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On November 2, the MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific (TR35 Asia Pacific) list for 2023 was unveiled, including FENG Yi, a Research Fellow from Zhejiang Lab (ZJ Lab).
With the high sensitivity advantage of FAST, he provided an important observation foundation for building a complete model of the origin of fast radio bursts (FRBs).
Studying the origin and evolution of the universe is crucial to human development. Scientists stumbled upon an FRB signal that can release an enormous amount of energy in a very short time. FRBs can help explore the distribution of matter under extreme physical conditions and in the universe. However, it is difficult to determine the origin of FRBs because of their long distance from us and lack of multi-band observations.
Dr. FENG Yi from ZJ Lab's Research Center for Intelligent Computing Platforms analyzed the polarization characteristics of FRBs through intelligent computing with the "China Sky Eye" FAST and the U.S. GBT, revealing the existence of repeating FRBs in a complex environment like supernova remnants. This provides key observational evidence for finally determining the origin of repeating FRBs. The achievement was also included in China's Top Ten Scientific Advances for 2022 and China's Top Ten News Stories of Scientific and Technological Progress for 2022.
Dr. FENG Yi, an expert in the fields of FRBs, gravitational waves, pulsars and star formation, is mainly engaged in research, including discovering an extreme magnetic field reversal around a fast radio burst, precisely characterizing the polarization of FRBs, building the largest database of FRBs, and detecting gravitational waves with pulsar timing arrays.
FENG Yi said that in the future, he will push forward the interdisciplinary integration of astronomy and intelligent computing with advanced equipment such as FAST, which may reveal key issues such as the origin of FRBs in two or three years.
Since MIT Technology Review officially published the first TR35 Asia Pacific list in 2014, the event has been held for nine consecutive years. The research fields of this year's finalists include materials, quantum, energy, medicine, optics, acoustics, astronomy, AI, and synthetic biology which can have a far-reaching impact on human survival and development. These 35 outstanding young scholars have not only made remarkable achievements in their respective fields, but also driven and led the scientific and technological innovation in the Asia-Pacific region and even the world with their wisdom and passion. More young scholars are expected to forge ahead on the path toward scientific and technological innovation and contribute their wisdom and power to the sustainable development of human society in the future.