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Qian Xia

Research Fellow

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Campus Address

D214 Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 243 7511


PhD in Solar Physics

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

I am interested in studying particle acceleration and heating problems in the heliosphere with numerical methods. Using modern parallel computing facilities, it is possible to resolve scales below the ion inertial length,  which is crucial for identifying the relative importance of competing effects from limited observational data.

Sponsors & Collaborators

NASA / Goddard Space Flight Centre, UK

Queen's University, Belfast, UK

Current/Recent Projects

Particle acceleration in magnetic reconnecting current sheets.

Key PublicationsOutputs

Chen, Christopher H.K.; Boldyrev, Stanislov; Xia, Qian; Perez, Jean Carlos (2013)

 Nature of Subproton Scale Turbulence in the Solar Wind

 Astrophysical Journal, 777, 41


Xia, Qian; Perez, Jean Carlos; Chandran, Benjamin D. G.; Quataert, Eliot (2013)

Perpendicular Ion Heating By Reduced Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence

Astrophysical Journal, 776, 90


Boldyrev, Stanislav; Xia, Qian; Chen, Christopher H.K.; Zhdankin, Vladimir (2015)

Spectral breaks of Alfvénic Turbulence in a Collisionless Plasma

Astrophysical Journal, 806, 238


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