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Group of Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Interaction

General Introduction 

(More information: http://space.wh.sdu.edu.cn)

The interaction between the solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere, and the geospace effects that result, comprise a fundamental driver of space weather. Understanding how this vast system works requires knowledge of energy and mass transport, and coupling between different regions. 


We use multi-point data from spacecraft such as CLUSTER, Double Star, THEMIS, ARTEMIS and MMS as well as ground based magnetic field and remote sensing data to study the solar wind mass, momentum, and energy transport into the Earth’s magnetosphere. Using our unique multi-point data analysis techniques and other data analysis/simulation tools, we analyze spatial-temporal structures in space, their formation mechanisms, and their possible influence on space weather. The group has also carried out some study on planet magnetosphere and the solar wind/magnetpsphere interaction with the earth’s moon related to the lunar water formation. Our team members have been involved in various future space missions such as SMILE by acting as one of its scientific team members.



Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Quanqi Shi (http://space.wh.sdu.edu.cn/bencandy.php?fid=36&aid=561)


Team Members (1 associate professor, 1 Lecturer, 1 Visiting Researcher, 1 postdoc, and 5 graduate students)

(visit http://space.wh.sdu.edu.cn/bencandy.php?fid=19&id=507 for more info.)

Associate Professor: Dr. Dimitry Pokhotelov

Lecturer: Dr. Anmin Tian

Visiting Researcher: Dr. Motoharu Nowada

Postdoctoral Scientists: Dr. Bagrat Mailyan

Graduate students: Xiaochen Shen, Shichen Bai, Shutao Yao, Huizi Wang, Shuai Zhang


Selected Research Grants

1. Magnetosphere - solar wind interaction, NSFC, Excellent Young Scientist award, Yuan 1000,000, 2013.1-2016.12.

2. Solar wind discontinuity interaction with the magnetosphere, NSFC, general project, Yuan 830,000, 2016.1-2019.12.

3. Study of the auroral processes in correlation with the solar wind entry events, NSFC grant for youths, Yuan 260,000, 2015.1-2017.12.

4. Study of dynamics of ULF wave in the Earth magnetotail, NSFC grant for youths, Yuan 260,000, 2014.1-2016.12.

5. International postdoctoral exchange plan, Yuan 600,000, 2015.1-2016.12.


Selected Publications in 2013-2016

1. Yao, S. T., et al. (2016), Propagation of small size magnetic holes in the magnetospheric plasma sheet, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022741.

2. Gou, X. C., et al. (2016), Solar wind plasma entry observed by cluster in the high-latitude magnetospheric lobes, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 4135–4144, doi:10.1002/2015JA021578.

3. Zhao, H. Y. et al. (2016), Magnetospheric vortices and their global effect after a solar wind dynamic pressure decrease, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JA021646.

4. Shen, X. C., Q.-G. Zong, Q. Q. Shi, A. M. Tian et al., Magnetospheric ULF waves with increasing amplitude related to solar wind dynamic pressure changes: The Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) observations, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 2015.

5. Mailyan, B., Q. Q. Shi, et al., Transpolar arc observation after solar wind entry into the high-latitude magnetosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 2015.

6. Shi,Q.Q.; Hartinger,M.D.; Angelopoulos,V.;Tian,A.M., et.al, Solar wind pressure pulse-driven magnetospheric vortices and their global consequences, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 2014.

7. Xiao, T, Shi,Q.Q., Tian, AM, et al., Plasma and Magnetic-Field Characteristics of Magnetic Decreases in the Solar Wind at 1 AU: Cluster-C1 Observations, SOLAR PHYSICS, 2014.

8. Xiao, T., et al. (2015), Propagation characteristics of young hot flow anomalies near the bow shock: Cluster observations, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JA021013.

9. Tian, AM, Shi,Q Q, Zong,Q G; Du, J; Fu,S Y;Dai,Y N, Analysis of magnetotail flux rope events by ARTEMIS observations, SCIENCE CHINA-TECHNOLOGICAL SCIENCES,2014.

10. W.S. Shang, Z.H. Yao, Q.Q.Shi, W.J.Sun, S.Y. Fu, J. Liu, A.M. Tian, Q.G. Zong, Z.Y. Pu, T. Xiao, and V. Angelopoulos, Braking of high-speed flows in the magnetotail: THEMIS joint observations, Chin. Sci. Bull. 2014, 59(3): 326-334

11. Shi, Q. Q., M. Hartinger, V. Angelopoulos, Q.-G. Zong, X.-Z. Zhou, X.-Y. Zhou, A. Kellerman, A. M. Tian, J. Weygand, S. Y. Fu, Z. Y. Pu, J. Raeder, Y. S. Ge, Y. F. Wang, H. Zhang, and Z. H. Yao (2013), THEMIS observations of ULF wave excitation in the nightside plasma sheet during sudden impulse events, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1029/2012JA017984.

12. Shi, Q. Q., Q.-G. Zong, S.Y. Fu, M.W. Dunlop, Z.Y. Pu, G.K. Parks, Y.Wei, W.H. Li, H. Zhang,M. Nowada, Y.B. Wang, W.J. Sun, T. Xiao, H. Reme, C. Carr, A.N. Fazakerley and E. Lucek (2013), Solar wind entry into the high-latitude terrestrial magnetosphere during geomagnetically quiet times, Nature Communications, 4:1466 doi: 10.1038/ncomms2476.

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