Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i 2008
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Iowa, 751 Van Allen Hall
Phone: 319-335-0402, FAX: 319-335-1753
Email: hai-fu[at] uiowa.edu
Home page: astro.physics.uiowa.edu/~fu
I grew up in Yili, a region near the border between China and Kazakhstan. I was an amateur astronomer before I earned my B.S. in Astronomy at Nanjing University in 2003. I obtained my Ph.D. in Astronomy in 2008 from the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai'i. After that I continued my career as a postdoc research fellow for five years at California Institute of Technology and University of California, Irvine. I joined the faculty of the University of Iowa in 2013. Besides astronomy, I enjoy spending time outside. Especially, I like to climb mountains and ride bicycles.
I am mainly interested in understanding how galaxies evolved from the primordial density peaks in the space to the beautiful ensembles of stars today. To do that, my collaborators and I observe galaxies across the cosmic time using the most sensitive instruments. By characterising the fingerprints encoded in their photons, I hope to connect the galaxies at different epochs and figure out their curious life paths, and eventually, to understand the physical processes that have controlled their evolution.
Current Research Projects
Dusty starburst galaxies in the early Universe: how did they form and will they evolve into the most massive elliptical galaxies today? How important are galaxy collisions in triggering the accretion of supermassive black holes and the activation of their energetic outflows? And how do such outflows affect the evolution of galaxies?
Selected Recent Publications
Fu, Hai, Hennawi, J. F., Prochaska, J. X., Mutel, R., Casey, C., Cooray, A., Kereš, D., Zhang, Z.-Y., et al. 2016, in press, Astrophysical Journal, The Circumgalactic Medium of Submillimeter Galaxies. I. First Results from a Radio-Identified Sample
Fu, Hai, Wrobel, J. M., Myers, A. D., Djorgovski, S. G., & Yan, L. 2015, The Astrophysical Journal, Binary Active Galactic Nuclei in Stripe 82: Constraints on Synchronized Black Hole Accretion in Major Mergers
Fu, Hai, Myers, A. D., Djorgovski, S. G., Yan, L., Wrobel, J. M., & Stockton, A. 2015, The Astrophysical Journal, lRadio-selected Binary Active Galactic Nuclei from the Very Large Array Stripe 82 Survey
Calanog, J. A., Fu, Hai, Cooray, A., et al. 2014, The Astrophysical Journal, Lens Models of Herschel-selected Galaxies from High-resolution Near-IR Observations
Wrobel, J. M., Walker, R. C., & Fu, H. 2014, The Astrophysical Journal, Evidence from the Very Long Baseline Array that J1502SE/SW are Double Hotspots, not a Supermassive Binary Black Hole
Fu, Hai, et al. 2013, Nature The rapid assembly of an elliptical galaxy of 400 billion solar masses at a redshift of 2.3