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Zhifu Xie

Xie, Dr. Zhifu, PhD

Mathematics & Economics

Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 804-524-5410
Location: Hunter McDaniel 302Se


  • BSc, MSc - Chongqing Normal University, China
  • PhD - Brigham Young University


  • Dynamical System
  • Celestial Mechanics, N-body Problem, Central Configurations, Hamiltonian System
  • Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (Elliptic Type)
  • Mathematical Biology


  • Tiancheng Ouyang, Zhifu Xie, Star pentagon and many stable choreographic solutions of the Newtonian $4$-body problem, Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 307(2015), 61-76.
  • Zhifu Xie, An Analytical Proof on Certain Determinants Connected with the Collinear Central Configurations in the $n$-body Problem, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 118 (2014), no. 1, 89-97.
  • AMS Special Session on Current Trends in Classical Dynamical Systems, 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Antonio, TX. Jan. 10-13, 2015. (30 minutes invited talk)
  • International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM Seoul 2014), Seoul, South Korea, August 13-21, 2014. (20 minutes talk)


  • Research Initiation Award:Central Configurations, New Variational Method and Periodic Solutions in Celestial Mechanics (NSF grant HRD-1409939, 2014-2016)
  • PIC Math (Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences) program at Virginia State University (2014-2016). This program is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF grant DMS-1345499) via MAA PIC program.
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