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Heng, Kevin, Dr. (Zwicky Prize Fellow)

Research Groups

Extragalactic Astrophysics
(Lead: Prof. Carollo)
Observational Cosmology
(Lead: Prof. Lilly)
Star and Planet Formation
(Lead: Prof. Meyer)
(Lead: Prof. Refregier)
Black Holes
(Lead: Prof. Schawinski)
ETH Zurich
Institute for Astronomy
HIT Floor J 22.3
Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 27
8093 Zurich
+41 44 633 7584 phone
+41 44 633 1238 fax

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Research Activities
I am a theoretical astrophysicist who also utilizes phenomenology and I enjoy working on a broad range of topics. Individuals interested in collaborating with me are encouraged to email me directly ("kheng at").
• Exoplanetary atmospheres: atmospheric circulation, radiative transfer, climate modeling
• Interstellar medium: shocks, unconventional uses of IFUs
• Others: debris disks, planet formation, gravitational lensing, general analytical solutions
Teaching Substitute/backup lecturer for Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer. Semester and Masters projects.
Short CV
Academic Positions
Zwicky Prize Fellow, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 2010 – present
Frank & Peggy Taplin Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 2009 – 2010
Member (research fellow), Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 2007 – 2009
Visiting post-doctoral scientist (with Sunyaev), Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics 2007
Graduate research assistant, JILA and University of Colorado at Boulder 2003 – 2007
Ph.D. in astrophysics, JILA and University of Colorado at Boulder 2005 – 2007
M.S. in astrophysics, JILA and University of Colorado at Boulder 2003 – 2005
Representative Publications
• Heng, K., "The Study of Climate on Alien Worlds", 2012, American Scientist, 100, 334
• Heng, K., & Kopparla, P., "On the Stability of Super Earth Atmospheres", 2012, ApJ, in press (arXiv:1203.1922)
• Heng, K., "The Influence of Atmospheric Scattering and Absorption on Ohmic Dissipation in Hot Jupiters", 2012, ApJL, 748, L17
• Heng, K., Hayek, W., Pont, F., & Sing, D.K., "On the effects of clouds and hazes in the atmospheres of hot Jupiters: semi-analytical temperature-pressure profiles", 2012, MNRAS, 420, 20
• Heng, K., Frierson, D.M.W., & Phillipps, P.J., "Atmospheric circulation of tidally locked exoplanets: II. Dual-band radiative transfer and convective adjustment", 2011, MNRAS, 418, 2669
• Heng, K., "Estimating the mass of the debris disc in HD 69830", 2011, MNRAS, 415, 3365
• Heng, K., & Vogt, S.S., "Gliese 581g as a scaled-up version of Earth: atmospheric circulation simulations", 2011, MNRAS, 415, 2145
• Heng, K., Menou, K., & Phillipps, P.J., "Atmospheric circulation of tidally locked exoplanets: a suite of benchmark tests for dynamical solvers", 2011, MNRAS, 413, 2380
• Heng, K., & Tremaine, S., "Long-lived planetesimal discs", 2010, MNRAS, 401, 867
• Heng, K., & Kenyon, S.J., "Vortices as nurseries for planetesimal formation in protoplanetary discs", 2010, MNRAS, 408, 1476
• Heng, K., "Balmer-Dominated Shocks: A Concise Review", 2010, PASA, 27, 23
• Heng, K., & Keeton, C.R., "Planetesimal Disk Microlensing", 2009, ApJ, 707, 621
• Heng, K., & Spitkovsky, A., "Magnetohydrodynamic Shallow Water Waves: Linear Analysis", 2009, ApJ, 703, 1819
• Heng, K., et al., "A Direct Measurement of the Dust Extinction Curve in an Intermediate-Redshift Galaxy", 2008, ApJ, 681, 1116
• Heng, K., & Sunyaev, R.A., "Broad Lyman-Alpha Emission from Supernova Remnants in Young Galaxies", 2008, A&A, 481, 117
• Heng, K., & McCray, R., "Balmer-Dominated Shocks Revisited", 2007, ApJ, 654, 923
• Heng, K., et al., "Evolution of the Reverse Shock Emission from SNR 1987A", 2006, ApJ, 644, 959


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