Vol 9, No 7 (2009)

Kinwah Wu

Posted: Mar 23, 2022

Kinwah Wu 

Professor (Chair) of Theoretical Astrophysics and Head of Theory, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London

Contact Information

MSSL, University College London

Holmbury St Mary

Surrey RH5 6NT

United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1483 204127

Fax: +44 1483 278312

E-mail: kw@mssl.ucl.ac.uk


1989 PhD Lousiana State University

1984   MSc Lousiana State University

1983   BSc(Hon) Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Professional History:

2006 - present: Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics, University College London

2001 - 2006: Reader in Astrophysics, University College London

1997 - 2001: ARC Australian Research Fellow, University of Sydney

1992 - 1996: Research Fellow, University of Sydney

1990 - 1992: NAS/NRC Research Fellow, NASA-MSFC

1989 - 1990: postdoctoral fellow, Australian National University

Honorary Positions:

2005 - now: Honorary Professor, Physics Department, University of Hong Kong

2002 - now:  Honorary Associate, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Awards and Honours:

NAS/NRC Research Fellowship (1989)

Australian Research Fellowship (1997)

NSW Expatriate Researcher Award (2006)

Royal Society Kan Tong Po Professorship (2008)

Research Areas: 

Kinwah Wu is a theoretical astrophysicist. His current research interests include general relativistic radiative transfer, polarized radiative transfer, Monte-carlo simulations of radiative transport, black holes, jets in AGN, accreting compact stars, X-ray sources in external galaxies, ultra-compact double degenerate binaries and dynamics of large-scale multi-component self-gravitating systems. He has published more than 130 research papers in refereed journals on these subjects.

Selected Publications: 

McNamara, A. L., Kuncic, Z., Wu, K., 2009, MNRAS, 395, 1507

"X-ray polarization in relativistic jets" NASA ADS

Saxton, C. J., Wu, K., 2008, MNRAS, 391, 1403

"Radial structure, inflow and central mass of stationary radiative galaxy clusters" NASA ADS

Fuerst, S. V., Wu, K., 2007, A&A, 474, 55

"Line emission from optically thick relativistic accretion tori" NASA ADS

Fender, R. F. Wu, K., Johnston, H. M., et al., 2004, Nature, 427, 222

"An ultra-relativitic outflow from a neutron star accreting gas from a companion" NASA ADS

Willes, A. J., Wu, K., 2004, A&A, 432, 1091

"Electron-cyclotron maser emission from white-dwarf pairs and white-dwarf planetary systems" NASA ADS

Wu, K., Cropper, M., Ramsay, G., Sekiguchi, K., 2002, MNRAS, 331, 221

"An electrically powered binary star?" NASA ADS

Wu, K., Soria, R., Hunstead, R. W., Johnston, H. M., 2001, MNRAS, 320, 177

"Optical spectroscopy of GX339-4 during the high-soft and low-hard states - II line ionization and emission region" NASA ADS

Tennant, A. F., Wu, K., Ghosh, K. K. et al., 2001, ApJ, 549, L43

"Properties of the Chandra sources in M81" NASA ADS

Wu, K., 2001, PASA, 18, 443

"Populations of X-ray binaries and dynamical history of their host galaxies" NASA ADS

Wu, K., 2000, Space Science Review, 93, 611

"Accretion onto magnetic white dwarfs" NASA ADS

Li, J., Wu, K., Wickramasinghe, D. T., 1994, MNRAS, 268, 61

"Reduced magnetic braking in synchronously rotating magnetic cataclysmic variables" NASA ADS

Wu, K., Chanmugam, G., Shaviv, G., 1994, ApJ, 426, 664

"Structure of steady state accretion shocks with several cooling functions: closed integral-form solution" NASA ADS