Senior lecturer at the Solar System Physics Group, Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University.

Visiting professor at Shandong University at Weihai.

Research Interests

The dynamic corona and solar wind

Hot! RAS news: Solar prominences put on strange and beautiful show in the Sunís sky

UK Solar physics nugget 36: our recent discovery of Alfven vortices in the fast solar wind.

UK Solar physics nugget 22: Solar tornado.

Huge solar tornado discovered in the solar atmosphere

A paper describes the event was published in ApJ Letters and a preprint can be found here

2012 solar tornado Royal Astronomical Society Press Release

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Some recent publications

1.     Owen Roberts, Xing Li, Bo Li, KINETIC PLASMA TURBULENCE IN THE FAST SOLAR WIND MEASURED BY CLUSTER, Astrophys. Journal, 769, 58, 2013, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/769/1/58

2.     Xing Li, Huw Morgan, L. Drew, L. Jeska, A SOLAR TORNADO OBSERVED BY AIA/SDO: ROTATIONAL FLOW AND EVOLUTION OF MAGNETIC HELICITY IN A PROMINENCE AND CAVITY, Astrophys. Journal, 752, L22, 2012, doi:10.1088/2041-8205/752/2/L22

  1. Xing Li and Quanming Lu, Heating and deceleration of minor ions in the extended fast solar wind by oblique Alfven waves,  J. Geophys. Res., 115, A08105, doi:10.1029/2010JA015303, 2010.
  2. Xing Li, Quanming Lu, Yao Chen, Bo Li, Lidong Xia, Kinetic Alfv\'en wave and proton distribution function in the fast solar wind, ApJ Letters, 719, L190,  DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/719/2/L190, 2010.
  3. Wang, Ronghseng, Quanming Lu, Xing Li, Can Huang, Shui Wang, observation of secondary island accelerating electrons up to 200keV near the center of ion diffusion region: A cluster case study, J. Geophys. Res., in press, 2010.
  4. Yao Chen, H.Q. Song, B. Li, L.D. Xia, Z. Wu, H. Fu, X. Li,  Streamer Waves Driven by Coronal Mass Ejections, ApJ, 714, 644, DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/714/1/644, 2010.
  5.  Lu, Q, Xing Li, C. Dong, Ion pickup by the intrinsic low-frequency Alfven waves with a spectrum, Chinese Physics B, 18, 1674-1056/2009/18(05)/1-08, 2009.
  6.  Lu, Q. M., Du, A. M., Li, X., Two-dimensional hybrid simulations of the oblique electromagnetic alpha/proton instability in the solar wind, Physics of Plasmas,16, 10.1063/1.3116651, 2009.
  7. Bo Li and Xing Li, Angular momentum transport in a multicomponent solar wind with differentially flowing, thermally anisotropic ions, A&A, 494, 361, 2009.
  8. Yao Chen, Xing Li, etc., Intrinsic instabilities of coronal streamers, ApJ, 691, 1936, 2009.
  9. Bo Li, Xing Li, Effects of Non-WKB Alfven waves on a multicomponent solar wind with differential ion flow, Astrophysical Journal, 682, 667, 2008.
  10. Xing Li, Quanming Lu and Bo Li, Ion pick-up by finite amplitude Alfven waves, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 661, L105, 2007.
  11. Quanming Lu and Xing Li, heating of ions by low-frequency Alfven waves, Physics of Plasmas, 14, 42303, 2007.
  12.  Bo Li and Xing Li, Propagation of non-WKB Alfven waves in a multi-component solar wind with differential ion flow,  Astrophysical Journal, 661, 1222, 2007.
  13.  Bo Li, Shadia R. Habbal and Xing Li, Angular momentum transport and proton-alpha differential streaming in the solar wind, Astrophysical Journal, 661, 593, 2007
  14.  Bo. Li, X. Li and N. Labrosse, A global 2D solar wind model with alpha particles, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A08106, doi:10.1029/2005JA01130, 2006
  15. B. Li and X. Li, Effects of ¶Ń particles on the angular momentum loss from the Sun, Asrtronomy & Astrophysics, 456, 359, 2006
  16. B. Li, and X. Li, Alfvenic-turbulence-heated magnetic loops: effects of lateral expansion and magnetic twist, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 364 (1839): 533, 2006.
  17.  Labrosse, N., X. Li, and B. Li, On the Lyman alpha and Lyman beta in solar coronal streamers, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 455: 719-723, 2006.
  18. B. Li, S.R. Habbal,  X. Li, C. Mountford, Effect of the latitudinal distribution of temperature at the coronal base on the interplanetary magnetic field configuration and the solar wind flow, J. Geophys. Res., 110, A12112, doi:10.1029/2005JA011332, 2005
  19. X. Li and S.R. Habbal, Hybrid simulation of ion cyclotron resonance in the solar wind: evolution of velocity distribution functions,  J. Geophys. Res., 110, A10109, doi:10.1029/2005JA0110302005, 2005.
  20. I. O'Neill, X. Li, Coronal loops heated by turbulence-driven Alfven waves -- a two fluid model, Astron. & Astrophys., 435, 1159, 2005.

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