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Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Project

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.

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)

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CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 411 005,40

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 312 636

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 150 450

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 188 250

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 109 962,90

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 172 959,60

UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 72 900

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607254

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    19 December 2013

  • End date

    1 July 2018

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 288 553

  • EU contribution

    € 2 475 824,70

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom