Renyu Hu

Renyu Hu
Alumni
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Education
2007 - 2009, Tsinghua University, China, M.S. Astrophysics
2005 - 2009, Ecole Centrale Paris, France, Diplome d'Ingenieur
2003 - 2007, Tsinghua University, China, B.S. Mathematics and Physics
Bio and Interests

My research focuses on the characterization of terrestrial exoplanets' atmospheres and surfaces. During my PhD I have built a new comprehensive theoretical model of photochemistry and radiative transfer for exploration of exoplanetary atmospheres. I am using the model to identify gases in terrestrial exoplanet atmospheres that are indicative of alien life.

I have also pioneered the first theoretical model that outlined how to detect mineral compositions on a bare-rock exoplanet.

I am also interested in Mars polar processes. My analysis of data of various Mars orbiters has led to the first observational constraints on the particle size of CO2 snow on the red planet.

Publications
Author(s)
Hu, R., Seager, S., Bains, W. (2013)
Journal Citation
ApJ, 769, 6
Author(s)
Hu, R., Seager, S., Bains, W. (2012)
Journal Citation
ApJ, 761, 166
Author(s)
Hu, R., Cahoy, K., Zuber, M. T. (2012)
Journal Citation
Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, E07002
Author(s)
Hu, R., Ehlmann, B. L., Seager, S. (2012)
Journal Citation
ApJ, 752, 7
Author(s)
Hu, R., Zhang, S.-N. (2012)
Journal Citation
MNRAS, 426, 2847
Author(s)
Hu, R. (2010)
Journal Citation
ApJ, 725, 1421
Author(s)
Lou, Y.-Q., Hu, R.-Y. (2010)
Journal Citation
New Astronomy, 15, 198
Author(s)
Hu, R.-Y., Lou, Y.-Q. (2009)
Journal Citation
MNRAS, 396, 878
Author(s)
Hu, R.-Y., Lou, Y.-Q. (2008)
Journal Citation
MNRAS, 390, 1619
Author(s)
Hu., R., Bogdanova, Y. V., Owen, C., Foullon, C., Fazakerley, A. N., R`eme, H. (2008)
Journal Citation
J. Geophys. Res., 113, A07S05
Awards
Award Year
2013
Award Name
NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship
Award Year
2013
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Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
Award Year
2012
Award Name
The Barrett Prize, Department of Physics, MIT
Award Year
2011
Award Name
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
Award Year
2009
Award Name
MIT Presidential Fellowship
Award Year
2009
Award Name
Tsinghua University Best Master Dissertation
Award Year
2009
Award Name
Wu You-Xun Prize for Theoretical Astrophysics
Award Year
2008
Award Name
AMD Space Science Award
Research Groups, Labs, and Centers
Advisors
Internal Advisors