50 astronomers from the Planck space mission will meet at IFCA

The meeting of the 'Core Team' Low Frequency Instrument of the Planck satellite is organized by the IFCA

The Institute of Physics of Cantabria (CSIC-UC), organizes this week a meeting of the 'Core Team' Low Frequency Instrument of the Planck mission. This meeting was attended by around fifty researchers from various international research centers. This group also includes seven scientists from the line of Observational Cosmology and Instrumentation at  IFCA.

Over the next two days, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July, the team will discuss on the latest results from the Low-Frequency Instrument (LFI) and software necessary for effective explotation of data obtained by the mission.

The 'Low Frequency Instrument' (LFI) is a set of 22 radiometers located in the focal plane of the Planck telescope which allow to map the sky at three different frequencies: 30, 44 and 70 GHz

Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) was designed and built by a consortium of scientists led by the Institute of Space Physics and Cosmic Physics of Bologna in Italy. In addition, it involved a large number of research centers around the world among which is the IFCA and the Department of Communications Engineering at the University of Cantabria (DICOM).

The Planck mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched on May 14, 2009 from the base of Kouru (French Guyana), and he expected the most spectacular results on the history of the Universe, following the wake of the satellite NASA's WMAP. It will teach us much about how the universe was 13,300 million years ago, shortly after the Big Bang, and how it has evolved to form the structures we observe today.

This mission is designed for imaging of anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background with unprecedented sensitivity and high angular resolution. Planck will be one of the main sources of information for the study of the cosmos and will shed light on issues such as theories of the early universe, the formation and evolution of large-scale structure of the cosmos, and the amount and nature of matter and dark energy.

Researchers at the IFCA, which coordinate some of the mission's scientific projects, work with the data processing center of the LFI, located in Trieste (Italy) and responsible for the analysis and sharing of data between different research centers are the Planck mission. The IFCA also involved in the explotation of scientific data, with special emphasis on the separation of different components present in the images.


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Cantabria, España

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