Postdocs

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Cheng Li

51 peg b postdoc fellow

Office:
605B Cambel Hall

Contact:
E: cheng.cli@berkeley.edu
P: 6268181153

I am a 51 peg b postdoc fellow working on the radio observation of planets in the solar system. I’m interested in things that flow.

Research Interests

I’m generally interested in Jovian planets and atmospheric dynamics. I am a team member of the Juno mission working on the data received by the Juno microwave radiometer. Interpreting the microwave radiation of planets suffered from the degeneracy between opacity and temperature. I developed a cloud-resolving model trying to break the degeneracy by placing constraints to the atmospheric structure using a dynamic models. Here’s a selection of my publications. More details can be found on my website: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~cli/

[0] Cheng Li, A. Ingersoll, S. Bolton, S. Levin, M. Janssen, S. Atreya, J. Lunine, P. Steffes, S. Brown, T. Guillot, M. Allison, J. Arballo, A. Bellotti, V. Adumitroaie, S. Gulkis, A. Hodges, L. Li, S. Misra, G. Orton, F. Oyafuso, D. Santos-Costa, H. Waite, Z. Zhang, 2020. The water abundance in Jupiter’s equatorial zone, Nature Astronomy, in pressdoi:10.1038/s41550-020-1009-3

[1] Cheng Li, X. Chen, 2019. Simulating Non-hydrostatic atmospheres on Planets (SNAP): formulation, validation and application to the Jovian atmosphere, Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 240(2), 37doi:10.3847/1538-4365/aafdaa

[2] Cheng Li, T. Le, X. Zhang, Y. Yung, 2018. A High-performance Atmospheric Radiation Package: with applications to the radiative energy budgets of giant planets, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 217, 353-362doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.06.002

[3] Cheng Li, A. Ingersoll, F. Oyafuso, 2018. Moist adiabats with multiple condensing species: a new theory with application to giant planet atmosphere, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 75(4), 1063-1072doi:10.1175/JAS-D-17-0257.1

[4] Cheng Li, 2017. Disrupting the atmospheric beat, Nature Astronomy, 1, 753-754doi:10.1038/s41550-017-0306-y

[5] Cheng Li, A. Ingersoll, M.A. Janssen, S.M. Levin, S.T. Bolton, V. Adumitroaie, M.D. Allison, J. Arballo, A.A. Bellotti, S.T. Brown, S. Ewald, L. Jewell, S. Misra, G.S. Orton, F.A. Oyafuso, P.G. Steffes, R. Williamson, 2017. The distribution of ammonia on Jupiter from inversion of Juno Microwave Radiometer data, Geophysical Research Letters, 44(11)doi:10.1002/2017GL073159

[6] Cheng Li, A. Ingersoll, 2015. Moist convection in hydrogen atmospheres and the frequency of Saturn’s giant storms, Nature Geoscience, 8, 398-403doi:10.1038/ngeo2405

[7] Cheng Li, X. Zhang, P. Gao, Y. Yung, 2015. Vertical distribution of C 3 -hydrocarbons in the stratosphere of Titan, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 803, L19doi:10.1088/2041-8205/803/2/L19

[8] Cheng Li, X. Zhang, J. Kammer, M. Liang, R. Shia, Y. Yung, 2014. A non-monotonic eddy diffusivity profile of Titan’s atmosphere revealed by Cassini observations, Planetary and Space Science, 104, Part A(0), 48-58doi:10.1016/j.pss.2013.10.009