Mouyuan Sun (孙谋远)
Associate Professor of Astronomy, PhD
Department of Astronomy,
Xiamen University,
Physics Building of Xiamen University,
No.1 West ZenCuoAn Road, Siming district,
Xiamen, Fujian Province, China, 361005

Welcome to my homepage. I’m currently an associate professor (selected as Nanqiang Young Top-notch Talents (class B) of Xiamen University) at the Department of Astronomy, Xiamen University. I’m an astronomer who studies astrophysics of supermassive black holes (e.g., the one you watched in the famous movie Interstellar; or see the figure at the bottom) in the center of active galaxies. In the meantime, I’m also interested in smaller black holes, namely, the stellar black holes and the intermediate-mass black holes. I use multi-wavelength data (collected by various telescopes spanning the electromagnetic spectrum), high-quality light curves and theoretical models to probe the astrophysics of black holes. Please check out this website or some of my publications to learn more about my research.

Current Position
Xiamen University
2019.08-present
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Research interests: AGN, Black hole astrophysics

Prior Appointments:
University of Science and Technology (USTC)
2019.02-2019.06
Research Associate

sponsor: Yongquan Xue

University of Science and Technology (USTC)
2016.02-2019.02
Postdoc

supervisor: Yongquan Xue

Education
Xiamen University
2010.09-2015.12
PhD

thesis: A Multi-messenger Study of Black Hole Accretion Systems, advisor: Wei-min Gu

Penn State University
2013.08-2015.08
Long-term visiting student
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)
2006.09-2010.06
Bachelor's in Physics

project: The Spectral Energy Distribution of ADAFs with Outflows, supervisors: Dingxiong Wang, Xinwu Cao, Shuangliang Li

Fundings
National Natural Science Foundation of China
2017.01-2019.12
NSFC Youth Program

¥250k

China Postdoctoral Science Foundation
2017.01-2019.02
General Program

first class (一等)

National Natural Science Foundation of China
2020.01-2023.12
NSFC General Program

¥620k

Xiamen University
2020.01-2024.12
Nanqiang Young Top-notch Talents Supporting Program of Xiamen University

南强青年拔尖人才计划B类

The China Scholarship Council
2013.08-2015.08
Scholarship
Mentoring
Xiamen University
2020.09-present
Primary mentor

XMU Graduate Student, Mr. Guowei Ren (任国伟)

Xiamen University
2019.09-present
Primary mentor

XMU Graduate Student, Ms. Ting Li (黎婷)

University of Science and Technology of China
2017.09-2019.05
Co-mentor

USTC Graduate Student, Dr. Jun Xu (徐骏)

University of Science and Technology of China
2019.03-2019.06
Co-mentor

USTC Graduate student, Ms. Junyao Li (李俊瑶)

Skills