Charling Tao 



Department of Physics, Tsinghua University

School of Sciences Building

Beijing 100084, China





Education and Employment


Ph. D. Physics (1979), Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA.
Master of Physics (1976), Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA.
Licence de Physique (1975), Universit´e Paris XI, Orsay, France.


1978-1979: Scientific Associate in Oxford, England.
1979-1981: Scientific Associate, CERN, Switzerland.
1981-1982: CERN fellow.
1982-1983: NIKHEF research associate (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
1984 onwards: Permanent position in CNRS.
1986-1998∶CEA/DAPNIA research engineer(French)
1990-1992: Visiting Professor IHEP, French Embassy in China, Science and Technology Counsellor
1998-2004:Research Director, CPPM, CNRS, France;
2005-2009 Professor U. Aix-Marseille II
2010- Director of Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics 

An introduction to astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology



- Particle Physics : neutrino, Dark Matter Research

- Cosmology: Dark Energy Research, Supernova

Awards and Membership
Selected Publications
1.         Weak lensing measurement of galaxy clusters in the CFHTLS wide survey HuanYuan Shan, Jean-Paul Kneib, Charling Tao, et al. The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 748, Issue 1, article id. 56 (2012).
2.         Keck Observations of the Young Metal-Poor Host Galaxy of the Super-Chandrasekhar-Mass Type Ia Supernova SN 2007if , M. Childress et al., SNFactory Collaboration, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 733, Issue 1, article id. 3 (2011).
3.         The reddening law of Type Ia Supernovae: separating intrinsic variability from dust using equivalent widths, N. Chotard, et al., SNFactory Collaboration, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 529, id.L4 2011
4.         Offset between dark matter and ordinary matter: evidence from a sample of 38 lensing clusters of galaxies, HuanYuan Shan, Bo Qin, Bernard Fort, Charling Tao, Xiang-Ping Wu, HongSheng Zhao, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 406, Issue 2, pp. 1134-1139. 2010
5.         Nearby Supernova Factory Observations of SN 2007if: First Total Mass Measurement of a Super-Chandrasekhar-Mass Progenitor, Scalzo et al.,(The Nearby Supernova Factory collaboration, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 713, Issue 2, pp. 1073-1094 (2010).
6.         Catastrophic Photo-z Errors and the Dark Energy Parameter Estimates with Cosmic Shear, L. Sun et al., The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 699, Issue 2, pp. 958-967 (2009). 
7.         Using Spectral Flux Ratios to Standardize SN Ia Luminosities, S. Bailey et al., SNFactory, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 500, Issue 2, 2009, pp.L17-L20
8.         Prospects on Dark Energy evolution using a frequentist multi-probe approach, Ch. Yèche et al, Astronomy and Astrophysics 448 (2006) 831-842, astro-ph/0507170, 2006
9.         The Supernova Legacy Survey: Measurement of Omega_M, Omega_Lambda and w from the First Year Data Set, SNLS Collaboration, Astronomy and Astrophysics 447 (2006) 31-48, 2006
10.      First results of the Instrumentation Line for the deep-sea ANTARES neutrino telescope., ANTARES Collaboration, Astroparticle Physics, Volume 26, Issue 4-5, p. 314-324. 2006
11.      Probing dark energy with supernovae: Bias from the time evolution of the equation of state, J.-M. Virey et al., Physical Review D, vol. 70, Issue 4, id. 043514 2004
12.      A deep sea telescope for high energy neutrinos, ANTARES Collaboration, Nuclear Physics B-Proc. Supplement, Volume 75, 1999, pp 415-417, 1999
13.      The HELLAZ Solar Neutrino Project, C.Tao, 4th Int’l Solar Neutrino Conference, 1997
14.      First results from the 51-Cr neutrino source experiment with the GALLEX detector, GALLEX Collaboration, Physics Letters B342 (1995) 440. 1995
15.      Solar Neutrinos observed by GALLEX at Gran Sasso, GALLEX collaboration, Physics Letters, B285 (1992) 390-397, 1992
16.      Search for Neutralino Dark Matter with NaI detectors, BPRS Collaboration (before DAMA), Physics Letters, B295 (1992) 330.1992
17.      Direct detection of dark matter with NaI crystals, BPRS Collaboration, Physics Letters, B 293 (1992) 460-464. 1992
18.      A critical look at Cosmions, Kaplan, Martin, Tao,Turck-Chièze, The Astrophysical Journal, 378, (1991), 315. 1991
19.      WIMPs and solar evolution code, Giraud-Heraud, Kaplan,Martin,Tao, Turck-Chieze, Solar Physics 128, 21 (1990).
20.      A low pressure TPC for Cosmion detection, Gerbier, Rich, Spiro and Tao, Proc. 1989 Berkeley workshop on Particle astrophysics, 1989
21.      The UA1 experiment (a review), C. Tao,  International Journal of Modern Physics  A1 (1986) 749-880, 1986
22.      Experimental observation of lepton pairs of invariant mass around 95 GeV/c2 at the CERN SPS collider, UA1 Collaboration, Physics Letters, B 126 (1983) 398-410, 1983 
23.      Experimental observation of isolated large transverse energy electrons with associated missing energy at sqrt{s} = 540 GeV, UA1 Collaboration, Physics Letters, B 122 (1983) 103-116, 1983
24.      Supersymmetry vs experiments, Nanopoulos,Savoy-Navarro, Tao, CERN publication. 30827, 1982
25.      Transverse Momentum and angular distributions of hadrons in muon-proton scattering and tests of Quantum Chromodynamics, Tao et al., Physical Review Letters, 44 (1980) 1726. 1980