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   Xuefeng Wu
   Research Professor
Highest Education:
   PhD. in 2005
Personal Website:
   http://people.ucas.ac.cn/~xfwu?language=en http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AAOcDsYAAAAJ&hl=zh-CN

Education and Appointments:


• Ph.D. in Astronomy, September 2000 – June 2005 

Department of Astronomy, Nanjing University, China 

Supervisor: Professor Zi-Gao Dai.

Thesis title: “Gamma-ray bursts and afterglows: jets, environments and radiation mechanisms” 

• B.S. in Physics, September 1996 – July 2000 

Department of Intensive Instruction for Most Talented Youth, Nanjing University, China 


• Purple Mountain Observatory, June 2005 – present 

Associate Research Professor 

• Joint Center for Particles, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology of Nanjing University and Purple Mountain Observatory, January 2006 – present 

Associate Research Professor 

• Purple Mountain Observatory, June 2005 – June 2007 

Postdoctoral, advised by Prof. Tan LU 

• Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, December 2006 – December 2007 

Visitor in Astronomy 

• Astronomy & Astrophysics Department, Eberly College of Science, Pennsylvania State University, February 2008 – March 2009 

Research Associate 


Research Interest:

I am a theoretical astrophysicist. My research fields are high energy astrophysics, time domain astronomy and cosmology. I am interested with all of the high energy astrophysical sources, like gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, etc. My main concerns are (magneto-) hydrodynamic (relativistic or non-relativistic shock waves, accretion and outflow) and radiation (thermal or non-thermal) processes in these spectacular phenomena, and the physical nature of the remnants (compact objects, such as black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs). I am also interested in using astronomical data to probe the Universe as well as to test fundamental physics.

Public Services:

2014 -, member of scientific team on time domain astronomy, Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).

2014 -, member of scientific team on high energy gamma-rays, High Energy cosmic-Radiation Detection (HERD) Telescope,

2014 -, member of scientific team on theoretical models, GRB polarization instrument POLAR,

2013 -, leader of scientific team on high energy transients, Einstein Probe (EP) Telescope,

2013 -, member of scientific team on cosmic violent explosions, X-ray Timing and Polarization (XTP) Telescope,

2013, referee for proposals for 2013-2014 Special Financial Funding by National Astronomical Observatories of China,

2012 -, GRB leader of China-Australia Collaboration on Antarctic Astronomy,

2012 -, referee for proposals of China Postdoctoral Science Foundation,

2008-2011, GRB team, NASA Fermi Satellite,

2008-2011, GRB theory team, NASA Swift satellite,

2007-2013, member of the Committee on Scholarly Communication, Purple Mountain Observatory,

2006 – (except 2008), referee for NSFC proposals,

2005 -, referee for The Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society, Advances in Space Research, Chinese Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Science in China, Chinese Physics, Progress in Astronomy, Journal of USTC


Public Services:

Honors and Awards:

Special Funding for National Excellent Young Scientist, September 2013 

National Science Funding of China  

IAU Member, September 2012  

International Astronomical Union  

Member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association, May 2011  

Chinese Academy of Sciences  

“Purple Mountain Observatory Research Achievement on Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Swift and Fermi Era” (PI) selected in “2009 China’s Top 10 Scientific and Technological Progress in Astronomy”, March 2010  

National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Member of Chinese Astronomical Society, November 2009  

Chinese Astronomical Society 

The Outstanding Paper Award for Young Scientists, July 2008  

The Committee on Space Research, COSPAR  

National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of China, July 2007 

Ministry of Education and Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council of P. R. China  

Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of Jiangsu Province, August 2006  

Education Department of Jiangsu Province  

Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of Nanjing University, June 2006  

Nanjing University  

K. C. Wong Postdoc Award, December 2005  

K. C. Wong Education Foundation, Hong Kong  

Chinese Academy of Sciences Fellowship, March 2005  

Chinese Academy of Sciences  

Outstanding Graduate Student, June 2002, April 2004, April 2005  

Nanjing University  

Liu Yong-Ling Fellowship, November 2003  

Nanjing University  

Excellent PhD Student Fellowship, September 2001 – June 2002  

Nanjing University  

Dai Wen-Sai Fellowship, September 2000 – June 2001  

Department of Astronomy, Nanjing University  

Outstanding Graduate of Nanjing University, June 2000  

Nanjing University  

People’s Fellowship, 1996 – 1997, 1997 – 1998, 1998 – 1999  

Nanjing University


Selected Publication:

1. Wu, X. F., Gao, H., Ding, X., Zhang, B., Dai, Z. G., & Wei, J. Y., 2014, ApJL, 781, L10, “A double neutron star merger origin for the cosmological relativistic fading source PTF11agg?”

2. Wu, X. F., Hou, S. J., & Lei, W. H., 2013, ApJL, 767, L36, “Giant X-ray bump in GRB 121027A: evidence for fall-back disk accretion”

3. Gao, H., Ding, X., Wu, X. F., Zhang, B., & Dai, Z. G., 2013, ApJ, 771, 86, “Bright broad-band afterglows of gravitational wave bursts from mergers of binary neutron stars”

4. Fermi Collaboration, Abdo, A. A., 2009, Science, 323, 1688-1693, “Fermi observations of high-energy gamma-ray emission from GRB 080916C”

5. Racusin, J. L., Karpov, S. V., Sokolowski, M., Granot, J., Wu, X. F., et al., 2008, Nature, 455, 183-188, “Broadband observations of the naked-eye gamma-ray burst GRB080319B”

6. Wu, X. F., Dai, Z. G., Wang, X. Y., Huang, Y. F., Feng, L. L., & Lu, T., 2007, Advances in Space Research, 40, 1208-1213, “X-ray flares from late internal and late external shocks”

7. Dai, Z. G., Wang, X. Y., Wu, X. F., & Zhang, B., 2006, Science, 311, 1127-1129, “X-ray flares from postmerger millisecond pulsars”

8. Wu, X. F., Dai, Z. G., Huang, Y. F., & Lu, T., 2003, MNRAS, 342, 1131-1138, “Optical flashes and very early afterglows in wind environments”

Supported Projects:

Special Funding for National Excellent Young Scientist (PI): “Gamma-Ray Bursts”, Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016  

Funding for “One-Hundred Talents” (Bairen) Program from Chinese Academy of Sciences (PI): “Time domain astronomy in Chinese Antarctic Observatory”, July 2012 – December 2015 

Natural Foundation of Science of Jiangsu Province (PI): “Researches on GRBs with Antarctic Survey Telescopes at Chinese Antarctic Observatory”, July 2012 – June 2015 

Start-up Funding for “One-Hundred Talents” (Bairen) Program from Purple Mountain Observatory (PI): “Time domain astronomy in Chinese Antarctic Observatory”, May 2011 – May 2014 

CAS Youth Innovation Promotion Association Member Award (PI): May 2011 – May 2015 

• Special Funding for National Distinguished PhD thesis from Chinese Academy of Sciences (PI): “GRB researches in the Fermi era”, Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2011 

• NSFC for young scientists (PI): “Researches on GRBs and their multi-wavelength afterglows and their application in high-redshift cosmology”, Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2008 

• Postdoctoral Award from K. C. Wong Education Foundation (PI): “Using high-redshift gamma-ray bursts and their afterglows as a probe of cosmology”, Nov. 2005 – June 2007 

• Postdoctoral Program of China (PI): “Researches on the X-ray afterglows of GRBs”, June 2005 – June 2007 

• Postdoctoral Program of Jiangsu Province (PI): “Researches on the central engine and afterglows of short GRBs”, June 2005 – June 2007 

Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Pilot B Program, Co-I): The emergence of cosmological structures, Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2018 (PI: Prof. Shu-De Mao) 

National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, Co-I): “Research on supernova cosmology and exoplanets using Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3)”, Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2017 (PI: Prof. Li-Fan Wang.) 

• Fermi Guest Investigator Program (Co-I): “Theoretical models of Gamma Ray Bursts in light of the Fermi LAT-GBM observations”, Aug. 2009 – Aug. 2010 (PI: Prof. Peter Meszaros) 

• National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, Co-I): “Researches on black holes and other compact objects”, Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2013 (PI: Prof. Shuang-Nan Zhang) 

• NSFC for key programs (Co-I): “Cosmic star formation and starbursts-active galactic nuclei connection”, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2009 (PI: Prof. Long-Long Feng) 

• NSFC for innovative groups (Co-I): “Origin and formation of stars in the universe”, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2009 (PI: Prof. Ji Yang)