Danny Milisavljevic

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Danny Milisavljevic
PHYS 258
(765) 494-3042

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  • B.Arts.Sc., Arts & Science and Physics, McMaster University, 2004
  • M.Sc., Philosophy and History of Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2005
  • Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, 2011

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, 2017--
  • Postdocotral Fellow, High Energy Astrophysics, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 2014-2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard University, 2011-2014

Research Interests

  • Multi-wavelength and multi-messenger investigations of astrophysical transients discovered via time domain surveys
  • explosion mechanisms, progenitor stars, compact object remnants, and environmental impacts of supernovae
  • massive star mass loss
  • stellar feedback and enrichment
  • minor planets and irregular moons of the solar system
  • formation and destruction of dust and molecules, and their relation to the origin of organic matter in the universe

Note for prospective students: I'm seeking motivated and enthusiastic students to join my team of supernova sleuths actively investigating the catastrophic deaths of massive stars. Our comprehensive multi-wavelength, multi-phase approach of reverse engineering supernovae is unraveling the complicated final stages of stellar evolution, and providing exciting new ways to understand how stars explode; the exotic objects they create (neutron stars, black holes) that later become sources of grativational waves; and how they evolve into remnants that seed interstellar space with the raw materials needed for stars, planets -- and potentially life. Students will gain hands-on experience and acquire an interdisciplinary, widely applicable skill set exploring data obtained by premier space-borne and ground-based facilities (including the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Very Large Array, the Gemini 8.1m telescopes, and the 6.5m Magellan and MMT telescopes). Research directions that are more theoretical and/or computational (including visualization) are also possible. Please feel free to contact me: let's brainstorm and tailor a project that leverages your unique interests and strengths.

Select Publications

  1. "iPTF15eqv: Multiwavelength Exposé of a Peculiar Calcium-rich Transient," Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2017, Astrophysical Journal, 846, 50
  2. "The Transition of a Type IIL Supernova into a Supernova Remnant: Late-time Observations of SN 2013by," Black, C., Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2017, Astrophysical Journal, in press
  3. "TRES Survey of Variable DIffuse Interstellar Bands," Law, C., Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2017, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470, 2835
  4. "The Dust Masses in the Supernova Remnants SN1980K, SN1993J, and Cassiopeia A from red-blue asymmetries," Bevan, A., Barlow, M., Milisavljevic, D. 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 4044
  5. "The Double-Peaked SN2013ge: a Type Ib/c SN with an Early Asymmetric Mass Ejection or an Extended Progenitor Envelope," Drout, M., Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2016, Astrophysical Journal, 821, 57
  6. "Metamorphosis of SN2014C: Delayed Interaction Between a Hydrogen Poor Core-Collapse Supernova and a Nearby Circumstellar Shell," Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2015, Astrophysical Journal, 815, 120
  7. "The bubble-like interior of the core-collapse supernova remnant Cassiopeia A," Milisavljevic, D., Fesen, R. 2015, Science, 347, 526
  8. "The Broad-lined Type Ic SN 2012ap and the Nature of Relativisitc Supernovae Lacking a Gamma-ray Burst Detection," Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2015, Astrophysical Journal, 799, 51
  9. "Interaction Between the Broad-lined Type Ic Supernova 2012ap and Carriers of Diffuse Interstellar Bands," Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2014, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 782, 5
  10. "A Panchromatic View of the Restless SN2009ip Reveals the Explosive Ejection of a Massive Star Envelope," Margutti, R., Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2014, Astrophysical Journal, 780, 21
  11. "SN2012au: A Golden Link Between Super-Luminous Supernovae and their Lower-Luminosity Counterparts," Milisavljevic, D., et al. 2013, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 770, 38
  12. "Late-time Optical Emission from Core-collapse Supernovae," Milisavljevic, D, et al. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, 751, 25
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2017 12:06 PM