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Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Project

Objective

Understanding the evolution of galaxies across cosmic time is one of the great challenges of astrophysics. At the present day, galaxies found in different environments are very different from each other. To understand how this came to be we need to map a wide range of environments in the early Universe using telescopes that probe the different physical processes. Many astronomical facilities have thus been undertaking ambitious programmes to observe large areas of the distant Universe to study galaxy evolution and most of these complete in the next four years. Our project brings together key members of the various teams to combine these data homogenously. We will add new meta and physical data that is only possible once the data have been properly combined, but is essential to interpret them scientifically. ESA's Herschel mission has a unique place probing the obscured star-formation history (roughly 50 per cent of all star formation activity). The Herschel extra galactic surveys were a major goal of and accounted for around 10 per cent of the Herschel mission. Full exploitation of these data is complicated by the large beam size. The ancillary data and tools assembled by our project are necessary to fully capitalise on this fantastic resource and to enable astronomers in Europe (without Herschel experience) to exploit the data easily. As well as a census of galaxies with value-added data and tools to exploit the original telescope maps we will new characterisations of the environment: catalogues of galaxy clusters and 3D maps of the Universe. We will also provide a new framework an “extended halo model” to characterise the Universe and provide a benchmark for theorists. We thus intend to provide a vast resource for studying the distant Universe, similar to the SDSS for the nearby Universe as a lasting legacy of these major ground-based and space-based surveys.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/physical cosmology/galaxy formation and evolution
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/census

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 057 660,80
Administrative Contact
Anett Kiss (Dr)

Participants (7)

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 411 005,40
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rebecca Blackwell (Mrs)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 312 636
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Mrs)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 150 450
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Natalie Judas (Dr)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 188 250
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer (Mr)
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 109 962,90
Address
Diogenes Street 6 Engomi
1516 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andri Christoforou (Ms)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 172 959,60
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms)
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 72 900
Address
Robert Sobukwe Road
7535 Cape Town
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michelle Gabler (Ms)