Dr Chris D'Andrea
Visiting Research Fellow
I am a supernova cosmologist at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth, where I have been a postdoctoral researcher working with Professor Bob Nichol since August 2011. My time is mainly spent on preparations for the Dark Energy Survey, the supernova component of which will discover over 4,000 Type Ia supernovae that can be put to use to better understand the mystery of Dark Energy. I am also a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II - Supernova Survey (final data release forthcoming!), which I primarily worked on while in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the focus of my dissertation. I have interests beyond supernova cosmology, as I like to study the inner workings of supernovae to better understand their progenitors, explosion mechanisms, and effects on their surroundings; not just use them as tools for measuring distances.