Patrick Kelly

Physics and Astronomy
College of Science and Engineering
Twin Cities

Award Year
2022
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
Probing the Universe’s Dark Matter and Energy and Uncovering the Mergers of Neutron Stars

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Patrick Kelly both acquires observations and builds instruments to address the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and cosmic explosions. A preponderance of the universe’s matter and energy is dark -- it does not emit or interact with light – and Dr. Kelly uses supernova explosions and gravitational lensing of individual stars across the universe to probe its composition. Recent detections of ripples in spacetime also reveal merging neutron stars. He is constructing two powerful sets of telescopes to find and understand these cataclysmic events.