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Center for Astronomy. Vision & Objectives. Maintain the number 1 status in Korea. Aim to be a world-class astronomy institute. Regarding Yonsei-Oxford collaboration Tight collaborations between Yonsei and Oxford already exist in Astronomy

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Center for astronomy

Center for Astronomy


Center for astronomy

Vision & Objectives

Maintain the number 1 status in Korea.

Aim to be a world-class astronomy institute.

  • Regarding Yonsei-Oxford collaboration

  • Tight collaborations between Yonsei and Oxford already exist in Astronomy

  • Each year, multiple collaborative papers are being published and

  • personnel are exchanged to boost the research activities on both.

  • We are certain that our case sets a good example/standard for the

  • Yonsei-Oxford university level collaboration.


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Organization and Participants


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Research Fields (I)

  • Survey and observational astronomy

  • Official partner of GALEX UV survey mission

  • Co-operating CTIO 4m Blanco telescope

  • Hosting a 21m KVN radio telescope on campus

  • YSTAR global survey network PI institute

  • Collaborate with Oxford on Sauron and Galex

  • projects


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Research Fields (II)

  • Theoretical astrophysics

  • PI institute of the Y2 Isochrones (world’s most

  • used stellar evolution models)

  • The largest stellar evolution model database

  • Hydrodynamic models for stellar convection

  • Formation and evolution of galaxies

  • Population synthesis models


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Research Fields (III)

  • Space instrumentation and operation

  • Korea’s best satellite tracking institute

  • Automatic mirror polishing process

  • Space optics projects

  • Currently in collaboration with Rutherford

  • Appleton Lab and Oxford University


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Activities and Outputs

  • Research highlights

    • GALEX UV satellite operation

    • Korea VLA Network on campus

    • YSTAR survey network

    • CTIO 4m Blanco telescope operation

    • Y2 isochrone project

    • Various satellite projects

  • Major publications

    • More than 70 papers publishes in ApJ on various Galex projects

    • Y2 isochrones among the most cited papers in astronomy

    • Each faculty publishes 5.6 major papers per year

    • Four Nature, Science papers published recently


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Yonsei-Oxford collaboration

  • History

  • Yi was a former lecturer of Oxford Physics (astrophysics), supervising 3 PhD students (Kaviraj, Schawinski, Brown)

  • Current Yonsei-Oxford collaborations

    • Yi – Martin Bureau on Sauron-Galex early-type galaxy studies (Royal Society funded)

    • Yi – Joseph Silk on Hubble space telescope Wide Field Camera 3 project

    • Yi – Sugata Kaviraj on early-type galaxy evolution

    • SH Kim – Dalton on optical instrumentation

  • Papers published via Yonsei-Oxford collaborations

    • 11 top journal papers for the last 3 years

    • Including Nature paper: Schawinski, Yi, et al. 2006, Nature, 442, 888 “Suppression of star formation in early-type galaxies by feedback from supermassive black holes”

    • Including Science paper: Schawinski, Yi et al. 2008, Science, 321, 223, “Supernova Shock Breakout from a Red Supergiant”

  • Visitingeach other in the last 3 years

    • Oxford scientists (Bureau, Kaviraj, Khochfar, Schawinski, Burnell) visited Yonsei

    • Yonsei scientists (Yi, Jeong, Kimm, Yoon) visited Oxford

    • 2 Yonsei graduates are enrolled in the Oxford physics Dphil programme


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Contact Point

Prof. Sukyoung Ken Yi

Yonsei University

Department of Astronomy

Tel: 82-2-2123-4159

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: http://gem.yonsei.ac.kr


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