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Faculty: Professor

Lifan Wang

lifan@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. I am also doing research on machine learning enabled studies of large astronomical data sets and am a member of the TAMIDS Scientific Machine Learning Lab. I am leading the DECam Search for Intermediate Redshift Transients (DESIRT) which uses DECam to find transients and DESI to carry out spectral follow ups. Most excitingly, I am working on finding high redshift transients using the JWST. We expect new, exciting data to become available very soon!

Selected Publications

Lei Hu, Xingzhuo Chen, and Lifan Wang. “Spectroscopic Studies of Type Ia Supernovae Using LSTM Neural Networks.” ApJ, TBD, 2022.

Jiachen Ding, Lifan Wang, Peter Brown, and Ping Yang. “Radiative Transfer Modeling of an SN 1987A Light EchoAT 2019xis.” The Astrophysical Journal, 919(2), 104, Sep 2021.

Xingzhuo Chen, Lei Hu, and Lifan Wang. “Constraining Type Ia Supernova Delay Time with Spatially Resolved Star Formation Histories.” The Astrophysical Journal, 922(1), 15, Nov 2021.

Qinan Wang, et al. “SN 2018agk: A Prototypical Type Ia Supernova with a Smooth Power-law Rise in Kepler (K2).” The Astrophysical Journal, 923(2), 167, Dec 2021.

M. A. Kenworthy, et al. “The \(\beta\) Pictoris b Hill sphere transit campaign.” Astronomy & Astrophysics, 648, A15, Apr 2021.

Maokai Hu, Lifan Wang, and Xiaofeng Wang. “The Effects of Circumstellar Dust Scattering on the Light Curves and Polarizations of Type Ia Supernovae.” ApJ, TBD, 2021.

Lei Hu, Lifan Wang, and Xingzhuo Chen. “Image Subtraction in Fourier Space.” ApJ, TBD, 2021.

Xingzhuo Chen, Lei Hu, and Lifan Wang. “Constraining Type Ia Supernova Delay Time with Spatially Resolved Star Formation Histories.” ApJ, TBD, 2021.

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.

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