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Lifan Wang

Faculty: Professor

wang@tamu.edu

MIST M515 (main office)

Biography

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

Yi Yang, Lifan Wang, Dietrich Baade, Peter. J. Brown, Aleksandar Cikota, Misty Cracraft, Peter A. Höflich, Justyn R. Maund, Ferdinando Patat, William B. Sparks, Jason Spyromilio, Heloise F. Stevance, Xiaofeng Wang, and J. Craig Wheeler. “Late-time Flattening of Type Ia Supernova Light Curves: Constraints from SN 2014J in M82.” The Astrophysical Journal, 852(2), 89, Jan 2018.

Yi Yang, Lifan Wang, Dietrich Baade, Peter. J. Brown, Aleksandar Cikota, Misty Cracraft, Peter A. Höflich, Justyn R. Maund, Ferdinando Patat, William B. Sparks, Jason Spyromilio, Heloise F. Stevance, Xiaofeng Wang, and J. Craig Wheeler. “Mapping Circumstellar Matter with Polarized Light: The Case of Supernova 2014J in M82.” The Astrophysical Journal, 854(1), 55, Feb 2018.

Jujia Zhang, Xiaofeng Wang, József Vinkó, J. Craig Wheeler, Liang Chang, Yi Yang, Lifan Wang, Qian Zhai, Liming Rui, Jun Mo, Tianmeng Zhang, Yu Zhang, Jianguo Wang, Jirong Mao, Chuanjun Wang, Weimin Yi, Yuxin Xin, Wenxiong Li, Baoli Lun, Kaixing Lu, Hanna Sai, Xiangming Zheng, Xiliang Zhang, Xu Zhou, and Jinming Bai. “Optical Observations of the Young Type Ic Supernova SN 2014L in M99.” The Astrophysical Journal, 863(1), 109, Aug 2018.

Bin Ma, et al. “The first release of the AST3-1 Point Source Catalogue from Dome A, Antarctica.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479(1), 111--120, May 2018.

F Huang, X-F Wang, G Hosseinzadeh, P J Brown, J Mo, J-J Zhang, K-C Zhang, T-M Zhang, D-A Howell, I Arcavi, C McCully, S Valenti, L-M Rui, H Song, D-F Xiang, W-X Li, H Lin, and L-F Wang. “SN 2016X: a type II-P supernova with a signature of shock breakout from explosion of a massive red supergiant.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 475(3), 3959--3973, Jan 2018.