About me:

I'm an assistant staff researcher in the UC Berkeley astronomy department, collaborating primarily with Dan Kasen and Eliot Quataert.  My research centers on 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.  From 2011-2014, I was a postdoctoral Einstein fellow at UC Berkeley and LBNL.

First- and second-authored publications:
Shen, K. J., & Bildsten, L. 2014, ApJ, 785, 61

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

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

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

"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

"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

Other publications:

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

Ganeshalingam, M., et al. 2012, ApJ, 751, 142

"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

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

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"


email: kenshen AT astro.berkeley.edu

Updated 28 February 2015