Department of Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College
Daniel Holz studies the interplay among general relativity, astrophysics, and cosmology. We are in the midst of a revolution in astrophysics and cosmology, spurred by a wealth of observational data. General relativity is poised for a similar transformation, with the first direct observation of gravitational waves anticipated within the next five years. Holz works at the interface of these fields, studying topics ranging from nearby black holes to distant supernovae, and from dark matter to the most massive superclusters of galaxies. He is currently exploring what we will learn about the universe from gravitational wave observations. In particular, he is studying binary compact objects composed of black holes or neutron stars as powerful electromagnetic and gravitational-wave sources.
Holz has received numerous awards, including a Department of Defense Fellowship and a Richard Feynman Fellowship. He was also recently elected chair of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society.
Holz earned his MS and PhD in physics from the University of Chicago and holds an AB in physics from Princeton University.
Holz joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.