Probing Dark Energy via Weak Gravitational Lensing with the Supernova Acceleration Probe (SNAP)

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SNAP is a candidate for the Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM) that seeks to place constraints on the dark energy using two distinct methods. The first, Type Ia SN, is discussed in a separate white paper. The second method is weak gravitational lensing, which relies on the coherent distortions in the shapes of background galaxies by foreground mass structures. The excellent spatial resolution and photometric accuracy afforded by a 2-meter space-based observatory are crucial for achieving the high surface density of resolved galaxies, the tight control of systematic errors in the telescope's Point Spread Function (PSF), and the exquisite redshift ... continued below

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Albert, J.; Aldering, G.; Allam, S.; Althouse, W.; Amanullah, R.; Annis, J. et al. August 8, 2005.

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SNAP is a candidate for the Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM) that seeks to place constraints on the dark energy using two distinct methods. The first, Type Ia SN, is discussed in a separate white paper. The second method is weak gravitational lensing, which relies on the coherent distortions in the shapes of background galaxies by foreground mass structures. The excellent spatial resolution and photometric accuracy afforded by a 2-meter space-based observatory are crucial for achieving the high surface density of resolved galaxies, the tight control of systematic errors in the telescope's Point Spread Function (PSF), and the exquisite redshift accuracy and depth required by this project. These are achieved by the elimination of atmospheric distortion and much of the thermal and gravity loads on the telescope. The SN and WL methods for probing dark energy are highly complementary and the error contours from the two methods are largely orthogonal. The nominal SNAP weak lensing survey covers 1000 square degrees per year of operation in six optical and three near infrared filters (NIR) spanning the range 350 nm to 1.7 {micro}m. This survey will reach a depth of 26.6 AB magnitude in each of the nine filters and allow for approximately 100 resolved galaxies per square arcminute, {approx} 3 times that available from the best ground-based surveys. Photometric redshifts will be measured with statistical accuracy that enables scientific applications for even the faint, high redshift end of the sample. Ongoing work aims to meet the requirements on systematics in galaxy shape measurement, photometric redshift biases, and theoretical predictions.

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-11393
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • DOI: 10.2172/878834 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 878834
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc874769

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Albert, J.; Aldering, G.; Allam, S.; Althouse, W.; Amanullah, R.; Annis, J. et al. Probing Dark Energy via Weak Gravitational Lensing with the Supernova Acceleration Probe (SNAP), report, August 8, 2005; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc874769/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.