Friday, June 28, 2013

1306.6333 (I. Ferreras et al.)

Chronos: A NIR spectroscopic galaxy survey. From the formation of galaxies to the peak of activity    [PDF]

I. Ferreras, R. Sharples, J. S. Dunlop, A. Pasquali, F. La Barbera, A. Vazdekis, S. Khochfar, M. Cropper, A. Cimatti, M. Cirasuolo, R. Bower, J. Brinchmann, B. Burningham, M. Cappellari, S. Charlot, C. J. Conselice, E. Daddi, E. K. Grebel, R. Ivison, M. J. Jarvis, D. Kawata, R. C. Kennicutt, T. Kitching, O. Lahav, R. Maiolino, M. J. Page, R. F. Peletier, A. Pontzen, J. Silk, V. Springel, M. Sullivan, I. Trujillo, G. Wright
Chronos is our response to ESA's call for white papers to define the science for the future L2, L3 missions. Chronos targets the formation and evolution of galaxies, by collecting the deepest NIR spectroscopic data, from the formation of the first galaxies at z~10 to the peak of formation activity at z~1-3. The strong emission from the atmospheric background makes this type of survey impossible from a ground-based observatory. The spectra of galaxies represent the equivalent of a DNA fingerprint, containing information about the past history of star formation and chemical enrichment. The proposed survey will allow us to dissect the formation process of galaxies including the timescales of quenching triggered by star formation or AGN activity, the effect of environment, the role of infall/outflow processes, or the connection between the galaxies and their underlying dark matter haloes. To provide these data, the mission requires a 2.5m space telescope optimised for a campaign of very deep NIR spectroscopy. A combination of a high multiplex and very long integration times will result in the deepest, largest, high-quality spectroscopic dataset of galaxies from z=1 to 12, spanning the history of the Universe, from 400 million to 6 billion years after the big bang, i.e. covering the most active half of cosmic history.
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