Phone: 406-994-7253
Fax: 406-994-4452
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 221, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT



Biographical Sketch:

I received the BS in astronomy in 1993 and PhD in astrophysics in 1998 from Nanjing University in China. My PhD subject is in observational studies of solar flares. From 1996-1997, I also studied at Arcetri Astrophysics Observatory in Florence , Italy, with a student fellowship. Since 1998, I was a postdoctoral research associate at Big Bear Solar Observatory in California, studying solar flares as well as conducting the novel project of measuring Earthshine to monitor global atmosphere properties. Since 2001, I was a researcher in the solar-terrestrial center in New Jersey Institute of Technology. I became an assistant professor at MSU Physics in 2005.  I received the SPD Karen Harvey prize in 2007 and NSF career award in 2008. My current research focuses on understanding energy release through magnetic reconnection in solar eruptive events, utilizing state-of-the-art observations by satellites and ground-based telescopes.


I work in the MSU solar group at Bozeman. My research interests include:

  • Magnetic Reconnection in Solar Eruptions
  • Small-scale Active Region Energy Release Events
  • Particle Acceleration in Flare Environment
  • Dynamics of Solar Flares and Active Regions
  • Evolution of Solar Magnetic Fields
  • Earthshine Measurements of Global Atmospheric Change


  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Magnetohydrodynamics

Selected Publications:

Selected papers

Publications at ADS: Solar PhysicsEarthshine


I receive research grants from NSF and NASA.

Academic Responsibilities:

Classes being taught by Dr. Qiu this semester are listed below. Follow the link to find the online content for the class:-

Useful Links:

Astronomical Data Service Caltech library system Web of Science
SOHO Latest Images EIT catalog LASCO CME Catalog
GOES Solar Flare Index GOES Solar SXR Plots GOES Solar Events Report
RHESSI Kitt Peak Data Archive MDI data archive
Mees Vector Magnetograph Solar Monitor Others