Joshua A. Frieman

Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Fermilab; Professor, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Deputy Director of the KICP

Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago, 1985
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773)702-7971
Location: ERC 453
Email: friemanfnal.gov
WWW: Web Site
 
Research
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

 
Students
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
  • Conferences, Workshops and Visitors committee (Chair)
  • Appointments committee
  • Executive committee
  • PFC Executive committee

 
KICP Publications
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Dark Energy Survey year 1 results: galaxy sample for BAO measurement", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 482, Issue 2, p.2807-2822 (Jan 2019)
  2. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 results: weak lensing mass calibration of redMaPPer galaxy clusters", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 482, Issue 1, p.1352-1378 (Jan 2019)
  3. "Measuring linear and non-linear galaxy bias using counts-in-cells in the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification data", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 482, Issue 2, p.1435-1451 (Jan 2019)
  4. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: calibration of redMaGiC redshift distributions in DES and SDSS from cross-correlations", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 481, Issue 2, p.2427-2443 (Dec 2018)
  5. "Modelling the Tucana III stream - a close passage with the LMC", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 481, Issue 3, p.3148-3159 (Dec 2018)
  6. "Dynamical Analysis of Three Distant Trans-Neptunian Objects with Similar Orbits", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 156, Issue 6, article id. 273, 14 pp. (2018) (Dec 2018)
  7. "A catalogue of structural and morphological measurements for DES Y1", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 481, Issue 2, p.2018-2040 (Dec 2018)
  8. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 results: Validation of weak lensing cluster member contamination estimates from P(z) decomposition", arXiv:1812.05116 (Dec 2018)
  9. "Candidate Massive Galaxies at z ˜ 4 in the Dark Energy Survey", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Advance Access (Dec 2018)
  10. "Superluminous Supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey", arXiv:1812.04071 (Dec 2018)
  11. "Star-galaxy classification in the Dark Energy Survey Y1 data set", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 481, Issue 4, p.5451-5469 (Dec 2018)
  12. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 results: Detection of Intra-cluster Light at Redshift $sim$ 0.25", arXiv:1812.04004 (Dec 2018)
  13. "The Dark Energy Survey: Data Release 1", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 239, Issue 2, article id. 18, 25 pp. (2018) (Dec 2018)
  14. "A Search for Optical Emission from Binary-Black-Hole Merger GW170814 with the Dark Energy Camera", arXiv:1812.01579 (Dec 2018)
  15. "Chemical Abundance Analysis of Tucana III, the Second $r$-process Enhanced Ultra-Faint Dwarf Galaxy", arXiv:1812.01022 (Dec 2018)
  16. "Simulations of the WFIRST Supernova Survey and Forecasts of Cosmological Constraints", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 867, Issue 1, article id. 23, 34 pp. (2018) (Nov 2018)
  17. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 results: weak lensing shape catalogues", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 481, Issue 1, p.1149-1182 (Nov 2018)
  18. "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, Volume 480, Issue 3, p.3879-3888 (Nov 2018)
  19. "BAO from angular clustering: optimization and mitigation of theoretical systematics", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 480, Issue 3, p.3031-3051 (Nov 2018)
  20. "First Cosmology Results Using Type Ia Supernovae From the Dark Energy Survey: Survey Overview and Supernova Spectroscopy", arXiv:1811.09565 (Nov 2018)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Dark energy survey operations: years 4 and 5", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10704, id. 107040D 18 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  2. "The dark energy survey and operations: years 1 to 3", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9910, id. 99101D 19 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  3. "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)
  4. "The Dark Energy Survey and operations: Year 1", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9149, id. 91490V 15 pp. (2014) (Aug 2014)
  5. "The Dark Energy Survey: Overview", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #221, id.#335.01 (Jan 2013)
  6. "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)
  7. "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)
  8. "Dark Energy Spectrometer - A Proposed Multi-Fiber Instrument for the Blanco 4 Meter Telescope", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #219, #422.09 (Jan 2012)
  9. "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)
  10. "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)

 
Visitors
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)