Hsiao-Wen Chen

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 702-8747
Location: TAAC 3
Email: hchenkicp.uchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site
 
Research
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:
 
Students
GRADUATE STUDENTS
Past Students

GRADUATE: Jean-Rene Gauthier (2011)
 
KICP Publications
2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Mining circumgalactic baryons in the low-redshift universe", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 445, Issue 2, p.2061-2081 (Dec 2014)
  2. "Halo masses of Mg II absorbers at z˜ 0.5 from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 439, Issue 1, p.342-353 (Mar 2014)
  3. "Discovery of a transparent sightline at ρ ≲ 20 kpc from an interacting pair of galaxies", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 438, Issue 4, p.3039-3048 (Mar 2014)
  4. "Spatially resolved velocity maps of halo gas around two intermediate-redshift galaxies", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 438, Issue 2, p.1435-1450 (Feb 2014)
  5. "Halo Masses of MgII absorbers at zsim 0.5 from SDSS DR7", arXiv:1312.4593 (Dec 2013)
  6. "Probing the IGM-galaxy connection at z > 0.5 - II. New insights into the galaxy environments of O VI absorbers in PKS 0405-123", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 434, Issue 2, p.1765-1778 (Sep 2013)
  7. "Exploring Exotic Stellar Deaths with Standard TOO GRB Follow-Up Observations", NOAO Proposal ID #2013B-0233 (Aug 2013)
  8. "The HST/ACS+WFC3 Survey for Lyman Limit Systems. II. Science", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 765, Issue 2, article id. 137, 29 pp. (2013) (Mar 2013)
  9. "Exceptional Swift and Fermi GRBs: Gemini Standard Targets of Opportunity", NOAO Proposal ID #2013A-0114 (Feb 2013)
  10. "The unchanging circumgalactic medium over the past 11 billion years", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 427, Issue 2, pp. 1238-1244 (Dec 2012)
  11. "ALMA Submillimeter Continuum Imaging of the Host Galaxies of GRB 021004 and GRB 080607", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 761, Issue 2, article id. L32, 5 pp. (2012) (Dec 2012)
  12. "Empirical constraints of supergalactic winds at z≳ 0.5", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 424, Issue 3, pp. 1952-1962 (Aug 2012)
  13. "Warm Gas in the Virgo Cluster. I. Distribution of Lyα Absorbers", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 754, Issue 2, article id. 84, 14 pp. (2012) (Aug 2012)
  14. "Near-infrared spectroscopy of gamma-ray burst host galaxies at z %≳ 1.5: insights into host galaxy dynamics and interpretations of afterglow absorption spectra", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 419, Issue 4, pp. 3039-3047 (Feb 2012)
  15. "On the observed WMg ii-L[O ii] correlation in Sloan Digital Sky Survey QSO spectra", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 419, Issue 4, pp. 3553-3559 (Feb 2012)
  16. "Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progenitors, Physics, and Cosmology", NOAO Proposal ID #2012A-0241 (Feb 2012)
  17. "The star formation history of luminous red galaxies hosting Mg II absorbers", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 418, Issue 4, pp. 2730-2735 (Dec 2011)
  18. "Hybrid stars with the Dyson-Schwinger quark model", Physical Review D, vol. 84, Issue 10, id. 105023 (Nov 2011)
  19. "Red Nuggets at High Redshift: Structural Evolution of Quiescent Galaxies Over 10 Gyr of Cosmic History", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 739, Issue 2, article id. L44, 6 pp. (2011) (Oct 2011)
  20. "Isotopic Composition of Light Nuclei in Cosmic Rays: Results from AMS-01", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 736, Issue 2, article id. 105 (2011) (Aug 2011)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "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)
  2. "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)
  3. "High-Redshift Gamma-Ray Bursts", FIRST STARS III: First Stars II Conference. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 990, pp. 473-488 (2008) (Mar 2008)
  4. "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)
  5. "Keck Observations of Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Host Galaxies: Early Results", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #211, #10.10 (Dec 2007)

 
Visitors
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)