Travel and subsistence support for the LSST:UK Consortium

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project is a US-led programme to build and operate a telescope capable of mapping the whole visible sky every few nights to a depth currently only possible in small regions of sky. Over ten years, the LSST will visit each patch of sky many hundreds of times, building up a multi-colour movie that will drive new research projects across the whole of astronomy, from potentially hazardous asteroids to the furthest quasars, and the nature of the dark energy believed to pervade space.

A consortium of over 170 astronomers from 29 institutions in the UK are currently seeking to join LSST and this grant is to support their initial engagement with the LSST Science Consortia and to undertake the technical discussions needed to complete the formal proposal for funding UK involvement in LSST.

Publications

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Lochner M (2016) PHOTOMETRIC SUPERNOVA CLASSIFICATION WITH MACHINE LEARNING in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series