The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Shuo Zhang joined MKI in September 2016 as a postdoctoral associate. Shuo obtained her Physics PhD degree in 2016 from Columbia University, where she held a NASA Earth and Space Science fellowship investigating hard X-ray outburst history of the Galactic center supermassive black hole Sgr A* with the NuSTAR telescope. Before joining the Columbia NuSTAR group, She earned her bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University in 2010. Shuo is originally from Changchun, a city in Northeast China.
Shuo is primarily interested in observational high energy astrophysics. For her PhD research, she studied Sgr A* X-ray outburst history from three angles: current Sgr A* flares, past Sgr A* outbursts reflected by Galactic center molecular clouds, and future Sgr A* outburst behavior after the G2 pericenter passage. She also studies Galactic center cosmic-ray population through both magnetic filamentary structures and molecular clouds. Shuo is also branching into particle acceleration processes involved in the supernova remnant and molecular cloud interaction region, such as IC 443. At MKI, Shuo will use archival and newly obtained Chandra observations to study various high energy phenomena in the Galactic center. In addition to observational astrophysics, Shuo is also interested in X-ray instrumentation. She was involved in ground calibration of the hard X-ray optics for the NuSTAR telescope before it was launched.