Hui Zhang

Space Physics
(907)474-5914
108 Reichardt
Associate Professor, Physics Department and Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska-Fairbanks. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Peking University, China, in 2002, and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Boston University in 2008. She worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two years before moving to University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2010. Author or co-author of 51 peer reviewed journal publications and presenter of 17 invited talks at national and international conferences and research institutes. Co-author of a book titled “Dynamics of Magnetically Trapped Particles-Foundations of the Physics of Radiation Belts and Space Plasmas”. Former guest editor of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, frequent reviewer of various journals and funding agencies. Co-chair of a Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) focus group and convener/organizer of several international conferences. Her research area is space plasma physics with emphasis on solar wind-magnetosphere interactions.
Current Positions: 
Associate Professor
Present Research Interests: 
  • Structure and dynamics of the Earth's dayside magnetosphere including the magnetosheath, magnetopause, boundary layer, cusp
  • Energetic particle acceleration by magnetic reconnection
  • Diffusion Region Physics
  • Interaction of interplanetary shocks with the Earth's bow shock, magnetosphere, and the global effects resulting from the interaction, such as particle accelerations in the inner magnetosphere and magnetic pulsations on the ground
  • Foreshock phenomena such as Hot Flow Anomalies and foreshock cavities
  • MHD simulations
Selected Pubs: 
  • Juan G. Roederer and Hui Zhang, Dynamics of Magnetically Trapped Particles- Foundations of the Physics of Radiation Belts and Space Plasmas, Springer, 2nd Edition, ISBN (ebook): 978-3642415302, ISBN (hard cover): 978-3642415296, Publication Year: 2014
  • H. Zhang, D. G. Sibeck, Q.-G. Zong, N. Omidi, D. Turner, and L. B. N. Clausen (2013), Spontaneous hot flow anomalies at quasi-parallel shocks: 1. Observations, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 3357–3363, doi:10.1002/jgra.50376.
  • H. Zhang, Sibeck, D. G., Zong, Q.-G., McFadden, J. P., Larson, D., Glassmeier, K.-H., and Angelopoulos, V.: Global magnetospheric response to an interplanetary shock: THEMIS observations, Ann. Geophys., 30, 379-387, doi:10.5194/angeo-30-379-2012, 2012.
  • H. Zhang, D. G. Sibeck, Q.-G. Zong, S. P. Gary, J. P. McFadden, D. Larson, K.-H. Glassmeier, and V. Angelopoulos (2010), Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms observations of a series of hot flow anomaly events, J. Geophys. R
  • H. Zhang, Q. -G. Zong, D. G. Sibeck, T. A. Fritz, J. P. McFadden, K. H. Glassmeier, and D. Larson, Dynamic Motion of the Bow Shock and the Magnetopause Observed by THEMIS Spacecraft, J. Geophys. Res., 114, doi:10.1029/2008JA013488, 2009.
  • H. Zhang, Structure and dynamics of high latitude magnetospheric boundaries, Planetary and Space Science, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2008.08.014, 2008
  • H. Zhang, Q.-G. Zong, T. A. Fritz, S. Y. Fu, S. Schaefer, K-H Glassmeier, P. W. Daly, H. Rème and A. Balogh, Cluster observations of collisionless Hall reconnection at high-latitude magnetopause, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A03204, doi:10.1029/2007JA012769, 2
  • H. Zhang, M. W. Dunlop, Q. -G. Zong, T. A. Fritz, A. Balogh and Y. Wang, Geometry of the high-latitude magnetopause as observed by Cluster, J. Geophys. Res., 112, A02204, doi:10.1029/2006JA011774, 2007.
  • H. Zhang, T. A. Fritz, Q. -G. Zong, M. W. Dunlop and P. W. Daly, The high latitude boundaries under extreme solar wind conditions: a Cluster perspective, in Advances in Geosciences, Vol. 2, Solar Terrestrial, edited by W.-H. Ip, pp. 163– 172, World Scient
  • H. Zhang, T. A. Fritz, Q.-G. Zong, and P. W. Daly, Stagnant exterior cusp region as viewed by energetic electrons and ions: A statistical study using Cluster Research with Adaptive Particle Imaging Detectors (RAPID) data, J. Geophys. Res., 110, A05211, do