Editorial Board Members


Co-Executive Editors

Scientific Editors

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Prof. Zhan-Wen Han

Director and chair professor of the Yunnan Observatories


Biographical sketch

Han Zhanwen is a director and chair professor of the Yunnan Observatories. In 2017, he has been honored as Academician of the Chinese Academy of sciences.

Research Interests

(1)Binary Population Synthesis (i.e. the BPS Theory) (2) Stellar Evolution (3) Binary Evolution (4) Peculiar Stars(5) Evolutionary Population Synthesis (6) Far-UV Excess of Early-type Galaxies


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Prof. Liang Gao

National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Homepage: http://ccg.bao.ac.cn/~gao

Biographical sketch

Liang Gao received a PhD in Physics at Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universaet Muenchen in 2004, Germany, followed by 2 postdocs at Max Planck institute for Astrophysics and Durham University. In 2008 he was awarded a STFC advance fellowship in UK. He returned China in early 2009 and started a research group at National Astronomical Observatories. He is also the group leader of the partner group of Max Planck for Astrophysics.

Research Interests

His main research interests lie in the field of Cosmology, galaxy formation and computer simulation of Cosmic structure formation.

Co-Executive Editors

Prof. Wing-Huen Ip

Graduate Institute of Astronomy, National Central University, Chung-Li

Homepage: http://www.astro.ncu.edu.tw/people/faculty_bio.php?id=5

Biographical sketch

Wing-Huen Ip got his Ph.D in applied physics from Univ. of California at San Diego in 1974. His doctoral thesis is on the study of small solar system bodies. After three postdoctoral fellowships at UCSD, he went to Germany in 1978 to work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Aeronomy (now MPI for Solar System Research). After 20 years in Europe, he was appointed professor of astronomy and space science at the Institute of Astronomy and Space Science, National Central University (NCU) in Taiwan and served for six years (1998-2004) as dean of science and three years as vice-president (2006-2008). He is also professor at the Space Science Institute, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau. He has participated in several major planetary missions including Giotto to comet Halley, Galileo to Jupiter, Cassini to Saturn and Titan, Mars Express and Rosetta. Prof. Ip was awarded the Axford Medal by the Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society in 2011. He likes to paint.

Research Interests

Cometary physics, Solar system origin and planet formation, Solar system plasma physics, Planetary atmospheres and exospheric systems

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Prof. Jingxiu Wang

Solar astronomer, professor of National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences, member of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Biographical sketch

He graduated from the Geophysics Department of Beijing University in 1969; became a graduate student in the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Science in 1978 and obtained MS degree in 1981, then joined the Solar Physics Division of Beijing Astronomical Observatory in which he obtained his Ph.D. degree in astrophysics in 1987. He has been a full professor since 1992 in Beijing Astronomical Observatory (a former institute of National Astronomical Observatories). He visited Caltech as a visiting associate from 1983 to 1984, and appointed as a guest professor of ISAS in 1996. He has been serving as an editorial board member of Solar Physics since 1999 and an editor of Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (RAA) since 2001. He was awarded by National Natural Science Prize (the second rank) in 2009 and Y. C. Prize of Chinese Astronomical Society in 2012.


Research Interests

His main scientific interests are the quantitative measurements and descriptions of solar vector magnetic fields, diagnosis of the weak component of solar magnetism, and the physical understanding on the origin of solar explosive activity.

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Prof. Robert Williams

Distinguished Osterbrock Professor University of California-Santa Cruz

Biographical sketch

Robert Williams is currently AstronomerEmeritus atSpace Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, and Distinguished Osterbrock Professor at the University ofCalifornia, Santa Cruz. From 1993-98 he servedas Director of the Institute, whichwith Goddard Space Flight Centeroperates Hubble Space Telescope for NASAand ESA. Before assuming his present positionsWilliams spent 8 years in Chile as Director of the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, the national observatory of the U.S. in thesouthern hemisphere. Prior to that time he was Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona in Tucson for 18 years. Dr. Williams' research specialties include novae, nebulae,and emission-line spectroscopy and analysis.


Research Interests

novae and other transients

Scientific Editors

Prof. Xuelei Chen

National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Homepage: http://cosmology.bao.ac.cn/~xuelei/indexE.html

Biographical sketch

Principal Investigator; Cosmic Dark Matter and Dark Energy Group; Recipient of the CAS One Hundred Talents Fellow; National Distinguished Young Scholar.

Research Interests

cosmology and particle astrophysics, including dark matter detection, dark energy model and detection, cosmic microwave background, large scale structure, formation of first generation of luminous objects and reionization

Prof. K. S. Cheng

Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Homepage: http://www.physics.hku.hk/~astro/ksc/index.html

Biographical sketch

I received my BSc degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and PhD degree from Columbia University. I did my postdoc in the University of Illinois, U.S.A. I am currently a chair professor in the Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong. I am a fellow of American Physical Society, USA and a fellow of Royal Astronomical Society of UK. I have received the third class of National Natural Science Award of China in 1993 and the second class of National Natural Science Award of China in 2003 shared with Lu Tan, Dai Zigao, Huang Yongfeng and Wang Xiangyu, the Outstanding Researcher Award from the University of Hong Kong and the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship.

Research Interests

My major research areas are the physics of compact stellar objects, e.g. structure, cooling, glitches and other internal activities of neutron stars, and high energy astronomy, e.g. X-ray and gamma-ray emission mechanisms of pulsars. I am interested in the possible central engines of gamma-ray bursts and in using the gamma-ray bursts to probe the properties of the early Universe. I also work on high energy phenomena related to stellar capture by the supermassive black holes, in particular the gamma-ray emission from the Fermi Bubbles, which are located at the galactic center. Recently I mainly work on gamma-ray sources detected by Fermi satellite.

Mingde Ding

Prof. Mingde Ding

School of Astronomy and Space Science, Nanjing University

Biographical sketch

Mingde Ding obtained his B. S. in astronomy and Ph. D. in astrophysics from Nanjing University in 1986 and 1992, respectively. Since 1992, he has been working at School of Astronomy and Space Science (previously Department of Astronomy), Nanjing University. He is now a professor working on solar physics. He teaches courses of stellar atmospheres and physics of solar activities. He is also a member of the Organizing Committee of IAU Commission 12 and a member of the Editorial Board of Solar Physics.

Research Interests

His research interests include radiative transfer, spectral diagnostics and modeling of the solar atmosphere, magnetic structure of active regions and mechanisms for solar eruptions.

Philip Edwards

Prof. Philip Edwards

CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science, Australia

Biographical sketch

Philip Edwards is the Head of Science Operations for the Australia Telescope National Facility, part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He joined CSIRO in 2006, having previously worked at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and having held postdoctoral positions at Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, the University of Adelaide, and the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research of the University of Tokyo.

Research Interests

His main research interests are in observational radio-astronomy in general, and Very Long Baseline Interferometry in particular.

Taotao Fang

Prof. Taotao Fang

Department of Astronomy, Xiamen University

Homepage: http://astro.xmu.edu.cn/en/fangtaotao

Biographical sketch

Taotao Fang received his bachelor's degree from Wuhan University, master's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a Chandra fellow (now Einstein fellow) at the University of California at Berkeley. Now he is a professor at the Astronomy Department of Xiamen University.

Research Interests

Galaxy formation and evolution; observational extragalactic astronomy; interstellar and intergalactic medium; large scale structure of the universe.

Cheng-Li Huang

Prof. Cheng-Li Huang

Director of Center for Astrogeodynamics Research (CAR)

Homepage: http://sfig.pmo.ac.cn/astro/Gao.html

Biographical sketch

He obtained B.S. in Astronomy in Beijing Normal Univ. in 1989, and PhD in SHAO in 1999, respectively. In 1990s, he worked in data analysis & modeling of LLR data. Now, he is studying in theoretical global geophysics, like earth rotation/nutation model, couplings between electromagnetic field and nutation near core-mantle boundary, generalized theory of the figure of the earth interior, Mars’ gravity field, etc. He was PI of ‘The Mars gravity field and internal structure’ project, one of the four scientific objectives of the first Chinese Mars exploration program ‘YinHuo-1’.

Research Interests

theoretical global geophysics, like earth rotation/nutation model, couplings between electromagnetic field and nutation near core-mantle boundary, generalized theory of the figure of the earth interior, Mars’ gravity field, etc.

Jianghui Ji

Prof. Jianghui Ji

Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Biographical sketch

Jianghui Ji is a Professor, Principal Investigator, and group leader at Purple Mountain Observatory, CAS. He received college education and obtained a PhD in 2000 at Nanjing University, and worked at PMO since then. He was a visiting scholar in 2006 at Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, U.S., in 2009 at the Tuorla Observatory of the University of Turku, Finland, in 2010 at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is now the Associate Director of Key Laboratory of Planetary Sciences, CAS.

Research Interests

The main research areas include,

  • Extrasolar Planetary Systems: Orbital Dynamics; Resonances in Multiple Systems; Planetary Formation; Disk-Planet Interactions; Hydrodynamics Simulations
  • Protoplanetary Disks: Observations / evolution of protoplanetary disks; Planetesimals formation
  • Solar System Small bodies: Orbital Evolution of NEOs; Physics of asteroids; Dynamics and formation of the small bodies

Xu Kong

Prof. Xu Kong

University of Science and Technology of China

Research Interests

  • stellar population synthesis and its application
  • two dimension properties of low-z/high-z galaxies
  • formation and evolution of low-z/high-z galaxies
  • dust attenuation and the IRX-beta relationship

Hyung-Mok Lee

Prof. Hyung Mok Lee

Hyung Mok Lee, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Homepage: http://astro.snu.ac.kr/~hmlee/

Biographical sketch

I am a professor of astrophysics at Seoul National University. I have worked on diverse areas of astrophysics: interstellar medium, dynamics of star clusters, and the evolution of galaxies and cosmology. I started my research on interstellar grains as a graduate student, but moved to theoretical studies of dynamical evolution of stellar systems for my PhD thesis. The stellar dynamics remained the focus of my research until late 1990s. In 2000, I initiated collaboration on the AKARI project with Japanese astronomers in infrared (IR) astronomy. AKARI is a space IR telescope that was eventually launched in 2006. The IR astronomy was very new to Korean astronomers, but they quickly became important players in area. I also pioneered in gravitational wave (GW) research in Korea. I am currently leading the Korea GW Group (KGWG), which has been a member of LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) since 2009. I received a few awards: John Polanyi Prize from the Government of Ontario, Canada, in 1988; National Distinguished Scholar from Korea Research Foundation in 2006; National Medal Scientific Achievement from the Korean Government in 2010; and Alexander von Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany in 2013.

Research Interests

interstellar medium, dynamics of star clusters, and the evolution of galaxies and cosmology.

Di Li

Prof. Di Li

National Astronomical Observatories, CAS

Homepage: http://people.ucas.edu.cn/~0017297?language=en

Biographical sketch

Dr. Li has lead numerous research programs, including spectroscopic and mapping projects of VLA, GBT, Arecibo, FCRAO, SWAS, Spitzer, Herschel, SOFIA and ALMA. He pioneered several observing and data analysis techniques, including HI narrow self-absorption technique and a new inversion solution to the dust temperature distribution. These techniques facilitate important measurements of star forming regions, such as the formation time scale. His work has been featured on《Nature》magazine as a research highlight. He was awarded the National Research Council (US) “residence research fellow” award and was a member of the NASA outstanding team award (2009). He is now leading the science preparation efforts of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST). He served on the Steering Committee of Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), is now a co-chair of the “Cradle of Life” science working group (SWG) of SKA, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Major-facilities Guidance Group, an adviser to the Breakthrough Listen initiative.

Research Interests

  • Observational study of the Galactic star formation;
  • Instruments and technologies in radio astronomy;
  • Astrochemistry and spectroscopy;
  • Pulsar search and fast radio burst (FRB);
  • Data analysis and algorithm.

Xiangdong Li

Prof. Xiangdong Li

School of Astronomy and Space Science, Nanjing University

Homepage: http://astronomy.nju.edu.cn/~lixd/

Biographical sketch

Xiangdong Li obtained his Ph. D. in astrophysics from Nanjing University in 1995. Since then he has been working at School of Astronomy and Space Science (previously Department of Astronomy), Nanjing University. He is now a professor working on high-energy astrophysics. He teaches courses of General Astronomy and X-ray Binaries. He is also the director of Key Laboratory of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics (Nanjing University), Ministry of Education.

Research Interests

His research interests include the formation and evolution of X-ray binaries, radio pulsars, magnetars and the progenitors of type Ia supernovae. He is also interested in accretion processes in astrophysics.

Yan Li

Prof. Yan Li

Yunnan Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Homepage: http://sourcedb.ynao.cas.cn/rencaiku/201008/t20100812_2923544.html

Research Interests

stellar structure and evolution, stellar convection, asteroseismology

Jifeng Liu

Prof. Jifeng Liu

National Astronomical Observatories, CAS

Biographical sketch

Jifeng Liu is a Principal Astronomer at NAOC. He received college education at Peking University in astrophysics and received his PhD degree in 2005 at University of Michigan. He was an Einstein fellow and later an astrophysicist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before he return to China as a Bairen professor in 2010.

Research Interests

Jifeng Liu is mostly interested in multi-wavelength observations of compact objects and stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.

Xiaowei Liu

Prof. Xiaowei Liu

Department of Astronomy, Peking University

Homepage: http://kiaa.pku.edu.cn/?q=faculty/xiaowei-liu

Biographical sketch

Xiaowei Liu is a Cheung Kong Scholar and professor of astronomy at Peking University. He received college education at Peking University in astrophysics and received his PhD degree in 1992 from the Beijing Astronomical Observatory (now the National Astronomical Observatories), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He then joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, first as a postdoctoral, then as a senior research fellow. He joined the faculty of Department of Astronomy of Peking University in 2000. He is currently serving as a Vice President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Research Interests

Professor Liu's main research interest is spectroscopic study of emission line nebulae, with an emphasis on the physical processes and radiative mechanisms governing photoionized gaseous nebulae. Studies of emission line nebulae yield information of stellar nucleosynthesis and the enrichment of the interstellar medium, and of the chemical evolution of galaxies. Currently, Prof. Liu is leading a large spectroscopic survey towards the Galactic anticenter with the newly built Chinese Large Sky Area Multi-object Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST, also named the Guoshoujing Telescope). The survey will collect optical spectra of millions of stars and provide a unique data set to study the stellar populations, kinematics and chemistry of the Galactic disk(s) and to unravel the assemblage history of the Milky Way as an archetypical grand-design (barred) spiral galaxy.

Yin-Zhe Ma

Prof. Yin-Zhe Ma

University of Kwazulu-Natal

Homepage: https://acru.ukzn.ac.za/yin-zhe-ma/

Research Interests

Radio Cosmology: 21 cm Intensity Mapping, Epoch of Reionization Extragalatic Astronomy: galaxy peculiar velocity field, thermal and kinetic Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect, dynamics of the Local Group, near-field cosmology.

Shu-De Mao

Prof. Shu-De Mao

Tsinghua University, Beijing

Homepage: https://acru.ukzn.ac.za/yin-zhe-ma/

Research Interests

Galactic dynamics, Gravitational microlensing, Gravitational lensing

Nikolay N. Samus

Prof. Nikolay N. Samus

Institute of Astronomy (Russian Academy of Sciences), P.K. Sternberg Astronomical Institute (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow University), and Eurasian Astronomical Society, Moscow

Homepage: http://www.sai.msu.su/gcvs/samus.htm

Biographical sketch

Nikolay N. Samus, professor, PhD, DSci, was born in Kiev in 1949. Since 1952, lives in Moscow. Graduated from the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow University in 1973. PhD in astronomy: 1977. DSci in astrophysics: 1996. Professor in astrophysics: 2012. Leading researcher of the Institute of Astronomy of Russian Academy of Sciences and of the P.K. Sternberg Astronomical Institute of the M.V. Lomonosov State University, Moscow. N.N. Samus is the editor of the General Catalog of Variable Stars. He is now also engaged in the project of digitizing the Moscow stacks of astronomical plates, with simultaneous search for new variable stars. N.N. Samus is the co-chairman of the Eurasian Astronomical Society (the former Astronomical Society of the USSR). Winner of the Fyodor Bredikhin Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2007).

Research Interests

The main fields of scientific interests are variable stars and globular star clusters.

Zhi-Qiang Shen

Prof. Zhi-Qiang Shen

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS

Homepage: http://sourcedb.shao.cas.cn/yw/pl/fs/200906/t20090626_1854479.html

Research Interests

radio astronomy

Annapurni Subramaniam

Prof. Annapurni Subramaniam

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

Homepage: https://www.iiap.res.in/people/personnel/purni/index.html

Research Interests

  • Star clusters (open and globular)
  • Star formation and pre-MS stars
  • Classical Be & Herbig Ae/Be stars
  • Galactic structure
  • Magellanic Clouds
  • Stellar population

Hideki Takami

Prof. Hideki Takami

University of Tokyo, Tokyo

Research Interests

Infrared astronomy Astronomical instruments & methods

Xue-Bing Wu

Prof. Xue-Bing Wu

Peking University, Beijing

Research Interests

Quasars and AGNs, Black hole X-ray binarys

Long Xiao

Prof. Long Xiao

China University of Geosciences

Research Interests

Planetary science

Ji Yang

Prof. Ji Yang

Purple Mountain Observatory, CAS, Nanjing

Research Interests

Radio astronomy

Yuk L. Yung

Prof. Yuk L. Yung

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Homepage: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~yly/yung.html

Research Interests

Planetary Science

Peng-Jie Zhang

Prof. Peng-Jie Zhang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai

Homepage: https://www.physics.sjtu.edu.cn/en/people/1/pjzhang

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Pengjie Zhang is a professor at the Astronomy Department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He obtained his B.S. from Peking university in 1997 and Ph.D. from University of Toronto in 2003. He then spent 2 years at Fermilab as a postdoc. In 2005, he joined Shanghai astronomical observatory of Chinese Academy of Sciences as a faculty member. In 2012, he became a distinguished professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He works on the large scale structure of the universe and its applications on fundamental cosmology. He built theoretical models of various Sunyaev Zel'dovich (SZ) effects and used the SZ effects to probe missing baryons, cosmic flows, violations of the Copernican Principle, and eternal inflation. He invented self-calibration methods of systematic errors in cosmic shear measurement. He invented the ABS method, which enables weak lensing reconstruction through cosmic magnification, and blind separation of CMB from foregrounds. He derived the exact mapping between real and redshift space clustering, and studied the halo velocity bias. He solved the linear structure formation in f(R) cosmology, and proposed the EG method to test GR at cosmological scales.

Research Interests

Cosmology; The large scale structure of the universe; Astrophysics

Mei Zhang

Prof. Mei Zhang

Professorf National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

Homepage: http://sun.bao.ac.cn/staff/zhm/zhm/zhm.html

Biographical sketch

Mei Zhang received her B.S. in Astrophysics from Peking University in 1987, M.S. in Astrophysics and PhD in Solar Physics from Beijing Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1990 and 1999, respectively. She worked in High Altitude Observatory of the National Center of Atmospheric Research in the US from 2000 to 2003, and then returned China to work in the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) as a CAS One Hundred Talents Fellow. She is now the Chief Scientist of the Huairou Solar Observing Station of NAOC. She is also a recipient of the National Distinguished Young Scholar Grant of NSFC.

Research Interests

Solar physics, in particular, MHD, magnetic field measurement, solar dynamo theory and the mechanism of solar activities.

Gang Zhao

Prof. Gang Zhao

Professor of National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

Homepage: http://sage.bao.ac.cn/~gzhao/gzhaoCVC.html

Biographical sketch

Zhao Gang is the leading professor of the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), a member of the Physics and Astronomy Group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council of China, Director of the Key Lab of Optical Astronomy, CAS, and the President of the Chinese Astronomical Society during 2006-2010.

Prof. Zhao has been devoting himself to observational astronomy for over 20 years. He has taken the lead in detailed quantitative analysis of chemical elements based on a large sample of high-resolution spectra of poor-metal dwarfs. Prof. Zhao was the one who gave the new empirical formula of the influence of neutral hydrogen collision for NLTE analysis. Meanwhile, he began the research direction of chemical abundance of extra-solar planetary systems, and found one extra-solar planet for the first time with the domestic telescope. Prof. Zhao was honored with the Chinese Young Scientists Prize in 2002. He was also the winner of Second Prize of National Natural Science in 2008, as well as winner of the Science and Technology Award of the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation in 2010.

Research Interests

Stellar Spectra, Stellar Nucleosynthesis, Chemical Evolution of Galaxy, Laboratory Astrophysics, Stellar Chemical Abundances, Extra-solar planet searching

Yongtian Zhu

Prof. Yongtian Zhu

Professor of Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (NIAOT); Director of Key Laboratory of Astronomical Optics & Technology, CAS

Homepage: http://sourcedb.niaot.cas.cn/zw/zjrc/200908/t20090818_2417854.html

Biographical sketch

  • Research Experience
    • Professor, NIAOT, 2000 to present
    • Senior Engineer, NAIRC, 1995 to 1999
    • Optic-mechanic engineer, NAIRC, 1989 to 1994
  • Key Achievements
    • Participated in the first High Resolution Spectrograph for 2.16-meter telescope; infrared imaging spectrograph of the China-Brazil Earth Resource satellite; PI of the focal plane instrument of LAMOST, successfully developed 16 low-resolution multi-object fibre spectrograph; PI of the Major International (Regional) Joint Research Project of NSFC, Astronomical Union Funds Major Program of NSFC, Beyond The Horizons supported by John Templeton Foundation; has published over 40 papers (SCI/EI).
  • Honors:
    • Outstanding contributions of Young and Middle-aged experts in Nanjing and Jiangsu Province;
    • Awards of the talented research supervisor of Ph.D. students
    • State Council Expert for Special Allowance

Research Interests

Yongtian’s current interests include: critical technique in the detection of exoplanets with Radial velocity and direct imaging approaches, development of astronomical spectrographs and adaptive optics for high-resolution imaging, critical technique for Antarctic telescopes & instrumentation.

  • Astronomical Spectra and High-resolution Image Technique & Instrumentation
  • Extra-solar Planets Detection Technique & Instrumentation
  • Extreme large telescopes: technique and instrumentation
  • Astronomical techniques in extreme environment