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:
My research focuses on understanding the formation history of baryonic structures. I study faint galaxy statistics and cross-correlation functions between galaxies and intervening absorption-line systems identified along random lines of sight toward background quasars and gamma-ray burst afterglows.

The principal goal of my research ist o 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.

Scientific Projects

Graduate Students

Teaching Courses
  • [ASTR 41800] Intergalactic Medium: 2013 - 2014 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 49900] Graduate Research Seminar: 2013 - 2014 (Winter)

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: 2011 - 2012 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 48000] Current Topics in Astrophysics (Graduate): 2009 - 2010 (Winter)

Department Committees

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