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Danny Milisavljevic

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Danny Milisavljevic
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(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

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, 2023--
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, 2017-2023
  • Postdoctoral 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 James Webb Space Telescope, 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

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Subrayan, B. M., Milisavljevic, D., Chornock, R., et al. 2023, “Scary Barbie: An Extremely Energetic, Long-duration Tidal Disruption Event Candidate without a Detected Host Galaxy at z = 0.995” ApJL, 948, 19

Polin, A., Duffell, P., Milisavljevic, D. 2023, “Using Anisotropies as a Forensic Tool for Decoding Supernova Remnants,” 2022, ApJL, 940, 28

Subrayan, B., Milisavljevic, D., Moriya, T., Weil, K., Lentner, G., Linvill, M., Banovetz, J., Gar- retson, B., Reynolds, Sravan, N., Chornock, R., Margutti, R. 2023, “Inferencing Progenitor and Explosion Properties of Evolving Core-collapse Supernovae from Zwicky Transient Facility Light Curves,” ApJ, 945, 46

Banovetz, J., Milisavljevic, D., Sravan, N., Weil, K., Subrayan, B., Fesen, R., Patnaude, D., Plucinsky, P. Law, C., Blair, W., Morse, J. “HST Proper Motion Measurements of Supernova Remnant N132D: Center of Expansion and Age,” ApJ, 948, 33

Orlando, S., Wongwathanarat, A., Janka, H.-T., Miceli, M., Nagataki, S., Ono, M., Bocchino, F., Vink, J., Milisavljevic, D., Patnaude, D., Peres, G. 2022, “Cassiopeia A reveals past interaction with circumstellar shell,” Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, 2

Niculescu-Duvaz, M., Barlow, M., Bevan, A., Wesson, R., Milisavljevic, D., De Looze, I., Clayton, G., Krafton, K., Matsuura, M., Brady, R. 2021, “Dust masses for a large sample of core-collapse supernovae from optical emission line asymmetries: dust formation on 30-year timescales,” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astron. Society, 515, 430

Dong, Y., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (10 coauthors). 2021, “Physical Properties of the Host Galaxies of Ca-rich Transients,” Astrophysical Journal, 927 199

Garretson, B., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (5 coauthors). 2021, “Supernova host galaxy associa- tion and photometric classification of over 10,000 light curves from the Zwicky Transient Facility,” Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, 5, 283

Martin, T., Milisavljevic, D., Drissen, L. 2021, “3D mapping of the Crab Nebula with SITELLE. I. Deconvolution and kinematic reconstruction,” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astron. Society, 502, 1864

Banovetz, J., Milisavljevic, D., Sravan, N., Fesen, R., Patnaude, D., Plucinsky, P. Blair, W., Weil, K., Morse, J., Margutti, R., Drout, M. 2021, “The Center of Expansion and Age of the Oxygen-rich Supernova Remnant 1E 0102.2-7219,” Astrophysical Journal, 912, 33

Sravan, N., Milisavljevic, D., Reynolds, J., Lentner, G., Linvill, M. 2020, “Real-Time Value- Driven Data Augmentation in the Era of LSST,” Astrophysical Journal, 893, 127

Law, C., Milisavljevic, D., Patnaude, D., Plucinsky, P., Gladders, M., Schmidt, J., Sravan, N., Banovetz, J., Sano, H., McGraw, J., Takahashi, G., Orlando, S., Fesen, R.. 2020, “A Three- Dimensional Kinematic Reconstruction of Supernova Remnant N132D’s High-Velocity, Oxygen- Rich Ejecta,” Astrophysical Journal, 894, 73

Milisavljevic, D., Patnaude, D., Chevalier, R., Raymond, J., Fesen, R., Margutti, R., Conner, B., Banovetz, J. 2018, “Evidence for a Pulsar Wind Nebula in the Type Ib Peculiar Supernova SN 2012au,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 864, 36

Black, C., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (4 coauthors). 2017, “The Transition of a Type IIL Supernova into a Supernova Remnant: Late-time Observations of SN 2013by,” Astrophysical Journal, 848, 5

Milisavljevic, D., et al. (16 coauthors). 2017, “iPTF15eqv: Multiwavelength Exposé of a Peculiar Calcium-rich Transient,” Astrophysical Journal, 846, 50

Law, C., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (10 coauthors). 2017, “TRES Survey of Variable Diffuse Inter- stellar Bands,” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astron. Society, 470, 2835

Drout, M., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (18 coauthors). 2016, “The Double Peaked SN2013ge: a Type Ib/c SN with an Early Asymmetric Mass Ejection or an Extended Progenitor Envelope,” Astrophysical Journal, 821, 57

Fesen, R., Milisavljevic, D. 2016, “An HST Survey of the Highest Velocity Ejecta in Cassiopeia A,” Astrophysical Journal, 818, 17

Parrent, J., Milisavljevic, D., Soderberg, A., Parthasarathy, M. 2016, “Line Identifications of Type I Supernovae: On the Detection of Si II for These Hydrogen-poor Events,” Astrophysical Journal, 820, 75

Milisavljevic, D., et al. (21 coauthors). 2015, “Metamorphosis of SN 2014C: Delayed Interac- tion Between a Hydrogen Poor Core-Collapse Supernova and a Nearby Circumstellar Shell,” Astrophysical Journal, 815, 120

Milisavljevic, D., Fesen, R. 2015, “The bubble-like interior of the core-collapse supernova remnant Cassiopeia A,” Science, 347, 526

Milisavljevic, D., et al. (22 coauthors). 2015, “The Broad-lined Type Ic SN 2012ap and the Na- ture of Relativistic Supernovae Lacking a Gamma-ray Burst Detection,” Astrophysical Journal, 799, 51

Margutti, R., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (11 coauthors). 2014, “Relativistic Supernovae have Shorter-lived Central Engines or More Extended Progenitors: The Case of SN 2012ap,” Astro- physical Journal, 797, 107

Paggi, A., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (12 coauthors). 2013, “Optical spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray blazars candidates I: preliminary results,” Astronomical Journal, 147, 112

Milisavljevic, D., et al. (20 coauthors). 2014, “Interaction Between the Broad-Lined Type Ic Supernova 2012ap and Carriers of Diffuse Interstellar Bands,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 782, 5

Margutti, R., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (55 coauthors). 2014, “A Panchromatic View of the Restless SN 2009ip Reveals the Explosive Ejection of a Massive Star Envelope,” Astrophysical Journal, 780, 21

Milisavljevic, D., & Fesen, R. 2013, “A Detailed Kinematic Map of Cassiopeia A’s Optical Main Shell and Outer High-Velocity Ejecta,” Astrophysical Journal, 772, 134

Milisavljevic, D., et al. (27 coauthors). 2013, “SN2012au: A Golden Link Between Super- Luminous Supernovae and their Lower-Luminosity Counterparts,” Astrophysical Journal Let- ters, 770, 38

Milisavljevic, D., et al. (41 coauthors). 2013, “Multi-Wavelength Observations of Supernova 2011ei: Time-Dependent Classification of Type IIb and Ib Supernovae and Implications for their Progenitors,” Astrophysical Journal, 767, 71

Milisavljevic, D., et al. (5 coauthors). 2012, “Late-time Optical Emission from Core-collapse Supernovae,” Astrophysical Journal, 751, 25

Fesen, R. A., & Milisavljevic, D. 2010, “Optical Discovery of an Apparent Galactic Supernova Remnant G159.6+7.3,” Astronomical Journal, 140, 1163

Fesen, R. A., & Milisavljevic, D. 2010, “The Nature of the Strong 24 um Spitzer Source J222557+601148: Not a Young Galactic Supernova Remnant,” Astronomical Journal, 139, 2595

Milisavljevic, D., Fesen, R.A., Kirshner, R. P., Challis, P. 2009, “The Evolution of Late-Time Optical Emission from SN 1979C,” Astrophysical Journal, 692, 839

Milisavljevic, D., Fesen, R. A., Leibundgut, B., Kirshner, R. P. 2008, “The Evolution of Late-Time Optical Emission from SN 1986J,” Astrophysical Journal, 684, 1170

Milisavljevic, D., Fesen, R. A. 2008, “The Nature of the Ultraluminous Oxygen-rich Supernova Remnant in NGC 4449,” Astrophysical Journal, 677, 306

Holman, M., Kavelaars, J., Grav, T, Gladman, B., Fraser, W., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (8 coau- thors). 2004, “Discovery of five irregular moons of Neptune,” Nature, 430, 865

Kavelaars, J., Holman, M., Grav, T., Milisavljevic, D., et al. (6 coauthors). 2004, “The Discovery of Faint Irregular Satellites of Uranus,” Icarus, 169, 474

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