Frontiers of Astrophysics
2018 spring semester



Responsible teacher: Zhuo Li (黎卓) (Rm 108, KIAA bldg;; phone 62754891).

Time: 10:10-12:00am, Tuesday.

Place: Rm 2907, Dept of Astronomy, No. 2 Science Building (理科2号楼92907).



Course description

This course aims at the beginners, senior undergraduates and first-year postgraduates, who have little experience in astrophysics research. The class consists of a series of lectures covering many active fields in astrophysics. Each week there will be one focused topic, presented by one of KIAA and DoA faculty, or astronomers from the other institutes. The in-class teaching leaves a significant fraction of time for free discussions and for questions from students. At the end of the course, the students are expected to grasp the general ideas and status of the advanced topics in modern astrophysics.







Feb 27

Jiang Linhua

Quasars and cosmic reionization

March 6

Chen Xian

Gravitational waves in a dynamic universe


Cai Yifu (USTC)

Primordial GW on CMB map


Hu Bin (BNU)

On large scale structure


Xu Renxin

Strangeon Matter

April 3

Wang Jing

Atomic hydrogen in low redshift galaxies


Cui Wei (THU)

Missing baryons


Wang Ran

Millimeter/radio study of high-z quasars


Lee Kejia

Fast radio bursts

May 1




Bai Xuening (THU)

Planet formation


Zhang Huawei

First generation stars


Gregory Herczeg

Star and planet formation


Li Lixin

Gravitational waves and neutron star mergers

June 5

Li Zhuo

High energy neutrino astronomy


Eric Peng

Galaxy evolution in nearby universe







For graduates:

Finish at least 6 study notes for 6 lectures. They should cover (1) one lectures related to planet/stars, (2) one to galaxies, (3) one to cosmology, (4) one to compact objects and (5) one to high energy, and (6) one to gravitational waves. The length of the report is no less than 1 page but no more than 2 pages, with 12pt/小四 size. The submissions are due on the next Tuesday of the selected lecture, and please submit in the class. The notes should summarize the basic points known, the open questions and possible methods/ways to solve them.


For undergraduates:

1.      Write study notes for at least 12 lectures. The due time is the next class of the lecture. The length is a half-page (A4) with 12pt/小四 size, including:

a)        What is the frontier problem in the research field?

b)        What is your thought after the lecture?

2.      Write one report for the most favored topics in the course. The due time is the exam time, June 26. The length of one report is about 2 pages (A4) with 12pt/小四 size. Summarize what you learn from the lecture and what and why interest you.




The final grade for this course will be determined roughly as the following.

For graduates:
Homework: 75%
Participation: 25% - Attend and participate; be active in question time.

For undergraduates:
Homework: 30%
Participation: 20% - Ask 5 questions in the whole semester to get full score.
Exam: 50%