Bazinga!

Kuo-Chuan Pan
Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University

I am currently a postdoc in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Michigan State University (MSU), working with Professor Sean Couch. Before coming to MSU, I was a postdoc in the Department of Physics at Basel University working with Prof. Friedrich-Karl Thielemann and PD Dr. Matthias Liebendörfer.

I earned my Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Prof. Paul Ricker. I received my B.S. from National Tsing Hua University in 2004.

I am broadly interested in many topics in theoretical and computational astrophsics, including supernovae (core-collapse and thermonuclear), novae, close binary systems, and stellar evolutions. Check out my research section for more information.

Contact:

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Michigan State University
3255 BPS building,
East Lansing, MI 48823 USA
Email: pankuoch [at] msu [dot] edu
Web: kuochuanpan.com

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2007-2013)

Ph.D. in Astronomy
Dissertation Advisor: Paul Ricker
with the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Option

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2000-2004)

B.S. in Physics

Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University (2016-present)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Universität Basel (2013-2016)
Computational Science and Engineering Fellow (2010-2012)
Research and Teaching Assistant, UIUC (2010-2013)
Research Assistant, UIUC/National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA, 2007-2008)
Research Assistant, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA, 2006-2007)
Second Lieutenant, Army, Taiwan (Military Service, 2004-2005)

Fellowships & Awards

Bronze prize poster award in the NIC2016 international conference, Niigata, Japan (2016)
Computational Science and Engineering Fellowship (2010-2012)
228 Incident Memorial Scholarship (2001-2004)

Activities & Service

Referee of the Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology (ComAC, since 2015)
Referee of the Nature Journal (Natur, since 2014)
Referee of the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ, since 2013)
Member of the American Astronomical Society (2010-2013)
President of NTHU astronomy club, NTHU, Taiwan (2003)
Advisor of astronomy club in Nation Hsinchu Girl’s Senior High School, Taiwan (2002)

Personal

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Hsinchu. Taiwan citizen. While at NTHU, I was president of the NTHU astronomy club and captain of the physics department soccer team.

Conference/Seminar/Colloquium Talks

  • "Multimessenger Signals from Stellar Mass Black Hole Formation", TIARA miniworkshop for High Energy Astrophysics, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017/10)
  • "Self-Consistent Neutrino-Driven Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations",Physics Colloquium, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2017/02)
  • "Self-Consistent Neutrino-Driven Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations",CompAS Semniar, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taipei, Taiwan (2016/10)
  • "Multi-dimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Simulation with the Isotropic Diffusion Source Approximation", Astronomy semniar, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (2016/04)
  • "Multi-D simulations of Core-Collapse Supernovae",CompAS Seminar, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taipei, Taiwan (2016/01)
  • "The Isotropic Diffusion Source Approximationof for Multi-D Supernovae Simulations", MICRA 2015 Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden (2015/08)
  • "Multi-Dimensional Simulations of Core-Collapse Supernovae", RIKEN Seminar, RIKEN, Wako, Saitama, Japan (2015/08)
  • "Multi-Dimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations with the IDSA for Neutrino Transport", 2015 Fifty-One-Ergs Conference, Raleigh, NC, USA (2015/06)
  • "The Isotropic Diffusion Source Approximation for Supernova simulations", 2015 PASC Meeting at Zurich, Switzerland (2015/06; presented by M. Liebendörfer)
  • "Multi-Dimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations with the IDSA for Neutrino Transport", Theory Seminar, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (2015/05)
  • "Search for Surviving Companions in Type Ia Supernova Remnants", HEP Division Seminar, Argonne National Lab, USA (2015/03)
  • "Two-Dimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations with the Isotropic Diffusion Source Approximation for Neutrino Transport", Explosive Stellar transients- 2014 AG Meeting at Bamberg, Germany (2014/09)
  • CompAS seminar, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan (2013/07)
  • Astronomy Colloquium, Nation Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2013/06)
  • Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics Seminar, Basel University, Switzerland (2013/04)
  • ITC seminar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA (2012/10)
  • CTA Theoretical Astrophysics and General Relativity Seminar, UIUC, USA (2012/09)
  • Astronomy Colloquium, Nation Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2012/06)
  • CSE Annual Research Symposium, UIUC, USA (2012/04)
  • CTA Theoretical Astrophysics and General Relativity Seminar, UIUC, USA (2011/10)
  • CFD-MHD seminar, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan (2011/07)
  • 9th Annual Workshop on Charm++ and its Applications, UIUC, USA (2011/04)
  • CSE Annual Research Symposium, UIUC, USA (2011/04)
  • Astronomy Colloquium, Nation Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2010/01)
  • CFD-MHD seminar, Academia Sinica Institue of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan (2009/01)

Posters

  • Kuo-Chuan Pan,M. Liebendorfer, S. Couch, and F.-K. Thielemann "Equation of State Dependent Dynamics and Multi-Messenger Signals from Stellar-Mass Black Hole Formation", Microphyscis In Computational Relativistic Astrophysics (MICRA), 2017, East Lansing, Michigan, USA [pdf]
  • Kuo-Chuan Pan,M. Liebendorfer, M. Hempel, and F.-K. Thielemann "Multidimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations with Neutrino Transport", 14th International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos XIV, 2016, Niigata, Japan (Bronze prize poster award) [pdf]
  • R. Cabezon, Kuo-Chuan Pan, and M. Liebendorfer “Shaping neutrino transport for a portable DIAPHANE radiative transfer library”, 2015 PASC review meeting, Lugano, Switzerland [pdf]
  • Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Search for Surviving Companions in Type Ia Supernova Remnants", 2015 Fifty-One-Ergs Conference [pdf]
  • Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Search for Surviving Companions in Type Ia Supernova Remnants", 2014, International conference on Type Ia Supernovae: progenitors, explosions, and cosmology [pdf]
  • Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Impact of Type Ia Supernova Ejecta on The Binary Companion", 2011, AAS Meeting #217 [Link]

Press Releases

  • NVIDIA Spotlight Interview on GPU computing, NVIDIA, USA (2017, in press)
  • Visualization image on the cover photo of the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program press release (PI: Sean Couch), 2016 November [Link 1] [Link 2]

Research

I am broadly interested in many topics in theoretical and computational astrophsics, including supernovae (core-collapse and thermonuclear), novae, close binary systems, and stellar evolutions.

Core-Collapse Supernovae

The collpase of massive stars at the end of their stellar evolutions produce among the most energetic explosions in the universe, naming core-collapse supernovae. We study the explosion mechanism of core-collapse supernovae through multi-dimensional radiation-hydrodynamics simulations.

Watch our recent 3D simulation Video on Youtube!
In collaboration with S. Couch, E. O'Connor, M. Liebendörfer, M. Hempel, R. M. Cabezón, T. Kuroda, and F.-K. Thielemann
Selected publications: [10],[19]

Thermonuclear Supernovae

Type Ia supernovae are considered to be "standardizable" candles when measuring the distance of distant objects and thus play an important role in cosmology. However, the nature of their progenitor systems remains unclear. We insvetigate the impact of Type Ia supernova ejecta on binary companions within the single-degenerate scenario and subsequent evolution of post-impact surviving stars.

View our recent Poster for more information.
In collaboration with P. Ricker, R. Taam, and Y.-H. Chu
Selected publications: [5],[8]

Symbiotic Recurrent Novae & Classical Novae

Symbiotic novae and classical novae have been, recently, classified as a new type of gamma-ray source. Since the gamma-ray emissions are highly associated with the high-energy particle accrelation inside nova blast waves, we investigate the shock interaction and evolution of nova ejecta in binary systems via three-dimensional hydrodynamics simulations.

Watch our recent simulation Video on Youtube!
In collaboration with P. Ricker, and R. Taam
Selected publications: [9]

Publications

Publications

  1. Kuo-Chuan Pan, S. M. Couch, M. Liebendorfer, and F.-K. Thielemann, "Equation of State Dependent Dynamics and Multimessenger Signals from Stellar-mass Black Hole Formation", 2017, submitted to ApJ, arXiv:1710.01690 [Link]
  2. K. C. Litke, Y.-H. Chu, A. Holmes, R. Santucci, T. Blindauer, R. A. Gruendl, C.-J. Li, Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and D. R. Weisz, "Nature of the Diffuse Source and its Central Point-like Source in SRN 0509-67.5", 2017, ApJ, 837, 111 [Link]
  3. Kuo-Chuan Pan, M. Liebendorfer, M. Hempel, and F.-K. Thielemann, "Multi-dimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations with Neutrino Transport", the Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos (NIC-XIV 2016), 2017, JPS Conf. Proc. 14, 20703 [Link]
  4. C.-J. Li, Y.-H. Chu, R. A. Gruendl, D. R. Weisz, Kuo-Chuan Pan, S. D. Points, P. M. Ricker, R. C. Smith, and F. M. Walter, "Physical Structures of the Type Ia Supernova Remnant N103B", 2017, ApJ, 836, 85 [Link]
  5. Kuo-Chuan Pan, M. Liebendorfer, M. Hempel, and F.-K. Thielemann, "Two-Dimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations with the Isotropic Diffusion Source Approximation for Neutrino Transport", 2016, ApJ, 817, 72 [Link]
  6. Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Simulations of the symbiotic recurrent nova V407-Cyg. I. Accretion and shock evolutions", 2015, ApJ, 806, 27 [Link]
  7. Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Search for Surviving Companions in Type Ia Supernova Remnants", 2014, ApJ, 792, 71 [Link]
  8. Kuo-Chuan Pan, "The fates of binary companions in Type Ia supernovae within the single-degenerate scenario", 2013, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Link]
  9. Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Evolution of Post-Impact Helium stars in Type Ia Supernova Remnants within the Single-Degenerate Scenario", 2013, ApJ, 733, 49 [Link]
  10. Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Evolution of Post-Impact Companion Stars in SN Ia Remnants Within Single-Degenerate Scenario", 2012, ApJ, 760, 21 [Link]
  11. P. M. Ricker, Kuo-Chuan Pan, and R. E. Taam, "The heterogeneity of Type Ia supernova progenitor systems and their use as cosmic distance indicators", 2013, IAU Symposium, 289, 329 [Link]
  12. Kuo-Chuan Pan, P.M. Ricker, and R.E. Taam, "Impact of Type Ia Supernova Ejecta on Binary Companions within the Single-Degenerate Scenario and Subsequent Evolution of Poist-Impact Remnant Stars", 2013, AAS Meeting #221 (Dissertation talk) [Link]
  13. Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Impact of Type Ia Supernova Ejecta on Binary Companions in the Single-Degenerate Scenario", 2012, ApJ, 750, 151 [Link]
  14. A. Langer, J. Lifflander, P. Miller, Kuo-Chuan Pan, L. Kale, and P. Ricker, "Scalable Algorithms for Distributed-Memory Adaptive Mesh Refinement", 2012, "Proceedings of the IEEE 24th International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing (SBAC-PAD 2012)" [Link]
  15. Kuo-Chuan Pan, P. M. Ricker, and R. E. Taam, "Impact of Type Ia Supernova Ejecta on a Helium Star Binary Companion", 2010, ApJ, 715, 78 [Link]
  16. P. M. Ricker, Kuo-Chuan Pan, and R. E. Taam, "The Impact of Type Ia Supernova Ejecta on Binary Systems", 2010, AIP Conference Series 1314 250 [Link]
  17. S. Negara, G. Zheng, Kuo-Chuan Pan, N. Negara, J. Ralph, L. Kale, P.M. Ricker, "Automatic MPI to AMPI Program Transformation using Photran", 2010, "Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Productivity and Performance (PROPER 2010)" at EuroPar 2010 [Link]
  18. S. Negara, Kuo-Chuan Pan, G. Zheng, N. Negara, J. Ralph, L. Kale, P.M. Ricker, "Automatic MPI to AMPI Program Transformation", 2010, "Charm++ Workshop 2010" [Link]
  19. A. Kemball, P. Diamond, I. Gonidakis, M. Mitra, K. Yim, Kuo-Chuan Pan, and H.-F. Chiang,"Multi-Epoch Imaging Polarimetry of the SiO Masers in the Extended Atmosphere of the Mira Variable TX Cam", 2009, ApJ, 698, 1721 [Link]

  20. My Ph.D. Dissertation

    "The fates of binary companions in Type Ia supernovae within the single-degenerate scenario", 2013, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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