While we often picture astronomers as lone souls peering through a telescope, building, carrying out, and analyzing an ambitious survey such as DES requires a large, coordinated team. DES is an international project with over 400 scientists from 25 institutions in 7 countries, who have come together to carry out the survey. Our team of scientists comprises university faculty and researchers, laboratory and observatory staff scientists, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students. The support staff are also a critical part of the team: they make it possible for our scientists to travel to Chile to observe for the survey and to travel to conferences and collaboration meetings to discuss the latest results.
Science Working Groups and Conveners
Our scientific efforts are organized into Science Working Groups, each of which is tasked with coordinating and leading analyses and projects that feed into the larger questions of cosmic acceleration and expansion as well as other science topics. The co-coordinators of the Working Groups make up the Science Committee, which coordinates the analysis across working groups. The Science Working Groups, and their conveners, are:
Supernovae: Masao Sako & Rick Kessler
Weak Lensing: Daniel Gruen & Michael Troxel
Theory and Combined Probes: Elisabeth Krause & Eduardo Rozo
Milky Way: Alex Drlica-Wagner & Jennifer Marshall
Strong Lensing: Adam Amara & Brian Nord
Simulations: Katrin Heitmann & Risa Wechsler
Redshift: Tamara Davis, Ben Hoyle & Enrique Gaztanaga
Galaxy Evolution & QSO: Manda Banerji, Will Hartley & Richard McMahon
Transients & Moving Objects: David Gerdes & Marcelle Soares-Santos
Science Release: Nacho Sevilla & Matias Carrasco-Kind
The Science Committee is coordinated by Scott Dodelson & Gary Bernstein.
Analysis Team Leads
Cluster Galaxy Evolution Analysis: Antonella Palmese & Alfredo Zenteno
Cluster Weak Lensing Analysis: Joerg Dietrich
Galaxy-CMB cross-correlations: Pablo Fosalba & Tommaso Giannantonio
High Redshift Cluster Analysis: Yuanyuan Zhang
Lensing-Galaxy cross-correlation: Carles Sanchez
Magnification: Eric Huff & Nacho Sevilla
Mass mapping: David Bacon
Milky Way Substructure: Keith Bechtol & Alex Drlica-Wagner
Primordial Non-gaussianity: Juan García-Bellido & Dragan Huterer
Shear-CMB cross-correlations: Donnacha Kirk
Shear Pipeline Development and Testing: Mike Jarvis & Erin Sheldon
Shear Two-point Measurements: Niall McCrann & Michael Troxel
Voids: Daniel Gruen & Andras Kovacs
Joshua Frieman (Fermilab and U. Chicago/KICP) is the Director and Spokesperson of the DES Project (succeeding John Peoples from FNAL). He leads the Project/Collaboration Office, which oversees all aspects of the Project and Collaboration. The Management Committee oversees collaboration affairs and oversees a number of committees:
Education and Public Outreach
Collaboration Meeting Steering Committee
The Executive Committee manages all aspects of the operation of the survey, from data management to camera operation to science computing. It focuses on:
Science Analysis Computing
We also collaborate with other scientists and projects to carry out joint studies including the VISTA Hemisphere Survey, the South Pole Telescope Survey, STRIDES, and others.
At each institution, a number of scientists share their knowledge of the cosmos and their perspectives on science with the general public. DES is committed to contributing to both our local communities and the global community.
The collaborating institutions and their countries or regions are listed below.
Fermilab — The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
United Kingdom DES Collaboration
- – University College London
- — University of Cambridge
- — University of Edinburgh
- — University of Portsmouth
- — University of Sussex
- — University of Nottingham
Spain DES Collaboration
- — Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio,
- — Institut de Fisica d’Altes Energies
- — Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas
Santa Cruz-SLAC-Stanford DES Consortium
- – University of California Santa Cruz
- – SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
- – Stanford University
Who is funding this project?
Funding for the DES Project has been provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Ministry of Science and Education of Spain, the Science and Technology Facilities Council of the United Kingdom, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos, Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico and the Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia and the Collaborating Institutions in the Dark Energy Survey.