Dr. Zhang, Binzheng


Dr. Zhang, Binzheng

Assistant Professor
(Assistant Professor, by courtesy, Department of Physics)

Within the broader field of geospace science, my main research focuses on system-level studies of the interaction between the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere and upper atmosphere, including neutral dynamics, plasma electrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and collisionless transport processes, with applications to space weather forecasting. I am also interested in the development of high-performance computing based, general purposed multi-dimensional models of solving the MHD equations for extended research applications, including but not limited to, geospace, planetary magnetospheres, inner heliosphere, solar corona and basic plasma simulations. 

With my research collaborators, I am currently working on the development of a coupled whole geospace model for space weather research, simulation models for ionospheric outflows into the magnetosphere; the effects of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling on the global geospace dynamics; the dynamics of co-rotation dominated magnetospheres such as Jupiter and Saturn; and high-order numerical schemes for solving the MHD equations. 

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Selected Publications

  1. Zhang, B.,  P. A. Delamere, Z. Yao, B. Bonfond, D. Lin, K. A. Sorathia, O. J. Brambles, W. Lotko, J. S. Garretson, V. G. Merkin (2021), How Jupiter’s unusual magnetospheric topology structures its aurora. Science Advances 7, eabd1204, doi:10.1126/sciadv.abd1204
  2. Zhang, B., O. J. Brambles, W. Lotko, J. G. Lyon, Is Nightside Outflow Required to Induce Magntospheric Sawtooth Oscillations? Geophysical Research Letters 47, (2020). doi:10.1029/2019GL086419 
  3. Zhang, B., et al. (2019), GAMERA: A three-dimensional finite-volume MHD solver in non-orthogonal curvilinear geometries, the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series., 244(1), 20, doi:10.3847/1538-4365/ab3a4c
  4. Zhang, B., et al. (2018), Conservative averaging reconstruction (Ring Average) techniques for finite- volume MHD solvers with axis singularity, Journal of Computational Physics, Volume 376, 2019, Pages 276-294, doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2018.08.020.
  5. W. Lotko, R. Smith, B. Zhang, J. Ouellette, O. Brambles, J. Lyon (2014), Ionospheric Control of Magnetotail Reconnection, Science, Vol. 345 no. 6193 pp. 184-187, doi:10.1126/science.1252907


  • EASC2404 Introduction to Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
  • EASC2410 Data Analysis and Modeling in Earth Sciences
  • EASC3408 Geophysics