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Rosie Chen

Rosie Chen
Rosie Chen

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I have always been interested in the physical sciences. My undergraduate major was geophysics, but, during my senior year, I became fascinated by the beautiful HST images and decided that I wanted to pursue a career in observational astronomy. I started my graduate study in astronomy and obtained a M.S. degree at the Institute of Astronomy of the National Central University in Taiwan. I am currently a graduate student at the Astronomy Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The most exciting thing during my graduate study in Illinois has been to work with HST images. My first research project was to search for optical morphological evidence of supernova remnant shocks in X-ray-bright superbubbles in the Large Magellanic Cloud. We find that X-ray-bright superbubbles appear more filamentary in optical images than X-ray-faint superbubbles. DEML106 is an X-ray-faint superbubble with a somewhat "boring" morphology, but it contains a pair of compact HII regions with a very interesting reflective envelope, as reported in this Heritage release.

For my PhD thesis, I am studying the modes of massive star formation and their energy feedback to the interstellar medium. I am using HST images of giant HII regions in M101 to study the formation of clusters, and ground-based CTIO images to study massive star formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud. I expect to complete my PhD thesis within the next two years.

I have recently developed a keen interest in the hot interstellar medium in spiral galaxies. It is sensational to compare Chandra X-ray images with HST optical images of galaxies! However, to work on these exciting new projects, I'd better finish my thesis first.