The science case for PILOT II: The distant universe

Lawrence, J. S., Ashley, M. C. B., Bunker, A., Bouwens, R., Burgarella, D., Burton, M. G., Gehrels, N., Glazebrook, K, Pimbblet, K., Quimby, R., Saunders, W., Storey, J. W. V. and Wheeler, J. C. (2009) The science case for PILOT II: The distant universe. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 26 4: 397-414. doi:10.1071/AS08049

Author Lawrence, J. S.
Ashley, M. C. B.
Bunker, A.
Bouwens, R.
Burgarella, D.
Burton, M. G.
Gehrels, N.
Glazebrook, K
Pimbblet, K.
Quimby, R.
Saunders, W.
Storey, J. W. V.
Wheeler, J. C.
Title The science case for PILOT II: The distant universe
Journal name Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1323-3580
Publication date 2009-11-04
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AS08049
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 397
End page 414
Total pages 17
Editor Bryan Gaensler
Place of publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences
970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Abstract PILOT (the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope) is a proposed 2.5-m optical/infrared telescope to be located at Dome C on the Antarctic plateau. The atmospheric conditions at Dome C deliver a high sensitivity, high photometric precision, wide-field, high spatial resolution, and high-cadence imaging capability to the PILOT telescope. These capabilities enable a unique scientific potential for PILOT, which is addressed in this series of papers. The current paper presents a series of projects dealing with the distant (redshift >1) Universe, that have been identified as key science drivers for the PILOT facility. The potential for PILOT to detect the first populations of stars to form in the early Universe, via infrared projects searching for pair-instability supernovae and gamma-ray burst afterglows, is investigated. Two projects are proposed to examine the assembly and evolution of structure in the Universe: an infrared survey searching for the first evolved galaxies at high redshift, and an optical survey aimed at characterising moderate-redshift galaxy clusters. Finally, a large-area weak-lensing survey and a program to obtain supernova infrared light-curves are proposed to examine the nature and evolution of dark energy and dark matter.
Keyword early universe
cosmology: observations
galaxies: clusters: general
galaxies: high-redshift
large-scale structure of universe
supernovae: general
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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