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About me:

I'm a postdoctoral Einstein fellow at UC Berkeley, collaborating primarily with Dan Kasen and Eliot Quataert.  My research concerns the astrophysics of white dwarfs in interacting binary systems, with a focus on thermonuclear phenomena.  I received my PhD in September 2010 in the Department of Physics at UC Santa Barbara, where I worked with Lars Bildsten at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.


Publications:

Shen, K. J., Guillochon, J., & Foley, R. J. 2013, ApJ, 770, L35

"Discovery of a Cosmological, Relativistic Outburst via its Rapidly Fading Optical Emission"
Cenko, S. B., et al. 2013, ApJ, 769, 130

Schwab, J., Shen, K. J., et al. 2012, MNRAS, 427, 190

"The Low-Velocity, Rapidly Fading Type Ia Supernova 2002es"
Ganeshalingam, M., et al. 2012, ApJ, 751, 142

"The Long-Term Evolution of Double White Dwarf Mergers"
Shen, K. J., Bildsten, L., Kasen, D., & Quataert, E. 2012, ApJ, 748, 35

"A Compact Degenerate Primary-Star Progenitor of SN 2011fe"
Bloom, J. S., Kasen, D., Shen, K. J., et al. 2012, ApJ, 744, L17

"Exclusion of a Luminous Red Giant as a Companion Star to the Progenitor of Supernova SN 2011fe"
Li, W., et al. 2011, Nature, 480, 348

"Supernova PTF 09uj: A Possible Shock Breakout from a Dense Circumstellar Wind"
Ofek, E. O., et al. 2010, ApJ, 724, 1396

"Rapidly Decaying Supernova 2010X: A Candidate '.Ia' Explosion"
Kasliwal, M. M., et al. 2010, ApJ, 723, L98

"Thermonuclear .Ia Supernovae from Helium Shell Detonations: Explosion Models and Observables"
Shen, K. J., Kasen, D., Weinberg, N. N., Bildsten, L., & Scannapieco, E. 2010, ApJ, 715, 767

"A Faint Type of Supernova from a White Dwarf with a Helium-Rich Companion"
Perets, H. B., et al. 2010, Nature, 465, 322

"Helium White Dwarfs in Cataclysmic Variables"
Shen, K. J., Idan, I., & Bildsten, L. 2009, ApJ, 705, 693

"Unstable Helium Shell Burning on Accreting White Dwarfs"
Shen, K. J., & Bildsten, L. 2009, ApJ, 699, 1365

"The Effect of Composition on Nova Ignitions"
Shen, K. J., & Bildsten, L. 2009, ApJ, 692, 324

"Faint Thermonuclear Supernovae from AM Canum Venaticorum Binaries"
Bildsten, L., Shen, K. J., Weinberg, N. N., & Nelemans, G. 2007, ApJ, 662, L95

"Thermally Stable Nuclear Burning on Accreting White Dwarfs"
Shen, K. J., & Bildsten, L. 2007, ApJ, 660, 1444


Press releases:

2012: "Earliest-yet observation of August supernova nails it: Destroyed star was white dwarf"

2011: "Hubble images help pin down identity of August supernova's companion star"

2009: "New type of supernova explosion reported; predicted by theoretical physicists at UCSB"


CV:
shen_cv.pdf


Contact:
email: kenshen AT astro.berkeley.edu


Etc.:
I'm a big fan of the San Francisco Giants.
And my nephew and niece are very cute.


Updated 11 July 2014