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Yue Shen


Research Interests

Observational Cosmology
Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei
Galaxy Formation and Evolution
Surveys and Time-Domain Science

Research Description

I am an extragalactic observer. I mainly work on a range of topics centered on quasars and supermassive black holes (SMBHs), to understand the physics and evolution of these exotic objects in the cosmological context. Specifically, I work on the large-scale structure traced by quasars, the demography of SMBHs as a function of cosmic time, the phenomenology and physics of black hole accretion, and the co-evolution of black holes and host galaxies. I use multi-wavelength survey data and dedicated observing programs to carry out these studies.


Astronomy, PHD, Princeton University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Astronomy
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Recent Publications

Burke, C. J., Liu, X., & Shen, Y. (2024). Gemini near-infrared spectroscopy of high-redshift Fermi Blazars: Jetted Black Holes in the early universe were overly massive. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 527(3), 5356-5365. Article stad3592.

Li, J., Zhuang, M. Y., & Shen, Y. (2024). JWST Confirms the Nature of CID-42. Astrophysical Journal, 961(1), Article 19.

Sharp, H. W., Homayouni, Y., Trump, J. R., Anderson, S. F., Assef, R. J., Brandt, W. N., Davis, M. C., Fries, L. B., Grier, C. J., Hall, P. B., Horne, K., Koekemoer, A. M., Martínez-Aldama, M. L., Menezes, D. M., Pena, T., Ricci, C., Schneider, D. P., Shen, Y., & Trakhtenbrot, B. (2024). The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping Project: Investigation of Continuum Lag Dependence on Broad-line Contamination and Quasar Properties. Astrophysical Journal, 961(1), Article 93.

Shen, Y., Grier, C. J., Horne, K., Stone, Z., Li, J. I., Yang, Q., Homayouni, Y., Trump, J. R., Anderson, S. F., Brandt, W. N., Hall, P. B., Ho, L. C., Jiang, L., Petitjean, P., Schneider, D. P., Tao, C., Donnan, F. R., AlSayyad, Y., Bershady, M. A., ... Zou, H. (2024). The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reverberation Mapping Project: Key Results. Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 272(2), Article 26.

Zeltyn, G., Trakhtenbrot, B., Eracleous, M., Yang, Q., Green, P., Anderson, S. F., LaMassa, S., Runnoe, J., Assef, R. J., Bauer, F. E., Brandt, W. N., Davis, M. C., Frederick, S. E., Fries, L. B., Graham, M. J., Grogin, N. A., Guolo, M., Hernández-García, L., Koekemoer, A. M., ... Kollmeier, J. A. (2024). Exploring Changing-look Active Galactic Nuclei with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V: First Year Results. Astrophysical Journal, 966(1), Article 85.

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