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The Euclid Mission
Author(s): René J. Laureijs; Ludovic Duvet; Isabel Escudero Sanz; Philippe Gondoin; David H. Lumb; Tim Oosterbroek; Gonzalo Saavedra Criado
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Paper Abstract

Euclid is a high precision survey mission under development by the European Space Agency to investigate the properties of Dark Energy and Dark Matter by means of a weak lensing and baryon acoustic oscillations experiments. The technical capabilities of Euclid are such that it also addresses other cosmological and astronomical topics, providing an unprecedented science legacy. The survey mission will carry out an imaging and spectroscopic survey of the entire extragalactic sky (20,000 deg2). Euclid carries a meter class telescope which feeds two instruments: a visible imager (VIS), a near-infrared photometer combined with a medium resolution spectrometer (NISP). The two instruments have identical sized field of views (0.5 deg2) and will operate simultaneously in step-and-stare mode. The nominal mission period is 5 years. We describe the mission, the satellite, and the payload concepts, which we have adopted at the start of the definition phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77311H (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857123
Show Author Affiliations
René J. Laureijs, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Ludovic Duvet, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Isabel Escudero Sanz, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Philippe Gondoin, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
David H. Lumb, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Tim Oosterbroek, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Gonzalo Saavedra Criado, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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