Research Areas:

  • Compact object accretion and jet;

  • Gamma-ray bursts and supernovae;

  • Astroparticle physics and nuclear physics;

  • Cosmic ray and dark matter;

  • Formation and evolution of galaxy;

  • Large-scale structure of the Universe.


Current and Future Research Projects:


Census of baryon Accretion and Feedback Explorer (CAFE) is a space mission in ultraviolet band. The science goal is to study the cosmic web and its interaction with galaxies. Dr. Li Ji at PMO is the PI of this program. Professor Taotao Fang is a member of the science team.


China Lijiang IFU (CHILI) Project is an integral field unit (IFU) spectrograph to study the kinematic, abundances, and star-formation structures of galaxies in two dimensions. Professors Junfeng Wang and Taotao Fang are members of the CHILI science team.


The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is a radio telescope under construction located in a natural basin in southwest China. It will be the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope after completion. Professor Taotao Fang is a FAST Distinguished Fellow, aiming on the study of the neutral hydrogen content of the nearby universe and searching for pulsars with FAST. Professor Ang Li also involves in using FAST to study the physics of neutron stars and compact objects.

GRB (973 program)

"Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and relevant frontier physics" is one of the national basic research programs of China (973 Program). The science goal is to achieve a profund understanding of GRB underlying physics from the study of the multi-messenger and multi-band GRB astronomy.   Proferssors Wei-Min Gu, Feng Yuan, and Tong Liu are members of this program.


The JCMT dust and gas In Nearby Galaxies Legacy Exploration (JINGLE) is a new JCMT Large Program designed to systematically study the cold ISM of galaxies in the local Universe. Professors Taotao Fang and Feng Huang are members of the science team.


The Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) is a multipurpose neutrino experiment designed to determine neutrino mass hierarchy and precisely measure oscillation parameters by detecting reactor neutrinos from the Yangjiang and Taishan Nuclear Power Plants, observe supernova neutrinos, study the atmospheric, solar neutrinos and geo-neutrinos, and perform exotic searches. Professor Shu Luo is a member of the JUNO collaboration team.


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a wide-field survey telescope that is currently under construction. It will photograph the entire available sky every few nights. Our department is one of the partners of the Chinese LSST consortium


MApping the dense moLecular gAs in the sTrongest stAr-formiNg Galaxies (MALATANG) Legacy Survey is a 390 hour campaign, using the heterodyne array HARP-B on the JCMT to map the HCN and HCO+ J = 4 − 3 line emission in 23 of the nearest, IR-brightest galaxies beyond the Local Group. Professors Junfeng Wang and Taotao Fang are Co-Is of this project.


The Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) is a massively multiplexed fiber-fed optical and near-infrared spectrograph (2400 fibers) that will be installed in Subaru. The Subaru Measurement of Images and Redshifts (SuMIRe) project targets cosmology and galaxy formation and evolution with galaxy surveys, Galactic archaeology, and studies of galaxy/AGN evolution. Professor Taotao Fang is one of Chinese PIs.