Tak Chu Li

Academic Appointments

Research Associate

Tak Chu Li a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Yi-Hsin Liu's plasma theory group. Her research interests are plasma turbulence and magnetic reconnection. These two fundamental processes operate ubiquitously in the universe and sometimes in conjunction. Plasma turbulence governs the flow of energy from large injection scale to small kinetic scales. It provides a pathway for plasma heating in the heliosphere, the plasma medium that permeates our solar system, and energy transport in accretion disks. Magnetic reconnection is a process that converts magnetic energy to plasma kinetic and thermal energy. It is believed to drive the tremendous energy release in solar and stellar flares, heating the solar corona, and triggering geomagnetic storms in the Earth's magnetosphere, leading to the stunning aurorae. Using massively parallel numerical simulations and analytic theory, Tak Chu Li's current research focuses on understanding the fundamental physics underlying plasma turbulence and magnetic reconnection in heliospheric systems of interests, including the solar corona, solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere.

Selected publications

Tak Chu Li, Yi-Hsin Liu, M. Hesse and Y. Zou, "Three-Dimensional X-line Spreading in Asymmetric Magnetic Reconnection," J. Geophys. Res. , in press, 2020

Tak Chu Li, G. G. Howes and K. G. Klein, Yi-Hsin Liu, et. al., "Collisionless energy transfer in kinetic turbulence: field-particle correlations in Fourier space," J. Plasma Phys., 85, 905850406, 2019

Yi-Hsin Liu , T. C. Li , M. Hesse, et. al. , "Three-Dimensional Magnetic Reconnection With a Spatially Conned X-Line Extent: Implications for Dipolarizing Flux Bundles and the Dawn-Dusk Asymmetry," J. Geophys. Res. , 124, 2819, 2019

Tak Chu Li, G. G. Howes, K. G. Klein and J. M. TenBarge, "Energy Dissipation and Landau Damping in Two- and Three-Dimensional Plasma Turbulence," ApJL, 832, L24, 2016

T. C. Li, J. F. Drake and M. Swisdak, "Suppression of energetic electron transport in flares by double layers," ApJ , 757, 20, 2012