CV and Publications

Curriculum vitae

  • 2018 –
    Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • 2015 – 2018
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • 2012 – 2015
    PhD, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 2008 – 2012
    MPhys, Oxford University

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Publications as first or second author

Blanchard, P. K., Nicholl, M., Berger, E., et al., “A Hydrogen-Poor Superluminous Supernova with Enhanced Iron-Group Absorption: A New Link Between SLSNe and Broad-Lined Type Ic SNe”, 2018, The Astrophysical Journal, 872, 90 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Berger, E., Blanchard, P. K., et al., “Nebular-phase spectra of superluminous supernovae: physical insights from observational and statistical properties”, 2018, The Astrophysical Journal, 871, 102 (astro-ph)

Scott, S., Nicholl, M., Blanchard, P. K., et al., “Bright Type IIP Supernovae in Low-metallicity Galaxies”, 2019, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 870, L16 (astro-ph)

Villar, V. A., Nicholl, M., Berger, E., et al., “Superluminous Supernovae in LSST: Rates, Detection Metrics, and Light Curve Modeling”, 2018, The Astrophysical Journal, 869, 166 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Blanchard, P. K., Berger, E., et al., “One Thousand Days of SN2015bn: HST Imaging Shows a Light Curve Flattening Consistent with Magnetar Predictions”, 2018, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 866, L24 (astro-ph)

Moriya, T., Nicholl, M., Guillochon, J., “The magnetar model for Type I superluminous supernovae I: Bayesian analysis of the full multicolour light curve sample with MOSFiT”, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal, 867, 13 (astro-ph)

Guillochon, J., Nicholl, M., Villar, V. A., “MOSFiT: Modular Open Source Fitter for Transients”, 2018, The Astrophysical Journal Supplements, 236, 6 (astro-ph)

Blanchard, P. K., Nicholl, M., Berger, E., et al., “The Type I Superluminous Supernova PS16aqv: Lightcurve Complexity and Deep Limits on Radioactive Ejecta in a Fast Event”, 2018, The Astrophysical Journal, 865, 9 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Berger, E., Kasen, D., et al., “The Electromagnetic Counterpart of the Binary Neutron Star Merger LIGO/VIRGO GW170817. III. Optical and UV Spectra of a Blue Kilonova From Fast Polar Ejecta”, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 848, L18 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Berger, E., Margutti, R., et al., “The Superluminous Supernova SN 2017egm in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 3191: A Metal-rich Environment Can Support a Typical SLSN Evolution”, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 845, L8 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Guillochon, J., Berger, E., “The magnetar model for Type I superluminous supernovae I: Bayesian analysis of the full multicolour light curve sample with MOSFiT”, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal, 850, 55 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Williams, P. K. G., Berger, E., et al., “Empirical constraints on the origin of fast radio bursts: volumetric rates and host galaxy demographics as a test of millisecond magnetar connection”, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal, 843, 84 (astro-ph)

Blanchard, P. K, Nicholl, M., Berger, E., et al., “PS16dtm: A Tidal Disruption Event in a Narrow-line Seyfert 1 Galaxy”, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal, 843, 106 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Berger, E., Margutti, R., et al., “An Ultraviolet Excess in the Superluminous Supernova Gaia16apd Reveals a Powerful Central Engine”, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 835, L8 (astro-ph)

Inserra, C., Nicholl, M., Chen, T.-W., et al., “Complexity in the light curves and spectra of slow-evolving superluminous supernovae”, 2017, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 468, 4642 (astro-ph)

Chen, T.-W., Nicholl, M., Smartt, S. J., et al., 2017, “The evolution of superluminous supernova LSQ14mo and its interacting host galaxy system”, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 602, 9 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Berger, E., Margutti, R., et al., “Superluminous supernova 2015bn in the nebular phase: evidence for the engine-powered explosion of a stripped massive star”, 2016, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 828, L18 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Berger, E., Smartt, S. J., et al., “SN 2015bn: A Detailed Multi-wavelength View of a Nearby Superluminous Supernova”, 2016, The Astrophysical Journal, 826, 39 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M. & Smartt, S. J., “Seeing double: the frequency and detectability of double-peaked superluminous supernova light curves”, 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 457, 79 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Smartt, S. J., Jerkstrand, A., et al., “On the diversity of superluminous supernovae: ejected mass as the dominant factor”, 2015, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452, 3869 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Smartt, S. J., Jerkstrand, A., et al., “LSQ14bdq: A Type Ic Super-luminous Supernova with a Double-peaked Light Curve”, 2015, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 807, 18 (astro-ph)

Benetti, S., Nicholl, M., Cappellaro, E., et al., “The supernova CSS121015:004244+132827: a clue for understanding super-luminous supernovae”, 2014, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 441, 289 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Smartt, S. J., Jerkstrand, A., et al., “Superluminous supernovae from PESSTO”, 2014, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 444, 2096 (astro-ph)

Nicholl, M., Smartt, S. J., Jerkstrand, A., et al., “Slowly fading super-luminous supernovae that are not pair-instability explosions”, 2013, Nature, 502, 346 (astro-ph)

PhD thesis (QUB, 2015)

 

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