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DARKSURVEY Report Summary

Project ID: 614030
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - DARKSURVEY (Using Galaxy Surveys to Understand the Dark Universe)

Surveys of the positions of galaxies in the Universe are a key resource for observational cosmology, with the potential to provide the answers to many fundamental questions in modern physics. The Darksurvey project has developed tools and applied them to analyse data from a number of surveys, including the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. It has also helped to develop tools to analyse the ongoing extended-BOSS (eBOSS), and future projects including DESI, designed to measure the rate at which the local Universe is expanding. The overarching aim is to help explain one of the key unknowns in modern physics - the observed acceleration of the low redshift Universe, commonly attributed to unknown physics termed Dark Energy. Complimentary measurements of the growth of structure within the Universe will test Einstein’s theory of Gravity on the largest scales possible. The large-scale clustering of galaxies will also be used to constrain models of the very early Universe and measure fundamental physical properties, using the Universe as a laboratory for extreme physics.

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