Peter Garnavich

Peter Garnavich

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Professor of Physics

Office: 185 Nieuwland Science Hall
Phone: 574-631-7262

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Areas of Expertise

Astrophysics, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts

Garnavich has research interests that cover a wide range of topics in observational astrophysics. His primary focus has been the study of supernovae and their diversity. He was awarded a share of the 2007 Gruber Prize in Cosmology for his work in the High-Z Supernova Search team’s discovery of the accelerating universe. The discovery of an accelerating expansion of space radically transformed the standard model of cosmology and led to the idea that the universe is dominated by a mysterious dark energy. Garnavich also led a team of astronomers that detected heat generated from a gamma-ray burst for the first time. Scientists speculate that if gamma-ray bursts are caused by the collapse of massive stars, it may be possible to use them to trace star formation in the early universe.


The science behind the Transit of Venus
Fixing Hubble a no brainer
Astrophysicist on the future of Hubble


Continuing the search for gravitational waves
Astrophysicists catch two supernovae at the moment of explosion
Stargazers will be seeing red on Sept. 27
Notre Dame astrophysicist part of team that catches a supernova in the act of exploding
Notre Dame physicist among 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners
Astronomers discover light echo from supernova
Notre Dame astrophysicists discover farthest supernova using Hubble Space Telescope
Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows
Notre Dame student discovers rare star
What’s the big idea? Ten speakers to participate in ND Thinks Big
Nobel Prize winner in physics to speak at Notre Dame
Notre Dame astrophysicist invited to Nobel Prize award ceremony
Astronomy Night Oct. 3 features refurbished historic Napoleon Telescope
Astrophysicist Garnavich’s research provides new insights into the evolution of a supernova
Large Binocular Telescope director to speak on latest astronomy research
Physicist Garnavich will play key role in largest Hubble project
Runaway anti-matter production makes for a spectacular stellar explosion
When stars collide: a new way to make a supernova
Astrophysicist Garnavich to Share Gruber Prize in Cosmology
First science from the Large Binocular Telescope: Notre Dame astrophysicist reports gamma ray finding
World’s most powerful telescope captures first images of night sky
Feeling the heat from a gamma-ray burst
Finding by Notre Dame astrophysicist helps understanding of planetary formation
Physicist’s team solves mystery of gamma ray bursts


Inverse — One Man Is Tracking the Gravitational Waves LIGO Discovered Back to Black Holes
Good Morning America — NASA’s Kepler Telescope Captures ‘Brilliant Flash’ of Supernova Shockwave for 1st Time Ever
ABC News Radio — ‘Brilliant Flash’ of Supernova Shockwave Captured for First Time
LiveScience — First Supernova Shock Wave Image Snapped by Planet-Hunting Telescope
Smithsonian — NASA Spies a Supernova’s First Shockwave
The Washington Post — Astronomers saw an exploding star’s shockwave for the first time ever
CNN — Shockwave of an exploding star seen for the first time
The Guardian — Supernova shockwave seen with visible light for first time
The Christian Science Monitor — Astronomers detect shockwave from supernova
TIME — Watch the First-Ever Video of a Star Exploding
International Business Times — Astronomers capture on space telescope visible light from 2 stars that just exploded
Fox News — Search for Exploding Stars Leads to Unusual Finding
UPI — Star had mass 200 times that of the sun
WNDU — Tracking sun spots
CNet — Prepare Earth for more asteroid strikes, say scientists
Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times — A few Catholics still insist Galileo was wrong