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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.

Selected Publications

Xingzhuo Chen, Lei Hu, and Lifan Wang. “Artificial Intelligence--Assisted Inversion (AIAI) of Synthetic Type Ia Supernova Spectra.” The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 250(1), 12, Sep 2020.

Yi Yang, et al. “The Young and Nearby Normal Type Ia Supernova 2018gv: UV-optical Observations and the Earliest Spectropolarimetry.” The Astrophysical Journal, 902(1), 46, Oct 2020.