Donald Q. Lamb

Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Enrico Fermi Institute and the College, Director, ASC Flash Center; University of Chicago

Ph.D., Physics, Rochester, 1974
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 702-7194
Email: lamboddjob.uchicago.edu
 
Research
X-ray bursts, gamma-ray bursts, Type Ia supernovae, and galaxy clusters, statistical methods based on Bayesian inference.

Lamb's research has covered a wide range of topics in high-energy astrophysics, including the properties of cold and hot dense matter; the structure and evolution of white dwarfs and neutron stars; X-ray emission from compact stars, especially magnetic white dwarfs; and the physics of radiation transfer in super-strong magnetic fields.

His current interests include gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and galaxy clusters. He is the author of more than 300 papers and the coeditor of several books on theoretical astrophysics. He has made seminal contributions to stellar structure and evolution, especially the structure and evolution of white dwarfs and neutron stars, compact X-ray sources and gamma-ray bursts. He helped found and continues to play a significant role in the ambitious Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Prof. Lamb is Mission Scientist for the High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE-2); a Swift satellite associate scientist; and Director of the DOE ASC / Alliance Flash Center at the University of Chicago.

His paper from 2000 with Daniel Reichart, "Gamma-Ray Bursts as a Probe of the Very High Redshift Universe" predicted the existence of gamma-ray bursts such as GRB 050904, the topic of NASA's September 12 press teleconference.
 
KICP Publications
2013 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Comparing the Light Curves of Simulated Type Ia Supernovae with Observations Using Data-driven Models", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 773, Issue 2, article id. 119, 23 pp. (2013) (Aug 2013)
  2. "The Sixth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 175, Issue 2, pp. 297-313 (Apr 2008)
  3. "The Fifth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 172, Issue 2, pp. 634-644 (Oct 2007)
  4. "Cosmological constraints from the SDSS luminous red galaxies", Physical Review D, vol. 74, Issue 12, id. 123507 (Dec 2006)
  5. "GRB 060121: Implications of a Short-/Intermediate-Duration γ-Ray Burst at High Redshift", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 648, Issue 2, pp. L83-L87 (Sep 2006)
  6. "The Fourth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 162, Issue 1, pp. 38-48 (Jan 2006)
  7. "GRB 060512: detection of NIR afterglow.", GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, 5126, 1 (2006) (n/a 2006)
  8. "GRB060306: APO ks-band imaging observations.", GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, 4861, 1 (2006) (n/a 2006)
  9. "GRB 060210: ARC NIR detection of afterglow and possible host galaxy.", GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, 4753, 1 (2006) (n/a 2006)
  10. "GRB 060121: confirmation of NIR afterglow.", GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, 4611, 1 (2006) (n/a 2006)
  11. "GRB 060121: probable detection of NIR afterglow.", GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, 4604, 1 (2006) (n/a 2006)
  12. "The C4 Clustering Algorithm: Clusters of Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 130, Issue 3, pp. 968-1001 (Sep 2005)
  13. "The Third Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 129, Issue 3, pp. 1755-1759 (Mar 2005)
  14. "The Second Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp. 502-512 (Jul 2004)
  15. "The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Quasar Catalog. II. First Data Release", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 126, Issue 6, pp. 2579-2593 (Dec 2003)
  16. "The First Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 126, Issue 4, pp. 2081-2086 (Oct 2003)
  17. "The Angular Correlation Function of Galaxies from Early Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 579, Issue 1, pp. 42-47 (Nov 2002)