, J. M.; Kubiak, M. A.; Heerikhuisen, J.; Zirnstein, E. J.; Pogorelov, N. V.; Schwadron, N. A.; Hilchenbach, M.; Grygorczuk, J.; Zank, G. P., Heliospheric Structure as Revealed by the 3─88 keV H ENA Spectra, ApJ, 888, 1 (2020)
  • Gedalin, M., Pogorelov, N. V., & Roytershteyn, V., Rankine─Hugoniot Relations Including Pickup Ions. Apj, 889(2), 116 (2020)
  • Kim, T.K., Pogorelov, N.V., Arge, C.N.., et al. (2020). Predicting the Solar Wind at the Parker Solar Probe Using an Empirically Driven MHD Model. ApJS, 246(2), 40 (2020)
  • Zhang, M., Pogorelov, N. V., Modulation of Galactic Cosmic Rays by Plasma Disturbances Propagating Through the Local Interstellar Medium in the Outer Heliosheath, ApJ., 895, 1 (2020)
  • Zhang, M., Pogorelov, N. V., Zhang, Y., Hu, H.B., & Schlickeiser, R., The Original Anisotropy of TeV Cosmic Rays in the Local Interstellar Medium. ApJ, 889, 97 (2020)
  • Fraternale, F., Pogorelov, N.V., Richardson, J.D., Tordella, D., Magnetic Turbulence Spectra and Intermittency in the Heliosheath and in the Local Interstellar Medium, ApJ, 972, 40 (2019)
  • Roytershteyn, V.; Pogorelov, N. V.; Heerikhuisen, J., Pickup ions beyond the heliopause, ApJ, 881, 65 (2019)
  • Singh, T., Yalim, M. S., Pogorelov, N. V., A Data-constrained Model for Coronal Mass Ejections Using the Graduated Cylindrical Shell Method, ApJ, 864, 18 (2018)
  • Pogorelov, N.V., Fichtner, H., Czechowski, A., et al., Heliosheath Processes and the Structure of the Heliopause: Modeling Energetic Particles, Cosmic Rays, and Magnetic Fields, Space Sci. Rev., (2017)
  • Pogorelov, N.V., Heerikhuisen, J., Roytershteyn, V., Burlaga, L.F., Gurnett, D.A., Kurth, W.S., Three-dimensional Features of the Outer Heliosphere Due to Coupling between the Interstellar and Heliospheric Magnetic Field. V. The Bow Wave, Heliospheric Boundary Layer, Instabilities, and Magnetic Reconnection, ApJ, 845, 9 (2017)
  • Pogorelov, N.V., Borovikov, S.N., Heerikhuisen, J., Zhang, M, The Heliotail, ApJ Lett., 812. L6 (2015).
  • Pogorelov, N. V., Suess, S. T.; Borovikov, S. N., et al., 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, ApJ., 772, 2 (2013)
  • Pogorelov, N.V., Borovikov, S.N., Zank, G.P., et al., Radial Velocity Along the Voyager 1 Trajectory: The Effect of Solar Cycle, ApJ Letters, 750, L4 (2012).
  • Pogorelov, N.V., Heerikhuisen, J., Mitchell, J.A., Cairns, I.H., Zank, G.P., Heliospheric asymmetries and 2-3 kHz radio emission under strong interstellar magnetic field conditions, Astrophys. J. Lett., 695, L31 (2009)
  • Kulikovskii, A.G., Pogorelov, N.V., Semenov, A.Yu., Mathematical Aspects of Numerical Solution of Hyperbolic Systems. Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 560 p. (2000)