Qian Wu

A comparison of Fabry-Perot interferometer and meteor radar wind measurements near the polar mesopause region

Graphic image of scatterplots of hourly mean zonal and meridional wind components
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The neutral winds in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (MLT) region have been observed at King Sejong Station, Antarctica using a meteor radar and a Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) simultaneously.

HIWIND Observation of Summer Season Polar Cap Thermospheric Winds

Graphic image of HIWIND thermospheric winds
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

HIWIND (High altitude Interferometer WIND experiment) is a balloon borne Fabry Perot interferometer (FPI) for daytime thermospheric wind observations.

New 2018 HIWIND Thermospheric Wind Observations

Graphs depicting 2018 HIWIND Thermospheric Wind Observations
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Daytime thermospheric winds observed by the balloon-borne instrument HIWIND (High altitude Interferometer WIND experiment) during two flights in June 2011 and 2018 from Kiruna (68°N, 20°E), along with simultaneous EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter radar) ion drift data, are analyzed.

The Mid-latitude Thermospheric Dynamics from An Inter-hemispheric Prospective

Graph depicting Meridional and Zonal Winds
Monday, January 28, 2019

Using Fabry-Perot interferometers (FPI) at five mid-latitude stations (Boulder, Palmer, Millstone Hill, Mt. John, and Kelan) in both hemispheres, we examine the inter-hemispheric and seasonal variations of mid-latitude thermospheric dynamics.

HiWind has launched and landed!!

HiWIND team, Kiruna, Sweden

Finally, after repeated postponements due to unfavorable weather conditions, HiWind launched from Esrange Space Center, Kiruna, Sweden, on Sunday, June 24. The HiWIND team arrived in early May 2018.

It's a Bird, it's a Plane, no, it's HiWIND


In February, 2018, a specialized engineering team, led by principal investigator Dr. Qian Wu, traveled from Boulder, Colorado to a NASA facility in Palestine, Texas.

First Results from the Ionospheric Extension of WACCM-X during the Deep Solar Minimum Year of 2008

Comparisons of hmF2
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with thermosphere and ionosphere extension (WACCM-X) is a numerical model of the

Qian Wu

Dr. Qian Wu is a Project Scientist IV at the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR. He specializes in observations of mesospheric and thermospheric winds from balloon-borne, space-borne, and ground based Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) to study gravity waves and tides.

Fabry-Perot Interferometers


HiWind was the first balloon borne Fabry-Perot interferometer designed to measure summer time polar cap thermospheric neutral winds. Thermospheric wind measurements are critically needed for space weather research. HiWind was launched June 14, 2011 from Kiruna, Sweden.


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