Noé Lugaz

Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Research Associate Professor, Space Science Center (EOS)


Noé Lugaz joined UNH in March 2012 and became a research faculty member with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and at the Space Science Center of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) in 2013. Before joining UNH, he spent 5 years at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, where he was a post-doctoral researcher for 2 years and an Assistant Astronomer for 3 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD in Space Science in 2007, and did his undergraduate education in France at ISAE-Supaéro in Aerospace Engineering. From October 2010 to May 2011, he was a short-term JSPS researcher at Kyoto University in Japan.


Dr. Lugaz has over fifteen years of research experience in solar-terrestrial physics, including eleven years as a Principal Investigator (PI). His research focuses on the investigation of coronal mass ejections (CMEs), especially series of interacting CMEs, and their consequences. He has been studying CME propagation using numerical magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) simulations (2004—present), remote observations with STEREO/SECCHI and LASCO (2008—present) and in-situ measurements (2012—present), CME initiation (2007—present), energetic particle acceleration by CME shocks (2013—present) and the effect of CMEs and shocks on Earth’s magnetosphere and radiation belts (2014—present). For his research, he was awarded the 2014 Arne Richter award for Outstanding Young Scientists from the European Geosciences Union (awarded to up to 5 scientists within 7 years of their PhD by the EGU).

He has published over 70 in peer-reviewed journals, has received 12 grants as PI or local PI for over 5 M$: 6 grants as PI from the National Science Foundation (NSF), 4 as PI from NASA, and 2 grants as local PI from NSF.  He has conveyed more than 10 sessions at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meetings (2009—2018) and 7 sessions at the Solar, Heliospheric and Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) workshop (2010—2014, 2017). From 2013 to 2018, he served as the SHINE workshop coordinator and a member of the SHINE steering committee (250-300 attendees in 2016-2018).

Selected Publications

  • Reviews

Lugaz, N., Temmer, M., Wang, Y., Farrugia, C. J., The Interaction of Successive Coronal Mass Ejections: A Review, Solar Physics,  292, 64 (2017). 

Manchester, W. B., Kilpua, E., Liu, Y. D., Lugaz, N., Riley, P., Török, T. and Vrsnak, B., The Physical Processes of CME/ICME Evolution, Space Science Reviews, 212, 1159, doi:10.1007/s11214- 017-0394-0 (2017). 

Lugaz, N. & Roussev I. I., Numerical Modeling of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections and Comparison with Heliospheric Images, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (JASTP)73, 1187-1200 (2011). 

  • Student-Lead Publications

Salman, T. M., Lugaz, N., Farrugia, C. J., Winslow, R., Galvin, A. B., Schwadron, N. A., Forecasting Periods of Strong Southward Magnetic Field Following Interplanetary Shocks, Space Weather, doi:10.1029/2018SW002056 (2018).

  • Simulations

Schwadron, N. A., Lee, M. A., Gorby, M., Lugaz, N., Spence, H. E. et al., Particle Acceleration at Low Coronal Compression Regions and Shocks, Astrophysical Journal, 81097 (2015).

Lugaz, N., Farrugia, C. J., Manchester, W. B., Schwadron, N. A. The Interaction of Two Coronal Mass Ejections: Influence of Relative Orientation, Astrophysical Journal, 778, 20 (2013).

Roussev, I. I., Galsgaard, K., Downs, C., Lugaz, N., Sokolov, I. V., Moise, E., Lin, J., Explaining Fast Ejections of Plasma and Exotic X-Ray Emission from the Solar Corona, Nature Physics8, 845-849 (2012).

Lugaz, N., Downs, C., Shibata, K., Roussev, I. I., Asai, A., Gombosi, T. I., Numerical Investigation of a CME from an Anemone Active Region: Reconnection and Deflection of the 2005 August 22 Eruption, Astrophysical Journal738, 127 (2011).

Lugaz, N., A. Vourlidas, I. I. Roussev, and H. Morgan, Solar-Terrestrial Simulation in the STEREO Era: The January 24-25, 2007 Eruptions, Solar Physics256, 269-284 (2009)

Lugaz, N., W. B. Manchester and T. I. Gombosi, Numerical Simulation of the Interactions of Two Coronal Mass Ejections from Sun to Earth, Astrophysical Journal634651-662 (2005).

  • Satellite Measurements

Lugaz, N., Farrugia, C. J., Winslow, R., Al-Haddad, N., Galvin, A. B., Nieves-Chinchilla, T., Lee, C. O., Janvier, M.. On the Spatial Coherence of Magnetic Ejecta: Measurements of Coronal Mass Ejections by Multiple Spacecraft Longitudinally Separated by 0.01 au, Astrophysical Journal864, 7 (2018). 

Lugaz, N., Farrugia, C. J., Winslow, R., Small, C. R., Manion, T., Savani, N. P. Importance of CME Radial Expansion on the Ability of Slow CMEs to Drive Shocks, Astrophysical Journal848, 75 (2017). 

Lugaz, N., Farrugia, C. J., Winslow, R., Al-Haddad, N., Kilpua, E. K. J., Riley, P., Factors Affecting the Geo-effectiveness of Shocks and Sheaths at 1 AU, Journal of Geophysical Research, 121, 10,861-10,879 (2016). 

Lugaz, N., Farrugia, C. J., Huang, C.-L., Winslow, R. M., Spence, H. E., Schwadron, N. A. Earth’s magnetosphere and outer radiation belt under sub-Alfvénic solar wind, Nature Communications, 7, 13001 (2016).

Lugaz, N., Farrugia, C. J., Smith, C. W., Paulson, K., Shocks inside CMEs: A survey of properties from 1997 to 2006, Journal of Geophysical Research120, 2409 (2015).

Winslow, R., Lugaz, N., Philpot, L., Schwadron, N. A., Farrugia, C. J., Anderson, B. J., Smith, C. W., Interplanetary coronal mass ejections from MESSENGER orbital observations at Mercury, Journal of Geophysical Research120, 6101 (2015).

  • Satellite Observations

Lugaz, N., C. J. Farrugia, J. A. Davies, et al. The Deflection of the Two Interacting CMEs of 2010 May 24 as Revealed by Combined In-situ Measurements and Heliospheric Imaging, Astrophysical Journal, 759, 68 (2012). 

Lugaz, N., Accuracy and Limitations of Fitting and Stereoscopic Methods to Determine the Direction of Coronal Mass Ejections from Heliospheric Imagers Observations, Solar Physics, 267, 411-429 (2010).

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PhD, Atmospheric and Space Sciences, University of Michigan (2007).
MEng., Aerospace Engineering, ISAE-Supaéro, Toulouse, France (2003).