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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

KIAA scientists unveil the radiation mechanism of gamma-ray bursts

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most violent explosions in the Universe since the Big Bang. Despite many years of observations and theoretical modeling, the exact mechanism that produces intense gamma-rays from these events is not identified. In a paper published in Nature Physics (06 April 2014), a KIAA postdoc, Z. Lucas Uhm and his collaborator Professor Bing Zhang made a theoretical breakthrough in understanding GRB emission.

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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).

Two KIAA Postdoctoral Fellows Receive the 7th Postdoctoral Special Fund

KIAA Postdoctoral Fellows, Alberto Rebassa Mansergas and Haibo Yuan, have been awarded the 7th Postdoctoral Special Fund. This is the most prestigious and competitive fund offered by the China Postdoc Foundation.