Ningyu Liu

Phone: (603) 862-2313
Office: Physics, Morse Hall Rm 312, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Ningyu Liu, an associate professor in the Space Science Center.

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

Tilles, J. N., Liu, N., Stanley, M. A., Krehbiel, P. R., Rison, W., Stock, M. G., . . . Wilson, J. (2019). Fast negative breakdown in thunderstorms. Nature Communications, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09621-z

Boggs, L. D., Liu, N., Peterson, M., Lazarus, S., Splitt, M., Lucena, F., . . . Rassoul, H. K. (2019). First Observations of Gigantic Jets From Geostationary Orbit. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(7), 3999-4006. doi:10.1029/2019gl082278

Shi, F., Liu, N., Dwyer, J. R., & Ihaddadene, K. M. A. (2019). VHF and UHF Electromagnetic Radiation Produced by Streamers in Lightning. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(1), 443-451. doi:10.1029/2018gl080309

Boggs, L. D., Liu, N., Riousset, J. A., Shi, F., Lazarus, S., Splitt, M., & K. Rassoul, H. (2018). Thunderstorm charge structures producing gigantic jets. Scientific Reports, 8(1). 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

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

Bourdon, A., Pasko, V. P., Liu, N. Y., Célestin, S., Ségur, P., & Marode, E. (2007). Efficient models for photoionization produced by non-thermal gas discharges in air based on radiative transfer and the Helmholtz equations. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 16(3), 656-678. doi:10.1088/0963-0252/16/3/026

Liu, N., & Pasko, V. P. (2006). Effects of photoionization on similarity properties of streamers at various pressures in air. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 39(2), 327-334. doi:10.1088/0022-3727/39/2/013

Moss, G. D., Pasko, V. P., Liu, N., & Veronis, G. (2006). Monte Carlo model for analysis of thermal runaway electrons in streamer tips in transient luminous events and streamer zones of lightning leaders. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111(A2). doi:10.1029/2005ja011350

Liu, N. (2004). Effects of photoionization on propagation and branching of positive and negative streamers in sprites. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109(A4). doi:10.1029/2003ja010064

Most Cited Publications