Yi-Hsin Liu

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

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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Wilder, Room 240
HB 6127


  • B.S. National Taiwan U
  • Ph.D. U Maryland

Selected Publications

  • Yi-Hsin Liu, T. C. Li, M. Hesse, W. J. Sun, J. Liu, J. Burch, J. A. Slavin and K. Huang, Three-dimensional magnetic reconnection with a spatially confined x-line extent — Implications for Dipolarizing Flux Bundles and the Dawn-Dusk Asymmetry, J. Geophys. Res. 124, 2819 (2019).

    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, 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).

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

    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).