Michael S. Turner

Bruce V. & Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor, Depts. of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College
Director of the PFC and KICP

Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University, 1978
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773)702-7974
Location: LASR 101
Email: mturnerkicp.uchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site
 
Research
Theoretical astrophysics, cosmology and elementary particle physics, cosmology. Michael S. Turner is a theoretical cosmologist, who coined the term dark energy.

Turner helped establish the interdisciplinary field that combines together cosmology and elementary particle physics to understand the origin and evolution of the Universe. His research focuses on the earliest moments of creation, and he has made contributions to inflationary cosmology, particle dark matter and structure formation, the theory of big bang nucleosynthesis, and the nature of dark energy.
 
KICP Highlights & News

 
Talks, Lectures, & Workshops

 
Students
Past Students

GRADUATE: Charles Shapiro (2008)
 
Currently in Committees
  • Budget and Policy committee (Chair)
  • Wednesday Colloquium committee
  • Appointments committee (Ex-officio)
  • PFC Executive committee
  • LASR Space committee (Chair)

 
KICP Publications
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Beyond H 0 and q 0: Cosmology is No Longer Just Two Numbers", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 769, Issue 2, article id. 133, 8 pp. (2013) (Jun 2013)
  2. "Evidence for Type Ia Supernova Diversity from Ultraviolet Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 749, Issue 2, article id. 126, 17 pp. (2012) (Apr 2012)
  3. "The dark clouds over US astronomy", Nature, Volume 476, Issue 7359, pp. 127 (2011) (Aug 2011)
  4. "Cosmology: No miracle in the multiverse", Nature, Volume 467, Issue 7316, pp. 657-658 (2010) (Oct 2010)
  5. "αβγ, Hoyle, and the history of nucleosynthesis", Physics Today, vol. 62, issue 5, p. 10 (n/a 2009)
  6. "A century of physics: 1950 to 2050", Physics Today, vol. 62, issue 9, p. 8 (n/a 2009)
  7. "Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe", Annual Review of Astronomy & Astrophysics, vol. 46, Issue 1, pp.385-432 (Sep 2008)
  8. "Cosmology: Inflation alive and well", Nature Physics, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp. 89-91 (2008) (Feb 2008)
  9. "Explained in 60 Seconds", Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal, Volume 2, p.4 (Feb 2008)
  10. "Cosmic Acceleration, Dark Energy, and Fundamental Physics", Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, Volume 76, Issue 11, pp. 111015 (2007) (Nov 2007)
  11. "Quarks and the Cosmos", Science, Volume 315, Issue 5808, pp. 59- (2007) (Jan 2007)
  12. "What Do We Really Know about Cosmic Acceleration?", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 649, Issue 2, pp. 563-569 (Oct 2006)
  13. "Book Review: THE VIEW FROM THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE / Riverhead, 2006", Physics Today, vol. 59, no. 11, p. 57 (Nov 2006) (n/a 2006)
  14. "Cosmology of generalized modified gravity models", Physical Review D, vol. 71, Issue 6, id. 063513 (Mar 2005)
  15. "Is cosmic speed-up due to new gravitational physics?", Physical Review D, vol. 70, Issue 4, id. 043528 (Aug 2004)
  16. "Probing dark energy with supernovae: Exploiting complementarity with the cosmic microwave background", Physical Review D, vol. 67, Issue 8, id. 083505 (Apr 2003)
  17. "Accelerators and Dinosaurs", Physics Today, vol. 56, issue 9, p. 10 (n/a 2003)
  18. "Dark Energy: Just What Theorists Ordered", Physics Today, vol. 56, issue 4, p. 10 (n/a 2003)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Quarks and the Cosmos", Quest for the Origin of Particles and the Universe - Proceedings of the KMI Inauguration Conference. Edited by Aoki Yasumichi et al. Published by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., 2013. ISBN #9789814412322, pp. 90-102 (Mar 2013)
  2. "Dark Energy, Particle Physics and Cosmology", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #220, #316.01 (May 2012)
  3. "2011 Nobel Prize Perspectives", American Physical Society, APS March Meeting 2012, February 27-March 2, 2012, abstract #X60.001 (Feb 2012)
  4. "The Inner Space/Outer Space Connections: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Inflation and All That", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #217, #314.01; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, 2011 (Jan 2011)
  5. "A Burger, a Beer, and a Side of Science", Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-On Symposium ASP Conference Series, Vol. 400, proceedings of the conference held 1-5 June, 2008, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in Conjunction with the 212th Meeting of the American Astronomica
  6. "TBA", American Physical Society, 2008 APS April Meeting and HEDP/HEDLA Meeting, April 11-15, 2008, abstract #S5.002 (Apr 2008)
  7. "Quarks to Cosmos: Breaking News at the Interface of Particle, Nuclear and Astrophysics", American Physical Society, 2008 APS March Meeting, March 10-14, 2008, abstract #T1.001 (Mar 2008)
  8. "Bold Dreams and Big Questions: The Future of Astronomy in the 21st and NSF's Role", American Astronomical Society Meeting 207, #108.01; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 37, p.1337 (Dec 2005)
  9. "Global Science: Brave New World", American Physical Society, APS April Meeting, April 16-19, 2005, abstract #M6.001 (Apr 2005)
  10. "Exploring the Complementarity of SNAP and Planck", American Astronomical Society, 201st AAS Meeting, #97.06; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 34, p.1265 (Dec 2002)

 
Visitors
Past Visitors:
  1. Silvia Galli, IAP (Paris) (2014)
  2. George Efstathiou, University of Cambridge (2011)
  3. Tom Weiler, Vanderbilt University (2003)
  4. Rachael Bean, Imperial College, London (2002)
  5. Lorenzo Cazon Boado, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (2002)
  6. Bernard Schutz, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) (2002)