Dr. Ke Wang

ESO fellow Welcome to my home page! I am a postdoctral fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Garching Headquarters in Germany.

I study the formation of high-mass stars by observing their parent molecular clouds at high angular resolution, using submm/mm/cm interferometers including ALMA, SMA, VLA, CARMA, plus space- and ground-based single dish telescopes Herschel, GBT, APEX, CSO, and KOSMA.

I spend 25% of my working time at the European ALMA Regional Center (EU ARC) for my functional work. I enjoy serving as an astronomer on duty (AoD), contact scientist (CS), and data analyst (QA2) at the EU ARC, which means I visit the ALMA site in Chile regularly, communicate with ALMA observers about updates of their observing projects, reduce fresh ALMA data right after observations, and make data products deliverable to PIs.

Contact

Web www.eso.org/~kwang
E-mail
kwang at eso.org
Telephone+49 89 3200 6575
OfficeHQ 508
Adress European Southern Observatory
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2
D-85748 Garching bei München
Germany
 
(Note: this site is under active construction, stay tuned!)
Last updated: 2014-May-07

News

2014-July-23: My series of studies on IRDCs highlighted in SMA Newsletter (issue July 2014) in article "Most In-depth View of the Initial Stages of Massive Clustered Star Formation" .
2014-June-24: My research highlighted at the SMA 10 years anniversary "Celebrating a Decade of Discovery" .
2014-June-20: My poster at the EPoS 2014 conference downloadable from here .
2014-June-19: My DFG priority program ISM-SPP proposal is recommended for full funding by the reviewers.
2014-Apr-17: My abstract accepted to EWASS 2014 in Symposia 10: "mm/submm astronomy in the ALMA era".
2014-Apr-09: ALMA cycle 2 results: 1 PI and 2 co-I projects approved.
2014-Apr-1~7: QA2 training
2014-Mar-30: My first internal beta release of pixSED v0
2014-Mar-27: Submitted APEX P94 proposals: PI on 1, co-I on 1.
2014-Mar-20: ALMA featured in major medias: article, photos
2014-Mar-17: My DFG priority program proposal submitted
2014-Mar-14: Back from ALMA cycle 2 proposal review, results should come out around "mid-April"
2014-Feb-26: Press release! My study on IRDC G11.11-0.12 highlighted by Harvard CfA and UK Royal Astronomical Society, among many other medias word wide.
2014-Feb-15: My abstract accepted to EPoS 2014
2013-Nov-21: Back from AoD trip to ALMA OSF. I resumed cycle 1 observations out of multiple delays :-)
2013-Dec-12: Received permissions to publish my thesis in Springer, start to prepare the manuscript.
2013-Dec-05: Submitted ALMA cycle 2 proposals: PI on 1, co-I on 6 proposals.
2013-Oct-25: My project "Galactic cold interstellar filaments" phase II approved by Hi-GAL consortium.
2012-Dec-20: Received Springer Theses Prize.
2012-Aug-01: My book, Chinese translation of "Super Stars" published (I didn't like the Chinese title they forced me!)

Research Interests

Initial conditions of high-mass star formation
Infrared dark clouds, molecular filaments
submm/mm/cm interferometric observations

Fellowships/Employment

Lucky enough, all job positions I have held so far are independent fellowships, which allow more freedom in research.


2012-present
ESO Fellow
European Southern Observatory, Garching Headquarters, Germany
(Close collaboration with Leonardo Testi)

2011-2012
Erasmus Mundus Lotus Post-doctoral Fellow
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
(Close collaboration with Floris van der Tak)

2008-2011
Submillimeter Array (SMA) Pre-doctoral Fellow
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge MA, USA
(Supervised by Qizhou Zhang)

Education


2006-2012
Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Peking University, Beijing, China (highest distinction)
Thesis: "The Earliest Stages of Massive Clustered Star Formation: Fragmentation of Infrared Dark Clouds"
Supervisors: Qizhou Zhang (Harvard CfA), Yuefang Wu (Peking University)
Annual Research Review Committee: Philip C. Myers, Tirupati K. Sridharan (Harvard CfA)

2002-2006
B.S. in Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China (highest distinction)
Thesis: "Circumstellar Habitable Zones of Solar-like Stars"
Supervisor: Xiaowei Liu (Peking University)

1999-2002
Tsinghua High School, Chongqing, China (highest distinction)

Papers

All papers on ADS , or individually:

1. Hierarchical fragmentation and differential star formation in the Galactic 'Snake': infrared dark cloud G11.11-0.12
Wang, Ke; Zhang, Qizhou; Testi, Leonardo; van der Tak, Floris; Wu, Yuefang; Zhang, Huawei; Pillai, Thushara; Wyrowski, Friedrich; Carey, Sean; Ragan, Sarah E.; Henning, Thomas
MNRAS, 2014, 439, 3275
Press release: Harvard CfA , UK Royal Astronomical Society , other medias word wide.

2. Protostellar Outflow Heating in a Growing Massive Protocluster
Wang, Ke; Zhang, Qizhou; Wu, Yuefang; Li, Hua-bai; Zhang, Huawei
ApJ, 2012, 745, L30

3. The Origin of OB Clusters: From 10 pc to 0.1 pc
Liu, Hauyu Baobab; Quintana-Lacaci, Guillermo; Wang, Ke; Ho, Paul T. P.; Li, Zhi-Yun; Zhang, Qizhou; Zhang, Zhi-Yu
ApJ, 2012, 745, 61

4. Hierarchical Fragmentation and Jet-like Outflows in IRDC G28.34+0.06: A Growing Massive Protostar Cluster
Wang, Ke; Zhang, Qizhou; Wu, Yuefang; Zhang, Huawei
ApJ, 2011, 735, 64

5. IRDC G030.88+00.13: A Tale of Two Massive Clumps
Zhang, Qizhou; Wang, Ke
ApJ, 2011, 733, 26

6. A search for massive young stellar objects with 98 CH3OH maser sources
Liu, Tie; Wu, Yue-Fang; Wang, Ke
RAA, 2010, 10, 67

7. The relation between 13CO J = 2-1 line width in molecular clouds and bolometric luminosity of associated IRAS sources
Wang, K.; Wu, Y. F.; Ran, L.; Yu, W. T.; Miller, M.
A&A, 2009, 507, 369

Books

1. The Earliest Stages of Massive Clustered Star Formation: Fragmentation of Infrared Dark Clouds
Wang, Ke
to appear in the Springer Theses book series, 2014

2. Chinese translation of "Super Stars"
Wang, Ke
Anhui Children's Publishing House, 2012, ISBN: 9787539761626
(a popular science book for kids, original author David A. Aguilar)

Observing Experience

Summary since Feb 2009: I've visited all these telescopes and have operated most of them:

Functional and Science Duties


Students


Honors


Public Outreach

I am enthusiastic to tell the general public about the beauty of our Universe and to share fresh, exciting research results of my own. My wife, Dr. Xiaojin An is always my first listener and reader.

Spare Time

When I am not doing astronomy, I love cooking, skiing, running, and writting (basically food, sports, and sort of literature :-). From 2003 to 2008 I have run the Beijing Marathon yearly, achieved my personal record 3h32m29s in 2006. Since 2013 I started to participate in the Garchinger Runde, exploring the lovely town we live in. In winter 2013/14, I learned skiing and immediately fell in love with the Alps.


Last updated 2014-May-07