Welcome to the online home of Qicheng Zhang! I'm currently a graduate student studying planetary science at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. I mostly work on small body astronomy—comets, asteroids, and related objects that roam the solar system. This site attempts to capture key aspects of my research, and perhaps eventually, some of the other fun things that I'm involved with.

Personal & Academic History

I was originally from China, but largely grew up in Southern California where I've mostly resided in the present millenium. As an undergraduate, I attended UC Santa Barbara where I studied physics within the College of Creative Studies (2013–2017), and have also worked at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. I'm presently pursuing a Ph.D. in planetary science at Caltech.

Recent Highlights

2018 Jan 3: New paper Zhang (2018) (arXiv:1712.08059) is out, placing practical limits to backtracing interstellar objects like ‘Oumuamua in the present and future.

2017 Dec 5: New co-authored paper Ye et al. (2017) (arXiv:1711.02320) is out, covering observations of interstellar object 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua).

Image: Alpenglow on Mt. Rainier, shrouded in clouds at dusk.