23 first-author papers, h-index = 28 (using NASA ADS)

*student advised, #postdoc advised, ^equal contribution

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Submitted Publications

[68] JWST Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Team (2022), Identification of carbon dioxide in an exoplanet atmosphere, submitted to Nature

[67] #Mario Damiano, Renyu Hu, et al. (2022), A transmission spectrum of the sub-Earth planet L98-59 b in 1.1 – 1.7 μm, submitted to AJ

[66] Christopher D. Parkinson, Stephen W. Bougher, Franklin P. Mills, Renyu Hu, Guillaume Gronoff, Jiazheng Li, Amanda Brecht, and Yuk L. Yung (2022), Venus as an Exoplanet: I. An Initial Exploration of the 3-D Energy Balance for a CO2 Exoplanetary Atmosphere Around an M-Dwarf Star, submitted to J. Geophys. Res. Planets (arXiv:2205.10958)

[65] Emily A. Whittaker, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2022), The Detectability of Rocky Planet Surface and Atmosphere Composition with JWST: The Case of LHS 3844b, submitted to ApJ (arXiv:2207.08889)

[64] Robert A. West, Philip Dumont, Renyu Hu, Vijay Natraj, James Breckinridge, and Pin Chen (2022), Spectropolarmetry as a Means to Address Cloud Composition and Habitability for a Cloudy Exoplanetary Atmosphere in the Habitable Zone, submitted to ApJ

[63] Stefan Martin, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2022), ATSA- A Next Generation Active Telescope for Space Astronomy, submitted to Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

Refereed Publications

[62] Steffen Buessecker, Hiroshi Imanaka, Tucker Ely, Renyu Hu, Stephen J. Romaniello, and Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz (2022), Marine mineral-catalyzed NO and N2O formation on the anoxic early EarthNature Geoscience, in press (EarthArxiv: n6tv2)

[61] #Mario Damiano and Renyu Hu (2022), Reflected spectroscopy of small planets II: characterization of terrestrial exoplanetsAJ, 163, 299

[60] Renyu Hu and *Trent Thomas (2022), A nitrogen-rich atmosphere on ancient Mars consistent with isotopic evolution modelsNature Geoscience, 15, 106

[59] Jiazheng Li, Jonathan H. Jiang, Huanzhou Yang, Dorian S. Abbot, Renyu Hu, Thaddeus D. Komacek, Stuart J. Bartlett, and Yuk L. Yung (2022), Rotation Period Detection for Earth-like Exoplanets, AJ, 163, 27

[58] Caprice L. Phillips, Ji Wang, Sarah Kendrew, Thomas P. Greene, Renyu Hu, Jeff Valenti, Wendy R. Panero, and Joseph Schulze (2021), Detecting Biosignatures in the Atmospheres of Gas Dwarf Planets with the James Webb Space Telescope, ApJ, 923, 144

[57] #Mario Damiano and Renyu Hu (2021), Reflected spectroscopy of small exoplanets I: determining the atmospheric composition of sub-Neptune planets, AJ, 162, 200

[56] Renyu Hu#Mario Damiano, #Markus Scheucher, Edwin Kite, Sara Seager, and Heike Rauer (2021)Unveiling shrouded oceans on temperate sub-Neptunes via transit signatures of solubility equilibria vs. gas thermochemistryApJ Letters, 921, L8

[55] Renyu Hu (2021), Photochemistry and Spectral Characterization of Temperate and Gas-Rich Exoplanets, ApJ, 921, 27

[54] *Danica Adams, … Renyu Hu, and Yuk Yung (2021), Nitrogen Fixation on Early MarsAstrobiology, 21, 8

[53] *Eva L. Scheller, Bethany Ehlmann, Renyu Hu, *Danica Adams, and Yuk Yung (2021), Long-Term Drying of Mars by Sequestration of Ocean-Scale Volumes of Water in the CrustScience, 372, 56

[52] Michael Zhang, Heather A. Knutson, Lile Wang, Fei Dai, Antonija Oklopčić, and Renyu Hu (2021), No Escaping Helium from 55 Cnc e, AJ, 161, 181

[51] Andrew Romero-Wolf, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2021), Starshade Rendezvous: Exoplanet Orbit Constraints from Multi-Epoch Direct Imaging, Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7, 021219

[50] Renyu Hu, Sergi R. Hildebrandt, #Mario DamianoStuart Shaklan, Stefan Marti, and Doug Lisman (2021), Starshade Exoplanet Data Challenge, Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7, 021216

[49] Andrew Romero-Wolf, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2021), Starshade Rendezvous: Exoplanet Sensitivity and Observing StrategyJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7, 021210

[48] Renyu Hu, Doug Lisman, Stuart Shaklan, Stefan Martin, Phil Willems, and Kendra Short (2021), Overview and Reassessment of Noise Budget of Starshade Exoplanet Imaging, Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7, 021205

[47] #Mario Damiano, Renyu Hu, and Sergi Hildebrandt (2020), Multi-orbital-phase and Multiband Characterization of Exoplanetary Atmospheres with Reflected Light Spectra, AJ, 160, 206

[46] Sukrit Ranjan, … Renyu Hu (2020), Photochemistry of Anoxic Abiotic Habitable Planet Atmospheres: Impact of New H2Cross-Sections, ApJ, 896, 148

[45] #Mario Damiano and Renyu Hu (2020), ExoREL-R: A Bayesian Inverse Retrieval Framework for Exoplanetary Reflected Light SpectraAJ, 159, 175

[44] Renyu Hu, *Luke Peterson, and Eric T. Wolf (2020), O2-Dominated Atmospheres for Potentially Habitable Environments on TRAPPSIT-1 PlanetsApJ, 888, 122

[43] Charles Beichman, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2020), Searching for Planets Orbiting alpha Cen A with the James Webb Space Telescope, PASP, 132, 015002

[42] Clara Sousa-Silva, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2020), Phosphine as a Biosignature Gas in Exoplanet Atmospheres, Astrobiology, 20, 2

[41] Renyu Hu (2019), Information in the Reflected Light Spectra of Widely Separated Giant ExoplanetsApJ, 887, 166

[40] Renyu Hu and *Héctor Delgado Diaz (2019), Stability of Nitrogen in Planetary Atmospheres in Contact with Liquid WaterApJ, 886, 126

[39] Megan Mansfield, Edwin S. Kite, Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), Identifying Atmospheres on Rocky Exoplanets through Infrared High Albedo, ApJ, 886, 141

[38] Laura Kreidberg, ^Daniel Koll, ^Caroline Morley, ^Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), Absence of a Thick Atmosphere on the Terrestrial Exoplanet LHS 3844b, Nature, 573, 87

[37] Jonathan Jiang, Xuan Ji, Nicholas Cowan, Renyu Hu, and Zonghong Zhu (2019), Empirical Predictions for the Period Distribution of Planets to be Discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, AJ, 158, 96

[36] Renyu Hu (2019), Predicted Diurnal Variation of the Deuterium to Hydrogen Ratio in Water at the Surface of Mars Caused by Mass Exchange with the Regolith, Earth Planet Sci Lett, 519, 192

[35] #Yui Kawashima, Renyu Hu, and Masahiro Ikoma (2019), Detectable Molecular Features above Hydrocarbon Haze via Transmission Spectroscopy with JWST: Case Studies of GJ 1214b, GJ 436b, HD 97658b, and Kepler-51b, ApJ Letters, 876, L5

[34] R. O. Parke Loyd, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), The Muscles Treasury Survey. V. FUV Flares On Active And Inactive M Dwarfs, ApJ, 867, 71

[33] *Tre’Shunda James and Renyu Hu (2018), Photochemical Oxygen in Non-1 Bar CO2 Atmospheres of Terrestrial Exoplanets, ApJ, 867, 17

[32] Yuk L. Yung, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Methane on Mars and Habitability: Challenges and Responses, Astrobiology, 18, 1221

[31] Eliza M.-R. Kempton, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), A Framework for Prioritizing the TESS Planetary Candidates Most Amenable to Atmospheric Characterization, PASP, 130, 114401

[30] Jacob L. Bean, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program for JWST, PASP, 130, 114402

[29] Chester E. Harman, Ryan Felton, Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Abiotic O2 Levels on Planets around F, G, K, and M Stars: Effects of Lightning-Produced Catalysts in Eliminating Oxygen False Positives, ApJ, 866, 56

[28] Ji Wang, Dimitri Mawet, Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Baseline Requirements for Detecting Biosignatures with the HabEx and LUVOIR Mission Concepts, Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 4, 035001

[27] Jonathan Jiang, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Using Deep Space Climate Observatory Measurements to Study the Earth as An Exoplanet, AJ, 156, 26

[26] Charles Beichman, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Validation and Initial Characterization of the Long Period Planet Kepler-1654 b, AJ, 155, 158

[25] Edward Schwieterman, ... Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Exoplanet Biosignatures: A Review of Remotely Detectable Signs of Life, Astrobiology, 18, 663

[24] *Isabel Angelo and Renyu Hu (2017), A Case for an Atmosphere on Super-Earth 55 Cancri e, AJ, 154, 6

[23] Ji Wang, Dimitri Mawet, Garreth Ruane, Renyu Hu, and Björn Benneke (2017), Observing Exoplanets with High Dispersion Coronagraphy. I. The scientific potential of current and next-generation large ground and space telescopes, AJ, 153, 183

[22] Bethany Ehlmann, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2016), The sustainability of habitability on terrestrial planets: Insights, questions, and needed measurements from Mars for understanding the evolution of Earth-like worlds, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 121, 1927

[21] Renyu Hu, Anthony Bloom, *Peter Gao, Charles E. Miller, and Yuk L. Yung (2016), Hypotheses for near-surface exchange of methane on Mars, Astrobiology, 16, 539

[20] Brice-Oliver Demory, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2016), A map of the large day-night temperature gradient of a super-Earth exoplanet, Nature, 532, 207

[19] R. O. Parke Loyd, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2016), The MUSCLES Treasury Survey III: X-ray to Infrared Spectra of 11 M and K Stars, ApJ, 824, 102

[18] Renyu Hu, David Kass, Bethany L. Ehlmann, and Yuk L. Yung (2015), Tracing the Fate of Carbon and the Atmospheric Evolution of MarsNature Communications, 6, 10003

[17] Avi Shporer and Renyu Hu (2015), Studying Atmosphere-Dominated Hot Jupiter Kepler Phase Curves: Evidence that Inhomogeneous Atmospheric Reflection is CommonAJ, 150, 112

[16] Renyu Hu, Sara Seager, and Yuk L. Yung (2015), Helium Atmospheres on Warm Neptune- and Sub-Neptune-Sized Exoplanets and Applications to GJ 436 bApJ, 807, 8

[15] *Peter Gao, Renyu Hu, Tyler Robinson, Cheng Li, and Yuk L. Yung (2015), Stabilization of CO2 Atmospheres on Exoplanets around M Dwarf Stars, ApJ, 806, 249

[14] Renyu Hu, Brice-Olivier Demory, Sara Seager, Nikole Lewis, and Adam P. Showman (2015), A Semi-Analytical Model of Visible-Wavelength Phase Curves of Exoplanets and Applications to Kepler-7 b and Kepler-10 bApJ, 802, 51

[13] Renyu Hu and Sara Seager (2014), Photochemistry in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres III: Photochemistry and Thermochemistry in Thick Atmospheres on Super EarthsApJ, 784, 63

[12] Sara Seager, William Bains, and Renyu Hu (2013), Biosignature Gases in H2-Dominated Exoplanet AtmospheresApJ, 777, 95

[11] Sara Seager, Willaim Bains, and Renyu Hu (2013), A Biomass Model for Exoplanet Biosignature GasesApJ, 775, 104

[10] Renyu Hu, Sara Seager, and William Bains (2013), Photochemistry in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres II: H2S and SO2 Photochemistry in Anoxic AtmospheresApJ, 769, 6

[9] Renyu Hu, Sara Seager, and William Bains (2012), Photochemistry in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres I: Photochemistry Model and Benchmark CasesApJ, 761, 166

[8] Renyu Hu and Shuang-Nan Zhang (2012), Quasars' Optical Polarization and Balmer Edge Feature Revealed by Ultra-violet, and Polarized Visible to Near Infrared EmissionsMNRAS, 426, 2847-2858

[7] Renyu Hu, Kerri Cahoy, and Maria T. Zuber (2012), Mars CO2 Condensation Above The North and South Poles Revealed by Radio Occultation, Climate Sounding, and Laser RangingJ. Geophys. Res., 117, E07002

[6] Renyu Hu, Bethany L. Ehlmann, and Sara Seager (2012), Theoretical Spectra of Terrestrial Exoplanet SurfacesApJ, 752, 7-21

[5] Renyu Hu (2010), Transport of the First Rocks of the Solar System by X-windsApJ, 725, 1421-1428

[4] Yu-Qing Lou and Renyu Hu (2010), General Polytropic Magnetofluid under Self-Gravity: Voids and ShocksNew Astronomy, 15, 198-214

[3] Renyu Hu and Yu-Qing Lou (2009), Magnetic Massive Stars as Magnetar ProgenitorsMNRAS, 396, 878-886

[2] Renyu Hu and Yu-Qing Lou (2008), Self-Similar Champagne Flow of Polytropic HII RegionsMNRAS, 390, 1619-1634

[1] Renyu Hu, Yulia V. Bogdanova, Christopher J. Owen, Claire Foullon, Andrew N. Fazakerley, and Henri Reme (2008), Cluster Observations of the Mid-Altitude Cusp under Strong Northward Interplanetary Magnetic FieldJ. Geophys. Res., 113, A07S05

Reports, White Papers, Book Chapters, and Conference Proceedings

[21] Isaac Smith, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2021), Solar-System-Wide Significance of Mars Polar Science, White paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 (BAAS, 53, 301)

[20] Vlada Stamenkovic, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2021), Deep Trek: Science of Subsurface Habitability & Life on Mars, White paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 (BAAS, 53, 250)

[19] Liming Li, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2021), Radiant Energy Budgets and Internal Heat of Planets and Moons, White paper to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 (BAAS, 53, 137)

[18] Scott Gaudi, Sara Seager, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2020), The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) Mission Concept Study Final Report (arXiv: 2001.06683)

[17] Kendra Short, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), NASA's Focused Starshade Technology Development and its Synergy with Future Mission Concepts, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey (BAAS, 51, 190)

[16] Paul Scowen, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), ANUBIS – A Probe-Class UVO Space Observatory, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey (BAAS, 51, 132)

[15] Sara Seager, Jeremy N. Kasdin, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), Starshade Rendezvous Probe Mission, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey (BAAS, 51, 106)

[14] Mark Swain, Mike Werner, Gautam Vasisht, Clara Sousa-Silva, and Renyu Hu (2019), Maintaining Infrared Exoplanet Transit and Eclipse Measurement Capability in the Post JWST Era, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey (BAAS, 51, 33)

[13] Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), The Super-Earth Opportunity - Search for Habitable Exoplanets in the 2020s, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey (arXiv: 1903.05258)

[12] Benjamin Rackham, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), Constraining Stellar Photospheres as an Essential Step for Transmission Spectroscopy of Small Exoplanets, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey (arXiv: 1903.06152)

[11] Charles Beichman, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey

[10] Jonathan Fortney, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2019), The Need for Laboratory Measurements and Ab Initio Studies to Aid Understanding of Exoplanetary Atmospheres, White paper to the Astro2020 decadal survey (arXiv: 1905.07064)

[9] Daniel Apai, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Understanding Stellar Contamination in Exoplanet Transmission Spectra as an Essential Step in Small Planet Characterization, White paper to the NAS Committee on Exoplanet Science Strategy (arXiv: 1803.08708)

[8] Shawn Domagal-Goldman, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2018), Life Beyond the Solar System: Remotely Detectable Biosignatures, White paper to the NAS Committee on Astrobiology Science Strategy (arXiv: 1801.06714)

[7] Daniel Apai, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2017), Exploring Other Worlds: Science Questions for Future Direct Imaging Missions, ExoPAG SAG 15 Report (arXiv: 1708.02821)

[6] Dimitri Mawet, … Renyu Hu, et al. (2016), Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer: concept and phased implementation, in Proceedings of SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V

[5] Kevin France, … Renyu Hu, and 33 coauthors (2015), Characterizing the Habitable Zones of Exoplanetary Systems with a Large Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-IR Space Observatory, in response to NASA call for white papers: Large Astrophysics Missions to Be Studied by NASA Prior to the 2020 Decadal Survey

[4] Renyu Hu (2014), Ammonia, Water Clouds and Methane Abundances of Giant Exoplanets and Opportunities for Super-Earth Exoplanets, Report of a quick study of science return from direct-imaging exoplanet missions, commissioned by the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program on behalf of the WFIRST/AFTA Science Definition Team and the Exo-S and Exo-C Science and Technology Definition Teams

[3] Renyu Hu (2014), Photochemistry in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres, Invited chapter in Planetary Exploration and Science: Recent Results and Advances, ed. S. Jin et al., Springer-Verlag

[2] Roy van Boekel, Bjorn Benneke, Kevin Heng, Renyu Hu, et al. (2012), The Exoplanet Characterization Observatory (EChO): performance model EclipseSim and applications, Proceedings of SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave

[1] Renyu Hu and Yu-Qing Lou (2008), Rebound Shock Breakouts of Exploding Massive Stars: A MHD Void Model, 2008 Gamma-Ray Burst Conference, Nanjing, China, June 2008, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1065, 310-313


Renyu Hu (2013), Atmospheric Photochemistry, Surface Features, and Potential Biosignature Gases of Terrestrial Exoplanets, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Doctoral Dissertation

Renyu Hu (2009), Evolution of MHD Voids, Formation of Magnetars, and Observations of Geo-Magnetospheric Reconnections, Tsinghua University Honors Master Thesis

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