Professor, Deputy Head of Department Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Professor Liu earned his PhD degree in space plasma physics at Cornell University in 2007, after graduating from Peking University with his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He then worked as Postdoctoral Researcher for one year at Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland and for three and a half years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. After that, he joined the Department of Physics, Auburn University as Assistant Professor in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017. In May 2018, he joined Southern University of Science and Technology. Professor Liu specializes in theoretical and computational space plasma physics and has authored/coauthored over 40 refereed research papers. His research interest is currently focused on plasma instabilities and wave-particle interactions in Earth’s radiation belts.

Personal Profile

Professor Liu earned his PhD degree in space plasma physics at Cornell University in 2007, after graduating from Peking University with his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He then worked as Postdoctoral Researcher for one year at Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland and for three and a half years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. After that, he joined the Department of Physics, Auburn University as Assistant Professor in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017. In May 2018, he joined Southern University of Science and Technology. Professor Liu specializes in theoretical and computational space plasma physics and has authored/coauthored over 40 refereed research papers. His research interest is currently focused on plasma instabilities and wave-particle interactions in Earth’s radiation belts.

Education Background
2007      Ph.D. in Space Plasma Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
2002      M.S. in Space Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China
1999      B.S. in Space Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China 

Work Experience
5/2018-Present: Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences,
                Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
8/2017-5/2018:  Associate Professor
                           Physics Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
2012-7/2017:     Assistant Professor
                           Physics Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
2009-2012:        Postdoctoral Researcher
                           ISR1, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
2007-2008:        Postdoctoral Researcher
                          Earth Observation Division, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland 
 

Research

1. Plasma instabilities and wave-particle interactions in Earth’s radiation belts

2. Pickup ion dynamics in the heliosphere

3. Solar wind and planets interactions

Professor Liu specializes in theoretical and computational space plasma physics and has authored/coauthored over 40 refereed research papers. His research interest is currently focused on plasma instabilities and wave-particle interactions in Earth’s radiation belts.


Teaching

Fundamentals of Plasma Physics Lecture

Prerequisites: Mathematical Methods in Physics (PHY203-15).

The course introduces the fundamentals of plasma physics to prepare students for future space physics courses and plasma-physics-related researches. The topics covered include the definition and characteristics of plasma, single particle motions, magnetohydrodynamics, plasma waves, plasma equilibrium and instabilities, kinetic theory, and some nonlinear effects.


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Professor Liu specializes in theoretical and computational space plasma physics and has authored/coauthored over 40 refereed research papers. His research interest is currently focused on plasma instabilities and wave-particle interactions in Earth’s radiation belts.

48. Lu, Q., Y. Ke, X. Wang, K. Liu, X. Gao, L. Chen, and S. Wang (2019), Two-dimensional general curvilinear particle-in-cell (gcPIC) simulation of rising-tone chorus waves in a dipole magnetic field, J. Geophys. Res., 124, doi: 10.1029/2019JA026586.

47. Min, K., František Němec, K. Liu, R. E. Denton, and S. Boardsen (2019), Equatorial propagation of the fast magnetosonic mode across the plasmapause: 2-D PIC simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 124. doi:10.1029/2019JA026567.

46. Lou, Y., X. Gu, D. Summers, B. Ni, K. Liu, S. Fu, Z. Xiang, Z. Zou, X. Cao, W. Zhang, H. Huang, and Y. He (2018), Statistical distributions of dayside ECH waves observed by MMS, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, doi:10.1029/2018GL080125.

45. Min, K., R. E. Denton, S. Boardsen, and K. Liu (2018), Equatorial evolution of the fast magnetosonic mode in the source region: Observation-simulation comparison of the preferential propagation direction, J. Geophys. Res., 123, 9532-9544, doi:10.1029/2018JA026037.

44. Min, K., K. Liu, R. E. Denton, and S. Boardsen (2018). Particle-in-cell simulations of the fast magnetosonic mode in a dipole magnetic field: 1D along the radial direction. J. Geophys. Res., 123, doi:10.1029/2018JA025666.

43. da Silva, C. L., R. E. Denton, M. K. Hudson, R. M. Millan, K. Liu, and J. Bortnik (2018), Test-particle simulations of linear and nonlinear interactions between a 2-D whistler-mode wave packet and radiation belt electrons, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, doi:10.1029/2018GL077877.

42. Min, K., K. Liu, X. Wang, L. Chen, and R. E. Denton (2018), Fast magnetosonic waves observed by Van Allen Probes: Testing local wave excitation mechanism, J. Geophys. Res., 123, doi:10.1002/2017JA024867.

41. Min, K., and K. Liu (2018), Contributions of mirror and ion Bernstein instabilities to the scattering of pickup ions in the outer heliosheath, Astrophys. J., 852, 1, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aaa0d4.

40. Thomsen, M. F., M. H. Denton, S. P. Gary, K. Liu, and K. Min (2017), Ring/shell ion distributions at geosynchronous orbit, J. Geophys. Res., 122, 12,055-12,071, doi:10.1002/2017JA024612.

39. Min, K., K. Liu, and S. P. Gary (2017), Proton velocity ring-driven instabilities and their dependence on the ring speed: Linear theory, J. Geophys. Res., 122, 7891-7906, doi:10.1002/2017JA023944.

38. Gao, X., K. Liu, X. Wang, K. Min, Y. Lin, and X.G. Wang (2017), Gyrokinetic electron and fully kinetic ion simulations of fast magnetosonic waves in the magnetosphere, Phys. Plasmas, 24(6), doi:10.1063/1.4985303.

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Southern University of Science and Technology was established in December 2016. Prof. Xiaofei Chen, a renowned seismologist and an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is appointed as an initiatory departmental head. 
The studies in ESS concern the physics of the Earth, geo-space and planets in outer space. Through building up a world-leading program of research and education in Earth and Space Sciences, we strive to conduct the research that would advance our understanding on the complex natural system of Earth and Space, in order to provide science-based solutions to many of the societal challenges of our time: natural hazards, natural energy resources, space exploration, etc. In the meantime, our department offers rigorous hands-on training to students and prepares them to be future leaders in academia, government and industry. 
ESS encompasses a wide range of scientific disciplines: Geophysics, Space Physics, Satellite Geodesy and Planetary Science. By the end of October 2019, ESS has thirty-one faculty members, including six professors, four associate professors, eleven assistant professors, and ten research assistant professors, including one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, three Distinguished Young Scholars of National Nature Science Fund, one Excellent Young Scientists of National Science Fund. elcome more talents to join us and work together to build a world-class research and education center for Earth and Space Sciences. 

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