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ICE-CSIC holds the first Euclid Inter Science Task Force meeting after its launch

The Euclid IST:NL team at the Institute of Space Sciences. Credit: ICE-CSIC.

The Euclid IST:NL team at the Institute of Space Sciences. Credit: ICE-CSIC.


Around 20 scientists from Europe working in software development and cosmological models for the ESA Euclid space mission gathered this week at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) on  2-4 October to attend the Euclid Inter Science Task Force meeting.

The workshop was aimed at welcoming the Inter-Science Task Force: Non Linear (IST:NL) group, which is working on implementing non-linear models for the measured power spectra in the official Euclid pipeline, likewise other Euclid members with direct expertise or interest in the modelling of the main Euclid observables to discuss: status of IST:NL pipeline, pre-launch key papers, IST:NL deliverables, co-variances and documentation.

ESA Euclid was launched into space on July 1st on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Station in Florida, USA. On July 31st, Euclid’s two instruments captured their first test images. The mesmerising results indicate that the space telescope will achieve the scientific goals that it has been designed for and possibly much more.

Euclid will help us understand the nature of dark matter and energy which, according to the latest studies, make up around 95% of the matter and energy content in the universe. ICE-CSIC, together with the Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and the Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE), have worked for more than 11 years on this mission and have been responsible for the design, construction, assembly and validation tests of the Filter Wheel Assembly (FWA) of the NISP instrument and for generating cosmological simulations that have served to study its optimization and prepare the software for data processing and analysis.


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