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Nicholas Suntzeff

Faculty: Distinguished Professor


MIST M513 (main office)


Nicholas Suntzeff is an observational astronomer, working the fields of cosmology, supernovae, galaxy evolution and large-scale structure, stellar populations, astronomical site surveys, and instrumentation. Suntzeff studied mathematics at Stanford University (B.S. with distinction 1974) and astronomy and astrophysics at Lick Observatory, UC Santa Cruz (Ph.D. 1980). He has worked as an astronomer at the University of Washington, the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, and the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in La Serena, Chile where he was the Associate Director for Science for NOAO. In 1994 with Dr. Brian Schmidt, he co-founded the High-Z Supernova Team which in 1998 discovered acceleration and the presence of Dark Energy in the Universe. He was also a co-founder of the Calan/Tololo Supernova Survey which established Type Ia supernovae as the most precise markers for measuring cosmological distances.

Latest Publications

Christopher Cain, E. Baron, M. M. Phillips, Carlos Contreras, Chris Ashall, Maximilian D. Stritzinger, Christopher R. Burns, Anthony L. Piro, Eric Y. Hsiao, P. Hoeflich, Kevin Krisciunas, and Nicholas B. Suntzeff. “Investigating the Unusual Spectroscopic Time Evolution in SN 2012fr.” The Astrophysical Journal, 869(2), 162, Dec 2018.

D. J. Sand, M. L. Graham, J. Botyánszki, D. Hiramatsu, C. McCully, S. Valenti, G. Hosseinzadeh, D. A. Howell, J. Burke, R. Cartier, T. Diamond, E. Y. Hsiao, S. W. Jha, D. Kasen, S. Kumar, G. H. Marion, N. Suntzeff, L. Tartaglia, J. C. Wheeler, and S. Wyatt. “Nebular Spectroscopy of the Blue Bump Type Ia Supernova 2017cbv.” The Astrophysical Journal, 863(1), 24, Aug 2018.

T de Jaeger, J P Anderson, L Galbany, S González-Gaitán, M Hamuy, M M Phillips, M D Stritzinger, C Contreras, G Folatelli, C P Gutiérrez, E Y Hsiao, N Morrell, N B Suntzeff, L Dessart, and A V Filippenko. “Observed Type II supernova colours from the Carnegie Supernova Project-I.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 476(4), 4592--4616, Feb 2018.

Carlos Contreras, et al. “SN 2012fr: Ultraviolet, Optical, and Near-infrared Light Curves of a Type Ia Supernova Observed within a Day of Explosion.” The Astrophysical Journal, 859(1), 24, May 2018.

C. Gall, et al. “Two transitional type Ia supernovae located in the Fornax cluster member NGC 1404: SN 2007on and SN 2011iv.” Astronomy & Astrophysics, 611, A58, Mar 2018.