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DEMON: a proposal for a satellite-borne experiment to study dark matter and dark energy
Author(s): Alicia Berciano Alba; Pedro Borges de Silva; Hans Eichelberger; Francesca Giovacchini; Mareike Godolt; Günther Hasinger; Michael Lerchster; Vincent Lusset; Fabio Mattana; Yannick Mellier; Michal Michalowski; Carlos Monteserin-Sanchez; Fabio Noviello; Carina Persson; Andrea Santovincenzo; Peter Schneider; Ming Zhang; Linda Östman
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Paper Abstract

We outline a novel satellite mission concept, DEMON, aimed at advancing our comprehension of both dark matter and dark energy, taking full advantage of two complementary methods: weak lensing and the statistics of galaxy clusters. We intend to carry out a 5000 deg2 combined IR, optical and X-ray survey with galaxies up to a redshift of z~2 in order to determine the shear correlation function. We will also find ~100000 galaxy clusters, making it the largest survey of this type to date. The DEMON spacecraft will comprise one IR/optical and eight X-ray telescopes, coupled to multiple cameras operating at different frequency bands. To a great extent, the technology employed has already been partially tested on ongoing missions, therefore ensuring improved reliability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 626633 (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670660
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Alicia Berciano Alba, Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (Netherlands)
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (Netherlands)
Pedro Borges de Silva, Fundação Navegar, Ctr. Multimeios de Espinho (Portugal)
Hans Eichelberger, Space Research Institute (Austria)
Francesca Giovacchini, Bologna Univ. (Italy)
Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Mareike Godolt, Astrophysical Institut Potsdam (Germany)
Günther Hasinger, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Germany)
Michael Lerchster, Univ. Observatory Munich, Ludwig Maximillians Univ. (Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Germany)
Vincent Lusset, Commissariat á l'Energie Atomique, Saclay (France)
Fabio Mattana, Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (Italy)
Yannick Mellier, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (France)
Michal Michalowski, Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Carlos Monteserin-Sanchez, Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria (Spain)
Fabio Noviello, National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)
Carina Persson, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Andrea Santovincenzo, European Space Agency, ESTEC TEC-SYE (Netherlands)
Peter Schneider, Argelander-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Ming Zhang, Univ. of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory (United Kingdom)
Linda Östman, Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6266:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Günther Hasinger, Editor(s)

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