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EarLy unIverse eXploration with nIRspec

Objective

This network proposes to develop European expertise in searches for primeval galaxies and in the extraction of key physical information from deep sky observations, to ensure the maximum scientific return of the European instrument NIRSpec on board the future James Webb Space Telescope that will be launched in 2013. The accomplishment of this goal requires the combined expertise of four different communities: 1. Observational astronomers with expertise in deep sky surveys and in spatially resolved studies of distant galaxies. 2. Experts in spectral models of galaxies, to interpret the light emitted by distant galaxies in terms of physical parameters such as star formation rate, metallicity and dust content. 3. Theoreticians with expertise in modelling galaxy formation in its proper cosmological context. 4. Industrial engineers who are responsible for the performance and calibration of NIRSpec. This network will bring together these communities to work on the interpretation of the physical properties of distant galaxies deduced from their spectra and images and to develop practical analysis tools of interest to the exploitation of NIRSpec. It will serve as a training ground for a new generation of young researchers, who will gain broad insights into the problem of galaxy formation --- both in the area of theoretical models and in the preparation and analysis of state-of-the-art observations --- and into the development and implementation of an astronomical space project.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/physical cosmology/galaxy formation and evolution

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 864 302
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Collain (Ms.)

Participants (5)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 342 016
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Santiago Arribas (Dr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 431 044
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fabrizio Fiore (Dr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 276 560
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sylke Schmidt (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 218 999
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 433 888
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean Clay (Ms.)