Dr Shiyong Huang, Plas@Par post-doc researcher has been awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist award of the Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS) division in October 2015 by The European Geosciences Union (EGU) for his important contribution to space sciences (https://www.egu.eu/news/200/egu-announces-2016-awards-and-medals/).


Shiyong Huang is working at LPP under the supervision of Dr. Fouad Sahraoui on the challenging problems of turbulence and energy dissipation in the near-Earth space plasmas. Dr Huang used in-situ observations from the multi spacecraft ESA Cluster mission and Particle-In- Cell computer simulations to investigate magnetic reconnection and turbulence in the solar wind and in different key regions of the Earth’s magnetosphere. Magnetic reconnection and turbulence are two fundamental physical processes that are ubiquitous in all astrophysical plasmas. Magnetic reconnection, through a change of the topology of the magnetic field, can transfer magnetic energy into plasma thermal and kinetic energies on short time scales, which makes it a good candidate to explain many explosive phenomena observed in the Universe such as solar flares or magnetic substorms.

Turbulence is another universal phenomenon that transfers energy from large scales to small ones, until dissipation scales are reached where energy is converted into heat. It is believed to be a key process that may explain longstanding problems such as the heating of the solar corona and the solar wind or the acceleration of cosmic rays. Yet, the interplay between the two processes is not fully understood and continuous efforts are done to clarify it.

The work of Dr Huang work has led to more than 40 articles published in world leading journals such as ApJL, JGR or GRL. Its results contribute to a better understanding of the Sun-Earth connection and a better modeling and prediction in space weather.