LSST-DESC meeting July 18-22, 2016

5 September 2016

One hundred and fifty members of the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Collaboration held their annual summer meeting in Oxford in July, 2016 co-hosted by the Sub-departments of Astrophysics and Particle Physics. This was the first time LSST-DESC had held a meeting outside the U.S.

LSST-DESC meeting July 18-22, 2016

Dark Energy - the unexplained acceleration of the universe - is one of the greatest mysteries in science today. The LSST will produce a unique dataset of billions of galaxies, which will enable measurement of how Dark Energy varies over time, with unprecedented precision. The LSST will map the entire night sky every three days, and astronomers and particle physicists will use the maps and catalogues it makes in multiple ways to zero in on the phenomenon of dark energy.

The DESC with strong representation from across the international astronomy and particle physics communities, is actively preparing for these cosmological analyses of the LSST survey. A key mechanism for doing this is the bi-annual collaboration meeting, which typically brings together hundreds of astronomers and particle physicists.

Holding the Summer 2016 meeting in Oxford provided a great opportunity for Europe-based astronomers and particle physicists to participate and contribute to DESC work, plus is an important recognition of the UK's commitment to LSST.