Zhang, Ming

Professor
Physics and Space Sciences

Personal Overview

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

F. L. Scarf Award (AGU)

NASA Awards for team achievement during Voyager 2 encounter with Neptune

NASA Award for successful Ulysses flyby of Jupiter

ESA Award for team achievements in 15 years of Ulysses in space

K. C. Wong Education Foundation Fellowship, Hong Kong

Educational Background

B.S. Fudan University 1984
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1991

Professional Experience

Professor, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology (2006 - Present)

Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology (2001 - 2005)

Senior Research Associate, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (1998-2001)

Research Scientist, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (1995-1997)

Research Associate, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (1991-1994)

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, South Yangtze University, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China (1984 -1987)

Vice Chair, COSPAR Commission D1 on the Heliospheric Physics (2006-2010)

Associate Editor, Journal of Advances in Space Research (2006-2010)

Co-Investigator, COsmic and Solar Particle INvestigation (COSPIN) Team on NASA-ESA joint Ulysses mission

Guest Investigator, NASA Voyager mission

Guest Investigator, NASA Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission

Member of Plasma Science Team, Voyager-2 encounter with Neptune

Committee Member, NASA Solar Heliospheric Management Operations Working Group (2009-2011)

Current Research

Study solar energetic particle transport and its application to space weather

Explore the solar wind termination shock and heliosheath using in-situ Voyager particle observations

Explore the heliospheric boundary region using energetic neutral atom images taken by IBEX mission.

Study the structure of the heliosphere in 3 dimensions using Ulysses observations.

Develop theories for particle transport and acceleration in various space environments.

Selected Publications

Zhang, Ming, Qin, G. & Rassoul, H., Propagation of solar energetic particles in 3-dimensional heliospheric magnetic fields, Astrophys. J., 692, 109, 2009

Farahat, A.; Zhang, Ming; Rassoul, H.; Connell, J. J. Cosmic Ray Transport and Production in the Galaxy: A Stochastic Propagation Simulation Approach, Astrophy. J., 681, 1334, 2008

Zhang, Ming, A Stochastic Differential Equation Approach to Cosmic Ray Transport, J. Astron.Soc. Pacific, 385, 63, 2008

Zhang, Ming, Diffusive Compression Acceleration of Energetic Particles with an Application to Shock Acceleration near Injection Energies, Astrophys. J, 665, 1159-1163, 2007.

Zhang, Ming, G. Qin, H. Rassoul, B. McKibben, C. Lopate, B. Heber, Ulysses Observations of Jovian Relativistic Electrons in the Interplanetary Space Near Jupiter: Determination of Perpendicular Particle Transport Coefficients and Their Energy Dependence, Planet. Space Sci., 55, 12-20, 2007.

McKibben, R.B., M. Zhang, B. Heber, H. Kunow, and T.R. Sanderson, Localized "Jets" of Jovian Electrons Observed during Ulysses' Distant Jupiter Flyby in 2003-2004, Planet. Space Sci., 55, 21-31, 2007.

Qin, Gang, Ming Zhang and J. Dwyer, Effect of adiabatic cooling on the fitted parallel mean free path of solar energetic particles, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A08101, 2006

Zhang, Ming, Theory of Energetic Particle Transport in the Magnetosphere: A Noncanonical Approach, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A04208, 2006.

Zhang, Ming, Acceleration of galactic and anomalous cosmic rays in the heliosheath, PHYSICS OF THE INNER HELIOSHEATH: Voyager Observations, Theory, and Future Prospects; 5th Annual IGPP International Astrophysics Conference. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 858, 226-232, 2006.

Richardson, J. D.; Wang, C.; Zhang, Ming, Plasma in the outer heliosphere and the heliosheath, PHYSICS OF THE INNER HELIOSHEATH: Voyager Observations, Theory, and Future Prospects; 5th Annual IGPP International Astrophysics Conference. AIP Conference Proceedings, 858, 110-115, 2006.

Richardson, J. D.; Stone, E. C.; Cummings, A. C.; Kasper, J. C.; Zhang, Ming; Burlaga, L. F.; Ness, N. F.; Liu, Y., Correlation between energetic ion enhancements and heliospheric current sheet crossings in the outer heliosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett, 33, Issue 21, CiteID L21112, 2006.

Zhang, Ming, The Compton-Getting Effect of Energetic Particles with an Anisotropic Pitch-Angle Distribution: An Application to Voyager 1 Results at ~85 AU, Astrophys. J., 624, 1038, 2005

Ball, B; Zhang, Ming; Rassoul, H.; Linde, T., Galactic Cosmic-Ray Modulation Using a Solar Minimum MHD Heliosphere: A Stochastic Particle Approach, Astrophys. J., 634, 1116-1125, 2005.

Qin, G.; Zhang, M.; Dwyer, J. R.; Rassoul, H. K.; Mason, G. M., The Model Dependence of Solar Energetic Particle Mean Free Paths under Weak Scattering, Astrophys. J., 627, 562-566, 2004.

Zhang, Ming, J.R. Jokipii, and R.B. McKibben, Perpendicular transport of solar energetic particles in heliospheric magnetic fields, Astrophys. J., 595, 493, 2003.

Zhang, Ming, R. B. McKibben, and C. Lopate, J. R. Jokipii and J. Giacalone, M.-B. Kallenrode, H. K. Rassoul Ulysses Observations of Solar Energetic Particles From the July 14 of 2000 Event at High Heliographic Latitudes, , J. Geophys. Res., 108, 1154, 2003.

Zhang, Ming, Calculation of Diffusive Shock Acceleration of Charged Particles by Skew Brownian Motion Astrophys. J., 541, 428, 2000.

Zhang, Ming A Path Integral Approach to the Theory of Heliospheric Modulation of Cosmic Rays Astrophys. J., 510, 715-725, 1999

Zhang, Ming, A Markov Stochastic Process Theory of Cosmic Ray Modulation Astrophys. J., 513, 409-420, 1999.