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KIAA Scientists Discover the Most Luminous Quasar with an Ultramassive Black Hole in the Distant Universe

Sat, 2015-02-28An international team led by Xue-Bing Wu, the associate director of Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) and a professor at Department of Astronomy of Peking University, discovered a new quasar with a central black hole mass of 12 billion solar masses and a luminosity of 430 trillio

KIAA to co-sponsor a meeting on "Probing Active Galactic Nuclei with Radio Techniques"

Tue, 2015-01-20KIAA is co-sponsoring the meeting "Probing Active Galactic Nuclei with Radio techniques", which will be held during May 21-25, 2015 in Yining, a city in northwestern Xinjiang Province in China. Yining is the seat of the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

Dr. Z. Lucas Uhm awarded the Peking University Outstanding Postdoc Award 2014

Wed, 2014-12-31Dr. Z. Lucas Uhm, a postdoctoral researcher at the KIAA, has been awarded the 2014 Peking University Outstanding Postdoc Award.

Star cluster evolution not as simple as thought

Fri, 2014-12-19Using Hubble Space Telescope observations of a 2 billion-year-old Large Magellanic Cloud star cluster, KIAA PhD student Chengyuan Li and his supervisor, Richard de Grijs, showed that the recent paradigm shift from star clusters as single-age stellar populations to complex populations may need a majo

2014 KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

Mon, 2014-11-10The theme of 2014's KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum, held on November 2-4, 2014, was "Thirty Meter Telescope in China: Scientific and Technological Frontiers". The meeting was jointly organized by KIAA and NAOC.

CHILI "Cook-off" Meeting held at KIAA

Tue, 2014-09-23The China Lijiang IFU (CHILI) project's inaugural "cook-off" meeting was held at KIAA-PKU on November 15, 2014. Over 50 active scientists and engineers met to discuss CHILI's science capabilities and execution plans.
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Longstanding Quasar Puzzle Solved

Wed, 2014-09-10New KIAA faculty member Yue Shen and KIAA Director Luis Ho have solved a two-decade long mystery in quasar research. Namely, what drives the diverse properties of quasars into a well-defined main sequence, known as "Eigenvector 1" (EV1).

Two Hubble Fellows Join the Faculty

Wed, 2014-09-10KIAA has recruited two new faculty members. Yue Shen, an expert on quasars and active galaxies, and Linhua Jiang, whose research interests include high-redshift quasars and galaxies and observational cosmology.

Cover Feature on KIAA in the Asia Pacific Physics Newsletter

Fri, 2014-08-15An 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 Pacif

A New Strategy to Directly Measure the Acceleration of the Universe

Thu, 2014-07-31In a paper recently published in the July 24 issue of Physical Review Letters, KIAA-CITA Joint Postdoctoral Fellow Hao-Ran Yu and his colleagues investigated the potential of using future radio surveys of dense hydrogen clouds to make a direct measurement of the Universe's acceleration.
The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME)