Daniel M. Scolnic

KICP Fellow

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2013
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 702-9751
Location: ERC 431
Email: dscolnickicp.uchicago.edu
 
Research
Dan is a current KICP and Hubble Fellow and uses Type Ia Supernovae to measure cosmological parameters including dark energy and the current expansion rate of the universe. Dan leads several efforts for large transient surveys. He recently released the most precise measurements of dark energy to date ("The Complete Light-curve Sample of Spectroscopically Confirmed Type Ia Supernovae from Pan-STARRS1 and Cosmological Constraints from The Combined Pantheon Sample") and led the SN analysis for the SH0ES measurement of the Hubble constant ("A 2.4% Determination of the Local Value of the Hubble Constant"). Dan is the Deputy-PI of one of the WFIRST SN teams and is co-lead of the WFIRST Photometric Calibration Group. Dan is also the co-Chair of the LSST Survey Strategy Task Force and co-PI of The Foundation SN Survey. Furthermore, Dan is interested in finding and analyzing the optical counterparts to gravitational wave events and using them to measure the Hubble constant ("Improved constraints on H0 from a combined analysis of gravitational-wave and electromagnetic emission from GW170817").

Ongoing Scientific Projects:
 
KICP Publications
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: A Precise H0 Estimate from DES Y1, BAO, and D/H Data", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 480, Issue 3, p.3879-3888 (Nov 2018)
  2. "The LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) Science Requirements Document", arXiv:1809.01669 (Sep 2018)
  3. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Galaxy Sample for BAO Measurement", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Advance Access (Sep 2018)
  4. "Extending Supernova Spectral Templates for Next-Generation Space Telescope Observations", arXiv:1808.02534 (Aug 2018)
  5. "Photometric redshift calibration requirements for WFIRST Weak Lensing Cosmology: Predictions from CANDELS", arXiv:1808.10458 (Aug 2018)
  6. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: A Precise H0 Estimate from DES Y1, BAO, and D/H Data", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Advance Access (Jul 2018)
  7. "Transient Classification Report for 2018-07-17", Transient Name Server Classification Report, No. 2018-998 (Jul 2018)
  8. "Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with SOAR", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 11865 (Jul 2018)
  9. "The Complete Light-curve Sample of Spectroscopically Confirmed SNe Ia from Pan-STARRS1 and Cosmological Constraints from the Combined Pantheon Sample", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 859, Issue 2, article id. 101, 28 pp. (2018) (Jun 2018)
  10. "The cosmic transparency measured with Type Ia supernovae: implications for intergalactic dust", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Volume 477, Issue 1, p.L75-L79 (Jun 2018)
  11. "Classification of 18 DES supernova with OzDES", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 11679 (Jun 2018)
  12. "Classification of 3 DES supernova with OzDES and DEVILS", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 11717 (Jun 2018)
  13. "Constraining Temporal Oscillations of Cosmological Parameters Using Type Ia Supernovae", arXiv:1806.07797 (Jun 2018)
  14. "Transient Classification Report for 2018-06-19", Transient Name Server Classification Report, No. 2018-854 (Jun 2018)
  15. "Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with SOAR", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 11731 (Jun 2018)
  16. "VizieR Online Data Catalog: Counterpart of GW170817. I. DECam obs. (Soares-Santos+, 2017)", VizieR On-line Data Catalog: J/ApJ/848/L16. Originally published in: 2017ApJ...848L..16S (Jun 2018)
  17. "An Empirical Study of Contamination in Deep, Rapid, and Wide-field Optical Follow-up of Gravitational Wave Events", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 858, Issue 1, article id. 18, 16 pp. (2018) (May 2018)
  18. "Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with SOAR", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 11642 (May 2018)
  19. "Should Type Ia Supernova Distances be Corrected for their Local Environments?", arXiv:1805.05911 (May 2018)
  20. "Transient Classification Report for 2018-05-13", Transient Name Server Classification Report, No. 2018-632 (May 2018)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Dark energy survey operations: years 4 and 5", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10704, id. 107040D 18 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  2. "Supernova Cosmology Without Spectroscopy", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #231, id. 258.12 (Jan 2018)
  3. "Measuring Cosmological Parameters with Photometrically Classified Pan-STARRS Supernovae", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #231, id. 308.06 (Jan 2018)
  4. "Confronting Alternative Cosmological Models with the Highest-Redshift Type Ia Supernovae", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #231, id. 438.04 (Jan 2018)
  5. "WFIRST WFI Calibration Requirements", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #231, id. 355.45 (Jan 2018)
  6. "WFIRST: Science from the Guest Investigator and Parallel Observation Programs", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #231, id. 354.07 (Jan 2018)
  7. "Finding Exoplanets Using Point Spread Function Photometry on Kepler Data", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #231, id. 246.09 (Jan 2018)
  8. "Using PS1 and Type Ia Supernovae To Make Most Precise Measurement of Dark Energy To Date", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #231, id. 102.05 (Jan 2018)
  9. "Creation of a Unified Set of Core-Collapse Supernovae for Training of Photometric Classifiers", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #229, id.434.05 (Jan 2017)
  10. "Decontaminating Cosmology: Towards Measuring Dark Energy with Photometrically Classified Pan-STARRS Supernovae", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #229, id.115.03 (Jan 2017)

 
Visitors
Past Visitors:
  1. Dillon Brout, University of Pennsylvania (2017)
  2. Graeme Addison, Johns Hopkins University (2016)
  3. Rest Armin, STScI (2016)
  4. Rebekah Hounsell, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2016)
  5. Lauren Pearce, University of Minnesota & Valpariaso (2016)
  6. Elisabeth Krause, KIPAC, Stanford (2015)
  7. Steve Rodney, University of South Carolina (2015)
  8. David Jones, Johns Hopkins University (2014)