Welcome to Wei's Homepage

"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensive."

-Albert Einstein-

My name is Wei Zhu (祝伟). I'm now a post-doctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. I got my PhD degree from The Ohio State University in the United States in 2017, and a BS degree from Peking University in China in 2013. I grew up in An Yang (安阳) of Henan province, which was the capital of the Shang (商) dynasty of ancient China more than 3,000 years ago.

My research interests include both theoretical and observational aspects of astrophysics, with a focus on exoplanets.  Please explore this site to find more about my work. Also feel free to contact me: weizhu (at) cita.utoronto.ca

Research

  • Applications of gravitational microlensing in exoplanets, stellar binaries and isolated objects.
  • Joint analysis of ground-based and space-based (Spitzer, K2, WFIRST) microlensing observations [see here].
  • Planet detection and characterization vis transit and astrometry method.
  • Connections between planetary and stellar properties.
  • Multi-planet systems: architecture, occurrence rate, stability.

Selected publications:

  • Constraining the oblateness of Kepler planets [ADS]
  • Influence of stellar metallicity on occurrence rates of planets and planetary systems [ADS]
  • Toward a Galactic distribution of planets. I. Methodology & planet sensitivities of the 2015 high-cadence Spitzer microlens sample [ADS]
  • About 30% of Sun-like stars have Kepler-like planetary systems: a study of their intrinsic architecture [ADS][NAOC Research News (Chinese & English)]
  • The super Earth-cold Jupiter relations [ADS][Brief Intro (in Chinese)][K2SciCon-V slides]
  • A pair of planets likely in mean-motion resonance from gravitational microlensing [ADS][Talk slides]
  • On the patterns observed in Kepler multi-planet systems [ADS][EXSS4 slides]

Outdoor Activities

I like various kinds of outdoor sports, such as rock climbing (incl. bouldering), skiing, hiking, camping, etc. Rock climbing is currently my favorite sport, even though I'm not a super strong rock climber.