John E. Carlstrom

Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Dept. of Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College; Director, Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica (CARA)
Deputy Director of the PFC and the KICP

Ph.D., California/Berkeley, 1988
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 834-0269
Location: ERC 341
Email: jckicp.uchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site
 
Research
The South Pole Telescope, SPT.
Observational cosmology using new instruments to measure the primary anisotropy in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect. Leader of the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI) project. DASI, a unique 13 element compact interferometric array located at the NSF Amundsen-Scott South Pole station, recently reported detection of the harmonic peaks in the CMB angular power spectrum. The new DASI data was used to set tight constraints on cosmological parameters, such as the curvature of the universe (1.04 - 0.06) and the fractional amounts of baryonic and cold dark matter. The results provide further support for Inflationary models for the origin of the universe. Current DASI observations are directed toward measuring the polarization of the CMB anisotropy.
Interferometric techniques are also used for detailed imaging of the CMB which has been scattered by hot gas associated with clusters of galaxies, the Sunyaev Zeldovich effect (SZE). The intensity of the SZE for a cluster is independent of its distance making the SZE an ideal cosmological probe. Combining SZE measurements with x-ray observations allows an independent determination of the expansion history of the universe, as well as detailed information about these extremely large structures. A major expansion of this project, which includes building a dedicated six element array of telescopes, has recently been funded. The factor of 100 increase in imaging speed provided by the new array will enable a SZE survey of the high redshift universe over a region of roughly 12 square degrees.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:

Past Scientific Projects: Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI) | QUaD
 
KICP Highlights & News

 
Talks, Lectures, & Workshops

 
Students
Past Students

GRADUATE: Tyler Natoli (2015), Kat Ziegler (2015), Kyle Story (2015), Abigail T. Crites (2013), Lindsey E. Bleem (2013), Christopher Greer (2012), Ryan Hennessy (2012), Constantinos Melachrinos (2011), Ryan Keisler (2010), Joaquin D. Vieira (2010), Jonathan Stricker (2009), Michael Loh (2008), Matthew Sharp (2008), Brian Epley (2005), Daisuke Nagai (2005), Sam LaRoque (2005), Dan Siegal (2004), John Kovac (2003)

UNDERGRADUATE: Milo Korman (2015), Michael Karfunkle (2014), Joshua Montgomery (2013), Nicha Leethochawalit (2013), Michelle Buckner (2012), Jason W. Henning (2006), Elizabeth Olhsson (2006)
 
Currently in Committees
  • Budget and Policy committee
  • Wednesday Colloquium committee
  • Appointments committee (Chair)
  • PFC Executive committee
  • LASR Space committee

 
KICP Publications
2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "CMB lensing tomography with the DES Science Verification galaxies", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 456, Issue 3, p.3213-3244 (Mar 2016)
  2. "Probing star formation in the dense environments of z ˜ 1 lensing haloes aligned with dusty star-forming galaxies detected with the South Pole Telescope", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 455, Issue 2, p.1629-1646 (Jan 2016)
  3. "Constraints on the richness-mass relation and the optical-SZE positional offset distribution for SZE-selected clusters", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 454, Issue 3, p.2305-2319 (Dec 2015)
  4. "Cross-correlation of gravitational lensing from DES Science Verification data with SPT and Planck lensing", arXiv:1512.04535 (Dec 2015)
  5. "A Multi-wavelength Mass Analysis of RCS2 J232727.6-020437, A ˜3 × 1015 M⊙ Galaxy Cluster at z = 0.7", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 814, Issue 1, article id. 21, 18 pp. (2015) (Nov 2015)
  6. "Deep Chandra, HST-COS, and Megacam Observations of the Phoenix Cluster: Extreme Star Formation and AGN Feedback on Hundred Kiloparsec Scales", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 811, Issue 2, article id. 111, 18 pp. (2015) (Oct 2015)
  7. "Probing star formation in the dense environments of z~1 lensing halos aligned with dusty star-forming galaxies detected with the South Pole Telescope", arXiv:1510.01359 (Oct 2015)
  8. "The Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE Survey: MOO J1142+1527, a 1015 M⊙ Galaxy Cluster at z = 1.19", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 812, Issue 2, article id. L40, 6 pp. (2015) (Oct 2015)
  9. "Spitzer Imaging of Distant Galaxy Clusters Discovered by the South Pole Telescope Polarimeter", Spitzer Proposal ID #12073 (Oct 2015)
  10. "A Measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background Gravitational Lensing Potential from 100 Square Degrees of SPTpol Data", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 810, Issue 1, article id. 50, 16 pp. (2015) (Sep 2015)
  11. "The Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE Survey: MOO J1142+1527, A 10$^{15}$ M$_odot$ Galaxy Cluster at z=1.19", arXiv:1509.01989 (Sep 2015)
  12. "Deep Chandra, HST-COS, and Megacam Observations of the Phoenix Cluster: Extreme Star Formation and AGN Feedback on Hundred Kiloparsec Scales", arXiv:1508.05941 (Aug 2015)
  13. "Measurements of Sub-degree B-mode Polarization in the Cosmic Microwave Background from 100 Square Degrees of SPTpol Data", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 807, Issue 2, article id. 151, 18 pp. (2015) (Jul 2015)
  14. "CMB lensing tomography with the DES Science Verification galaxies", arXiv:1507.05551 (Jul 2015)
  15. "A Measurement of Gravitational Lensing of the Cosmic Microwave Background by Galaxy Clusters Using Data from the South Pole Telescope", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 806, Issue 2, article id. 247, 14 pp. (2015) (Jun 2015)
  16. "The Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE Survey. III. Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Masses of Galaxy Clusters at z˜1", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 806, Issue 1, article id. 26, 8 pp. (2015) (Jun 2015)
  17. "Constraints on the Richness-Mass Relation and the Optical-SZE Positional Offset Distribution for SZE-Selected Clusters", arXiv:1506.07814 (Jun 2015)
  18. "Measurements of E-Mode Polarization and Temperature-E-Mode Correlation in the Cosmic Microwave Background from 100 Square Degrees of SPTpol Data", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 805, Issue 1, article id. 36, 18 pp. (2015) (May 2015)
  19. "The nature of the [C II] emission in dusty star-forming galaxies from the SPT survey", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 449, Issue 3, p.2883-2900 (May 2015)
  20. "Analysis of Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect mass-observable relations using South Pole Telescope observations of an X-ray selected sample of low-mass galaxy clusters and groups", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 448, Issue 3, p.2085-2099 (Apr 2015)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "SPT-3G: a next-generation cosmic microwave background polarization experiment on the South Pole telescope", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9153, id. 91531P 21 pp. (2014) (Jul 2014)
  2. "Measurement of the cosmological distance scale using X-ray and Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect observations of galaxy clusters", Advancing the Physics of Cosmic Distances, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 289, pp. 339-343 (Feb 2013)
  3. "Performance and on-sky optical characterization of the SPTpol instrument", Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8452, article id. 84521F, 15 pp. (2012) (Sep 2012)
  4. "SPTpol: an instrument for CMB polarization measurements with the South Pole Telescope", Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8452, article id. 84521E, 18 pp. (2012) (Sep 2012)
  5. "Feedhorn-coupled TES polarimeter camera modules at 150 GHz for CMB polarization measurements with SPTpol", Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8452, article id. 84523A, 15 pp. (2012) (Sep 2012)
  6. "Design and characterization of 90 GHz feedhorn-coupled TES polarimeter pixels in the SPTPol camera", Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8452, article id. 845239, 12 pp. (2012) (Sep 2012)
  7. "South Pole Telescope software systems: control, monitoring, and data acquisition", Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8451, article id. 84510T, 11 pp. (2012) (Sep 2012)
  8. "Calculating Cluster Masses via the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #220, #507.03 (May 2012)
  9. "Discovery of a Galaxy Cluster Merger in Unexplored Merger Phase-space", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #219, #223.07 (Jan 2012)
  10. "Polarization Calibration of the QUaD Experiment", Astronomical Polarimetry 2008: Science from Small to Large Telescopes. Proceedings of a Workshop held at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada 6-11 July 2008. Edited by Pierre Bastien, Nadine Manset, Dan P. Clemens, and Nicole St-Louis.

 
Visitors
Past Visitors:
  1. Nipanjana Patra, Raman Research Institute (2014)
  2. Rashid Sunyaev, Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (2014)
  3. Megan Eckart, NASA/GSFC (2013)
  4. Eduardo Rozo, SLAC (2013)
  5. Christopher Sheehy, University of Minnesota (2013)
  6. Yashar Hezaveh, McGill University (2012)
  7. Gilbert Holder, McGill University (2012)
  8. Douglas Applegate, KIPAC/Stanford/SLAC (2011)
  9. James Bock, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2011)
  10. Liu Jiayi, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich (2011)
  11. Steven Allen, KIPAC, Stanford University (2009)
  12. Gil Holder, McGill University (2009)
  13. James Bartlett, Astroparticule et Cosmologie, Universite Paris Diderot (2008)
  14. James Bock, California Institute of Technology (2008)
  15. Wick Haxton, University of Washington (2008)
  16. Gilbert Holder, McGill University (2008)
  17. Leslie Rosenberg, University of Washington (2008)
  18. Laurie Shaw, McGill University (2008)
  19. Massimiliano Bonamente, University of Alabama, Huntsville (2007)
  20. Keith Grainge, Cambridge University (2007)
  21. Marshall Joy, NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center (2007)
  22. Fred Lo, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (2007)
  23. Graham Smith, University of Birmingham (2007)
  24. William Holzapfel, University of California, Berkeley (2005)
  25. Lev Kofman, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (2005)
  26. Sunil Golwala, California Institute of Technology (2004)
  27. Gil Holder, McGill University (2004)
  28. Avi Loeb, Harvard University (2004)
  29. Ian McCarthy, University of Victoria (2004)
  30. Max Tegmark, University of Pennsylvania (2004)
  31. Jonas Zmuidzinas, California Institute of Technology (2004)
  32. Mike Gladders, Carnegie Institution (2003)
  33. Pengjie Zhang, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (2003)
  34. Philip Farese, University of California, Santa Barbara (2002)
  35. Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University (2002)
  36. Tony Tyson, Bell Labs Lucent Technologies (2002)
  37. Paul Vanden Bout, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (2002)
  38. David Woody, California Institute of Technology (2002)
  39. Jose Diego, University (2001)
  40. Joe Mohr, University of Illinois (2001)