Carnegie Mellon University

Scott Dodelson

Professor of Physics and Department Head

Astrophysics & Cosmology
Wean Hall 7325

assistant: Amanda Bodnar, 412-268-6681


Prof. Scott Dodelson

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: Columbia University (1988)

Professional Societies:
Fellow, American Physical Society

Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017–
Distinguished Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 2011–17
Scientist II, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 2004–11
Scientist I, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 1999–2004
Associate Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 1994–99
Head, Theoretical Astrophysics, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 2001–06
Interim Director, Center for Particle Astrophysics, FNAL, 2006–08
Professor, Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 2004–17
Associate Professor, Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 1998–2004
Visiting Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2004–05
Post-doctoral Fellow, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 1991–94
Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1988–91

Research Interests

I am interested in learning about fundamental physics by analyzing data from cosmic surveys. We have pieced together a remarkably successful cosmological model, but it requires three new pieces of physics: dark matter, dark energy, and inflation. My perception of the goal of cosmology over the coming decade is to extract as much information as possible from increasingly sensitive surveys to either learn about this new physics: What is the dark matter? Is the dark energy vacuum energy? If so, why does it have such a peculiar value? Did inflation really happen? If so, is there any way to relate the fields that drove inflation to those we know about today?

I serve as co-chair of the Science Committee for the Dark Energy Survey, am actively involved in the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, and work with data from the South Pole Telescope. The thread connecting these observations to underlying theories requires us to understand the data well, phenomenological modeling of the astrophysics and cosmological perturbations, and the possible theoretical alternatives to what is slowly becoming dogma. It is a privilege and pleasure to work with colleagues around the world as we tackle these age-old questions with data sets that are truly extraordinary.

Selected Publications

T. M. C. Abbott et al. (DES Collaboration), Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Cosmological Constraints from Galaxy Clustering and Weak Lensing, arXiv 1708.01530 (2017)

S. Dodelson, "Gravitational Lensing", Cambridge University Press (2017)

E. Krause et al. (DES Collaboration), Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Multi-Probe Methodology and Simulated Likelihood AnalysesarXiv 1706.09359 (2017)

S. Passaglia, A. Manzotti and S. Dodelson, Cross-correlating 2D and 3D galaxy surveysPhys. Rev. D 95, 123508 (2017)

Y. Park et al. (DES Collaboration), Joint analysis of galaxy-galaxy lensing and galaxy clustering: Methodology and forecasts for Dark Energy SurveyPhys. Rev. D 94, 063533 (2016)

E. J. Baxter, R. Keisler, S. Dodelson et al., A measurement of gravitational lensing of the Cosmic Microwave Background by galaxy clusters using data from the South Pole TelescopeAstrophys. J. 806, 247 (2015)

J. Zuntz, M. Paterno, E. Jennings, et al., CosmoSIS: Modular cosmological parameter estimation, Astron. Comput. 12, 45 (2015)

S. Dodelson, How much can we learn about the physics of inflation?, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 191301 (2014)

P. Zhang, M. Liguori, R. Bean, and S. Dodelson, Probing gravity at cosmological scales by measurements which test the relationship between gravitational lensing and matter overdensityPhys. Rev. Lett. 99, 141302 (2007)

S. Dodelson and M. Liguori, Can Cosmic Structure Form without Dark Matter?Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 231301 (2006)

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