Zhi-Yun Li, Professor of Astronomy

Email: zl4h@virginia.edu
Phone: (434) 924-4886
Fax: (434) 924-3104
Office: 268 Astronomy Building
   Department of Astronomy
   PO Box 400325
   Charlottesville, VA 22904-4325


Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Professor, University of Virginia

Research Interests
Star Formation
Gamma-Ray Bursts

Recent Research Assistants
Hung-Yu Jian (M.A., 2000)
Ronak Shah (Ph.D. 2000)
Cheng-Yu Kuo (M.A. 2005)
Rick Mellon (Ph.D. 2009)
George Trammell (Ph.D. 2013)
Bo Zhao (Ph.D. 2014)
Jeffrey Anderson (Ph.D., TBD)
Haifeng Yang (Ph.D.)
Scott Suriano (Ph.D.)
Patrick King (Ph.D.)

Courses Recently Taught
Astronomy 121
Astronomy 124
Astronomy 543
Astronomy 544
Link to publications (NASA ADS)
Link to preprints on astro-ph

My research is in the areas of star formation, gamma ray bursts (GRBs), and extrasolar planets. I work on many aspects of star formation, including jets and winds, protostellar disk formation, dense cores, and the formation of binaries and multiple systems, and stellar clusters. With Roger Chevalier, I study the interaction of GRB ejecta with ambient medium, to constrain the GRB progenitors. With Phil Arras, I investigate the upper atmospheres of hot Jupiters, focusing on the potential effects of planetary magnetic fields.

In the area of star formation, I am currently working on three projects. The first is to determine how stellar clusters are formed in the presence of magnetic fields and feedback from protostellar outflows, which may dominate the dynamics of cluster formation. In the second project, I explore the physical connection between the jets and winds observed in young stellar objects to the circumstellar disks. The goal is to understand the structure and evolution of the coupled disk-outflow system. Lastly, I investigate how protostellar disks are formed in the collapse of magnetized molecular cores, focusing on the effects of magnetic braking.

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