Joshua A. Frieman

Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Fermilab; Professor, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago, 1985
Contact Information
Phone: (773)702-7971
Location: ERC 453
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The 2.5-meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory, named the Sloan Foundation Telescope in recognition of the pivotal and generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through all phases of the SDSS.
Josh Frieman is a senior staff member (Scientist III) in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at Fermilab and the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics. He is also Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, where he is a member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.
Frieman earned a B.Sc. degree from Stanford (1981) and a PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago (1985). After a postdoc in the SLAC Theory Group, he joined the scientific staff at Fermilab in 1988. He served as Head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group from 1994 to 1999. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics. He has served on the Executive Committee of the APS Divison of Astrophysics, on the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) of HEPAP, on the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey Committee, and on the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC).

Frieman's research centers on theoretical and observational cosmology, including studies of the nature of dark energy, the early Universe, gravitational lensing, the large-scale structure of the Universe, and supernovae as cosmological distance indicators. The author of over 230 publications, he led the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II) Supernova Survey, which discovered over 500 type Ia supernovae for cosmology studies, and served as chair of the SDSS Collaboration Council. He is a founder of and currently serves as Director of the Dark Energy Survey, a collaboration of over 120 scientists from 20 institutions on 3 continents, which is building a 570-Megapixel camera to carry out a wide-field survey on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile to probe the origin of cosmic acceleration.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:

Past Scientific Projects: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) | SDSS Supernova Survey (SDSS SS)
KICP Highlights & News

Talks, Lectures, & Workshops

Past Students

GRADUATE: Jennifer Helsby (2015), Alan Zablocki (2015), Felipe Marin (2010), Carlos E. Cunha (2008), Benjamin E. Dilday (2008), David Johnston (2003), Jonathan Mitchell (2003), Craig Wiegert (2003)

UNDERGRADUATE: Paul Williams (2015), Alex Lanzano (2013), Rebecca Pierce (2013)
Currently in Committees
  • Wednesday Colloquium committee
  • Appointments committee
  • PFC Executive committee

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

Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Classification of DES16C2nm as a SLSN at z=1.998", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9700 (Nov 2016)
  2. "Searching for Dark Matter Annihilation in Recently Discovered Milky Way Satellites with Fermi-LAT", arXiv:1611.03184 (Nov 2016)
  3. "Classification of 17 DES supernova with OzDES", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9742 (Nov 2016)
  4. "Farthest Neighbor: The Distant Milky Way Satellite Eridanus II", arXiv:1611.05052 (Nov 2016)
  5. "A Study of Quasar Selection in the Dark Energy Survey Supernova fields", arXiv:1611.05456 (Nov 2016)
  6. "Weak lensing magnification in the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification Data", arXiv:1611.10326 (Nov 2016)
  7. "A Search for Kilonovae in the Dark Energy Survey", arXiv:1611.08052 (Nov 2016)
  8. "Mapping and Simulating Systematics due to Spatially Varying Observing Conditions in DES Science Verification Data", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 226, Issue 2, article id. 24, 13 pp. (2016) (Oct 2016)
  9. "Imprint of DES super-structures on the Cosmic Microwave Background", arXiv:1610.00637 (Oct 2016)
  10. "Nearest Neighbor: The Low-Mass Milky Way Satellite Tucana III", arXiv:1610.05301 (Oct 2016)
  11. "Correction to ATel #9636 - Missing Table", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9637 (Oct 2016)
  12. "Classification of 2 DES supernova with OzDES", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9636 (Oct 2016)
  13. "Classification of 5 DES supernova by Gemini", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9633 (Oct 2016)
  14. "DESAlert: Enabling Real-Time Transient Follow-Up with Dark Energy Survey Data", Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Volume 33, id.e049 13 pp (Sep 2016)
  15. "redMaGiC: selecting luminous red galaxies from the DES Science Verification data", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 461, Issue 2, p.1431-1450 (Sep 2016)
  16. "Physical properties of star clusters in the outer LMC as observed by the DES", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 461, Issue 1, p.519-541 (Sep 2016)
  17. "Detection of the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect with DES Year 1 and SPT", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 461, Issue 3, p.3172-3193 (Sep 2016)
  18. "Classification of DES16C2ma by GTC", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9460 (Sep 2016)
  19. "Classification of 4 DES supernova by Gemini", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9490 (Sep 2016)
  20. "Classification of 9 DES supernova by Magellan", The Astronomer's Telegram, No. 9505 (Sep 2016)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Properties of type Ia supernovae inside rich galaxy clusters", XIV Latin American Regional IAU Meeting (Eds. A. Mateus, J. Gregorio-Hetem & R. Cid Fernandes) Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica (Serie de Conferencias) Vol. 44, pp. 206-206 (2014) (Oct 2014)
  2. "The Dark Energy Survey and operations: Year 1", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9149, id. 91490V 15 pp. (2014) (Aug 2014)
  3. "The Dark Energy Survey: Overview", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #221, id.#335.01 (Jan 2013)
  4. "Correlations Between Type Ia Supernovae and Their Host Galaxies Using the SDSS and Multi-wavelength Photometry", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #221, id.#106.06 (Jan 2013)
  5. "The Dark Energy Spectrometer: a potential multi-fiber instrument for the Blanco 4-meter Telescope", Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8446, article id. 844656, 13 pp. (2012) (Sep 2012)
  6. "Dark Energy Spectrometer - A Proposed Multi-Fiber Instrument for the Blanco 4 Meter Telescope", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #219, #422.09 (Jan 2012)
  7. "WFC3 and WFPC2 Follow Up of Strong Gravitational Lenses", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #217, #347.03; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, 2011 (Jan 2011)
  8. "SBAS: The Sloan Bright Arcs Survey", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #217, #347.01; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, 2011 (Jan 2011)
  9. "The Dark Energy Survey", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #217, #205.01; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, 2011 (Jan 2011)
  10. "Identifying Faint Supernovae in the SDSS-II SN Survey Data", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #430.21; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 42, p.359 (Jan 2010)

Past Visitors:
  1. Aurélien Benoit-Lévy, University College London / Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (2016)
  2. Marcelle Soares-Santos, Fermilab (2016)
  3. Keith Bechtol, WIPAC / University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015)
  4. Chihway Chang, ETH Zurich (2015)
  5. Steve Kahn, Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory (2014)
  6. Brian Nord, Fermilab (2014)
  7. Natalie Roe, LBNL (2014)
  8. Florian Beutler, University of Western Australia (2012)
  9. Felipe Marin, Swinburne University (2011)
  10. Roberto Trotta, Imperial College London (2011)
  11. Felipe Marin, Swinburne University (2010)
  12. Tamara Davis, University of Queensland (2009)
  13. Renee Hlozek, University of Oxford (2009)
  14. Alexandra Abate, University College London (2008)
  15. Manda Banerji, University College London (2008)
  16. Alison Coil, University of California, San Diego (2008)
  17. Tamara Davis, University of Queensland (2008)
  18. Eanna Flanagan, Cornell University (2008)
  19. Marcelo Gleiser, Dartmouth College (2008)
  20. Ofer Lahav, University College London (2008)
  21. Julie McEnery, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center (2008)
  22. Jean Quashnock, Carthage College (2007)
  23. Mat Smith, University of Portsmouth (2007)
  24. Joseph Zuntz, Imperial College, London (2007)
  25. Anna Cabre Albos, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (2006)
  26. David Cinabro, Wayne State University (2006)
  27. Rogerio Rosenfeld, Instituto de Fisica Teorica-UNESP (2006)
  28. Masao Sako, University of Pennsylvania (2006)
  29. Brandon Allgood, University of California, Santa Cruz (2005)
  30. Lifan Wang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2005)
  31. Alexander Conley, University of California, Berkeley (2004)
  32. Masao Sako, Stanford University (2004)
  33. Roman Scoccimarro, New York University (2004)
  34. Andreas Berlind, New York University (2003)
  35. Enrique Gaztanaga, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica (2002)
  36. Timothy McKay, University of Michigan (2002)
  37. Erin Sheldon, University of Michigan (2002)