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Galaxy evolution spectroscopic explorer: scientific rationale
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Paper Abstract

GESE is a mission concept consisting of a 1.5-m space telescope and UV multi-object slit spectrograph designed to help understand galaxy evolution in a critical era in the history of the universe, where the rate of star-formation stopped increasing and started to decline. To isolate and identify the various processes driving the evolution of these galaxies, GESE will obtain rest-frame far-UV spectra of 100,000 galaxies at redshifts, z~1-2. To obtain such a large number of spectra, multiplexing over a wide field is an absolute necessity. A slit device such as a digital micro-mirror device (DMD) or a micro-shutter array (MSA) enables spectroscopy of a hundred or more sources in a single exposure while eliminating overlapping spectra of other sources and blocking unwanted background like zodiacal light. We find that a 1.5-m space telescope with a MSA slit device combined with a custom orbit enabling long, uninterrupted exposures (~10 hr) are optimal for this spectroscopic survey. GESE will not be operating alone in this endeavor. Together with x-ray telescopes and optical/near-IR telescopes like Subaru/Prime Focus Spectrograph, GESE will detect “feedback” from young massive stars and massive black holes (AGN’s), and other drivers of galaxy evolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 990505 (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234235
Show Author Affiliations
Sara Heap, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Zoran Ninkov, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Massimo Robberto, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Tony Hull, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Lloyd Purves, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9905:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Tadayuki Takahashi; Marshall Bautz, Editor(s)

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