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20062024

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Research Interests

Wen-fai Fong utilizes observations across the electromagnetic spectrum to study explosive transients and their host galaxy environments. These transients include gamma-ray bursts, electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources, compact object binaries, supernovae, and anything that collides or explodes.

The main questions she seeks to answer in her research are: What are the energy sources powering these transients? What is the nature and composition of material ejected from these sources? What types of environments do they explode into? What do their host galaxies look like, and what can they tell us about their progenitors?

To aid these efforts, Wen-fai uses a large variety of telescopes spanning radio, optical, near-infrared, and X-ray wavelengths on the ground and in space. On the ground, these facilities include the Very Large Array, Magellan, Gemini, MMT and Keck located in New Mexico, Chile, Hawaii and Arizona. In space, she uses NASA's Swift satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, and eventually the James Webb Space Telescope when it launches in late 2018. She also uses information from the Advanced Laser Interferometry Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) to rapidly follow gravitational wave sources and their host galaxies with many of these facilities.

Over the past several years, she has led multi-wavelength observational campaigns, garnering national recognition for her studies of short gamma-ray bursts.

Education/Academic qualification

Astronomy and Astrophysics, PhD, Harvard University

… → 2014

Astronomy and Astrophysics, AM, Harvard University

… → 2010

Biology, Physics, SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 2008

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  • A VLA study of high-redshift GRBs. I. GRB140311A

    Laskar, T. (Creator), Berger, E. (Creator), Chornock, R. (Creator), Margutti, R. (Creator), Fong, W. (Creator), Zauderer, B. A. (Creator) & Margutti, R. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2019

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  • Counterpart of GW170817. I. DECam obs.

    Soares-Santos, M. (Creator), Holz, D. E. (Creator), Annis, J. (Creator), Chornock, R. (Creator), Herner, K. (Creator), Berger, E. (Creator), Brout, D. (Creator), Chen, H. (Creator), Kessler, R. (Creator), Sako, M. (Creator), Allam, S. (Creator), Tucker, D. L. (Creator), Butler, R. E. (Creator), Palmese, A. (Creator), Doctor, Z. (Creator), Diehl, H. T. (Creator), Frieman, J. (Creator), Yanny, B. (Creator), Lin, H. (Creator), Scolnic, D. (Creator), Cowperthwaite, P. (Creator), Neilsen, E. (Creator), Marriner, J. (Creator), Kuropatkin, N. (Creator), Hartley, W. G. (Creator), Paz-Chinchón, F. (Contributor), Alexander, K. D. (Creator), Balbinot, E. (Creator), Blanchard, P. (Creator), Brown, D. A. (Creator), Carlin, J. L. (Creator), Conselice, C. (Creator), Cook, E. R. (Creator), Drlica-Wagner, A. (Creator), Drout, M. R. (Creator), Durret, F. (Creator), Eftekhari, T. (Creator), Farr, B. (Creator), Finley, D. A. (Creator), Foley, R. J. (Creator), Fong, W. (Creator), Fryer, C. L. (Creator), García-Bellido, J. (Contributor), Gill, M. S. S. (Contributor), Gruendl, R. A. (Creator), Hanna, C. (Creator), Kasen, D. (Creator), Li, T. S. (Creator), Lopes, P. A. A. (Contributor), Lourenço, A. C. C. (Contributor), Margutti, R. (Creator), Marshall, J. L. (Creator), Matheson, T. (Creator), Medina, G. E. (Creator), Metzger, B. D. (Creator), Muñoz, R. R. (Contributor), Muir, J. (Creator), Nicholl, M. (Creator), Quataert, E. (Creator), Rest, A. (Creator), Sauseda, M. (Creator), Schlegel, D. J. (Creator), Secco, L. F. (Creator), Sobreira, F. (Creator), Stebbins, A. (Creator), Villar, V. A. (Creator), Walker, A. R. (Creator), Wester, W. (Creator), Williams, P. K. G. (Contributor), Zenteno, A. (Creator), Zhang, Y. (Creator), Abbott, T. M. C. (Contributor), Abdalla, F. B. (Creator), Banerji, M. (Creator), Bechtol, K. (Creator), Benoit-Lévy, A. (Contributor), Bertin, E. (Creator), Brooks, D. (Creator), Buckley-Geer, E. (Creator), Burke, D. L. (Creator), Rosell, A. C. (Contributor), Kind, M. C. (Contributor), Carretero, J. (Creator), Castander, F. J. (Creator), Crocce, M. (Creator), Cunha, C. E. (Creator), D'Andrea, C. B. (Creator), Costa, L. N. D. (Contributor), Davis, C. (Creator), Desai, S. (Creator), Dietrich, J. P. (Creator), Doel, P. (Creator), Eifler, T. F. (Creator), Fernandez, E. (Creator), Flaugher, B. (Creator), Fosalba, P. (Creator), Gaztanaga, E. (Creator), Gerdes, D. W. (Creator), Giannantonio, T. (Creator), Goldstein, D. A. (Creator), Gruen, D. (Creator), Gschwend, J. (Creator), Gutierrez, G. (Creator), Honscheid, K. (Creator), Jain, B. (Creator), James, D. J. (Creator), Jeltema, T. (Creator), Johnson, M. W. G. (Creator), Johnson, M. D. (Creator), Kent, S. (Creator), Krause, E. (Creator), Kron, R. (Creator), Kuehn, K. (Creator), Kuhlmann, S. (Creator), Lahav, O. (Creator), Lima, M. (Creator), Maia, M. A. G. (Contributor), March, M. (Creator), McMahon, R. G. (Creator), Menanteau, F. (Creator), Miquel, R. (Creator), Mohr, J. J. (Creator), Nichol, R. C. (Creator), Nord, B. (Creator), Ogando, R. L. C. (Contributor), Petravick, D. (Creator), Plazas, A. A. (Creator), Romer, A. K. (Creator), Roodman, A. (Creator), Rykoff, E. S. (Creator), Sanchez, E. (Creator), Scarpine, V. (Creator), Schubnell, M. (Creator), Sevilla-Noarbe, I. (Creator), Smith, M. (Creator), Smith, R. C. (Creator), Suchyta, E. (Creator), Swanson, M. E. C. (Contributor), Tarle, G. (Creator), Thomas, D. (Creator), Thomas, R. C. (Creator), Troxel, M. A. (Creator), Vikram, V. (Creator), Wechsler, R. H. (Creator), Weller, J. (Creator), Annis, J. (Creator), Allam, S. (Creator), Tucker, D. L. (Creator), Diehl, H. T. (Creator), Frieman, J. (Creator), Neilsen, E. (Creator), Hartley, W. G. (Creator), Carlin, J. L. (Creator), Farr, B. (Creator), Foley, R. J. (Creator), Fryer, C. L. (Creator), Garcia-Bellido, J. (Creator), Gruendl, R. A. (Creator), Margutti, R. (Creator), Sobreira, F. (Creator), Vivas, K. (Creator), Abbott, T. M. C. (Contributor), Benoit-Levy, A. (Creator), Bertin, E. (Creator), Brooks, D. (Creator), Buckley-Geer, E. (Creator), Burke, D. L. (Creator), Carrasco Kind, M. (Creator), Carretero, J. (Creator), Crocce, M. (Creator), D'Andrea, C. B. (Creator), Da Costa, L. N. (Creator), Eifler, T. F. (Creator), Flaugher, B. (Creator), Fosalba, P. (Creator), Gaztanaga, E. (Creator), Gerdes, D. W. (Creator), Gruen, D. (Creator), Gschwend, J. (Creator), Gutierrez, G. (Creator), James, D. J. (Creator), Kuehn, K. (Creator), Kuhlmann, S. (Creator), Lima, M. (Creator), Menanteau, F. (Creator), Miquel, R. (Creator), Nichol, R. C. (Creator), Ogando, R. L. C. (Contributor), Romer, A. K. (Creator), Sanchez, E. (Creator), Scarpine, V. (Creator), Sevilla-Noarbe, I. (Creator), Suchyta, E. (Creator), Swanson, M. E. C. (Contributor), Tarle, G. (Creator) & Thomas, D. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2018

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  • Radio to UV observations of GRB 181201A

    Laskar, T. (Creator), Eerten, H. V. (Contributor), Schady, P. (Creator), Mundell, C. G. (Creator), Alexander, K. D. (Creator), Duran, R. B. (Contributor), Berger, E. (Creator), Bolmer, J. (Creator), Chornock, R. (Creator), Coppejans, D. L. (Creator), Fong, W. (Creator), Gomboc, A. (Creator), Jordana-Mitjans, N. (Creator), Kobayashi, S. (Creator), Margutti, R. (Creator), Menten, K. M. (Creator), Sari, R. (Creator), Yamazaki, R. (Creator), Lipunov, V. M. (Creator), Gorbovskoy, E. (Creator), Kornilov, V. G. (Creator), Tyurina, N. (Creator), Zimnukhov, D. (Creator), Podesta, R. (Creator), Levato, H. (Creator), Buckley, D. A. H. (Contributor), Tlatov, A. (Creator), Rebolo, R. (Creator), Serra-Ricart, M. (Creator), Van Eerten, H. (Creator), Margutti, R. (Creator) & Rebolo, R. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2021

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  • A VLA study of high-redshift GRBs. II. GRB140304A

    Laskar, T. (Creator), Berger, E. (Creator), Margutti, R. (Creator), Zauderer, B. A. (Creator), Williams, P. K. G. (Contributor), Fong, W. (Creator), Sari, R. (Creator), Alexander, K. D. (Creator) & Kamble, A. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2019

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  • UV-NIR obs. compilation of GW170817 counterpart

    Villar, V. A. (Creator), Guillochon, J. (Creator), Berger, E. (Creator), Metzger, B. D. (Creator), Cowperthwaite, P. S. (Creator), Nicholl, M. (Creator), Alexander, K. D. (Creator), Blanchard, P. K. (Creator), Chornock, R. (Creator), Eftekhari, T. (Creator), Fong, W. (Creator), Margutti, R. (Creator), Williams, P. K. G. (Contributor), Blanchard, P. K. (Creator) & Margutti, R. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2018

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