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15 June 2006 DEMON: a proposal for a satellite-borne experiment to study dark matter and dark energy
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We outline a novel satellite mission concept, DEMON, aimed at advancing our comprehension of both dark matter and dark energy, taking full advantage of two complementary methods: weak lensing and the statistics of galaxy clusters. We intend to carry out a 5000 deg2 combined IR, optical and X-ray survey with galaxies up to a redshift of z~2 in order to determine the shear correlation function. We will also find ~100000 galaxy clusters, making it the largest survey of this type to date. The DEMON spacecraft will comprise one IR/optical and eight X-ray telescopes, coupled to multiple cameras operating at different frequency bands. To a great extent, the technology employed has already been partially tested on ongoing missions, therefore ensuring improved reliability.
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Alicia Berciano Alba, Pedro Borges de Silva, Hans Eichelberger, Francesca Giovacchini, Mareike Godolt, Günther Hasinger, Michael Lerchster, Vincent Lusset, Fabio Mattana, Yannick Mellier, Michal Michalowski, Carlos Monteserin-Sanchez, Fabio Noviello, Carina Persson, Andrea Santovincenzo, Peter Schneider, Ming Zhang, and Linda Östman "DEMON: a proposal for a satellite-borne experiment to study dark matter and dark energy", Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 626633 (15 June 2006);


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