Brian D. Fields

 Brian Fields

Contact Information

216 Astronomy Building, MC-221
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
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Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Cosmology, Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics. Nucleosynthesis. Dark matter. Cosmic-ray, gamma-ray, and neutrino astrophysics. Supernovae, particularly near-earth explosions and at cosmic distances. Astrobiology.


  • PhD in Physics. U. of Chicago 1994.
  • AB in Physics and English. Williams College 1989.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Fields, Brian D The Primordial Lithium Problem Annual Reviews of Nuclear and Particle Science 61 1 2011, p. 47 to 68. ADS entry and link to online article.
Fields, Brian D, Vasiliki Pavlidou, and Tijana Prodanovic Cosmic Gamma-ray Background from Star-forming Galaxies Astrophysical Journal Letters 722 2010, p. 199. ADS entry.
Fields, Brian D, Themis Athanassiadou, and Scott R Johnson Supernova Collisions with the Heliosphere Astrophysical Journal 678 2008, p. 549. ADS entry and link to online article.
Lien, Amy, Brian D Fields, and John F Beacom Synoptic sky surveys and the diffuse supernova neutrino background: Removing astrophysical uncertainties and revealing invisible supernovae Physical Review D 81 2010, p. 083001. ADS entry and link to online article.
Cyburt, Richard H, John Ellis, Brian D Fields, Feng Luo, Keith A Olive, and Vasilis Spanos Nucleosynthesis constraints on a massive gravitino in neutralino dark matter scenarios Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 10 2009, p. 021. ADS entry and link to online article.

In The News

  • Four professors, one instructor, and one TA are on the Fall 2018 Excellent Teacher list. Professors Bryan Dunne and Brian Fields were listed as Outstanding. Others on the list include: Professors Charles Gammie, Joaquin Vieira, and Tony Wong, Instructor Amanda Winans, and TA Melanie Archipley.

  • Xilu Wang successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Supernovae as gamma ray emitters from the MeV to the TeV."  She is moving on to a N3AS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Notre Dame and Berkeley.  Congratulations Dr. Wang!

  • Evidence of two near-Earth supernova explosions appears in the current issue of Nature. Prof. Brian Fields discusses these new findings and how nearby supernovae could affect the Earth.

  • The Astronomy Department congratulates our graduate students and faculty named to the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" by the Center for Teaching Excellence for Fall 2015: Ms. Susmita Adhikari, Mr. Di Wen, and Profs. Bryan Dunne, Brian Fields, and Athol Kemball.