Scott P. Wakely

Professor, Department of Physics; the Director of the Enrico Fermi Institute

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1999
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 834-3249
Fax: 2-6645
Location: ERC 475
Email: wakelyulysses.uchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site
 
Research
VERITAS - the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System.
My research spans a number of topics in the categories of experimental astroparticle physics and high-energy astrophysics. This includes several investigations into the nature and origin of very high energy (VHE) cosmic radiation, including gamma rays above 10 GeV and cosmic rays above 100 TeV. I am also interested in topics at the interface of cosmology and astroparticle physics, including studies of the propagation of VHE gamma rays through extragalactic photon fields. I currently am working on the following projects:

VERITAS - the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System. This experiment comprises 4 12-meter imaging atmospheric Cerenkov telescopes designed to detect and measure gamma rays over an energy range of 50 GeV to 50 TeV. VERITAS is currently taking data while under construction in southern Arizona. Once complete in 2007, VERITAS will be the most sensitive instrument of its kind in the northern hemisphere for the investigation of gamma ray sources such as galactic supernova remnants and AGN.

TRICE - the Track-Imaging Cerenkov Detector. TRICE is a collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory to build a high-resolution imaging telescope for the measurement of Cerenkov light directly from heavy cosmic ray primaries in the atmosphere. This technique was originated at Chicago and the first measurements demonstrating the method were performed in 2006, allowing the determination of cosmic ray composition with unprecedented precision for a ground-based instrument. Additionally, the technology developed for this task will have direct applications for the next-generation of ground-based gamma ray instruments.

Balloon and Space-based Transition Radiation Detection. Transition radiation detectors provide perhaps the only feasible way to make detailed measurements of high-energy (E > 100 TeV) cosmic ray fluxes at the top of the atmosphere. The TRD group at Chicago, which includes Professors Muller and Swordy, has recently flown two successful Long-Duration Balloon missions at the South Pole with the TRACER and CREAM instruments. In addition to this, we are working on designs for a possible future space-based TRD mission called ACCESS. ACCESS will be the largest cosmic-ray detector ever flown in space, allowing it to investigate energies up to the so-called "knee" in the primary cosmic ray spectrum.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:
 
Students
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Past Students

GRADUATE: Hao Huan (2012), Thomas Weisgarber (2012), Stephanie A. Wissel (2010)

UNDERGRADUATE: Adam Brozynski (2013), Kate Kamdin (2011)
 
KICP Publications
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Discovery of Very-high-energy Emission from RGB J2243+203 and Derivation of Its Redshift Upper Limit", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 233, Issue 1, article id. 7, 6 pp. (2017) (Nov 2017)
  2. "Very-High-Energy γ-Ray Observations of the Blazar 1ES 2344+514 with VERITAS", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 471, Issue 2, p.2117-2123 (Oct 2017)
  3. "Cherenkov Telescope Array Contributions to the 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017)", arXiv:1709.03483 (Sep 2017)
  4. "VERITAS contributions to the 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference", arXiv:1709.07843 (Sep 2017)
  5. "Cherenkov Telescope Array Contributions to the 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017)", arXiv:1709.03483 (Sep 2017)
  6. "Multiband variability studies and novel broadband SED modeling of Mrk 501 in 2009", Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 603, id.A31, 30 pp (Jul 2017)
  7. "Gamma-ray observations under bright moonlight with VERITAS", Astroparticle Physics, Volume 91, p. 34-43 (May 2017)
  8. "Prospects for Cherenkov Telescope Array Observations of the Young Supernova Remnant RX J1713.7-3946", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 840, Issue 2, article id. 74, 14 pp. (2017) (May 2017)
  9. "Dark matter constraints from a joint analysis of dwarf Spheroidal galaxy observations with VERITAS", Physical Review D, Volume 95, Issue 8, id.082001 (Apr 2017)
  10. "Gamma-Ray Observations of Tycho’s Supernova Remnant with VERITAS and Fermi", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 836, Issue 1, article id. 23, 8 pp. (2017) (Feb 2017)
  11. "Search for Magnetically Broadened Cascade Emission from Blazars with VERITAS", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 835, Issue 2, article id. 288, 12 pp. (2017) (Feb 2017)
  12. "A Luminous and Isolated Gamma-Ray Flare from the Blazar B2 1215+30", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 836, Issue 2, article id. 205, 6 pp. (2017) (Feb 2017)
  13. "Multiwavelength follow-up of a rare IceCube neutrino multiplet", arXiv:1702.06131 (Feb 2017)
  14. "A Search for Spectral Hysteresis and Energy-dependent Time Lags from X-Ray and TeV Gamma-Ray Observations of Mrk 421", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 834, Issue 1, article id. 2, 18 pp. (2017) (Jan 2017)
  15. "Very High Energy Observations of the Binaries V 404 Cyg and 4U 0115+634 during Giant X-Ray Outbursts", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 831, Issue 1, article id. 113, 5 pp. (2016) (Nov 2016)
  16. "Very high energy outburst of Markarian 501 in May 2009", Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 594, id.A76, 12 pp (Oct 2016)
  17. "Very High-Energy Gamma-Ray Follow-Up Program Using Neutrino Triggers from IceCube", arXiv:1610.01814 (Oct 2016)
  18. "Contributions of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) to the 6th International Symposium on High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy (Gamma 2016)", arXiv:1610.05151 (Oct 2016)
  19. "VERITAS and multiwavelength observations of the BL Lacertae object 1ES 1741+196", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 459, Issue 3, p.2550-2557 (Jul 2016)
  20. "Upper Limits from Five Years of Blazar Observations with the VERITAS Cherenkov Telescopes", The Astronomical Journal, Volume 151, Issue 6, article id. 142, 19 pp. (2016) (Jun 2016)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Status of the HELIX Experiment", APS April Meeting 2017, abstract #J4.006 (Jan 2017)
  2. "A Medium Sized Schwarzschild-Couder Cherenkov Telescope Design Proposed for the Cherenkov Telescope Array", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.1029 (Jul 2015)
  3. "Development of a SiPM Camera for a Schwarzschild-Couder Cherenkov Telescope for the Cherenkov Telescope Array", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.1023 (Jul 2015)
  4. "Prospects for High Energy Light Isotope Measurements on Balloons", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.682 (Jul 2015)
  5. "Limits on the Multi-TeV Cosmic Ray Electron Flux from CREST (Cosmic Ray Electron Synchrotron Telescope)", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.415 (Jul 2015)
  6. "TeV gamma-rays and the origin of cosmic rays", CENTENARY SYMPOSIUM 2012: DISCOVERY OF COSMIC RAYS. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1516, pp. 131-135 (2013) (Feb 2013)
  7. "Measurement of Cosmic-Ray TeV Electrons", American Astronomical Society, HEAD meeting #12, #36.16 (Sep 2011)
  8. "Multiwavelength Study Of The Large Radio Feature SNR G106.3+2.7 Using SUZAKU, LAT , VERITAS And GBT", American Astronomical Society, HEAD meeting #12, #34.23 (Sep 2011)
  9. "Searching for TeV cosmic electrons with the CREST experiment", Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements, Volume 215, Issue 1, p. 250-254 (Jun 2011)
  10. "The Advanced Gamma-ray Imaging System (AGIS) - Camera Electronics Development", American Astronomical Society, HEAD meeting #11, #39.06; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 41, p.719 (Feb 2010)

 
Visitors
Past Visitors:
  1. Jordan Goodman, Maryland (2016)
  2. Andrew Smith, University of Maryland/NASA GSFC (2016)
  3. Henrike Fleischhack, DESY (2015)
  4. John Hewitt, CRESST/UMBC/NASA GSFC (2013)
  5. Luis Reyes, California Pol. State University San Luis Obispo (2012)
  6. Luis Reyes, California Polytechnic State University (2012)
  7. Ellen Zweibel, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2010)
  8. Joe Silk, University of Oxford (2008)