MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Shuo Zhang

Postdoctoral Associate Postdoctoral Scholar

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.

Research interests: 

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.


Representative publications: 

Hard X-Ray Morphological and Spectral Studies of the Galactic Center Molecular Cloud Sgr B2: Constraining Past Sgr A* Flaring Activity

High-energy X-Ray Detection of G359.89-0.08 (Sgr A-E): Magnetic Flux Tube Emission Powered by Cosmic Rays?


Honors and awards: 

NASA Group Achievement Award for NuSTAR project team, 2015

NASA Group Achievement Award for NuSTAR science team, 2014

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, 2013

Columbia University Faculty Fellowship, 2010

National Astronomical Observatory of China Scholarship, 2009