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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.

New Patterns in Planet Distributions

Subo Dong (东苏勃) joined the faculty of KIAA in Fall 2013 through the 1000 Talents Program for young researchers (青年千人计划). One of his research interests is to robustly derive the distributions of extrasolar planets in order to find clues on how planet systems form and evolve. In a paper recently published in the Astrophysical Journal (http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.4853), he and Zhaohuan Zhu (Princeton University) determined the distributions of planets down to Earth size and in orbits closer than Venus.

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Executive Vice President of Science Programs at the Kavli Foundation visits KIAA

Dr. Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs at the Kavil Foundation, and Dr. Christopher Martin, Science Program Officer, visited the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University (KIAA-PKU) on April 17th-18th, 2014.

New Associate Director of KIAA

Professor Wu Xue-Bing, former Chairman of the Department of Astronomy at PKU and an expert on quasars and active galaxies, officially has been appointed as the new Associate Director of KIAA.
Xuebing Wu

KIAA to host "Quarks and Compact Stars" Workshop

KIAA will host a workshop on Quarks and Compact Stars, October 22-24, 2014. This workshop will focus on understanding the nature of the strong interaction at low energy scales.

New Science Advisory Committee

A group of eminent international experts forms the KIAA Science Advisory Committee (SAC), which is charged with advising the Director on matters pertaining to the scientific mission of the institute.