Ningyu Liu

Phone: (603) 862-2313
Office: Physics, Morse Hall Rm 312, Durham, NH 03824
Ningyu Liu

I am an associate professor at the University of New Hampshire with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Space Science Center of EOS.

I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006. I continued my study there as an NSF CEDAR Postdoc Fellow until I started as an assistant professor of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology in Spring 2008. I was promoted to associate professor in 2012. I moved to UNH in 2016.

I received A. J. Ferraro Award for Excellence in Ph.D. Research from Penn State in 2005, Young Scientist Award from International Union of Radio Science in 2008, and Faculty Excellence Award in Research from Florida Tech in 2016. I am a recipient of NSF CAREER Award.


  • Ph.D., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Remote Sensing
  • Earth/Terrestrial Remote Sensing
  • Electromagnetics
  • High Performance Computing
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Numerical Models
  • Plasma Electronics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Radio
  • Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing Technology
  • Space Sciences

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 407: General Physics I Recitation
  • PHYS 408: General Physics II Recitation
  • PHYS 508: Thermodynamics&Statistic Mech
  • PHYS 703: Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 704: Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Boggs, L. D., Liu, N., Riousset, J. A., Shi, F., Lazarus, S., Splitt, M., & Rassoul, H. K. (2018). Thunderstorm charge structures producing gigantic jets. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-36309-z

Yang, J., Sato, M., Liu, N., Lu, G., Wang, Y., & Wang, Z. (2018). A Gigantic Jet Observed Over an Mesoscale Convective System in Midlatitude Region. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(2), 977-996. doi:10.1002/2017JD026878

Shi, F., Liu, N., & Dwyer, J. R. (2017). Three-Dimensional Modeling of Two Interacting Streamers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(19), 10,169-10,176. doi:10.1002/2017JD026935

Liu, N., Dwyer, J. R., & Cummer, S. A. (2017). Elves Accompanying Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122(10), 10,563-10,576. doi:10.1002/2017JA024344

Dwyer, J. R., Liu, N., Eric Grove, J., Rassoul, H., & Smith, D. M. (2017). Characterizing the source properties of terrestrial gamma ray flashes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122(8), 8915-8932. doi:10.1002/2017JA024141

Dwyer, J. R., Schaal, M. M., Cramer, E., Arabshahi, S., Liu, N., Rassoul, H. K., . . . Uman, M. A. (2012). Observation of a gamma-ray flash at ground level in association with a cloud-to-ground lightning return stroke. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 117(A10), n/a. doi:10.1029/2012JA017810

Liu, N., Kosar, B., Sadighi, S., Dwyer, J. R., & Rassoul, H. K. (2012). Formation of Streamer Discharges from an Isolated Ionization Column at Subbreakdown Conditions. Physical Review Letters, 109(2). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.025002

Liu, N. (2012). Multiple ion species fluid modeling of sprite halos and the role of electron detachment of O − in their dynamics. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 117(A3), n/a. doi:10.1029/2011JA017062

Liu, N. (2010). Model of sprite luminous trail caused by increasing streamer current. Geophysical Research Letters, 37(4). doi:10.1029/2009GL042214

Liu, N. Y., Pasko, V. P., Adams, K., Stenbaek-Nielsen, H. C., & McHarg, M. G. (2009). Comparison of acceleration, expansion, and brightness of sprite streamers obtained from modeling and high-speed video observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 114(A3), n/a. doi:10.1029/2008JA013720

Most Cited Publications