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Patrick Kelly

TATEH 285-12 (office), 612-624-8462
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Assistant Professor; LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration; WFIRST Science Investigation Team; Panel member for HST & NSF; Referee AJ, ApJ, MNRAS, A&A

Summary of Interests
Supernova (SN) explosions, gravitational lensing, SN host-galaxy environments, SN Ia cosmology, stellar populations, star formation, dark matter

Selected Publications

Kelly et al., Extreme magnification of an individual star at redshift 1.5 by a galaxy-cluster lens, Nature Astronomy (2018) [abstract]

Kelly et al., SN Refsdal: Classification as a Luminous and Blue SN 1987A-like Type II Supernova, Astrophysical Journal (2016) [abstract]

Kelly et al., Deja Vu All Over Again: The Reappearance of Supernova Refsdal, Astrophysical Journal Letters (2016) [abstract]

Kelly et al., Distances with <4% precision from type Ia supernovae in young star-forming environments, Science (2015) [abstract]

Kelly et al., Multiple images of a highly magnified supernova formed by an early-type cluster galaxy lens, Science (2015) [abstract]

Kelly et al., Constraints on the Progenitor System of the Type Ia Supernova 2014J from Pre-explosion Hubble Space Telescope Imaging, Astrophysical Journal (2014) [abstract]

Kelly et al., Weighing the Giants - II. Improved calibration of photometry from stellar colours and accurate photometric redshifts, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014) [abstract]

Kelly et al., Evidence that Gamma-Ray Burst 130702A Exploded in a Dwarf Satellite of a Massive Galaxy, Astrophysical Journal Letters (2013) [abstract]

Kelly & Kirshner, Core-collapse Supernovae and Host Galaxy Stellar Populations, Astrophysical Journal (2012) [abstract]

Kelly et al., Hubble Residuals of Nearby Type Ia Supernovae are Correlated with Host Galaxy Masses, Astrophysical Journal (2010) [abstract]

Kelly, Kirshner, & Pahre, Long γ-Ray Bursts and Type Ic Core-Collapse Supernovae Have Similar Locations in Hosts, Astrophysical Journal (2008) [abstract]


Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University, 2012
M.A., Physics, Stanford University, 2011
A.B., Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, Harvard College, 2005