Dr. Qiang Hu

Associate Professor, CSPAR

Contact

320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 2041
Huntsville, AL 35899
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256.961.7920
qiang.hu@uah.edu

Biography

Dr. Qiang Hu has over 20 years experience in space plasma environment research, specializing in spacecraft data analysis and numerical modeling. He has over 100 publications. He has been awarded a number of NASA and NSF grants on studying the interplanetary magnetic and plasma structures, and the magnetic field structures of the solar atmosphere. He is a Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU; since 1999) and an Affiliate Member of American Astronomical Society/Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD). Dr. Hu was appointed the Associate Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics in June 2014, and the US Science Discipline Representative to SCOSTEP/ICSU (International Council for Science) in June 2015.

Dr. Qiang Hu's Curriculum Vitae


Education

  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences with emphasis on Space Physics, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 2001
  • M.S., Space Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • B.S., Space Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1994

Honors & Awards

  • NASA Silver Achievement Medal to Parker Solar Probe Team, August 2019

Research Funding

  • Hu, Qiang (PI), Magnetic Reconnection and its Implications for Fast Reconnection Onset in Solar Flares and Magnetopause (2020-097/20050401), $946,643, NASA LWS, 10/01/2020 - 09/30/2024.
  • Hu, Qiang (PI), Collaborative Research: Investigation of Dynamic and Non-Force-Free Nature of Solar Active Regions and Consequent Initiation of Flares (2019-823), $238,970, NSF AGS, 4/1/2020 - 3/31/2023.
  • Hu, Q. (PI), Targeted research for the DKIST: Topology and dynamic evolution of solar active region magnetic field, $59,867, National Solar Observatory (NSO/NSF), 24 mo. (FY2019-2020).
  • Hu, Q. (PI), Identification and characterization of small-scale magnetic flux ropes, NASA/HGI, 80NSSC19K0276, $466,687.00 (February 15, 2019 - February 14, 2022).
  • Hu, Q. (Institutional PI), "Initiation and acceleration of coronal mass ejections in the solar corona", MSU (NASA/HGI, 80NSSC18K0623), $68,724, May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2021.
  • Hu, Q. (Co-Principal), "The Solar Probe Plus Phase C/D/E Activities of the SWEAP Investigation," Sponsored by SAO, Federal, $128,157.00. (March 15, 2014 - Present).
  • Hu, Q. (Principal), "Data-constrained, data-driven and laboratory-tested MHD simulations to understand successful and failed solar eruptions", NJIT (NASA HGCR), $262,709, July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020.
  • Hu, Q. (Principal), "Why do active regions erupt? Modeling of the active region from pre-eruptive processes", NSF STR - AGS 1650854, $385,866, August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2020.
  • Non-force free extrapolation of coronal magnetic field from vector magnetograms (NASA) - $323,282.
  • Analysis of solar active region energetics based on non-force-free coronal magnetic field (NSF SHINE) - $368,071.

Expertise

  • 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

Recent Publications

  • Hu, Q., W. He, J. Qiu, A. Vourlidas, and C. Zhu, 2020, On the quasi-three dimensional configuration of magnetic clouds, Geophys. Res. Letts, doi: 10.1029/2020GL090630.

  • Y. Chen and Q. Hu, 2020, Effects of Radial Distances on Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Solar Wind, Astrophys. J., 894, 25,

  • Y. Chen, Q. Hu, L.-L. Zhao, J. C. Kasper, S. D. Bale, K. E. Korreck, A. W. Case, M. L. Stevens, J. W. Bonnell et al., 2020, Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the First Two Parker Solar Probe Encounters, Astrophys. J., 903, 76,

  • Chen, Y., Hu, Q., le Roux, J. 2019, Analysis of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes Covering the Whole Ulysses Mission, ApJ, 881, 58.

  • Prasad, A. Dissauer, K, Hu, Q., and 4 colleagues 2020. Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation of Magnetic Null-point Reconnections and Coronal Dimmings during the X2.1 Flare in NOAA AR 11283. The Astrophysical Journal 903. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/abb8d2

  • Kasper, J.~C., and 40 colleagues 2019. Alfvénic velocity spikes and rotational flows in the near-Sun solar wind.\ Nature 576, 228.

  • Identification of Magnetic Flux Ropes from Parker Solar Probe Observations during the First Encounter, Zhao, L. L., Zank, G. P., Adhikari, L., Hu, Q., et al., 2020, ApJS, 246:26

  • Analysis of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes Covering the Whole Ulysses Mission, Yu Chen, Qiang Hu, and Jakobus A. le Roux, The Astrophysical Journal,881:58(16pp), 2019

  • Chen, Y., Hu, Q. 2020. Effects of Radial Distances on Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Solar Wind. The Astrophysical Journal 894, 25.

  • Single spacecraft identification of flux tubes and current sheets in the solar wind, F. Pecora, A. Greco, Q. Hu, et al., The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 881:L11 (6pp), 2019 August 10