Plasma Group Welcomes Dr Zhonghua Yao

16 April 2014

Dr. Zhonghua Yao

The MSSL Space Plasmas Group warmly welcomes Dr Zhonghua Yao as a new colleague.  Dr Yao joins us from the School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University in China, where he recently completed a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Zuyin Pu, a longstanding and trusted colleague and a leading scientist in our field in China.  More specifically, Zhonghua's research work addresses one of the central issues of magnetotail physics, and one which has been of great interest to our group for some time, that of the role of fast flow enhancements in the transport of mass and energy within the magnetotail during magnetospheric substorms.

Zhonghua has experience in the analysis of many relevant datasets from key space- and ground-based facilities, including THEMIS, FAST, DMSP and auroral imagers (IMAGE, POLAR and ground based auroral imagers), as tools to study dynamic plasma processes in the magnetotail.  In addition, he has undertaken some research using data from the 4-spacecraft Cluster mission, which is also highly relevant to our group given that we are the Principal Investigator institute for the PEACE electron spectrometers on that mission.   Thus his expertise is overall an excellent fit to the interests of the group.

Zhonghua has already developed a significant reputation in the international space science community.  He has a publication list which already includes a good number of research articles in the international peer-reviewed scientific press, including several as first author.  He has spent a study period of 3 months visiting and working at the University of California in Los Angeles, and will present an invited paper on his research work at the European Geophysical Union meeting in Vienna later this month.

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