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A Definitive Study of Dust in the Local Universe (DustPedia)

Objective

The European Space Agency has invested heavily in two cornerstone missions: Herschel and Planck. These space observatories provide us with an unprecedented opportunity to study, at far infrared wavelengths, the cold Universe beyond our Galaxy. As these missions come to an end (2013) they will leave a huge legacy data set that we intend to exploit by utilising the complimentary expert skills of researchers at six sites across Europe. To maximise our spatial resolution and sensitivity to cosmic dust our intention is to analyse in detail 3045 local galaxies (v<3000 km/s) selected via their near infrared luminosity (stellar mass). This data provides us with an opportunity to study cosmic dust in galaxies to answer fundamental questions about: the origin of the chemical elements, physical processes in the interstellar medium (ISM), its effects on the emitted stellar radiation, its relation to star formation and the cosmic far infrared background. In the course of our work we will develop tools and computer models that will help us relate observed cosmic dust emission to the physical properties of the dust (chemical composition, size distribution, temperature), the origins of dust (evolved stars, super novae, growth in the ISM) and the processes that destroy it (high energy collisions and shock heated gas). To help us interpret the data we will use our own, world leading, Monte Carlo photon tracing radiative transfer model of galaxies and our state-of-the-art model of dust physical properties. To carry out this research we will need to combine the Herschel/Planck data with that from many other recently compiled databases that contain observations of our sample galaxies at other wavelengths, thus creating the definitive legacy database - DustPedia.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Coordinator

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
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Newport Road 30 36
CF24 0DE Cardiff
United Kingdom

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nick Bodycombe (Mr)
EU contribution
€ 511 608,20

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ETHNIKO ASTEROSKOPEIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 199 552,80
Address
Lofos Nymfon
11810 Athina

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ioanna Koliakou (Mrs)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 235 642
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mimma Lauria (Mrs)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 361 096
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 455 052
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Judas (Mrs)
UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD
France
EU contribution
€ 330 117
Address
Rue Georges Clemenceau 15
91405 Orsay Cedex

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Lecompte (Mr)