Yi-Hsin Liu

Assistant Professor

Professor Liu is a theoretical and computational plasma physicist. The current foci of his research group are the kinetic physics of magnetic reconnection, and its broader relation to plasma physics and nonlinear dynamics; Through changing the topology of magnetic field lines, magnetic reconnection is one of the most efficient energy conversion and transport processes in the laboratory, space, and astrophysical plasmas. He is involved in NASA's on-going Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission (https://mms.gsfc.nasa.gov/), that measures the kinetic-scale structure of magnetic reconnection in Earth's magnetosphere. Please click the "Personal Website" bottom below for more information~

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240 Wilder
HB 6127
Physics and Astronomy
B.S. National Taiwan U
Ph.D. U Maryland

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Selected Publications

T. K. M. Nakamura, K. J. Genestreti, Yi-Hsin Liu, R. Nakamura, W. -L. Teh, H. Hasegawa, W. Daughton, M. Hesse, R. B. Tobert, J. L. Burch and B. L. Giles, Measurement of the magnetic reconnection rate in the Earth’s magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res. (2018) doi.org/10.1029/2018JA025713

Yi-Hsin Liu, M. Hesse, F. Guo, H. Li and T. K. M. Nakamura, Strongly localized magnetic reconnection by the out-of-plane super-Alfvenic shear flow, Phys. Plasmas, 25, 080701 (2018).

Yi-Hsin Liu, M. Hesse, T. C. Li, M. Kuznetsova and A. Le, Orientation and stability of asymmetric magnetic reconnection x-line, J. Geophys. Res. 123, 4908-4920 (2018).

Yi-Hsin Liu, M. Hesse, P. A. Cassak, M. A. Shay, S. Wang and L.-J. Chen, On the collisionless asymmetric magnetic reconnection rate, Geophys. Rev. Lett. 45, 3311-3318 (2018).

Yi-Hsin Liu, M. Hesse, F. Guo, W. Daughton, H. Li, P. A. Cassak and M. A. Shay, Why does steady-state magnetic reconnection have a maximum local rate of order 0.1?, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 085101  (2017).

M. Hesse, L.-J. Chen, Yi-Hsin Liu, N. Bessho and J. L. Burch, Population mixing in asymmetric magnetic reconnection with a guide field, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 145101 (2017).

Yi-Hsin Liu and M. Hesse, Suppression of collisionless magnetic reconnection in asymmetric current sheets, Phys. Plasmas 23, 060704 (2016)

Yi-Hsin Liu, F. Guo, W. Daughton, H. Li and M. Hesse, Scaling of magnetic reconnection in relativistic collisionless pair plasmas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 095002 (2015).

F. Guo, H. Li, W. Daughton and Yi-Hsin Liu, Formation of hard power-laws in the energetic particle spectra resulting from relativistic magnetic reconnection, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 155005 (2014).

Yi-Hsin Liu, J. Birn, W. Daughton, M. Hesse and K. Schindler, Onset of reconnection in the near magnetotail: PIC simulations, J. Geophys. Res. 119, 9773 (2014)

Yi-Hsin Liu, W. Daughton, H. Karimabadi, H. Li and S. Peter Gary, Do dispersive waves play a role in Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection?, Phys. Plasmas 21, 022113 (2014).

Yi-Hsin Liu, W. Daughton, H. Karimabadi, H. Li and V. Roytershteyn, Bifurcated Structure of the electron diffusion region in three-dimensional magnetic reconnection, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 265004 (2013).

Yi-Hsin Liu, J. F. Drake and M. Swisdak, The structure of magnetic reconnection exhaust boundary, Phys. Plasmas 19, 022110 (2012).

Yi-Hsin Liu, J. F. Drake and M. Swisdak, The effects of strong temperature anisotropy on the kinetic structure of collisionless slow shocks and reconnection exhausts II: Theory, Phys. Plasmas 18, 092102 (2011).

Yi-Hsin Liu, M. Swisdak and J. F. Drake, The Weibel Instability inside the Electron-Positron Harris Sheet, Phys. of Plasmas 16, 042101 (2009).