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SYNERGY: an Explorer mission concept for a next-generation ultraviolet survey
Author(s): John W. MacKenty; Jason Tumlinson; Jonathan W. Arenberg; Craig Elder; Adam Gunderson; Steven Warwick; Terri O'Connell; Carlton Wong
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Paper Abstract

Synergy is an Explorer class mission concept to obtain a large-area, multi-tier near-ultraviolet sky survey with lowresolution, spatially resolved slitless spectroscopy (R = 200-600) and simultaneous arc-second imaging between 210-320 nm. It’s Wide and Deep surveys will examine the co-evolution of more than 200 million galaxies, 500,000 AGN, and 30,000 gas halos between 0.8 < z < 2 to constrain the multi-parameter physical relationships between gas, star formation history, mergers, AGN, and environment at the epoch when star formation peaked, half of galaxies transitioned from star-forming to passive, and the Hubble sequence first emerged. Many facilities in the 2020s will probe galaxies at this epoch, but the key tracers of diffuse gas over the 10 Gyr of cosmic time since z = 2 require ultraviolet observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII, 103980W (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274464
Show Author Affiliations
John W. MacKenty, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Jason Tumlinson, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Jonathan W. Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Craig Elder, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Adam Gunderson, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Steven Warwick, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Terri O'Connell, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Carlton Wong, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10398:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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