Daniel M. Scolnic

Daniel M. Scolnic

Assistant Professor of Physics

Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708


Lead Type Ia SN cosmology studies for Pan-STARRS, DES, LSST and WFIRST.  Work on new image analysis techniques and finding optical counterparts to gravitational waves.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 2013

  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2007

Scolnic, D. M., et al. “The Complete Light-curve Sample of Spectroscopically Confirmed SNe Ia from Pan-STARRS1 and Cosmological Constraints from the Combined Pantheon Sample.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 859, no. 2, June 2018. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aab9bb. Full Text

Cowperthwaite, P. S., et al. “An Empirical Study of Contamination in Deep, Rapid, and Wide-field Optical Follow-up of Gravitational Wave Events.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 858, no. 1, May 2018. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aabad9. Full Text

Jones, D. O., et al. “Measuring Dark Energy Properties with Photometrically Classified Pan-STARRS Supernovae. II. Cosmological Parameters.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 857, no. 1, Apr. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aab6b1. Full Text

Foley, R. J., et al. “The Foundation Supernova Survey: Motivation, design, implementation, and first data release.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 475, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 193–219. Scopus, doi:10.1093/mnras/stx3136. Full Text

Riess, A. G., et al. “Type Ia Supernova Distances at Redshift >1.5 from the Hubble Space Telescope Multi-cycle Treasury Programs: The Early Expansion Rate.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 853, no. 2, Feb. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aaa5a9. Full Text

Lunnan, R., et al. “Hydrogen-poor Superluminous Supernovae from the Pan-STARRS1 Medium Deep Survey.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 852, no. 2, Jan. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa9f1a. Full Text

Burke, D. L., et al. “Forward Global Photometric Calibration of the Dark Energy Survey.” Astronomical Journal, vol. 155, no. 1, Jan. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-3881/aa9f22. Full Text

Scolnic, D., et al. “How Many Kilonovae Can Be Found in Past, Present, and Future Survey Data Sets?Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 852, no. 1, Jan. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.3847/2041-8213/aa9d82. Full Text

Abbott, T. M. C., et al. “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, vol. 480, no. 3, Jan. 2018, pp. 3879–88. Scopus, doi:10.1093/MNRAS/STY1939. Full Text

Guidorzi, C., et al. “Improved Constraints on H 0 from a Combined Analysis of Gravitational-wave and Electromagnetic Emission from GW170817.” Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 851, no. 2, Dec. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.3847/2041-8213/aaa009. Full Text