Lijun Gou

Positions: Professor
Academic Title: Professor
Mailing Address: Lijun Gou
Education and Career History

1998, BS, Nanjing University, Chinatown
2001, MS, Nanjing University, China

2007, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, USA

2007-2010, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

2010-2012, Research Scientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

2012- present, Reseacher, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS (selected through the young thousand talent programs)

2012-present, Team leader of research group on stellar black holes, NAOC

Research Fields

Black hole physics and its properties (mass and spine), gamma-ray burst including its explosion mechanisms and afterglow evolution, high-energy astrophysics


We made a first-ever precise measurement to the distance, mass, and spin for the black hole in Cyg X-1 system which is the first black hole prototype.
Using MCMC method, we did a multi-band and careful analysis to the afterglow of the first high-redshift Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB), GRB 050904, which is located at z=6.295, and compared its properties with the ones at low redshift.

Selected Publication

The Extreme Spin of the Black Hole in Cygnus X-1  L. Gou, J.McClintock, J. Reid Mark, J. Orosz, J. Steiner, R. Narayan, J. Xiang, R. Remillard, K. Arnaud, S. Davis, 2011, ApJ, 742, 85
The Mass of the Black Hole in Cygnus X-1 J. Orosz, J. McClintock, J. Aufdenberg, R. Remillard, M. Reid, R. Narayan, L. Gou,2011, ApJ, 742, 84

The Trigonometric Parallax of Cygnus X-1 M. Mark, J. McClintock, R. Ramesh, L. Gou, R. Remillard, J. Orosz,2011, ApJ, 742, 83

The Spin of the Black Hole in the Soft X-ray Transient A0620-00  L. Gou, J. McClintock, J. Steiner, R. Narayan, A. Cantrell, C. Bailyn, J. Orosz,2010, ApJ, 718, L122

Determination of the Spin of the Black Hole Primary in LMC X-1 L. Gou, J. McClintock, J. Liu, R. Narayan, J. Steiner, R. Remillard, J. Orosz, S. Davis, K. Ebisawa, E. Schlegel, 2009, ApJ, 701, 1076

Modeling GRB 050904: Autopsy of a Massive Stellar Explosion at z=6.29 L. Gou, D. Fox, P. Mészáros,2007, ApJ, 668, 1083

GLAST Prospects for Swift-Era Afterglows L. Gou, P. Mészáros,2007, ApJ, 668, 392

Detectability of Long Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows from Very High Redshifts  L. Gou, P. Mészáros, T. Abel, B. Zhang,2004, ApJ, 604, 508