Yi-Hsin Liu

|Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

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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


Physics and Astronomy


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

Selected Publications

  • M. Goodbred and Yi-Hsin Liu, First-Principles Theory of the Relativistic Magnetic Reconnection Rate in Astrophysical Plasmas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 129 (26), 265101 (2022)

    Yi-Hsin Liu, P. Cassak, X. Li, M. Hesse, S.-C. Lin and K. Genestreti, First-Principles Theory of the Rate of Magnetic Reconnection in Magnetospheric and Solar Plasmas, Communications Physics  5 (1), 1-9 (2022).

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