Xuening Bai ()

Institute for Advanced Study (IASTU) and
Department of Astronomy (DoA)
Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Office: 312 Science Hall (IASTU); S605 Mong Man-wai Building (DoA)
Phone: (+86) 10-6278-9981 (IASTU)
Email: xbai (at) tsinghua.edu.cn

Welcome to my homepage! I am a research professor at Institute for Advanced Study at Tsinghua University (IASTU), and an adjunct professor at Department of Astronomy (DoA). I obtained my BS in physics and mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2007, PhD from Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University in August 2012, followed by a Hubble Fellow and ITC Research Associate at Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC), Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I was also a lecturer in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University in 2015-2017.

I am seeking for one postdoc to work on topics of mutual interests. See job advertisement.

Research Interests:

I am a theoretical and computational astrophysicist. My research interests include:
  • Planet formation: gas dynamics, chemistry and evolution of protoplanetary disks, dust dynamics and transport, planetesimal formation, core accretion, planet-disk interaction
  • Plasma astrophysics: accretion disks, magnetized disk winds, pulsar physics, particle acceleration in collisionless shocks, cosmic-ray transport
  • Computational astrophysics: magnetohydrodynamics, particle-in-cell methods
Research overview

Research group

Publications: on NASA ADS and Google Scholar.


Here you can find some courses I currently teach or have taught and lectures I have given in the past few years.

Statistics and Numerical Methods (Tsinghua, since 2019 Fall)
Special Topics in Theoretical Astrophysics (Tsinghua, 2019 Spring)
Special Topics in Observational Astrophysics (Tsinghua, 2018 Fall)
THCA Student Seminar (Tsinghua, 2017 Fall and 2018 Spring)

Computational Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics (SHAO, 2018 Winter)
Plasma Astrophysics (Harvard, 2016 Spring)
Lectures on planet formation (Tsinghua, 2014 Spring and 2017 Summer)