Patrick Kelly

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Patrick Kelly

Assistant Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 285-12
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA)


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2012 

M.A., Stanford University, 2011 

A.B., Harvard College, 2005

Professional Background

Panel member for HST & NSF

Referee AJ, ApJ, MNRAS, A&A

Research Interests

Supernova (SN) explosions, Gravitational lensing, SN host-galaxy environments, SN Ia cosmology, Stellar populations, Star formation, Dark matter

Research Group
LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration
WFIRST Science Investigation Team

Selected Publications

Szalai, T., Fox, O.D., Arendt, R.G., Dwek, E., Andrews, J.E., Clayton, G.C., Filippenko, A.V., Johansson, J., Kelly, P.L., Krafton, K., Marston, A.P., Mauerhan, J.C., Van Dyk, S.D. Spitzer's last look at extragalactic explosions: Long-term evolution of interacting supernovae (2021) Astrophysical Journal, 919 (1), art. no. 17

Hiramatsu, D., Howell, D.A., Van Dyk, S.D., Goldberg, J.A., Maeda, K., Moriya, T.J., Tominaga, N., Nomoto, K., Hosseinzadeh, G., Arcavi, I., McCully, C., Burke, J., Bostroem, K.A., Valenti, S., Dong, Y., Brown, P.J., Andrews, J.E., Bilinski, C., Williams, G.G., Smith, P.S., Smith, N., Sand, D.J., Anand, G.S., Xu, C., Filippenko, A.V., Bersten, M.C., Folatelli, G., Kelly, P.L., Noguchi, T., Itagaki, K. The electron-capture origin of supernova 2018zd (2021) Nature Astronomy, 5 (9), pp. 903-910

Kelly et al., The Palomar Transient Factory Core-collapse Supernova Host-galaxy Sample. I. Host-galaxy Distribution Functions and Environment Dependence of Core-collapse Supernovae (2021) Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 255 (2), art. no. 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelly et al., Weighing the Giants - II. Improved calibration of photometry from stellar colours and accurate photometric redshiftsMonthly 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 GalaxyAstrophysical Journal Letters (2013) [abstract]

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