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Lifan Wang

Faculty: Professor

MIST M515 (main office)


My colleagues and I are endeavoring to build an astronomical observatory at Dome A, the highest point in Antarctica. We hope to set up a number of telescopes in the coming years to study the mysterious dark energy in the universe.My research interests include also spectropolarimetry observations of supernovae. The supernovae I study are so far away that even the largest telescopes in the world cannot resolve their shapes through direct imaging. Spectropolarimetry is a technique that enables geometric structures of supernovae to be studied.Most recently I am working on finding supernovae at redshifts above 4.

Latest Publications

Aleksandar Cikota, Ferdinando Patat, Lifan Wang, J Craig Wheeler, Mattia Bulla, Dietrich Baade, Peter Höflich, Stefan Cikota, Alejandro Clocchiatti, Justyn R Maund, Heloise F Stevance, and Yi Yang. “Linear spectropolarimetry of 35 Type Ia supernovae with VLT/FORS: an analysis of the Si ii line polarization.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 490(1), 578--599, Aug 2019.

Xiaofeng Wang, Jia Chen, Lifan Wang, Maokai Hu, Gaobo Xi, Yi Yang, Xulin Zhao, and Wenxiong Li. “The Cold and Dusty Circumstellar Matter around Fast-expanding Type Ia Supernovae.” The Astrophysical Journal, 882(2), 120, Sep 2019.

Wenxiong Li, Xiaofeng Wang, Maokai Hu, Yi Yang, Jujia Zhang, Jun Mo, Zhihao Chen, Tianmeng Zhang, Stefano Benetti, Enrico Cappellaro, Nancy Elias-Rosa, Jordi Isern, Antonia Morales-Garoffolo, Fang Huang, Paolo Ochner, Andrea Pastorello, Andrea Reguitti, Leonardo Tartaglia, Giacomo Terreran, Lina Tomasella, and Lifan Wang. “Observations of Type Ia Supernova 2014J for Nearly 900 Days and Constraints on Its Progenitor System.” The Astrophysical Journal, 882(1), 30, Aug 2019.

H F Stevance, J R Maund, D Baade, J Bruten, A Cikota, P Höflich, L Wang, J C Wheeler, A Clocchiatti, J Spyromilio, F Patat, Y Yang, and P Crowther. “The 3D shape of Type IIb SN 2011hs.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 485(1), 102--116, Jan 2019.

Peter J. Brown, Griffin Hosseinzadeh, Saurabh W. Jha, David Sand, Ethan Vieira, Xiaofeng Wang, Mi Dai, Kyle G. Dettman, Jeremy Mould, Syed Uddin, Lifan Wang, Iair Arcavi, Joao Bento, Chris R. Burns, Tiara Diamond, Daichi Hiramatsu, D. Andrew Howell, E. Y. Hsiao, G. H. Marion, Curtis McCully, Peter A. Milne, Davron Mirzaqulov, Ashley J. Ruiter, Stefano Valenti, and Danfeng Xiang. “Red and Reddened: Ultraviolet through Near-infrared Observations of Type Ia Supernova 2017erp.” The Astrophysical Journal, 877(2), 152, Jun 2019.