Splinter Meeting Euclid
The Euclid space mission
Time: Wednesday September 20, 14:00-16:30
Organizers: Tim Schrabback, Knud Jahnke
Euclid is an ESA medium class astronomy and astrophysics space mission with
a planned launch in 2020. Using a 1.2m telescope Euclid will
survey 15000 square degrees of the extragalactic sky in its Wide Survey,
simultaneously obtaining optical imaging with 0.2" resolution
(>24.5 AB mag in the broad VIS filter at 10 sigma) and NIR slitless
spectroscopy, as well as NIR photometry (24.0 AB mag in YJH at 5 sigma).
Observations that are deeper by ~2mag will be obtained in the 40 square degree
Euclid Deep Survey.
Measuring galaxy shapes for weak gravitational lensing as well as galaxy
redshifts, Euclid will probe the evolution of cosmic structures and
the distance-redshift relationship, yielding unprecedented constraints on
cosmological parameters, in particular regarding the nature of dark energy.
Additionally, the Euclid data will provide a tremendous legacy for studies
ranging from the identification of brown dwarfs and nearby dwarf galaxies
via the evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters to the search for QSOs at
The Euclid Consortium consists of about 1400 researchers and engineers from
14 European countries, the USA, and Canada. It is responsible for the building
and operation of the scientific instruments for Euclid, the pipeline
development, and the scientific analysis of the Euclid data and
complementary observations, e.g. ground-based survey data for photometric
Germany provides major contributions within the Euclid Consortium,
especially regarding the building of the NIR instrument NISP, the analysis
of complementary ground-based survey data and the catalogue generation,
the weak gravitational lensing measurements, and several Euclid Science
Working groups, including e.g. theory and galaxy clusters.
It is the goal of this splinter to provide an overview of the Euclid Mission
and the preparatory work conducted within Germany to the broader
community. This is timely not only because of the approaching launch,
but also given that the yearly Euclid Mission Conference
will be held in Germany in 2018 (June 11-15, Bonn-Bad Godesberg).
This splinter will be open to both current members and non-members of the
Euclid Consortium (note that applications for membership can still be submitted
as explained at https://www.euclid-ec.org/?page_id=1101).
In addition to broader overview presentations we encourage the submission of
abstracts for more focused contributed talks.
Coffee Break & Poster Session (Foyer Physics)