Distinguished Research Fellow
Xing studied BS and MS at Tsinghua University (mechanics, 98-04) and PhD at Cambridge University (fluid mechanics, 04-08). Before joining INS SJTU in 2015 he worked at ETH Zurich (geophysics, 09-11), Gottingen University (geophysics, 11-13) and Princeton University (astrophysics, 13-15).
Xing’s research is about geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics to understand the physics in planetary and stellar interiors, especially rotating magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and dynamo theory (i.e. how the magnetic fields of astronomical objects are generated and evolve). The methods of research involve analytical, semi-analytical and small-scale numerical calculations.
- Wei, X. (2016): Calculating rotating hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamics waves to understand magnetic effects on dynamical tides. Astrophysical Journal, 828: 30.
- Wei, X. (2016): The combined effect of precession and convection on dynamo action. Astrophysical Journal, 827: 123.
- Wei, X. (2016): Linear and nonlinear responses to harmonic force in rotating flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 796: 306-317.
- Wei, X. (2016): Decay of isotropic flow and anisotropic flow with rotation or magnetic field or both in a weakly nonlinear regime. Acta Mechanica, 227: 2403-2413.
- Wei, X., Ji, H. and Goodman, J., et. al. (2016): Numerical simulations of the Princeton magneto-rotational instability experiment with conducting axial boundaries. Physical Review E, 94: 063107.
- Wei, X. and Goodman, J. (2015): On obliquely magnetized and differentially rotating stars. Astrophysical Journal, 806: 50.
- Wei, X. (2014): Kinematic dynamo induced by helical waves. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 109: 159-167.
- Wei, X., Arlt, R. and Tilgner, A. (2014): A simplified model of collision-driven dynamo action in small bodies. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 231: 30-38.
- Wei, X. (2013): Local analysis of the magnetic instability in rotating magneto-hydrodynamics with the short-wavelength approximation. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108: 213-221.
- Wei, X. and Tilgner, A. (2013): Stratified precessional flow in spherical geometry. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 718: R2.
- Hollerbach, R., Wei, X., Noir, J. and Jackson, A. (2012): Electromagnetically driven flows in a rapidly rotating spherical shell. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 725: 428-445.
- Wei, X., Jackson, A. and Hollerbach, R. (2012): Kinematic dynamo action in spherical Couette flow. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 106: 681-700.
- Wei, X. and Hollerbach, R. (2010): Magnetic spherical Couette flow in linear combinations of axial and dipolar fields. Acta Mechanica, 215: 1-8.
- Wei, X. and Hollerbach, R. (2008): Instabilities of Shercliff and Stewartson layers in spherical Couette flow. Physical Review E, 78: 026309.
- Wei, X., Zhang, J. and Zhou, LX. (2004): A new algebraic mass flux model for simulating turbulent mixing in swirling flow. Numerical Heat Transfer B, 45: 283-300.
- Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards, Cambridge University, 2004
- 1000 Youth Talent Plan, Chinese government, 2015
Xing plans to recruit one or two PhD students. The two possible projects are listed below.
- Project 1: how Earth’s precession influences the generation and variation of geomagnetic field.
- Project 2: how the waves in planetary and stellar interiors are excited by tides and dissipate through viscosity and Ohmic heating.
Students with the background of mathematics, physics, fluid mechanics, astronomy or geophysics are welcome to contact Xing (see the email address). The PhD projects are not limited to these two. The PhD candidates are encouraged to be initiative to propose their own ideas, and Xing will assist them to fulfill their PhD studies.