Continuing Planck Surveyor LPAC Support

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Physics

Abstract

The Planck surveyor satellite is due for launch in 2008. It will create all-sky maps over 30-850GHz, allowing observation of galactic synchrotron and free-free emission at low frequencies, galactic dust emission at high frequencies, and emission from extragalactic sources due to these physical processes as well as other sources such as the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. Primarily, it will observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB) in both intensity and polarization and allow us to reconstruct the state of the primordial plasma, and thereby measure the underlying cosmological parameters. The task of the Imperial group, the London Planck Analysis Centre (LPAC) is primarily the geometric calibration of Planck/HFI: we determine the layout of the focal plane and the shape of the telescope beam using in situ measurements of planets and more distant point sources. We are also involved in several of the Planck Working Groups responsible for creating the intermediate and final data products: the various point-source catalogues to be shared with Herschel and other instruments, the CMB and foreground maps, and the CMB power spectrum. The case for support has already been reviewed and approved by the UK Herschel-Planck Oversight Committee (HPOC) in September 2006. Subsequent discussions with PPARC/STFC have been held to agree programme details.

Publications

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Ade PA (2015) Joint analysis of BICEP2/keck array and Planck Data. in Physical review letters

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Clements D (2017) Cosmic sculpture: a new way to visualise the cosmic microwave background in European Journal of Physics

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Clements D (2017) An introduction to the Planck mission in Contemporary Physics

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Greenslade J (2018) Candidate high-z protoclusters among the Planck compact sources, as revealed by Herschel-SPIRE in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Tauber J (2010) Planck pre-launch status: The Planck mission in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Zotti G (2018) Exploring cosmic origins with CORE: Extragalactic sources in cosmic microwave background maps in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

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{Ashdown}, M. And {Aumont}, J. And {Baccigalupi}, C. And {Banday}, A. And {Basak}, S. And {Bernard}, J.-P. And {Betoule}, M. And {Bouchet}, F. And {Castex}, G. And {Clements}, D. And {Da Silva}, A. And {De Zotti}, G. And {Delabrouille}, J. And {Dickinson}, C. And {Dodu}, F. And {Dolag}, K. And {Elsner}, F. And {Fauvet}, L. And {Fay}, G. And {Giardino}, G. And {Gonzalez-Nuevo}, J. And {le Jeune}, M. And {Leach}, S. And {Lesgourgues}, J. And {Liguori}, M. And {Macias}, J. And {Massardi}, M. And { (2012) PSM: Planck Sky Model

 
Description Planck 
Organisation European Space Agency
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are a data processing centre for the HFI Instrument on the Planck Satellite, responsible for determination of focal-plane and beam-shape parameter estimation. We also contribute heavily to various science products.
Collaborator Contribution This is a huge EU project.
Impact Lots of papers. Planck data products.
 
Description Big Bang Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact It's an exhibition - does not match any of the types of presentation listed.

It is aimed at all school ages and adults as well, but I'm not allowed to select such a mixture.

Over 30000 attended this year
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2012,2013
 
Description Planck 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC World News channel segment

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Royal Society Summer EXHIBITION 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Audience type is *alll* of the above

Resulted in media appearances. >10000 at actual show, >100000 accessed website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2009,2012,2013