DEMON: a proposal for a satellite-borne experiment to study dark matter and dark energy
Conference contribution, 2006

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.

Author

A. Berciano Alba

P. Borges de Silva

H. Eichelberger

F. Giovacchini

M. Godolt

G. Hasinger

M. Lerchester

V. Lusset

F. Mattana

Y. Mellier

M. Michalowski

C. Monteserin-Sanchez

F. Noviello

Carina Persson

Chalmers, Department of Radio and Space Science, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

A. Santovincenzo

P. Schneider

M. Zhang

L. Östman

Proceedings of the SPIE: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, eds, M.J.L. Turner and G. Hasinger

Vol. 6266 91-

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

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