The wiggleZ dark energy survey

Chris Blake, Sarah Brough, Warrwick Couch, Karl Glazebrook, Gregory Poole, Tamara Davis, Michael Drinkwater, Russell Jurek, Kevin Pimbblet, Matthew Colless, Robert Sharp, Scott Croom, Michael Pracy, David Woods, Barry Madore, Chris Martin, Ted Wyder

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Abstract

The accelerating expansion of the universe, attributed to dark energy , has no accepted theoretical explanation. The origin of this phenomenon unambiguously implicates new physics via a novel form of matter exerting negative pressure or an alteration to Einstein s general relativity. These profound consequences have inspired a new generation of cosmological surveys that will measure the influence of dark energy using various techniques. One of the forerunners is the WiggleZ Survey at the Anglo-Australian Telescope, a new large-scale high-redshift galaxy survey that is now 50 complete and scheduled to finish in 2010. The WiggleZ project is aiming to map the cosmic expansion history using delicate features in the galaxy clustering pattern imprinted 13.7 billion years ago. In this article we outline the survey design and context, and predict the science highlights. A? 2008 Royal Astronomical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5.19 - 5.24
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomy & Geophysics
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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