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YAO Zhonghua
  Special-term Professor
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  Planetary Sciences
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:

Obtained PhD in 2014 from Peking University

  • 2019.10 – present, Associate Researcher, IGGCAS
  • 2016.11 – 2019.10, Research Fellow, University of Liege (LPAP)
  • 2014.4 – 2016.10, Research Associate, University College London (MSSL)

Research Interests:
  1. Planetary aurorae
  2. Particle energization and X-ray emission at Jupiter
  3. Magnetic reconnection and magnetic dipolarization in planetary magnetospheres
Public Services:

  • Arne Richter Award by European Geosciences Union (2018)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Cassini CAPS (2018)
  • Winton Award by Royal Astronomical Society (2017)

Supported Projects:

Selected Publication:


  1. Yao, Z. H. et al., (2019), On the relation between Jovian aurorae and the loading/unloading of the magnetic flux: simultaneous measurements from Juno, HST and Hisaki, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, doi: 10.1029/2019GL084201
  2. Radioti, A., Zhonghua Yao*(通讯), Denis Grodent, Benjamin Palmaerts, E Roussos, Kostas Dialynas, D Mitchell, Z Pu, SV Badman, J-C Gérard, W Pryor, Bertrand Bonfond (2019), Auroral beads at Saturn and the driving mechanism: Cassini proximal orbits, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 885:L16(7pp), doi: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab4e20

  3. Yao, Z., Radioti, A., Grodent, D., Ray, L. C., Palmaerts, B., Sergis, N., Dialynas, K., Coates, A. J., Arridge, C. S., & Roussos, E. (2018). Recurrent magnetic dipolarization at Saturn: revealed by Cassini. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123(10), 8502-8517.
  4. Guo, R. L., Z. H. Yao (通讯), Y. Wei, L. C. Ray, I. J. Rae, C. S. Arridge, A. J. Coates, P. A. Delamere, N. Sergis, P. Kollmann, D. Grodent, W. R. Dunn, J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch, Z. Y. Pu, B. Palmaerts & M. K. Doughert (2018). Rotationally driven magnetic reconnection in Saturn’s dayside. Nature Astronomy, 2(8), 640-645
  5. Guo, R. L., Z. H. Yao (通讯), N. Sergis, Y. Wei, D. G. Mitchell, E. Roussos, B. Palmaerts, W. R. Dunn, A. Radioti & L. C. Ray (2018). Reconnection acceleration in Saturn’s dayside magnetodisc: a multicase study with Cassini. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 868:L23(8pp)
  6. Wei, Y., Yao, Z. (通讯), & Wan, W. (2018). China’s roadmap for planetary exploration. Nature Astronomy, 2(5), 346.
  7. Yao, Z. (2017). Observations of loading-unloading process at Saturn distant magnetotail. Earth and Planetary Physics, 1, 53-57.

  8. Yao, Z., Coates, A. J., Ray, L. C., Rae, I. J., Grodent, D., Jones, G. H., Dougherty, M. K., Owen, C. J., Guo, R. L., Dunn, W. R., Radioti, A., Pu, Z. Y., Lewis, G. R., Waite, J. H., & Gérard, J.-C. (2017). Corotating Magnetic Reconnection Site in Saturn's Magnetosphere. The Astrophysical Journal. Letters, 846(2).
  9. Yao, Z., Grodent, D., Ray, L. C., Rae, I. J., Coates, A. J., Pu, Z. Y., Lui, A. T., Radioti, A., Waite, J. H., & Jones, G. H. (2017). Two fundamentally different drivers of dipolarizations at Saturn. Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics. 122, 4348-4356.
  10. Yao, Z., Murphy, K. R., Rae, I. J., & Balan, N. (2017). Introduction to the thematic series “Coupling of the magnetosphere– ionosphere system”. Geoscience Letters. 4:27
  11. Yao, Z., Pu, Z. Y., Rae, I. J., Radioti, A., & Kubyshkina, M. V. (2017). Auroral streamer and its role in driving wave-like preonset aurora. Geoscience Letters, 4(1), 8.
  12. Yao, Z., Radioti, A., Rae, I. J., Liu, J., Grodent, D., Ray, L. C., Badman, S. V., Coates, A. J., Gérard, J.-C., Waite, J. H., Yates, J. N., Shi, Q. Q., Wei, Y., Bonfond, B., Dougherty, M. K., Roussos, E., Sergis, N., & Palmaerts, B. (2017). Mechanisms of Saturn's Near-Noon Transient Aurora: In Situ Evidence From Cassini Measurements. Geophysical Research Letters. 44, 11217-11228
  13. Yao, Z., Rae, I. J., Guo, R. L., Fazakerley, A. N., Owen, C. J., Nakamura, R., Baumjohann, W., Watt, C. E. J., Hwang, K. J., & Giles, B. L. (2017). A direct examination of the dynamics of dipolarization fronts using MMS. Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics, 122, 4335-4347.
  14. Yao, Z., Rae, I. J., Lui, A. T. Y., Murphy, K. R., Owen, C. J., Pu, Z. Y., Forsyth, C., Grodent, D., Zong, Q. G., & Du, A. M. (2017). An explanation of auroral intensification during the substorm expansion phase. Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics, 122(8), 8560-8576.

  15. Yao, Z. H., A. N. Fazakerley, A. Varsani, I. J. Rae, C. J. Owen, D. Pokhotelov, C. Forsyth and R. L. Guo (2016), Substructures within a dipolarization front revealed by high-temporal resolution Cluster observations, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JA022238.
  16. Yao, Z. H., J. Liu, C. J. Owen, C. Forsyth, I. J. Rae, Z. Y. Pu, H. S. Fu, X. –Z. Zhou, Q. Q. Shi, A. M. Du, R. L. Guo and X. N. Chu (2015), A physical explanation for the magnetic decrease ahead of dipolarization fronts. Annales Geophysicae, doi:10.5194/angeo-33-1301-201.
  17. Yao, Z. H., Z. Y. Pu, C. J. Owen, S. Y. Fu, X. N. Chu, J. Liu, V. Angelopoulos, I. J. Rae, C. Yue, X. –Z. Zhou, Q. –G. Zong, X. Cao, Q. Q. Shi, C. Forsyth and A. M. Du (2014), Current Reduction in a Pseudo-breakup Event: THEMIS Observations. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, doi: 10.1002/2014JA020186
  18. Yao, Z.H., Z. Y. Pu, A. M. Du, V. Angelopoulos, C. J. Owen, J. Liu, X. N. Chu, X. Cao, S. Y. Fu, Q. –G. Zong and Y. Wang (2014), Pressure Gradient Evolution in the Near-Earth Magnetotail at the Arrival of BBFs. Chin. Sci. Bull., 59, doi: 10.1007/s11434-014-0618-6.
  19. Yao, Z. H., V. Angelopoulos, Z. Y. Pu, S. Y. Fu, M. Kubyshkina, J. Liu, X. N. Chu, T. Nishimura, X. Cao, A. M. Du, C. Yue, Q. Q. Shi and Y. Wei (2013), Conjugate observations of flow diversion in the magnetotail and auroral arc extension in the ionosphere. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 118, doi:10.1002/jgra.50419.
  20. Yao, Z. H., W. J. Sun, S. Y. Fu, Z. Y. Pu, J. Liu, V. Angelopoulos, X. –J. Zhang, X. N. Chu, Q. Q. Shi, R. L. Guo and Q. –G. Zong (2013), Current Structures Associated with Dipolarization Fronts. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics,118, doi:10.1002/2013JA019290
  21. Yao, Z. H., Z. Y. Pu, S. Y. Fu, V. Angelopoulos, M. Kubyshkina, X. Xing, L. Lyons, Y. Nishimura, L. Xie, X. G. Wang, C. J. Xiao, X. Cao, J. Liu, H. Zhang, M. Nowada, Q. –G. Zong, R. L. Guo, J. Zhong and J. X. Li (2012), Mechanism of substorm current wedge formation: THEMIS observations. Geophysical Research Letters. 39(13): p. L13102.
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