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A New Strategy to Directly Measure the Acceleration of the Universe

Future radio surveys of intergalactic hydrogen clouds could offer the first direct measurement of the Universe’s acceleration. By far, the primary support for cosmic acceleration comes from supernova data, which is indirect, as it assumes the validity of Einstein’s general relativity and that the Universe is homogeneous, in order to derive equations that relate distance to velocity and luminosity. In a paper recently published in the July 24 issue of Physical Review Letters, CITA-KIAA Joint Postdoctoral Fellow Hao-Ran Yu and his colleagues investigated the potential of using dense hydrogen clouds for a direct acceleration measurement.
The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME)

The 2014 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

The 2014 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics has been awarded to Alan H. Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Andrei D. Linde, Stanford University, USA, and Alexei A. Starobinsky, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia. They receive the prize "for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation". The prize was announced on May 29, 2014 in Oslo, Norway by Nils Chr. Stenseth, President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Kavli Prize in Astrophysics 2014 Winners

Unique Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered in an Ordinary Galaxy

A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been discovered by Prof. Fukun Liu of the Department of Astronomy and the KIAA, and his colleagues. This is the first time such a pair have been found in an ordinary galaxy. They were discovered because they ripped apart a star when the European Space Agency's space observatory XMM-Newton happened to be looking in their direction. The findings validate the predictions of the tidal disruption by supermassive binary black holes given by Prof. Liu and his colleagues in 2009.
Artist's impression of supermassive binary black hole

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Cover Feature on KIAA in the Asia Pacific Physics Newsletter

An article highlighting KIAA appears in the August 2014 issue of the Asia Pacific Physics Newsletter (APPN), a publication devoted to "reporting frontier discoveries in physics, research highlights, and news to facilitate interaction, collaboration and cooperation among physicists in Asia Pacific physics community."

Announcing the 2014 KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum

The 2014 KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum will focus on the topic, "Thirty Meter Telescope in China: Scientific and Technological Frontiers". It will be held November 2-4, 2014 at the KIAA at PKU, and co-hosted by the KIAA, PKU, and the NAOC. TMT will be one of the most powerful telescopes in the history of astronomy, and it will be one of the greatest astronomical facilities China will possess in the beginning of the 21st century. It will bring unprecedented opportunity to Chinese astronomy. How to achieve scientific and technical readiness for TMT to maximize its impact is a great challenge that the Chinese astronomy community is facing.

IAU Symposium 312, "Star Clusters and Black Holes in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time", to be held in Beijing, Aug 25-29, 2014

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium No. 312 on "Black Holes and Star Clusters Across Cosmic Time" will take place in Beijing, Aug. 25-29, 2014. The lead organizers for this IAU Symposium are two KIAA faculty, Rainer Spurzem and Fukun Liu.

Announcing the Kavli Visiting Scholars Program

The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) has initiated the Kavli Visiting Scholars program. The program supports astrophysicists across the Kavli network to spend a meaningful period of time (2 to 4 weeks) in residence at KIAA situated at Peking University (PKU).