Hsiao-Wen Chen
Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; and the College

Education: Ph.D., Astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999

Phone: (773) 702-8747
Location: TAAC 3
Email: hchenoddjob.uchicago.edu
Webpage

Affiliations: Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Research
Observational extragalactic astronomy, galaxy-intergalactic medium connection, quasar absorption lines, gamma-ray burst afterglows
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE

Research Fields:
Hsiao-Wen Chen's research interests broadly cover issues concerning formation and evolution of galaxies across cosmic time. The principal goal of her research is to understand the astrophysics that regulates star formation and galaxy growth. Her expertise lies in absorption-line spectroscopy of distant light sources (Quasars/gamma-ray burst afterglows) to probe the unseen matter around luminous galaxies, and in combining absorption-line observations with galaxy survey data to understand the recycling of baryonic matter between star-forming regions and dark intergalactic medium.

Scientific Projects

Graduate Students

Teaching Courses
  • [ASTR 24100] The Physics of Stars and Stellar Systems: 2014 - 2015 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 49900] Graduate Research Seminar: 2014 - 2015 (Spring)

Past courses:
  • [ASTR 24100] The Physics of Stars and Stellar Systems: 2012 - 2013 (Autumn); 2011 - 2012 (Autumn); 2010 - 2011 (Autumn); 2007 - 2008 (Autumn); 2006 - 2007 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 28200] Current Topics in Astrophysics: 2008 - 2009 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 30700] Preparation for Summer Research Project: 2006 - 2007 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 30900] Research Project Seminar: 2007 - 2008 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 31300] Extragalactic Studies: 2012 - 2013 (Spring); 2011 - 2012 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 34000] Statistical Methods in Astronomy and Astrophysics: 2009 - 2010 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 41600] Intergalactic Medium: 2008 - 2009 (Autumn); 2005 - 2006 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 41800] Intergalactic Medium: 2013 - 2014 (Spring); 2011 - 2012 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 48000] Current Topics in Astrophysics (Graduate): 2009 - 2010 (Winter)
  • [ASTR 49900] Graduate Research Seminar: 2013 - 2014 (Winter)

Department Committees

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