Xiaocan Li


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dartmouth College

6127 Wilder Laboratory

Hanover, NH 03755-3528

I am a Research Scientist at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Dartmouth College. My research focuses on particle acceleration and transport processes in space physics, solar physics, and high-energy astrophysics. I am particularly interested in magnetic reconnection and plasma turbulence. My research primarily uses numerical simulations (particle-in-cell, MHD, and energetic-particle transport) and theoretical analysis (plasma dynamics and particle transport). I collaborate with the observation experts to explain the kinetic plasma phenomena in space plasmas and the origin of the energetic particles in solar flares and other explosive astrophysical events.


Nov 30, 2023 Just updated the GPAT model and its documentation.
Nov 9, 2023 Just updated the vpic_reconnection_tutorial with a simpler reconnection deck.

selected publications

  1. ApJ
    Modeling Electron Acceleration and Transport in the Early Impulsive Phase of the 2017 September 10th Solar Flare
    Xiaocan Li, Fan Guo, Bin Chen, and 2 more authors
    The Astrophysical Journal, Jun 2022
  2. PhPl
    The acceleration of charged particles and formation of power-law energy spectra in nonrelativistic magnetic reconnection
    Xiaocan Li, Fan Guo, and Yi-Hsin Liu
    Physics of Plasmas, May 2021
  3. ApJ
    Formation of Power-law Electron Energy Spectra in Three-dimensional Low-\ensuremathβ Magnetic Reconnection
    Xiaocan Li, Fan Guo, Hui Li, and 2 more authors
    The Astrophysical Journal, Oct 2019
  4. ApJ
    Particle Acceleration during Magnetic Reconnection in a Low-beta Plasma
    Xiaocan Li, Fan Guo, Hui Li, and 1 more author
    The Astrophysical Journal, Jul 2017