Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Weijie Sun
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Weijie Sun

Research Fellow

Office: 1518


  • Ph. D in Space Physics, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2016.
  • Exchange student in Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Hosting Advisor: Professor James A. Slavin, 2014-2015.
  • M. S. in Theoretical Physics, Shandong University, Weihai, China, 2012.
  • Exchange student in School of Earth Sciences, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2009-2010.
  • B. S. in Applied physics, Shandong University, Weihai, China, 2009.

Personal Introduction

  • 2017.4 to Now, Research Fellow, Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • 2016.7 to 2017.3, Assistant Researcher, Key Laboratory of Earth and Planetary Physics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Specializations and Research Interests

  • The magnetospheric dynamics of Mercury and Earth
  • Multi-spacecraft techniques
  • Reconstruction of magnetic structures

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • The General Financial Fund (First Class), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, 2017.1
  • National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, 2016.6
  • Presidential Scholarship, Peking University (top 5% of PKU graduate students), 2012-2016.
  • Excellent Graduate Student, Beijing City Board of Education (top 3%), 2016.
  • Top-Ten Students with Academic Research Honor, Peking University (Ten graduate students each year), 2016.

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Science China: Earth Sciences, Chinese Journal of Space Science


1)        Sun, W. J.*, J. A. Slavin, R. M. Dewey, J. M. Raines, S. Y. Fu, Y. Wei, T. Karlsson, G. K. Poh, X. Jia, D. J. Gershman, Q. G. Zong, W. X. Wan, Q. Q. Shi, Z. Y. Pu, and D. Zhao (2018). A comparative study of the proton properties of magnetospheric substorms at Earth and Mercury in the near magnetotail. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 7933–7941. doi: 10.1002/2018GL079181.

2)      Sun, W. J.*, S. Y. Fu, Y. Wei, Z. H. Yao, Z. J. Rong, X. Z. Zhou, J. A. Slavin, W. X. Wan, Q. G. Zong, Z. Y. Pu, Q. Q. Shi, and X. C. Shen (2017). Plasma sheet pressure variations in the near Earth magnetotail during substorm growth phase: THEMIS observations. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, 12,212–12,228. doi: 10.1002/2017JA024603

3)      Sun, W. J.*, J. M. Raines, S. Y. Fu, J. A. Slavin, Y. Wei, G. K. Poh, Z. Y. Pu, Z. H. Yao, Q. G. Zong, and W. X. Wan (2017), MESSENGER observations of the energization and heating of protons in the near Mercury magnetotail, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 8149–8158, doi:10.1002/2017GL074276.

4)      Sun, W. J.*, S. Y. Fu, J. A. Slavin, J. M. Raines, Q. G. Zong, G. K. Poh, and T. H. Zurbuchen (2016), Spatial distribution of Mercury's flux ropes and reconnection fronts: MESSENGER observations, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 7590–7607, doi:10.1002/2016JA022787.

5)      Sun, W.-J.*, J. A. Slavin, S. Fu, J. M. Raines, T. Sundberg, Q.-G. Zong, X. Jia, Q. Shi, X. Shen, G. Poh, et al. (2015), MESSENGER observations of Alfvénic and compressional waves during Mercury's substorms, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 6189–6198, doi:10.1002/2015GL065452.

6)      Sun, W.-J.*, J. A. Slavin, S. Fu, J. M. Raines, Q.-G. Zong, S. M. Imber, Q. Shi, Z. Yao, G. Poh, D. J. Gershman, Z. Pu, T. Sundberg, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, and D. N. Baker (2015), MESSENGER observations of magnetospheric substorm activity in Mercury's near magnetotail. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3692–3699. doi: 10.1002/2015GL064052.

7)      Sun, W.-J., S. Fu*, Z. Pu, G. K. Parks, J. A. Slavin, Z. Yao, Q.-G. Zong, Q. Shi, D. Zhao, and Y. Cui (2014), The current system associated with the boundary of plasma bubbles, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 8169–8175, doi:10.1002/2014GL062171.

8)      Sun, W.-J., S. Fu*, G. K. Parks, Z. Pu, Q.-G. Zong, J. Liu, Z. Yao, H. Fu, and Q. Shi (2014), Electric fields associated with dipolarization fronts, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, 5272–5278, doi:10.1002/2014JA020045. (Highlighted by AGU publications in EOS as "Balcerak, E. (2014), Studying electric fields in dipolarization fronts, Eos Trans. AGU, 95(45), 416." )

9)      Sun, W., S. Fu*, Q. Shi, Q. Zong, Z. Yao, T. Xiao, and G. K. Parks (2014), THEMIS observation of a magnetotail current sheet flapping wave, Chin. Sci. Bull., 59(2), 154-161, doi: s11434-013-0056-x.

10)   Sun, W. J., S. Y. Fu*, G. K. Parks, J. Liu, Z. H. Yao, Q. Q. Shi, Q.-G. Zong, S. Y. Huang, Z. Y. Pu, and T. Xiao (2013), Field-aligned currents associated with dipolarization fronts, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 4503–4508, doi:10.1002/grl.50902.

11)   Sun, W. J., Q. Q. Shi*, S. Y. Fu, Z. Y. Pu, M. W. Dunlop, A. P. Walsh, Q. G. Zong, T. Xiao, C. L. Tang, H. Reme, C. Carr, E. Lucek, and A. Fazakerley (2012), Cluster and TC-1 observation of magnetic holes in the plasma sheet, Ann. Geophys., 30, 583-595, doi:10.5194/angeo-30-583-2012.

12)   Sun, W. J., Q. Q. Shi*, S.Y. Fu, Q. G. Zong, Z. Y. Pu, L. Xie, T. Xiao, L. Li, Z. X. Liu, H. Reme, E. Lucek (2010), Statistical research on the motion properties of the magnetotail current sheet: Cluster observations. Sci China Tech Sci, 53: 1732-1738, doi: 10.1007/s11431-010-3153-y.

13)   Dewey, R. M., J. M. Raines, W. Sun, J. A. Slavin and G. Poh (2018). MESSENGER observations of fast plasma flows in Mercury's magnetotail. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45.

14)   Zhao, S. J., S. Y. Fu, W. J. Sun, G. K. Parks, X. Z. Zhou, Z. Y. Pu, D. Zhao, T. Wu, F. B. Yu, and Q. G. Zong (2018). Oxygen ion reflection at earthward propagating dipolarization fronts in the Magnetotail. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 123.

15)   Yao, S. T., Q. Q. Shi, J. Liu, Z. H. Yao, R. L. Guo, N. Ahmadi, A. W. Degeling, Q. G. Zong, X. G. Wang, A. M. Tian, C. T. Russell, H. S. Fu, Z. Y. Pu, S. Y. Fu, H. Zhang, W. J. Sun, L. Li, C. J. Xiao, Y. Y. Feng and B. L. Giles (2018). Electron dynamics in magnetosheath mirror mode structures. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 123.

16)   Rong Z. J., Y. Ding, J. Slavin, J. Zhong, G. K. Poh, W. J. Sun, Y. Wei, L. H. Chai, W. X. Wan and C. Shen (2018), The magnetic field structure of Mercury's magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 123, 548–566. doi: 10.1002/2017JA024923.

17)   Zhao D., S. Y. Fu, G. K. Parks, W. J. Sun, Q. G. Zong, D. X. Pan, and T. Wu (2017), Electron flat-top distributions and cross-scale wave modulations observed in the current sheet of geomagnetic tail, Phys Plasmas, 24(8), 82903.

18)   Poh, G., J. A., Slavin, X., Jia, J. M., Raines, S. M., Imber, W.-J., Sun, D. J., Gershman, G. A., DiBraccio, K. J., Genestreti, and A. W., Smith (2017), Coupling Between Mercury And Its Night-Side Magnetosphere: Cross-Tail Current Sheet Asymmetry And Substorm Current Wedge Formation, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, 8419-8433, doi:10.1002/2017JA024266.

19)   Li, Z.-Y., W.-J. Sun, X.-G. Wang, Q.-Q. Shi, C.-J. Xiao, Z.-Y. Pu, X.-F. Ji, S.-T. Yao, and S.-Y. Fu (2016), An EMHD soliton model for small-scale magnetic holes in magnetospheric plasmas, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 4180–4190, doi:10.1002/2016JA022424.


Updated: 2018-10-05