Shih-Yun Tang

Ph.D. Candidate at Dept. of Astronomy and Planetary Science

Lowell Observatory

Northern Arizona University

About Me

Hi, I am Shih-Yun Tang (湯士昀) from Taiwan. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science. I am working with Dr. Lisa Prato at the Lowell Observatory on using NIR and optical spectra to search for the youngest exoplanets around T Tauri stars. Meanwhile, I am also working with Prof. Tyler Robinson at NAU to model ultracool objects’ atmosphere using the 1D radiative-convective model. Lastly, as my side project, I am also working with Prof. Xiaoying Pang on using Gaia data to study stellar groups in the solar neighborhood.

I completed my B.A. and M.S. in Physics at the National Central University (NCU), Taiwan. My first research project was to characterize the stellar and substellar members in the Coma Berenices star cluster with Prof. Wen-Ping Chen as an undergraduate. Later, as my Master’s thesis, I was among the first to discover the tidal tails of the Coma Berenices star cluster.


  • Using NIR spectra to find the youngest exoplanets (Hot Jupiter) with the RV technique.
  • Modeling the atmosphere of brown dwarfs and planetary objects with 1D radiactive-convective model.
  • Stellar population identification and dynamic studies of nearby star clusters and moving groups
  • Searching and characterizing brown dwarfs and exoplanets


  • Ph.D., Astronomy and Planetary Science, 2020.01 - Current

    Northern Arizona University, USA

  • M.S., Physics, 2017.09 - 2019.06

    National Central University, Taiwan

  • Exchange Student, 2016.09 - 2017.08

    Niigata University, Japan

  • B.A., Physics, 2013.09 - 2017.08

    National Central University, Taiwan

Recent Posts

Recent Publications

Below only list publication that I had been highly involved. The full publication list can be found at NASA ADS or Google Scholar. (Last updated on Sep. 01, 2022.)


Near-Infrared Radial Velocity pipeline (IGRINS_RV)

Near infrared radial velocity pipeline for IGRINS instrument.

Open Cluster Dynamic Study

Open Cluster Dynamic Study

Y-dwarf Atmosphere Study

Y-dwarf Atmosphere Study