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

Abbott, T. M. C., et al. “Dark Energy Survey year 1 results: Cosmological constraints from galaxy clustering and weak lensing.” Physical Review D, vol. 98, no. 4, Aug. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.98.043526. Full Text

Goobar, Ariel, et al. “The cosmic transparency measured with Type Ia supernovae: implications for intergalactic dust.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, vol. 477, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), June 2018, pp. L75–79. Crossref, doi:10.1093/mnrasl/sly053. Full Text

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