Hsiao-Wen Chen

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
 
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
Past Students

GRADUATE: Sean Johnson (2016), Jean-Rene Gauthier (2011)
 
KICP Publications
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Probing IGM accretion on to faint Lyα emitters at z ˜ 2.8", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 486, Issue 1, p.1392-1403 (Jun 2019)
  2. "First Measurement of the Hubble Constant from a Dark Standard Siren using the Dark Energy Survey Galaxies and the LIGO/Virgo Binary–Black-hole Merger GW170814", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 876, Issue 1, article id. L7, 15 pp. (2019) (May 2019)
  3. "All-sky search for short gravitational-wave bursts in the second Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo run", arXiv:1905.03457 (May 2019)
  4. "All-sky search for long-duration gravitational-wave transients in the second Advanced LIGO observing run", Physical Review D, Volume 99, Issue 10, id.104033 (May 2019)
  5. "Ultraviolet Perspectives on Diffuse Gas in the Largest Cosmic Structures", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 534; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 534 (2019) (May 2019)
  6. "Circumgalactic Gas and the Precipitation Limit", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 405; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 405 (2019) (May 2019)
  7. "Understanding the circumgalactic medium is critical for understanding galaxy evolution", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 368; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 368 (2019) (May 2019)
  8. "Tracking the Baryon Cycle in Emission and in Absorption", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 329; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 329 (2019) (May 2019)
  9. "Observing Galaxies and Dissecting their Baryon Cycle at Cosmic Noon", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 148; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 148 (2019) (May 2019)
  10. "A Giant Intragroup Nebula Hosting a Damped Lya Absorber at z=0.313", arXiv:1906.00005 (May 2019)
  11. "Characterizing circumgalactic gas around massive ellipticals at z ˜ 0.4 - II. Physical properties and elemental abundances", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 484, Issue 2, p.2257-2280 (Apr 2019)
  12. "Search for Transient Gravitational-wave Signals Associated with Magnetar Bursts during Advanced LIGO’s Second Observing Run", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 874, Issue 2, article id. 163, 14 pp. (2019) (Apr 2019)
  13. "Low-latency Gravitational-wave Alerts for Multimessenger Astronomy during the Second Advanced LIGO and Virgo Observing Run", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 875, Issue 2, article id. 161, 20 pp. (2019) (Apr 2019)
  14. "Search for Gravitational Waves from a Long-lived Remnant of the Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 875, Issue 2, article id. 160, 19 pp. (2019) (Apr 2019)
  15. "Searches for Continuous Gravitational Waves from 15 Supernova Remnants and Fomalhaut b with Advanced LIGO", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 875, Issue 2, article id. 122, 15 pp. (2019) (Apr 2019)
  16. "Search for sub-solar mass ultracompact binaries in Advanced LIGO's second observing run", arXiv:1904.08976 (Apr 2019)
  17. "Characterizing circumgalactic gas around massive ellipticals at z ≈ 0.4 - III. The galactic environment of a chemically pristine Lyman limit absorber", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 484, Issue 1, p.431-441 (Mar 2019)
  18. "Understanding the circumgalactic medium is critical for understanding galaxy evolution", arXiv:1903.05644 (Mar 2019)
  19. "Ultraviolet Perspectives on Diffuse Gas in the Largest Cosmic Structures", arXiv:1903.06201 (Mar 2019)
  20. "All-sky search for continuous gravitational waves from isolated neutron stars using Advanced LIGO O2 data", arXiv:1903.01901 (Mar 2019)

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)

 
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)