Hsiao-Wen Chen

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 702-8747
Location: ERC 523
Email: hchenkicp.uchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site
The principal goal of my research is to understand the astrophysics that regulates star formation and galaxy growth. Absorption-line spectroscopy of distant light sources (quasars/gamma-ray burst afterglows) offers a powerful probe for studying the unseen matter around luminous galaxies. My main research interest is to study the cross-correlation between luminous galaxies and dark absorbers, in order to understand the recycling of baryons between star-forming regions and dark intergalactic medium.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:
Past Students

GRADUATE: Sean Johnson (2016), Jean-Rene Gauthier (2011)
KICP Publications
2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Prospects for Observing and Localizing Gravitational-Wave Transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo", Living Reviews in Relativity, Volume 19, Issue 1, article id. 1, 39 pp (Dec 2016)
  2. "Search for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-Ray Bursts During the First Advanced LIGO Observing Run and Implications for the Origin of GRB 150906B", arXiv:1611.07947 (Nov 2016)
  3. "Effects of waveform model systematics on the interpretation of GW150914", arXiv:1611.07531 (Nov 2016)
  4. "On the radial profile of gas-phase Fe/{alpha} ratio around distant galaxies", arXiv:1611.09874 (Nov 2016)
  5. "A Search for Kilonovae in the Dark Energy Survey", arXiv:1611.08052 (Nov 2016)
  6. "Improved Analysis of GW150914 Using a Fully Spin-Precessing Waveform Model", Physical Review X, Volume 6, Issue 4, id.041014 (Oct 2016)
  7. "Measurements of the charge asymmetry in top-quark pair production in the dilepton final state at √{s }=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector", Physical Review D, Volume 94, Issue 3, id.032006 (Aug 2016)
  8. "Supplement: “Localization and Broadband Follow-up of the Gravitational-wave Transient GW150914” (2016, ApJL, 826, L13)", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 225, Issue 1, article id. 8, 15 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  9. "Characterization of transient noise in Advanced LIGO relevant to gravitational wave signal GW150914", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 33, Issue 13, article id. 134001 (2016) (Jul 2016)
  10. "Search for continuous gravitational waves from neutron stars in globular cluster NGC 6544", arXiv:1607.02216 (Jul 2016)
  11. "Upper limits on the rates of binary neutron star and neutron-star--black-hole mergers from Advanced LIGO's first observing run", arXiv:1607.07456 (Jul 2016)
  12. "Exploring the Sensitivity of Next Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors", arXiv:1607.08697 (Jul 2016)
  13. "Directly comparing GW150914 with numerical solutions of Einstein's equations for binary black hole coalescence", arXiv:1606.01262 (Jun 2016)
  14. "Supplement: The Rate of Binary Black Hole Mergers Inferred from Advanced LIGO Observations Surrounding GW150914", arXiv:1606.03939 (Jun 2016)
  15. "Erratum: “Warm Gas in the Virgo Cluster. I. Distribution of Lyα Absorbers” (2012 ApJ, 754, 84)", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 824, Issue 1, article id. 61, 1 pp. (2016) (Jun 2016)
  16. "GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence", Physical Review Letters, Volume 116, Issue 24, id.241103 (Jun 2016)
  17. "Tests of General Relativity with GW150914", Physical Review Letters, Volume 116, Issue 22, id.221101 (Jun 2016)
  18. "Observing gravitational-wave transient GW150914 with minimal assumptions", Physical Review D, Volume 93, Issue 12, id.122004 (Jun 2016)
  19. "Probing the cool interstellar and circumgalactic gas of three massive lensing galaxies at z = 0.4-0.7", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 458, Issue 3, p.2423-2442 (May 2016)
  20. "A First Targeted Search for Gravitational-Wave Bursts from Core-Collapse Supernovae in Data of First-Generation Laser Interferometer Detectors", arXiv:1605.01785 (May 2016)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "The relationships between galaxies/AGN and the circum-/intergalactic medium at z<1", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #227, id.109.03 (Jan 2016)
  2. "The Incidence Of Cool Gas In 1013 m⊙ Halos", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #217, #412.04; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, 2011 (Jan 2011)
  3. "Low Surface Brightness Emission in the Outskirts of LBGs at z 3: Possible Star Formation in Atomic-dominated DLA Gas", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #217, #309.03; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, 2011 (Jan 2011)
  4. "High-Redshift Gamma-Ray Bursts", FIRST STARS III: First Stars II Conference. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 990, pp. 473-488 (2008) (Mar 2008)
  5. "Probing the Interstellar Medium and Stellar Environments of Long-Duration GRBs", Massive Stars as Cosmic Engines, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 250, p. 457-462 (n/a 2008)
  6. "Keck Observations of Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Host Galaxies: Early Results", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #211, #10.10 (Dec 2007)

Past Visitors:
  1. Joseph Hennawi, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (2012)
  2. Meg Urry, Yale University (2012)
  3. Asantha Cooray, University of California, Irvine (2011)
  4. Lam Hui, Columbia University (2011)
  5. Aldo Dall'Aglio, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (2009)
  6. John Mulchaey, Carnegie Observatories (2008)
  7. Stephen Shectman, Observatories of Carnegie Institution of Washington (2008)