Craig J. Hogan

Professor; Director, Center for Particle Astrophysics, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Ph,D., University of Cambridge, 1980
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 702-7969
Location: ERC 443
WWW: Web Site
Craig Hogan is Director of the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics, where he is also a member of the scientific staff and the Theoretical Astrophysics Group. He is also a professor at the University of Chicago, where he is on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.
Hogan earned his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in 1980. After postdocs at Chicago, Caltech and Cambridge, he joined the faculty of Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona in 1985. In 1990 he moved to the Physics and Astronomy Departments at the University of Washington in Seattle, where in time he served as department Chair, divisional Dean, and Vice Provost for Research. He moved to Chicago in 2008.

Hoganís theoretical work has encompassed many areas of astrophysical cosmology: the origin of the elements, cosmic phase transitions and defects, magnetic fields, background radiation, cosmic reionization, gravitational lensing, cosmic structure and dark matter, global cosmological parameters, and gravitational waves. He was a co-founder of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation, and is a US member of the LISA International Science team, which is planning a gravitational wave observatory in space. His research has been recognized by prizes including an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, and the Gruber Cosmology Prize, awarded to the High-z Supernova Search Team for the co-discovery of cosmic Dark Energy.

In his current work he is developing the theory of a proposed new phenomenon, which he calls "holographic noise", a fundamental, universal uncertainty in the fabric of spacetime, akin to pixelation in an imperfectly sampled digital audio file or video display. The theory may lead to the development of experiments that could allow a direct measurement of the minimum interval of time.

Past Scientific Projects: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
Currently in Committees
  • Appointments committee
  • PFC Executive committee

KICP Publications
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Statistical measures of Planck scale signal correlations in interferometers", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 34, Issue 7, article id. 075006 (2017) (Apr 2017)
  2. "The Holometer: an instrument to probe Planckian quantum geometry", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 34, Issue 6, article id. 065005 (2017) (Mar 2017)
  3. "MHz gravitational wave constraints with decameter Michelson interferometers", Physical Review D, Volume 95, Issue 6, id.063002 (Mar 2017)
  4. "MHz Gravitational Wave Constraints with Decameter Michelson Interferometers", arXiv:1611.05560 (Nov 2016)
  5. "Interferometric tests of Planckian quantum geometry models", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Volume 33, Issue 10, article id. 105004 (2016) (May 2016)
  6. "Exotic Rotational Correlations in Quantum Geometry", arXiv:1509.07997 (Sep 2015)
  7. "Improved cosmological constraints from a joint analysis of the SDSS-II and SNLS supernova samples", Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 568, id.A22, 32 pp (Aug 2014)
  8. "VizieR Online Data Catalog: Joint analysis of the SDSS-II and SNLS SNe Ia (Betoule+, 2014)", VizieR On-line Data Catalog: J/A+A/568/A22. Originally published in: 2014A&A...568A..22B (Jun 2014)
  9. "Interferometers as probes of Planckian quantum geometry", Physical Review D, vol. 85, Issue 6, id. 064007 (Mar 2012)
  10. "First-year Sloan Digital Sky Survey-II supernova results: consistency and constraints with other intermediate-redshift data sets", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 401, Issue 4, pp. 2331-2342 (Feb 2010)
  11. "The Seventh Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, Volume 182, Issue 2, article id. 543-558 (2009) (Jun 2009)
  12. "21-cm Intensity Mapping", Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, Science White Papers, no. 234 (n/a 2009)
  13. "Precision Cosmology with Gravitational Waves", Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, Science White Papers, no. 130 (n/a 2009)
  14. "Gravitational Waves from New Physics", Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, Science White Papers, no. 129 (n/a 2009)
  15. "The Sloan Digital Sky Survey-II Photometry and Supernova IA Light Curves from the 2005 Data", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 136, Issue 6, pp. 2306-2320 (2008) (Dec 2008)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Emergent Rotation from the Planck Scale and the Fermilab Holometer", APS April Meeting 2017, abstract #M6.007 (Jan 2017)
  2. "The Fermilab Holometer: Probing the Planck Scale", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #221, id.#431.06 (Jan 2013)
  3. "Interferometry and Quantum Geometry", 8th Patras Workshop on Axions, WIMPS and WISPS. Chicago and Fermilab. Online at, id.21 (Jul 2012)

Past Visitors:
  1. Anna Ijjas, University of Munich (2012)
  2. Sam Waldman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010)